Cupids can change a child’s life?

Town, her­itage cen­tre named a worth­while des­ti­na­tion for young trav­ellers

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

The Town of Cupids and the Cupids Legacy Cen­tre have been lumped in with some very no­table com­pany on a list of world­wide des­ti­na­tions that can change a child’s life.

The Con­cep­tion Bay North town of roughly 760 res­i­dents and the new Legacy Cen­tre have made a very distin­guished list in a book en­ti­tled: “100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life,” a publi­ca­tion of Na­tional Ge­o­graphic.

The book was re­leased ear­lier this month, and is writ­ten by Keith Bel­lows, ed­i­tor of Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Trav­eler mag­a­zine.

Cupids finds it­self on a list that also in­cludes the Gala­pa­gos Is­lands, Vic­to­ria Falls, Zam­bia; Get­tys­burg, Pa.; Chicago; Angkor, Cam­bo­dia; Hong Kong, the Great Bar­rier Reef, Machu Pic­chu, Athens and The Grand Canyon.

“Here in the re­gion, we know the sig­nif­i­cance of our roots and the role Cupids played in the set­tle­ment of New­found­land and Canada,” Roy Dawe, Chair of Cupids Legacy Inc., said in a pre­pared state­ment.

“But to re­ceive an en­dorse­ment such as this from such a world-class or­ga­ni­za­tion is a real hon­our — and gives a tremen­dous boost to our pro­file out­side the province.”

Bel­lows con­sid­ers the places on the list must-see des­ti­na­tions for par­ents and their chil­dren.

In a sec­tion called “Con­ti­nent’s East­erly Edge,” Bel­lows puts a spot­light on John Guy’s colony, the arche­o­log­i­cal dig site, and the Cupids Legacy Cen­tre in his short list of at­trac­tions on the Avalon Penin­sula.

The John­son GEO Cen­tre, the Wit­less Bay Eco­log­i­cal Re­serve and nearby boat tours, and Sig­nal Hill also made the list.

Ac­cord­ing to news re­ports, Bel­lows launched the project sev­eral years ago with a list of about 700 worth­while pos­si­bil­i­ties, then be­gan edit­ing and elim­i­nat­ing for ge­o­graphic bal­ance and di­ver­sity of ex­pe­ri­ence.

In an ear­lier in­ter­view, Bel­lows said he hopes the book in­spires fam­i­lies to hit the road — whether the des­ti­na­tion is around the world or around the block. Travel, he says, pro­motes cul­tural lit­er­acy and global un­der­stand­ing in a world that has a short sup­ply of both.

“The pass­port is the new di­ploma,” he wrote. “The world is the great­est class­room we have.”

Ac­cord­ing to an ear­lier re­view of the book, Bel­lows of­fers in­sider tips from lo­cals, plus ho­tel rec­om­men­da­tions, kid-ap­pro­pri­ate read­ing ma­te­ri­als and splurge-wor­thy sou­venirs.

The Cupids Legacy Cen­tre, mean­while, was opened in 2010 as a legacy project of the Cupids 400 an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, which com­mem­o­rated the es­tab­lish­ment of the first English set­tle­ment and birth­place of English Canada by Gov­er­nor John Guy (Cupids, 1610).

The cen­tre is a state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity with an in­no­va­tive and in­ter­ac­tive mu­seum, an arche­o­log­i­cal lab, a fam­ily his­tory re­source cen­tre and ar­chive, a multi-pur­pose hall, a mu­seum shop and an ex­te­rior view­ing deck and faerie garden.

A place “Where the Present Meets the Past,” the Legacy Cen­tre show­cases the her­itage and cul­ture that have de­fined Cupids’ place in Cana­dian his­tory.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Cupids Legacy Cen­tre, see www.cu­pid­sle­ga­cy­cen­tre.ca.

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