Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site

The Great White North. For many explorers the vast frontier of the Arctic always represented the untouchable tundra – frozen and uncharted. For the famed Captain Bob Bartlett, years of successful expeditions to the Arctic defined a vision for discovery and knowledge about Canada's north.

Nestled in the beautiful town of Brigus, Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site offers a unique perspective into the life of this great explorer. Considered one of Canada's greatest seaman, Captain Bob Bartlett commanded more than twenty expeditions to the Arctic, including the epic Admiral Peary North Pole expedition in 1909.

Visitors to Hawthorne Cottage will experience the home of this famed Captain and learn how his family home typifies the refined lifestyle of Newfoundland outport merchant families of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Built in 1830, Hawthorne Cottage is one of the few remaining examples of the picturesque or "cottage orne" architecture style.

Hawthorne Cottage was declared a National Historic Site in 1987. Visitors will experience original artifacts related to Captain Bartlett's expeditions and gain an insightful perspective into a seafaring spirit of adventure and discovery. In summer, theatrical performances recounting Captain Bartlett's exploits are staged on the lawn outside.

Getting Here:

Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site is located in Brigus along The Baccalieu Trail Route 70 just 1 hour west of St. John's.

For more information visit the Parks Canada official website for Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site of Canada

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