Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation
The Baccalieu Trail Region of Newfoundland and Labrador consists of approximately 70 communities stretched out along 240 km (150 miles) of coastline on a peninsula that forms the north side of Conception Bay and the south side of Trinity Bay on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula. It is a region with a long and a rich history and heritage. Some of the oldest European settlements in North America were established here including Cupids, established in 1610; the Bristol’s Hope Plantation established at Harbour Grace by 1618; and Carbonear settled by at least 1631. Archaeological research conducted in the region over the past ten years is also revealing a rich history of aboriginal occupation extending back over 4000 years.
Since 1994 the Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation (BTHC) founded by Ron Merkle has been conducting an ongoing program of archaeological survey, excavation and interpretation in the region. In that time the BTHC’s archaeological crew has discovered and conducted excavations at a number of important sites.