Labrador

“A Culturally Enriching, Epic Adventure For The Ages”

Known as ‘The Big Land’, Labrador is the mainland portion of NL that extends from the Strait of Belle Isle in the south to Cape Chidley in the far north. At 405,720 square kilometers (156,649 square miles), it is one of the last great wilderness bastions on the planet. Here the air is clean, the water clear and pure, and the people equally unspoiled.

A trip to Labrador is not your routine vacation but an epic adventure for the ages, this is an untamed, dramatic, even ancient land where outdoor aficionados can indulge in their true passion. Here you will encounter majestic mountains, huge lakes, teeming rivers of fish, and the magical northern lights, not to mention, icebergs, whales, abundant wildlife (including polar bears), endless coastlines, and unusual plants and geology at your every step.

You will also walk in the footsteps of early mariners and many ancient, indigenous groups who long predate them including the oldest documented site of prehistoric occupation dating +9,000 years. Early European presence is on display here too including Red Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where archaeologists have uncovered a 16th Century Basque whaling station.

Today, Labrador is dotted with coastal settlements inhabited primarily by descendants of European fishermen who arrived here +200 years ago. Three aboriginal groups (Innu, Inuit, and Métis) have been here for thousands of years and also remain a thriving cultural force in the region.

On your Labrador journey, you will immediately be immersed in the local traditions and folktales of authentic, resilient peoples whose character and culture are rooted in deep, spiritual relationships with the land, sea, and sky.

  • Holding catch in the water by a woman fisher

Places To Visit

geographical map of labrador towns and communities to explore


Experiences To Cherish

going ‘off the grid’

Your ultimate boat voyage experience to heritage properties on a nearshore island that includes structures, walkways, work areas, and over 500 artifacts illustrating fishery life of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Here you will be without the modern distractions: no street lights, no cars, nor paved roads. Your stay: a centuries-old home with dramatic night skies, ocean vistas, icebergs, whales, and arctic vegetation.

labrador’s peoples

Step inside this interpretation centre and heritage museum located in historic facilities where voices, works of art, artifacts, recreations, and exhibits narrate the history of central Labrador and its four peoples (Innu, Inuit, Métis, and settlers). Situated on-site is a craft shop with local creations for you to purchase including carvings, knitwear, moccasins, and Innu Tea-Dolls, in addition to an adjacent tea room offering light meals.

a lightkeeper’s life

Atop spectacular limestone cliffs sits one of Canada’s tallest and most historic lighthouses. Extensive exhibits with original and period furnishings are situated inside. 132 steps to the top offers you panoramic views for watching icebergs, whales, and dolphins. Your visit includes a light lunch (or opt for the full-course evening dinner) and a guided 10 minute walk to a nearby shipwreck.

paddles and stories

Nearshore guided kayaking and folklore tour of south Labrador that shall take you along a historic Inuit food and trade paddling route. Situated on the doorstep of Wonderstrand, a 56 kilometer (35 mile) beach and Mealy Mountains. Natural wonders for you to take in include minke whales, icebergs, ocean flora, caribou, seals, and birds including gannets, puffins, and terns.

in the inuit’s footsteps

Stroll this 9 kilometer (5.6 mile) Northern Labrador boardwalk, the longest in the entire world, that will lead you to an active archaeological dig of an 18th Century Inuit site. Nestled in a sheltered cove, it consists of three multi-family, semi-subterranean sod huts. Site was part of the long-distance, coastal trade network that extended as far south as the United States eastern seaboard.

moravian presence

Step inside the oldest wooden structures in NL, a Moravian mission complex and settlement dating to 1782. Consists of 7 buildings (residences, storehouse, workshop, church, and graveyard) with unique architecture influenced by the Central and Eastern European vernacular style. On-site centre to peruse three levels of artifacts and written materials from the late 1700’s.

engineering feats

Your guided tour inside one of the world’s biggest underground hydroelectric power generating stations. Constructed from 1967-1971, it was, at its time, North America’s largest civil engineering project. Features 11 turbines and a 5,428 megawatt generating capacity to harnesses power from a drainage basin larger than Nova Scotia.

cultural adventures

A guided workshop and camping retreat to a remote island surrounded by rocky beaches, fresh ocean air, and wild berry covered hills. Hands-on instruction led by a local artisan in ring making, silver and metal clay, mat and rug hooking, embroidery, and recycled glass. All your camping gear, meals, jewelry tools, and supplies to be provided by your guide.

pieces of labrador

Your unique shopping experience inside a beautiful old building. Browse a large selection of high quality, handmade products including sealskin, labradorite jewellery, indigenous carvings in soapstone and bone, moccasins, and knitted goods. Local frozen food products are also available such as arctic char, shrimp, cod, and wild red berries.

fishing for the ages

Take a salmon fishing trip on Labrador’s fifth largest river, and one of the biggest salmon producing rivers in North America. Situated near Mealy Mountains National Park where you shall be surrounded by scenery and native wildlife. Food, cabin accommodations, boats, motors, and the services of a licensed fishing guide are provided.

80 years basque

The earliest, most comprehensive and best preserved archaeology site of a 16th century Basque whaling station. Your tour begins on a nearshore island with burial grounds, ovens to render whale fat into oil, and cooperages. Nearby visitor centre includes a large collection of artifacts including household items, tools, weapons, and an ‘chalupa’ whaling boat from the 1500s.

21st century fishing

Your dynamic, hands-on experience in scallop farming with a boat cruise to an aquaculture barge in a picturesque bay to learn scallop growing and processing methods. Trip is accompanied by a land tour to a demonstration warehouse with informative panels and touch tanks of scallops and other ocean species. Includes a seafood boil-up of scallops paired with wine.

them days

Meet an iconic magazine publisher who is preserving the rich stories, history, and traditions of Labrador. An extensive collection of archives (photo, audio tape, and written) are located here from Inuit, Innu, and settlers who have fished and hunted here. Includes a guided walking tour of the historic community, as well as a sit down with elders who will share with you, stories and experiences from yesteryear.

dining with ‘locals’

Unwind at a favourite foodie spot of Labradorians with a home-style meal prepared only of traditional recipes and local ingredients. Your menu options include cod au gratin, seafood chowder, cod, salmon, scallops, char, jiggs’ dinner, and pea soup, as well as desserts baked on-site with fresh, organic, hand-picked Labrador wildberries such as cloudberries, lingonberries, and blueberries.


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