Exploring The Big Land: 8 Thrilling Adventures Amidst Labrador’s Vast Wilds

Labrador, The Mainland Portion Of The Province, Is Bordered West And South With The Canadian Province Of Quebec. The Region Also Shares A Small Land Border On Killiniq Island With The Canadian Territory Of Nunavut.

Labrador Is Called The Big Land And For Good Reason, This Is A 300,000 Sq. Km (115,830 Sq. Miles) Expanse Of Pristine, Vast Wilds, Rugged Coastlines And Stunning Natural Beauty. Often Overshadowed By The Draw Of Newfoundland, Labrador Is Equally Magnificent! 

An Extraordinarily Beautiful Northern Frontier That Provides You With Wilderness And Terrain Access That Has Remained Unspoiled For Thousands Of Years. Here You Will Discover Majestic Mountains, Immensely Steep Rock Faces, Massive Lakes And Rivers That Flow Forever!

Visitors Are Continually Enchanted By Labrador’s Sheer Awesomeness, One Of The Last Remaining Wilderness Bastions Found On The Planet. An Untamed Land Where The Air Is Clean And Fresh And The Water Pure And Natural! Adventure Tourism Thrives Here, Opportunities For You To Encounter Icebergs, Whales And Unusual Plants And Geology Are At Every Step. 

Calved From Glaciers In Western Greenland, Icebergs Are Brought South By The Cold Labrador Current. Whales Are Frequently Sighted Along The Labrador Coast During Summer And Early Fall. The Most Common Large Species Of Whale Is The Humpback, Usually Seen In Groups And Noted For Their Classic Roll And Dive. 

Fin Whales Are More Solitary And Are Usually Spotted Alone Or In Small Groups. Smaller Whales Found In Labrador Waters Include Potheads And Minkes And, Occasionally, Killer Whales. Porpoises And Dolphins Are Also Common.

entry point travel map of province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Image Via Parks Canada

Highway sign with 3 flags atop stating 'welcome to the big land' in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Image Via Axel Drainville, Flickr

Labrador flag, blue green and white in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Labrador Flag, Image Via Douglas Sprott, Flickr

Overlooking forest, hills, trees and blue sky in Labrador City, Canada, a wellness and adventure travel spot to explore
Labrador City, Image Via Axel Drainville, Flickr

in a boat close to shore at dusk Off The Coast Of Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, an eco adventure and wellness holiday destination

Off The Coast Of Rigolet, © Destination Labrador
2 men line fishing next to a plane with hills in the background at Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a wellness adventure vacation
Fishing In The Big Land, Image Via © Destination Labrador

the majestic Torngat mountains at Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a breathtakingly beautiful travel destination
Torngat Mountains National Park, © Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism; Barrett & MacKay Photo
boardwalk leading to the ocean with forest, hills and trees in rigolet at Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, an adventure travel hike
Rigolet, Image Via Weston Renoud, Flickr
boat cruises the northern sea with land and coastline at Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a thrilling travel tour
Cruising The Labrador Sea Coastline, © Destination Labrador
inukshuk on a hill overlooking hebron at Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, an indigenous, cultural travel and adventure holiday
Inukshuk At Hebron, © Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism; Barrett & MacKay Photo
coastline of the wonderstrands at sunrise at Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a remote, adventure, wellness destination
The Wonderstrands At Sunrise, © Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism; Barrett & MacKay Photo

humpback whale and iceberg in battle harbour at Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a thrilling and beautiful adventure  exploration
Humpback Whale And Iceberg At Battle Harbour, Image Via Natalie Lucier, Flickr
person walking by yellowish-orange wild bake-apple berries in Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a foodie and wellness travel hike
Bakeapple Berries, Image Via Andrew DeRoche, Flickr
illustrated map of the gulf stream and Labrador current passing the province of Newfoundland and Labrador Canada
Image Via http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/
humpback whale encounter in province of Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, an eco adventure vacation
Humpback Whale, Image Via SIDwms, Flickr

fin whale in province of Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a thrilling travel experience
Fin Whale, Image Via WhaleRiot, Flickr
minke whale swimming in the ocean in province of Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a delightful vacation destination
Minke Whale, Image Via Eric Harrison, Flickr

man sitting on a rock on a hill on a travel hike overlooking the town of nain with ocean and hillside in the background at nunatsiavut in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador Canada
Overlooking Nain, © Destination Labrador

field of yellow and white arctic poppies in nain overlooking ocean at province of Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a wellness trip
Field Of Arctic Poppies Near Nain, Image Via myheimu, Flickr

