Cupids can change a child's life?

Town, heritage centre named a must-see destination for young travellers

Terry Roberts
Published on February 20, 2013
The Town of Cupids and the Cupids Legacy Centre (pictured here) have made the cut in a book entitled "100 Places That Can Change Your Child's Life." The book was released earlier this month, and is written by Keith Bellows, editor of National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Photo by Terry Roberts/The Compass

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