May 20, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Vincent-Joseph Pottier

Liberal

Mr. POTTIER:

Since some of the discussion on this item has developed in connection with points of interest having particular reference to historical spots, I want to bring to the attention of the minister a place in western Nova Scotia where it is claimed the first white man landed in North America. There are records in the old country describing the voyage and the shore where the landing was made, and that description exactly fits this location in western Nova Scotia. We also have a runic stone, where they are supposed to have landed, bearing an inscription which they marked at the time. According to the records, that landing is presumed to have been in the year 1006, the first landing of the Norsemen in North America, actually the first white men to come here from Europe. I have no doubt that the development of a place of that kind would prove a spot of historical interest, and would help develop the tourist trade.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF MINES AND RESOURCES
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