Here Is Our List Of 8 Thrilling Adventures To Do When Trekking The Big Land:
1. Take The Ultimate Physical Challenge And Compete In A Canoe Race

a) Labrador Canoe Regatta, Gosling Lake 

A Proud Tradition For Over 30 Years, This Dynamic Event Is Held Annually On The First Weekend In August. Teams Of 6 Paddlers Take To Traditional Voyageur Canoes On A Gruelling Course Up The Lake And Back.
group of people canoeing in a race at Labrador Canoe Regatta, Gosling Lake, an eco adventure and healthy travel experience
© Labrador Canoe Regatta
team of 6 women in boat at Labrador Canoe Regatta, Gosling Lake, Canada, a fun adventure travel experience
© Labrador Canoe Regatta
canoe with people canoeing along the shore in Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a fun and thrilling adventure travel activity
© Labrador Canoe Regatta

b) The Great Labrador Canoe Race, Mista-Shipu (Innu) Or Grand River (English)

This Exciting Community Event Began In 2010 And Consists Of Two Events. There is the grueling 67 Km Expedition Race And The 10 Km Classic Race. Both Competitors And Recreational Paddlers Take To The Water.
2 men in a boat along the sandy shore on a sunny summer day participate in the Great Labrador Canoe Race on the Mista-Shipu (Innu) Or Grand River (English) in province of NL, Canada, a healthy adventure travel wellness activity
© The Great Labrador Canoe Race
teams of canoeists with their boats on a sandy beach getting ready to take part in the Great Labrador Canoe Race on the Mista-Shipu (Innu) Or Grand River (English) in province of NL, Canada, a wellness vacation destination
© The Great Labrador Canoe Race
picture of canoeists nearing the finish line at the Great Labrador Canoe Race on the Mista-Shipu Or Grand River in province of NL, Canada with beach, forest, trees and hills in the background, an eco adventure trip to explore
© The Great Labrador Canoe Race

2. Explore Labrador’s Spectacular North Coast On A 5 Day Cruise Of Nunatsiavut, Happy Valley-Goose Bay To Nain

Nunatsiavut Is Labrador’s Northernmost Region And An Autonomous Area Claimed By The Inuit. The Region Is Also Called ‘The Inukshuk’ And ‘The Ghost Coast’.

Ferry Accommodations Are Modest, Yet Comfortable. An Onsite Cafeteria Serves Both Hot And Cold Dishes. Visit The 5 Communities That Call Nunatsiavut Home And Experience The Inuit Way Of Life. Taste Local Wild Foods.


Look For Polar Bears, Seals, Minke Whales And Other Wildlife! Also Keep In Mind That You Are In The Heart Of Iceberg Alley!

illustrative map of Nunatsiavut communities of northern Labrador route by ferry, an off the beaten path, adventure holiday cruise from Happy Valley-Goose Bay To Nain in Newfoundland Canada

