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Sunday Drive to Port au Choix

When you get to Deer Lake heading either west or east you can instead head north and travel Route 430. As you drive past some of the most beautiful scenery the province has to offer you'll arrive at a left turn about two and a half hours later.

After driving through Port Saunders, the service district for the area, you'll arrive in Port au Choix.

It sits exposed to the ocean on three sides. The area is notoriously windy due to its position in relation to the ocean.

Port au Choix is a National Historic Site of Canada, and the community is regarded as one of the richest archeological areas in North America. Burial sites have been uncovered in the area and provided evidence of its earliest settlers.

In 2001, Parks Canada constructed a new Visitor Centre and Museum dedicated to the history of the indigenous peoples - the first ever to inhabit the island, dating back over 5000 years.

The town is also home to the Pointe Riche Lighthouse, a popular tourist attraction.

The town, like many in Newfoundland, is a fishing community. Many residents are avid outdoors people.

As of 2021, the community had a population of 742.

Sunday Drive is a weekly feature that focuses on small to medium communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.


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