The Battle Harbour National Historic District is full of very old artifacts, I would estimate in the hundreds of items from the early 1900s that depict a fishing lifestyle.I have provided a picture of some of these artifacts and a link to an external web site that has pages of more catelogued artifacts from Battle Harbour with explanations.While in...more
The Rangers had a regular presence on Battle Harbour Island and the old Ranger Station is now restored. Be sure to go in an explore this historic building and get the historical interpretation.I liked the display that depicted the traditional uniform for the Rangers when they worked in Battle Harbour.more
There are a couple of things I really liked about eating on Battle Harbour island but its neat to know up front. There isn't a menu. For breakfast, lunch and dinner there is a set menu that everyone eats. The food in my opinion is as good as you will find and I have every found to date. It is all local and traditional dishes that add again to the...more
Caplin is a very common and traditional meal you can try in Battle Harbour.They are generally served dried or fried up fresh in a pan. Personally I like them fresh and fried myself, they are a lot like a smelt that way.Here is the picture you can see how some local people dry them out on their wharves.more
Battle Harbour is very calm and peacefull in the evenings and its up to you to decide how you want to spend your time.However if you are looking for a good time and you are in a group it is possible that a spontanous house party can be arranged and you make your own entertainment.Be respectful of your surroundings but let loose and have a good...more
Battle Harbour goes have a cookhouse / bunkhouse and like any famous international destination you will get a diverse group of people on site that you will surely meet on the island. During my visit we meet a German traveller that treated us to a "Didgeridoo" performance.His name was actually Axel Grossmann and he has his own travel page. He does...more
The waterfront is were all the action once happened and is today beautifully restored. The waterfront also has many services available to cottage guest and mariners such as boat hook up with water and electricity for $0.50 CDN per foot per night. Showers for $2.50 each and there is a coin operated washer and dryer available.more
There is a regular ferry that operates between Mary's Harbour, Labrador on the southeast coast and direct to Battle Harbour.I have to strongly stress don't think of your $40 per person round trip as a transportation fee. It is an experience and really a boat tour. I never saw so many ice bergs, birds, whales and seals in all my life, seriously....more
Battle Harbour is located on the south east coast of Labrador. With this tip I just wanted to provide a map of its location. You can drive to Mary's Harbour and then catch the ferry over to Battle Harbour that runs a couple of times per day.I have also provided a good link to an external site that has more information on Battle Harbour and the...more
The Battle Harbour General Store is a prime example of the old fashioned shop common to coastal communities in days gone by. Now operated by the Battle Harbour Historic Trust this store is stocked with groceries, confectionary, local crafts and souvenirs. There is also alcohol available in the store and they take credit cards.
I really like walking around in this store just to get the feeling of what it was like back in the early 1900s. There are a lot of old artifacts as well displayed throughout the store.
What to buy: There are some really nice souviners in the store but if you are going to cook your own meals in your guest house you will want to use some of the groceries.
Years ago there was no electricity and the homes were lighted with oil lamps.Today when you are staying in Battle Harbour I recommend you don't use the electricity today and use the oil lamps for a more traditional and peaceful experience.It really is an experience, you should try.Be careful as well with the lamps.more
When you are exploring this historic buildings you will see lots of markings on the beams above you and on the walls. These markings are actually authentic and real and chaulk was used during these times.Some people in ignorance tend to wipe at these wondering if they are real or not. They are real and touching these marking endanger their life...more
While walking around the waterfront and various other locations you will see buildings from the early 1900s that have not been restored.I recommend you appreciate these historic buildings however don't try to explore them. They may not be secured, rusty nails are a risk and it can be dangerous and any unneccessary damage to these buildings will be...more
Many of the fishermen in the early 1900s were not tall people and the historic architecture is evident of this. I am only 5 feet tall and 10 inches at most and I needed to duck in the Isacc Smith Cottage. It is very amusing and again gives you a very real feeling of the era Battle Harbour depicts. Just watch your head and enjoy the cottage :-).more
For me I didn't identify any tourist traps in Battle Harbour it was a great experience, way above my expectations and great value.
The staff there are very accommodating and will make your trip a great experience. As you can see from my picture we were treated very well from the time we arrived until we set sail for Mary's Harbour. Waving on the dock are the staff in Battle Harbour!
Unique Suggestions: Before you go its worth while to read all of my tips and set your expectations for a travel back in time to an early and bustling 1900 fishing village.
There are many modern amenities now incorporated into the site but you can really experience and soak up an authentic experience in this restored village.
Fun Alternatives: There are no alternatives to such a unique and authentic experience as you will find in Battle Harbour!
Luggage and bags:
It is a good idea to bring a back pack type of luggage out to Battle Harbour. You will be in a boat and walking over paths. It's not condusive to suitcases that you role.
The local staff are certainly willing to help as well, there is a tractor that can deliver you luggage to your cottage.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring different layers of clothing. It can be very hot at times but you are out on the Atlantic ocean. The breezes can be cooler and when in boat you need a sweater. Good hiking shoes would also be important.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: All of this sort of things are on the island.
Photo Equipment: I recommend that your camera have great zoom capabilities. I wish I had a set of binoculars as well while I was there to see the hundreds of seals and birds closer.
Miscellaneous: At Battle Harbour itselft there are not many black flies at all but if you go onto the mainland hiking there can be a lot of flies at time. Overall though you do get a good breeze from the sea. To be prepared fly repellant will do, if you are really worried fly neats can be worn as well.
Battle Harbour was certainly the fishing capital of Labrador where the main activity occured but there are many other abondoned communities along the coast line in southern Labrador.Here in this picture is Trap Cove. On the right hand side of the picture on top of the hill, the white colored house is owned by the Snook family.It has a great view of...more
Another deserted fishing community is Mathews Cove. It is also often referred to as "Maddie's Cove". It is just a 5 minute walk from Trap Cove or a short boat ride over into the next harbour. Both communities one time shared the same school.Today there are some homes that are still maintained as summer cottages. This makes another great side...more
Cape Charles is another abandoned community just a few kilometers away by boat from Battle Harbour.There is a little more infrastructure still standing in Cape Charles with a church, old school, some private residents continue to keep their cottages up.The Battle Harbour Historic Trust are also restoring one large house in Cape Charles.This is a...more
Never in my life did I see as many whales and seals in my life as I did when I visited Battle Harbour. I was disappointed I didn't have a better camera and some binoculars. This is the best picture I could get of a whales tail. With a better camera though some fellow tourist were getting amazing shots. On this particular day there were about 15 or...more
Hiking around Battle Harbour and surrounding areas is a real treat. The number of birds and whales that can be spotted are plus number one. The area is also infamous for the number of very rare plants and excussive cloudberries or bakeapples.You also get to enjoy the rugged landscaped, elevated views and explore the remains of historic and once...more
I keep stating now at a number of destinations that I am not a bird expert and that remains true today.However in the Battle Harbour area a lot of research has been done on the number of bird species in the area and it is a great place for bird watching, there are hundreds of different species and you can see the sky full of birds in this...more
Battle Harbour really is a great restoration project and example of exceptional economic development. It all started when a local group decided to try and restore the church and it has gone on from there.Battle Harbour is now run by the Battle Harbour Historic Trust and it is largely restored by donations. Corporations, government support and...more