The Grenfell Historic Properties are located in St. Anthony, Newfoundland on the tip of the Northern Peninsula. The properties celebrate the presence of Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell in Northern Newfoundland and Labrador, and the impact that he and his worldwide mission had on the social, medical and economic climate of the early 1900s. The historic properties equally tell the story of the evolution of Northern Newfoundland and Labrador and the people of the region over the last 100 years. The Grenfell Historic Properties is a first class international tourism destination with annual visitations of more than 12,000 people !!.. This includes more than 80 motorcoach visits, cruise ship visits, caravans and the travelling public. The Grenfell Historic Properties celebrate the Grenfell Legacy in the following ways:
Grenfell Interpretation Centre - Opened in 1998, the centre interprets the life and times of Dr. Wilfred Grenfell through a gallery of interpretative paneling and displays. The Interpretation Centre employs interpretative staff who greet and give an orientation to visitors on the Grenfell Historic Properties, and the Grenfell Interpretation Centre. The centre itself is designed to be self touring and to provide a more modern interpretative experience for visitors. A short 14 minute video is shown daily to visitors to give a brief insight into the life of Dr. Grenfell and the work of the Grenfell Mission.
Grenfell House Museum Built between 1909 and 1910, the home of Dr. Grenfell, his wife Anne, and their three children. Overlooking the harbour, the building was regarded as the "castle". After Grenfell's retirement to Vermont, the house became a residence for mission workers. Then, in 1978 the Grenfell Historical Society was formed and the house and surrounding land was turned over to them. Up to 1981, extensive restoration was made to the building before opened to the public as a small museum. Further restoration was made to the inside between 1995-96.
Grenfell Handicrafts In the tradition of Dr. Grenfell, the handicrafts continue to produce quality merchandise as a cottage industry. Products vary from hooked rugs to embroidered outerwear. The origin of Grenfell Handicrafts dates back to the early 1900s when Sir Wilfred Grenfell, an english-born medical doctor and missionary, served among the fisherfolk of northern Newfoundland and Labrador. Originally called Grenfell Labrador Industries (founded by Jessie Luther), the organization is today known as Grenfell Handicrafts. The Grenfell tradition is alive and well at Grenfell Handicrafts, which is located in the Grenfell Interpretation Centre. [Visit our Online Store]
The Rotunda The best kept artistic secret in Newfoundland and Labrador. A display of ceramic murals that depicts the culture and the history of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Jordi Bonet Murals, created and fabricated by the Montreal artist Jordi Bonet in 1967, are to be found in the Rotunda of the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony. On entering, the Rotunda through the main doors of the Hospital, one is at once struck by the beauty and harmony of design and colour. Some of the panels are quite realistic and not difficult to interpret; others are more abstract, but they all have definite meaning relating to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, their life, or the country in which they live.
Tea House Hill Overlooking the town of St. Anthony, a 20 minute walking trail has been developed to National standards. There are interpretative panels and seating along the route to the top of the hill where Dr. Grenfell (and many town residents) used to walk to the scenic tea house, after a hard day of work. A lookout is placed upon the original foundations of the old tea house.. Sir Grenfell, his wife, and other colleagues are buried adjacent to this site, commemorated by memorial plaques.. The trail also has three strategically placed viewing platforms overlooking the harbour, ocean and open country behind.
Grenfell Park The site of many of the legacy events that commemorate the presence of Grenfell in the area. It is the ideal location for children's programming and local festivals such as Grenfell Heritage Night. The Park provides a safe play area for local children, with swings, slides and grassy picnic areas. There have also been waterfront developments consisting of walkways, seating facilities and a floating dock for small craft landing.
Northland Discovery Boat Tours Join the Alcock family for an award-winning Newfoundland boat tour experience. Iceberg tours, whale watching and seabird tours are just some of the highlights. It's an exciting ecological and cultural journey into our unique heritage. Our destination: the scenic coastal waters off St. Anthony, Newfoundland - Iceberg Alley - an area famous for its bounty of icebergs, whales, dolphins and seabirds. During your thrilling 2 1/2 hour tour, we will captivate you with a live interpretive program on our marine wildlife and culture. It's a refreshing blend of nature, education and hospitality that you will never forget. [Visit Website]