In Uncategorized | By Fogo Island Inn | September 14, 2018

Boyd’s Cove Beothuk Interpretation Centre

The Beothuk First Nation dwelled in Notre Dame Bay, off Newfoundland’s northeast coast for generations. With the disappearance of land and resources due to the arrival of European settlers, the Beothuk population dwindled throughout the 18th and 19th centuries and eventually vanished. Today, the Beothuk Interpretation Centre in Boyd’s Cove marks the site of significant archeological findings which 300 years ago composed a large Beothuk village. Discovered in 1981 through an archaeological survey, distinctive house pits remain, as well as a 1.5 km interpretive trail illustrating the Beothuk’s use of the area and its resources. The Interpretation Centre also exhibits artifacts of this vanished people with their own unique language and culture, who thrived on the once-rich resources at the bottom of this bay, protected by a maze of islands that sheltered it from waves and winds. A bronze sculpture designed by renowned Newfoundland artist Gerald Squires entitled “The Spirit of the Beothuk” can also be found on the site, commemorating the tragedy of the Beothuks' disappearance.

The Beothuk Interpretation Centre is located in Boyd's Cove, off Highway 340, 1 hour north of Gander. Learn more about the Beothuk site here: