Labrador

“A Culturally Enriching, Epic Adventure For The Ages”

Known as ‘The Big Land’, Labrador is the mainland portion of our province that extends from the Strait of Belle Isle in the south to Cape Chidley in the far north.

At 405,720 sq. km (156,649 miles sq.), 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 run of the mill vacation, it is an epic adventure for the ages. This is an untamed, dramatic, even ancient land where outdoor aficionados can indulge in their true passion.

Majestic mountains, huge lakes, teeming rivers of fish that flow forever, magical northern lights, abundant wildlife (including polar bears) and sensational coastlines await your discovery as well as icebergs, whales and unusual plants and geology at every step.

Here 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).

The story of the early European presence is also on display here including Red Bay where archaeologists have uncovered a 16th Century Basque whaling station.

Today, Labrador is primarily dotted with coastal settlements inhabited mostly by descendants of fishermen who arrived +200 years ago.

Three aboriginal groups (Innu, Inuit, and Métis) have been here for thousands of years and remain a thriving cultural force in the region.

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

  • Holding catch in the water by a woman fisher

Places You’ll Visit

geographical map of labrador towns and communities to explore


Experiences To Cherish

going ‘off the grid’

A boat voyage to restored heritage properties on a small near-shore island. Historic structures, walkways, work areas and +500 artifacts tell the dramatic story of 18th, 19th, and 20th Century fishery life in Labrador. Here you are without modern distractions: no street lights, cars or paved roads. Your stay: a centuries-old home with dramatic night skies with ocean vistas, icebergs, whales and arctic vegetation all within reach. An epic cultural adventure and wellness escape.

Labrador’s Peoples

A superb interpretation centre and heritage museum located in historic facilities. Through voice, works of art, artifacts, recreations, and exhibits, the amazing story of old-time central Labrador and its four founding peoples: the Innu, Inuit, Métis and recent settlers is brilliantly told to you. Centre houses a lovely craft shop with unique, beautiful, hand-made local creations such as carvings, knitwear, moccasins, and Innu Tea-Dolls. Tea room located on-site for you to enjoy a light meal.

A Lighthouse Keeper’s life

Atop limestone cliffs sits one of Canada’s tallest and most historic lighthouses. Inside extensive exhibits with original and period furnishings bring the past to life. Take the 132 steps to the top for panoramic views of the region and watch icebergs, whales and dolphins pass-by. Enjoy a light lunch or opt for a full-course evening dinner. Includes guided 10 minute walk to nearby shipwreck.

Paddling & Storytelling

Your near shore, guided kayaking/folklore tour of south Labrador coast along historic food and trade paddling route of Inuit peoples. On the doorstep of Wonderstrand, a beautiful 56 km beach and the magnificent Mealy Mountains. Natural wonders to take in include mink whales, icebergs, ocean flora, caribou, seals, and countless birds like gannets, puffins and terns. Includes a sandy shore pit-stop for a light snack.

Footsteps Of The Inuit

Take a 9 km boardwalk, the longest in the world, that leads you to an active, Eighteenth Century, Inuit archaeological site nestled in a sheltered cove. Consisting of three multi-family, semi-subterranean sod huts. A fascinating look into Inuit culture and the long-distance, coastal trade network that extended as far south as the United States eastern seaboard. Your first glimpse at post-European contact artifacts.

The Moravian Presence

Step inside a Moravian mission complex/settlement dating 1782. Home to oldest wooden structures in NL. Guided tour of 7 historic buildings including residence, storehouse, workshop, church and graveyard. Unique, beautiful architecture influenced by Central/Eastern European vernacular styles. Interpretive centre with three storey of artifacts and written materials from the late 1700’s bring the story to life.

World Class Engineering

Take a guided tour inside one of the biggest underground hydroelectric power generating stations in the world. Constructed between 1967-1971, at its time, it was the largest civil engineering project ever undertaken in North America. This is a technological marvel that will leave you in awe. Station features 11 turbines with a 5,428 megawatt generating capacity that harnesses power from a drainage basin larger than the Province of Nova Scotia.

Cultural Adventure

Guided workshop and camping retreat to a remote island off the coast of Labrador. Hands-on instruction provided by local artisan in ring making, silver and metal clay, traditional mat and rug hooking, embroidery and recycled glass. Your inspiring creative and natural experience surrounded by rocky beaches, fresh ocean air and wild berry covered hills. All camping gear, meals, jewelry tools and supplies are provided by your guide.

A ‘Piece’ Of Labrador

Your unique shopping experience inside a beautiful old building with warm, welcoming Labradorians. Browse among a large selection of high quality, local handmade products including sealskin, labradorite jewellery, indigenous carvings (soapstone and bone), moccasins, knitted goods and more. Local food products (frozen) also available for purchase such as delicious arctic char, shrimp, cod and wild red berries.

Fishing For The Ages

Remote salmon fishing trip on the 5th largest river in Labrador. At one of the biggest salmon producing rivers in all of North America with some of the best angling in the world. Situated at the base of the beautiful Mealy Mountains, surrounded by spectacular scenery and native wildlife. All food, cabin accommodations, boats, motors and the services of a licensed fishing guide provided. You won’t leave this place without plenty of fish stories.

80 Years Basque Whaling

Visit the earliest, most comprehensive and best preserved archaeology site of a 16th century Basque whaling station. Your self-guided tour takes you to the main site on near shore island with burial grounds, ovens used to render whale fat into oil and cooperages. Visitor centre nearby complements the experience with an extensive collection of original artifacts such as household items, tools, weapons and an authentic chalupa whaling boat from the 1500s.

The 21st Century Fishery

A dynamic, hands-on experience in scallop farming. A boat cruise takes you to an aquaculture barge in a picturesque bay to watch and learn the methods behind scallop growing and processing. Accompanied by land tour of a demonstration warehouse which boasts informative panels and a touch tank of live scallops and other species. Includes a seafood boil-up for you to taste mouth-watering scallops paired with wine. A delightfully authentic foodie experience.

Them Days

Stop into the home of an iconic magazine publisher who is preserving the rich stories, history and traditions of Labrador’s vibrant culture. An intriguing collection of archives (photos, audio tapes and written stories) to be explored here from Inuit, Innu and settlers who have fished and hunted here for generations. Accompanied by guided walking tour of historic community and sit down with elders who will share with you their stories and experiences from yesteryear.

Dining With ‘Locals’

Unwind at a favourite foodie spot among Labradorians. Offering home-style, nutritious meals that are made from traditional recipes and unique, local ingredients. Your delicious menu options include cod-au-gratin, chowder, cod, salmon, scallops and char with daily specials like jigs dinner and pea soup. Home-made desserts made at bakery on-site consisting only of the freshest, hand-picked Labrador wild berries (ie: cloudberries, lingonberries and blueberries).