Icelandic Memorial Society of Nova Scotia was
incorporated on July 29, 1998 to educate the public
about Nova Scotia's Icelandic past. By sharing the
history of the Icelandic settlers in Nova Scotia during
the late 1800s, we hope to assist and encourage their
descendents and others to preserve this part of Nova
Scotia's heritage. As a millennium project, the Society
erected a memorial cairn in each of the settlements.
Dedication ceremonies were held at the cairn sites
August 26, 2000 at
and August 27, 2000 in
The Viking ship Islendingur arrived in Lockeport on
August 27 to join in the celebrations.
The Honourable Rodney MacDonald, Minister of
Tourism for Nova Scotia
proclaims the old settlement to be
officially known as Markland.
Mrs. Eleanor Belmore, The Honourable Sturla
B÷varsson Minister of Transportation,
Communication and Tourism, Republic of
Iceland and The Honourable Rodney MacDonald
unveiling the cairn.
Minister B÷varsson, Mrs Belmore and
continues to locate old homesteads in the Markland
Settlement, and a future project is to build a replica
of one or more of the old homes. With the consent of the
present day landowners, the Society has established a
network of trails throughout the old settlement. When
you visit, please remember that this is an isolated area
and private property. Dress for hiking and please
respect both the landowners and nature.
further information on these settlements, Society
members are conducting research in Iceland, at the
Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management,
Public Archives of Nova Scotia site and in the local
areas to gather more details about the
settlements. If you would like more information or have
any information to share, please contact the
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