Cupids, Conception Bay – More than just a cool name, Cupids was the site of Canada’s very first English colony. A community was established at at this location in August 1610 by John Guy and 39 settlers.
Originally the area was known as Cupers Cove and over the years the name changed a number of times, including Coopers, Cuetes, Copers, Cubbit’s Cove, Cupperes Cove, and Cuperts Cove (source Newfoundland and Labrador Place Names.)
In 1995 archaeological excavations at the original homestead site uncovered four early 17-century buildings and 135,000 artifacts. A new state-of-the-art interpretation was opened in 2010 to showcase the story of this site and Canada’s 400-year-old first English settlement. As a lead up to the 400th anniversary, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited on November 3, 2009. You’ll find it located on the shore of Conception Bay, about 85 km from the city of St John’s.
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Sea Forest Drive, Cupids, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada