Vikings may have explored Chaleur region: archaeologist says

A researcher, with over 50 years of experience on the subject, is certain Vikings may have explored the Miramichi and Chaleur regions.

Senior archaeologist with Parks Canada, Brigitta Wallace, says evidence from medieval documentation fits the description of northeastern New Brunswick, including coastal sandbars, rivers, hardwoods, butternuts and wild grapes.

She notes evidence of butternuts and butternut wood, which have never grown north of this part of the province, have been found at L'Anse Meadows Viking camp in Newfoundland.

She believes a crew of around 40 men spent up to three months exploring the region.

But Wallace is doubtful she'll ever find evidence to prove it.

(with files from CBC)