Image Via Tourism Nunatsiavut

picture of ferry with forest, trees and hills in the background in northern Labrador Canada, an adventure holiday
Image Via erik.altitude, Flickr
interior of Labrador ferry seating area with blue seats
Image Via Nunatsiavut Marine
side of ferry cruising through the sea with nunatsiavut coastline on a sunny day in Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a holistic and health travel excursion
Image Via Nunatsiavut Marine
Women on deck of ferry with coastline in the background, an eco-adventure wellness destination in Nunatsiavut, northern Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
© Destination Labrador
picture of deluxe room sleeping quarters for travelers exploring northern NL, Canada on ferry to Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Canada
Deluxe Room, Image Via Nunatsiavut Marine
cafeteria of Nunatsiavut Marine ferry with orange seats and eating tables in northern Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a remote and off the beaten path holiday experience
Image Via Nunatsiavut Marine
map of ferry routes to northern Labrador, Canada, an adventure travel itinerary
Image Via Parks Canada
images of green rolling hills and community of Nain, NL Canada, a wellness travel and adventure locale
Nain, Image Via Nunatsiavut Marine
mama polar bear and her cubs scale the side of a rock face in Nunatsiavut, NL in Canada, an exciting vacation encounter
© Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism; Barrett & MacKay Photo
indigenous, Inuit man with smoked fish giving a foodie demonstration to a tourist, a foodie wellness holiday to take in in Hopedale, NL Canada
Hopedale, © Destination Labrador
picture of a woodland caribou in northern Labrador, Canada
Woodland Caribou, © Destination Labrador; Graham Dickson
Inuit man smiling and welcoming you to Nain, a cultural heritage experiential holiday in Canada
Nain, © Destination Labrador

3. Take In A Tour Of The Churchill Falls Hydro Generating Facility And Be Awed By This World Class Engineering Feat, Churchill Falls

The Churchill Falls Generating Station Is One Of The Largest Underground Hydroelectric Power Stations In The World. The Plant Provides Clean, Renewable Energy To Millions Of North American Consumers. Constructed From 1967-1971 At A Cost Of 946 Million Canadian. The Project Was, At The Time, The Largest Civil Engineering Project Ever Undertaken In North America.

Collecting Water From A Drainage Basin Larger Than Nova Scotia, The Smallwood Reservoir Releases Its Burden Into The Churchill Falls Power Station. 11 Turbines Harness The Power Of The Massive 856 km Long Churchill River, With A Generating Capacity Of 5,428 Megawatts.
interior of Churchill Falls Hydro Generating Facility in Labrador, an educational tour
Turbine, © Nalcor Energy

interior of Churchill Falls Hydro Generating Facility, an informative and amazing engineering tour on an experiential travel holiday to Canada
© IEEE Canada
inside Labrador's Churchill Falls Hydro Generating Facility
© IEEE Canada
women with hard hat walking inside the Churchill falls hydro generating facility, a central Labrador travel experience
1000 Feet Below Ground, © Nalcor Energy

aerial View Of Churchill Falls, The Electrical Substation And The Three 735 KV Lines That Span The River Gorge in Newfoundland and Labrador Canada
View Of Churchill Falls, The Electrical Substation And The Three 735 KV Lines That Span The River Gorge, Image Via ProfessorX
old photo of churchill falls from the 1960s Before Water Diversion
Before Water Diversion, © Newfoundland And Labrador Heritage
photo of Churchill Falls After Water Diversion with rock and forest in the background, an adventure travel experience
After Water Diversion
Turbine Up Close at hydro-electrical facility in central Labrador, Canada
Turbine Up Close, Image Via Martin Lopatka, Flickr
2 engineers looking at main grid board that operates Churchill Falls, an insightful experiential holiday tour
Control Board, © Nalcor Energy

4. Take A Thrilling Zodiac Tour On The Strait Of Belle Isle With Tour Labrador, Blanc Sablon

The Strait Of Belle Isle Coastal Waters That Separate The Labrador Peninsula From The Island Of Newfoundland Is Known Historically For its Rich Marine Life. 

Porpoises, Whales, Seals And A Variety Of Marine Birds Including Puffins, Turrs, Ducks And More Call This Area Home! Late Spring/Early Summer Also Boasts One Of The Best Opportunities In The Province For Icebergs And Whales.


