Labrador

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‘s 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’s an epic adventure for the ages.

This is an untamed, dramatic, even ancient land where outdoor aficionados can indulge in their 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’ll 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’ll 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 the land, sea and sky!

Places You’ll Visit

Unforgettable Experiences

Going ‘Off The Grid’

Take 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 20thcentury fishery life. Without modern distractions: no street lights, cars or paved roads. Stay in a centuries-old home. Dramatic night skies with ocean vistas, icebergs, whales and arctic vegetation all within your reach. An epic cultural adventure and 21st century escape.

The Labrador Peoples

Superb interpretation centre/heritage museum located in historic facilities. Through voice, works of art, artifacts, recreations, and exhibits, the story of old-time central Labrador and its four founding peoples: Innu, Inuit, Metis and Settler is brilliantly told to you. Craft shop with unique, hand-made local creations such as carvings, knitwear, moccasins, and Innu Tea-Dolls. Tea room on-site for you to enjoy a light meal.

Life Of A Lighthouse Keeper

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

Paddling & Storytelling

Near shore, guided kayaking/folklore tour of the south Labrador coast along historic food and trade paddling route of Inuit peoples. On the doorstep of the Wonderstrand, a beautiful 56 km sandy beach and magnificent Mealy Mountain National Park. Natural wonders for you 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.

In The Footsteps Of The Inuit

9 km boardwalk, the world’s longest, leads you to an active, 18th 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 to the US eastern seaboard. Your first glimpse at post-European contact artifacts.

The Moravian Presence

Step inside a Moravian mission complex/settlement dating to 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 stories of artifacts and written materials from the late 1700’s bring the story to life.

World Class Engineering

Guided tour inside one of the biggest underground hydroelectric power generating stations in the world. Constructed between 1967-1971, at its time, the largest civil engineering project ever undertaken in North America. A technological marvel that will leave you in awe, featuring 11 turbines that harness power from a drainage basin larger than Nova Scotia with a 5,428 megawatt generating capacity.

Cultural Craft Adventure

Guided workshop and camping retreat to a remote island off the Labrador coast. Hands-on instruction 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, jewellery tools and supplies are provided.

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 arctic char, shrimp, cod and red berries.

Fishing For The Ages

Remote salmon fishing trip on the 5th largest river in Labrador. One of the largest salmon producing rivers in North America with some of the best angling in the world. Situated at the base of the 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 Of 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 primary site on a near shore island with burial grounds, ovens used to render whale fat into oil and cooperages. Visitor centre located nearby includes extensive collection of original artifacts including 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. 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 demonstration warehouse which boasts informative panels and a touch tank of live scallops and other species. Includes seafood boil-up for you to taste mouth-watering scallops paired with wine.

Them Days

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

Dining With The Locals

A favourite foodie spot among Labradorians. Home-style, nutritious meals made from traditional recipes and 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 only of the freshest, hand-picked Labrador wild berries (re: cloudberries, lingonberries and blueberries).

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