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The Compass - - OPINION -

Our prov­ince is a va­ca­tioner’s par­adise. We can­not help be­ing im­pacted by the things that take our breath away.

From Port aux Basques in the west to St. John’s in the east, from St. An­thony in the north to Grand Bank in the south, from Nain in north­ern Labrador to Forteau in south­ern Labrador, our sen­si­bil­i­ties are en­livened by a har­mo­nious blend of sights and sounds and tastes.

Un­for­tu­nately, such stark beauty may be our bestkept se­cret.

When think­ing about hol­i­day time, we of­ten go to great lengths to make plans to leave the prov­ince and wan­der the world in search of the ideal vacation spot, when the very best is al­ready in our back­yard.

I’m re­fer­ring to the party that’s go­ing on in Cupids right now. It’s no mean cel­e­bra­tion. In­deed, it’s the biggest cul­tural event in New­found­land and Labrador in 2010.

As the birthplace of English Canada, the town ex­tends back to 1610, when John Guy and his merry ad­ven­tur­ers landed in a place to be known as Cu­pers Cove. Their ini­tial set­tle­ment is now a site of na­tional his­toric sig­nif­i­cance.

More than 135,000 ar­ti­facts have been un­cov­ered since the orig­i­nal plan­ta­tion site was dis­cov­ered in 1995. But this is only a small part of the broader ap­peal. There are more than 200 cel­e­bra­tory events through­out the North­east Avalon, sand­wiched be­tween the Royal Visit in Novem­ber 2009 and the Cupids Cove Soiree on Aug. 17-22. Many of the events are al­ready past, but many oth­ers are yet to come. There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one. There are fes­ti­vals, con­certs and cel­e­bra­tions. His­tory en­thu­si­asts will be no less en­thralled than film buffs. Con­cert go­ers will com­ple­ment tea afi­ciona­dos.

Peo­ple of all ages, from hither and yon, have been con­verg­ing on, and are con­tin­u­ing to con­verge on, the town to take part in a fine ol’ time.

Ex­chang­ing an out-of-prov­ince vacation for one in his­toric Cupids will pay rich div­i­dends.

Break out the cham­pagne. It’s time to cel­e­brate.

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