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Cupids

People have been finding and falling in love with Cupids for centuries. It was the first English colony in Canada, and turned 400 years old in 2010, when it was named a Provincial Historic Site

As part of the Cupids 400 celebrations, a beautiful performance space now called Perchance Theatre in Cupids was built. Modelled after Shakespeare's famous open air Globe theatre in London, the theatre features some of the province's best stage actors performing both traditional and tongue-in-cheek interpretations of Shakespeare and other classic writers.

John Guy and his backers brought a boatload of settlers and established a plantation in what was then known as Cuper's Cove in 1610. It was the second English colony in North America after Jamestown, Virginia, founded in 1607.

The people of Cuper's Cove cleared the land and constructed dwellings, fortifications, and boats. They fished, farmed, explored for minerals, and tried to establish fur trading with the Beothuk, the now extinct aboriginal people.

The colony was plagued by pirate attacks including the ‘Pirate Admiral’ Peter Easton, as well as the harsh conditions of early settlement.

The first recorded birth of an English child in Canada took place at Cupids. It's no wonder, really, considering Cupids is located in Conception Bay.

The famous Native American Squanto lived in Cupids from 1616–1618. He was captured by the English, travelled to Europe before returning to North America, and ended up greeting the Pilgrim Fathers – in English – at Plymouth Rock.

Around the year 1700, settlers abandoned the original plantation site, and the secret of its exact location was lost for more than 250 years. Today, not only can you visit the site, you can watch archaeologists uncover its secrets piece by piece.

The Cupids Legacy Centre is home to many of the unearthed exhibits. It also tells of the town's history and hosts some of the most interesting cultural events held in the province.

Getting Here:

Cupids is located on the coast of Conception Bay on the island of Newfoundland. It is approximately a 1-hour drive from St. John's along the scenic Baccalieu Trail near Brigus.

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