This Three Hour Tour Begins At Blanc Sablon, On Quebec’s Lower North Shore And Takes You Along The Coastline To Visit One Of The Largest Atlantic Puffin Colonies In Quebec. The Tour Continues On Searching For Whales And Icebergs. Two Common Whales Along The Labrador Straits And Quebec Lower North Shore Includes Humpbacks And Minke.

group of tourists on a Zodiac Tour On The Strait Of Belle Isle With Tour Labrador, Blanc Sablon, a fun adventure holiday
© Tour Labrador
man and a women smiling on a zodiac tour in SW Labrador with ocean and landscape in the background
© Tour Labrador

a couple smiling on a boat with coastline and iceberg behind them, a travel adventure for the ages
© Tour Labrador
whale surfacing in the ocean off the coast of Labrador, Canada, a delightful and thrilling eco adventure vacation
© Tour Labrador
flock of birds with coastline in the background in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a birding holiday experience
© Tour Labrador
whale fin in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a thrilling travel encounter
© Tour Labrador
man on a boat seeing a huge iceberg up close and personal in NL, Canada, thrilling travel plans
© Tour Labrador

5. You Have Seen Sensational Labrador By Land And Sea, Now Take In The Big Land On A Flight Training Course With Lab West Ultra Light, Labrador City

small plane on runway from Lab West Ultra Light, Labrador City, a flight tour
© Lab West Ultra Light Inc.
beautiful sunset from the horizon in Labrador at flight training tour, an eco adventure thrilling vacation experience
© Lab West Ultra Light Inc.

pilot smiling in the sky with landscape in the background on a aviation training tour in Labrador
© Lab West Ultra Light Inc.

6. Take A Guided Kayaking Tour Along The South Labrador Coast With Experience Labrador, Cartwright

The Kayak Day Trips Extend From Cartwright Harbour To Some Of The Local Islands And Coves Near The Entrance To Sandwich Bay, A Spectacular Environment!

The Inuit Paddled Along These Labrador Shores From Their Most Northern Dwellings To The Eastern Seaboard Of The United States. The Local Area Was One Of Their Meeting Places As They Traded Food And Tools.

You Can Experience This Historic Location As Your Guide Tells You Local Stories And Also Helps You Identify Sightings Of Puffins, Gannets, Seals, Whales, And Icebergs. 

All Ages Are Welcome, No Experience Necessary For Day Paddles. Enjoy Yourself In These Pristine Waters!
4 kayaks ocean kayaking with landscape and shoreline in the background at Cartwright, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a thrilling adventure holiday
© Experience Labrador
ocean sunset at Cartwright, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a wellness nature travel destination
© Experience Labrador
women kayaking along the shore in Cartwright, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a healthy and wellness holiday activity
© Experience Labrador
women in a kayak in sea with hills in the background at Cartwright, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, an eco adventure travel tour
© Experience Labrador

iceberg in the sea at dusk at Cartwright, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a beautiful adventure travel site
© Experience Labrador
iceberg and seal in the ocean at Cartwright, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, an adventure and ecology travel experience
© Experience Labrador
massive whale plunging out of ocean at Cartwright, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a thrilling adventure travel tour
© Experience Labrador

sunset at dusk with red sky's over water with boat and mountains at Cartwright, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a wellness travel destination
Cartwright, © Experience Labrador

7. Take A Salmon Fishing Trip On The World Famous Eagle River With Cloud 9 Salmon Lodge, Lethbridge Island


The Pristine Eagle River Is The Fifth Largest River In Labrador And Flows North-Easterly Emptying Into Sandwich Bay At Separation Point. It Is One Of The Largest Salmon Producing Rivers In North America. 

Located At The Base Of The Beautiful Mealy Mountains, Cloud 9 Salmon Lodge Boasts Some Of The Best Atlantic Salmon Angling In The World!

2 men in a boat on a Salmon Fishing Trip on Eagle River With Cloud 9 Salmon Lodge, Lethbridge Island, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada
© Cloud 9 Salmon Lodge

people in a boat and standing on Eagle River With Cloud 9 Salmon Lodge, Lethbridge Island, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a wellness holiday experience
© Cloud 9 Salmon Lodge

young boy holding a salmon with forest and hills in the background at Lethbridge Island, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, an eco adventure travel destination
© Cloud 9 Salmon Lodge
man in a boat holding a huge salmon at Lethbridge Island, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a wellness vacation stay
© Cloud 9 Salmon Lodge

people fishing in the river with forested hill in the background at Lethbridge Island, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, an adventure travel spot
© Cloud 9 Salmon Lodge
dusk with beautiful sunset over hills at Lethbridge Island, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a wellness and remote travel escape
© Cloud 9 Salmon Lodge

And Finally, The Most Sensational Adventure Of All…

8. Take An Epic Wilderness Adventure Tour To The Torngat Mountains National Park With Torngat Mountains Base Camp, Torngat Mountains


The Torngat Mountains Is One Of Canada’s Newest National Parks And Remains One Of The Least-Discovered Parts Of The Country. 

