Icebergs are very common in the Labrador Straits in the late spring and early summer. They come from the high Arctic and Greenland they drift south on the cold Labrador Current to melt in the warmer waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.They can reach as high as 90 to 150 m above the surface of the sea. Yet about 90 percent of the mass of an iceberg...more
L'anse Amour certainly offers a lot of value!! On your way to the Point Amour Lighthouse or the Lighthouse Cove Bed and Breakfast you will see this monument in this picture. It is actually very significant and worth stoping to read the interpretation. Here is more information about it.About 7,500 years ago a Maritime Archaic adolescent died and was...more
Red Bay is a Canadian National Historic Site. Right and bowhead whales, once plentiful in the waters of coastal Labrador, attracted whalers from the Basque country (northern Spain and southern France) during the 16th century. A thriving industry based on the production of whale oil for export to Europe developed along the Labrador coast during the...more
Each year in August they have a local festival in celebration of the Bakeapple. There is local culture and talent, nightly entertainment, crafts, displays, local foods, family entertainment and folk festival.The bakeapple is a very popular berry in this area and any food that you see that contains the bakeapple try it!The Bakeapple is known and...more
The Point Amour Lighthouse is one of the areas landmarks and the second tallest lighthouse in North America, the tallest in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is a definite must see when you are in this area.The lighthouse makes for a nice hike in itself at 109 feet and 128 steps! It offers a panoramic view of the surrounding land and sea. While walking...more
Between Forteau and L'anse au Loup just prior to the L'anse Amour junction you will find the Labrador Straits Museum.This museum is run by the Women's Institute and they have done a very good job with the artifacts in this museum. Besides all the history which you can learn more about on their web site address that I provided, you get some great...more
When you are in Forteau the main place to eat out is the Seaview Restaurant. You will find the food is very good at this place.
In the building with the restaurant is also a small grocery store and a bakeapple processing facility where they produce jams and jellies from the local berries.
I put down there web site more more information on that part of the building.
But I highly recommend you try anything that says Bakeapples or Partridgeberries.
Favorite Dish: Snack.
Here is an important tip, most people visit this area right now in the summer busy tourist season. If you happen to be in the area in the winter be warned that if you get stuck in this type of snow clearing dilemma you could be in serious trouble.This picture was taken by a local resident, I know as well during the 2004 winter season one family...more
In the summer one of the most popular ways to get to the Labrador Straits seems to be by boat leaving from St. Barbe, Newfoundland.It is a short crossing across the Straight of Belle Isle. It takes a little over an hour but on most days it is like a short tour, get yourself out on the deck and enjoy the smell of salt water. It is another great view...more
This region is home to some very rare plants and a local development agency has started a great new project that you might want to check out at the Point Amour Lighthouse.
The Natural Heritage Centre is a project with the goal of promoting education of natural history through science and arts. It is also intended to help conserve the natural landscape of the Labrador Straits by combining science and art in the same facility. The centre will consist of three buildings at Point Amour, namely, a research laboratory, an arts and culture studio, and a living quarters. Students and residents will be involved in conducting research, such as studying the rare plants of the area. Training will also be a large component of the initiatives to be undertaken with the centre, in attempt to both preserve and promote the natural heritage of the Labrador Straits.
This trail begins at the Point Amour Lighthouse and takes you to the wreck site of the H.M.S. Raleigh.The raleigh was a British warship that ran aground in 1922. The trail follows the shoreline and is an excellent place to watch whales.Duration: 15 min. one wayDegree of difficulty: easymore
Overfall Brook Trail Travels along the shoreline of Forteau Bay . A lowland route proceeds along the beach and under the cliffs to the base of the Overfall Brook Falls. The uppper route climbs the hill to the high ground providing an excellent lookout over the Forteau Bay with Point Amour lighthouse vivible at the distance. At trail end the...more
This trail extends along the shoreline on the western side of L'Anse Au Clair. A worn walking path will bring you to the side of ''the Jersey rooms''. No excavations have been done but you ca easily see the foundations of the buildings and the stone walkways that where part of an 18th century fishing enterprise.Duration: 30 min.Degree of...more
As you can see from this picture from the top of the Point Amour Lighthouse there is a walking trail that continue along the shoreline back toward the community of L'anse Amour. There is interpretation along this trail and it is also the sight of two famous ship wrecks the HMS Raleigh and the HMS Lily. You will see all the remains scattered along...more
Here is another picture of Forteau Bay and you can see that at the mouth of the day there is the Forteau River running from a variety of ponds (First, Middle and Inside) ponds.You can access the river right from the main highway between Forteau and English Point.This is a popular salmon river with local people and many tourist give it a try as...more
Here is another great beach in the Labrador Straits. If you are staying at the Northern Light Inn you might want to walk down here and just relax.It is a great beach and you can take some nice hikes along the rocky shoreline and view the steep cliffs and ocean.If you get a day with a breeze this is a great activity.I haven't seen this yet but you...more
When you enter the first community in the Labrador Straits; L'anse au Clair you will see this converted church. It is now a visitor center and it is staffed during the tourism season. You can stop in here and ask any new questions you might have and get yourself oriented.more