Sometimes Called Northern Norway On Steroids, The Region Can Best Be Described As Majestic And Raw. An Untamed, Dramatic, Even Ancient Land!

The Torngat Mountains Base Camp Offers Comfortable, Eco-Friendly Amenities. It Isn’t Home But You Certainly Are Far From Roughing It! 

Inuit Elders And Youth From Nunatsiavut And Nunavik Come Together Along with Visitors, Researchers And Parks Canada Staff To Share Adventures And Connect With Their Inuit Homeland. Here You Will Explore This Unique And Special Landscape And Experience The Rhythm Of A Traditional Inuit Way Of Life. 

During Your Stay, The Nunatsiavut Group Of Companies Provides Several Options To You For Getting Around And Exploring This Spectacular Land Including Zodiac And Passenger/Long Liner Boats, Helicopter And Walking. Great Hiking Trips Are Available Directly From Base Camp. All Hikers Leaving Base Camp Will Be Accompanied By An Inuit Bear Guard.

4 yellow tents at the waters edge at Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a remote and thrilling eco adventure and wellness holiday destination
© Destination Labrador
photo of base camp tents, waterside with fog and clouds looming over Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, an awe inspiring travel experience
© Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station
exterior of tents at base camp at Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a remote and thrilling adventure travel stay
© Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station

exterior of base camp with solar panels and mountains in the background at Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a green, eco-friendly travel accommodations
Solar Powered Base Camp, © Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station
cafeteria and tables inside base camp at Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a food travel holiday spot
Cafeteria, © Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station
a person sitting inside the base camp accommodations watching a video on tv at Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a remote and thrilling travel stay
Common Room © Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station

between to cliff sides with reflection in the water at dusk at Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a peaceful holiday escape
© Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station
waterside at Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada with high cliffs and green grass at the base, an authentic natural holiday
© Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station

aerial view of Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada with aqua blue lake, beautiful adventure off the beaten path remote travel
© Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station
beach side with a lake and reflection of Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, peaceful tranquility travel escape
© Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station
polar bear at Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a thrilling adventure travel encounter
© Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station

Group of people standing at a table preparing to eat a buffet at Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a cultural experiential foodie travel destination
© Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station
A young indigenous Inuit girl smiling and standing on a rock-side at Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a cultural experiential travel destination
© Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism; Barrett & MacKay Photo
beachside fire at night surrounded by people at dusk at Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, wellness and relaxation vacation
© Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism; Barrett & MacKay Photo
Inuit women banging drum at Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a cultural heritage wellness holiday
© Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station
Pitsik, dried char, an indigenous Inuit food at Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a healthy foodie travel experience
© Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station

Boat at Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, wellness travel
© Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station
Inuit couple on a beach with two boats and landscape in the background at Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, an authentic cultural, indigenous travel experience
© Nunatsiavut Group of Companies
2 people on an adventure travel holiday next to a helicopter looking at terrain at Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
© Nunatsiavut Group of Companies
Helicopter between two mountains at Torngat Mountains National Park in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a thrilling eco adventure travel trip
© Nunatsiavut Group of Companies
About Us
At Experience NL, we are planners of experiences…not simply vacations.

These are compelling, personally tailored getaways for engaged, curious travelers seeking life-enhancing opportunities.

Contact Matthew or John to start planning your most exceptional journey!

Sitting in a field at Spillars Cove, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, Canada with ocean and cliffs in the background is Matthew, Experiential Travel Planner with Experience Newfoundland and Labrador Travel Agency
Matthew Barrett, Experiential Travel Consultant
Standing next to a Leprechaun at Dublin City Center in Ireland is John, Experiential Travel Planner with Experience Newfoundland and Labrador Travel Agency
John Keough, Owner & Experiential Travel Consultant
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