Every year in August there is a holiday and annual Canoe Regatta with races, events, strong men competitions, games for kids and plenty of great food around to try.
In 2004 the prices was just $1 CDN for admission and $2 to park the car in the parking lot right near the beach.
It's a fun time and lot of people party at the Regatta as well in campers, etcetera.
Every year in conjunction with the Canoe Regatta there is a Labrador Strong Man competition.
This has become one of the most popular events now at the Regatta with plenty of spectators.
There are several events.
In this picture the object is to push your opponent out of the ring, make him let go of the log or for one end of the log to touch the ground.
Just across the river from North West River you will find the Innu community of Sheshashiu where you can get a glimpse into innu culture.
By visiting the Band Council office you can also get additional information. I have some more of these tips under my North West River link below.
If you visit Happy Valley - Goose Bay I would suggest a side trip 33 kms away to North West River.
There is a great interpretation centre with loads of Aboriginal artifacts, paintings, and sculptures.
There is a museum, great folks and a very nice beach if you are there during the summer months!
North West River is also home to the famous Beach Festival. It is a great time every July.
The community is also the oldest in central Labrador and rich with history. I have a link provided specially for my seperate North West River page.
Goose Bay came to be in the early 1940 when a massive air force base was built in the area. Today Allied low level flight training occurs during the summer months.
It really is a multi-culture place with residents from Italy, Germany, England, Holland and others. In the summer you can see lots during Allied Appreciation week and check out the Military Museum year round!
I have a link to my travelogues with more pictures of Allied Appreciation Week.
If you are driving to Happy Valley - Goose Bay it is worth the stop at Churchill Falls and do the underground tour of the famous Hydroelectric Project, its size and scope are amazing and definitely worth the stop. It is an engineering marvel and the largest underground power plant in the world!
If you are really adventurous in the summer time you can actually to to the falls itself and although I don't recommend it, you can carefully climb down over the falls and get some great pictures looking back up, I've been there, done that!
You can also follow the path and take some pictures from the other side of the gorge. If you are flying to Happy Valley - Goose Bay, this is at least a day's excursion as it is 3 hours, 280 km one way, but still worth the effort!
Churchill Falls is not in the VT database so I have some more Churchill Falls tips in a Travelogue for Wabush / Labrador City and the link is below.
The Labrador Creative Arts Festival, founded in 1975, as a celebration of the arts created by and for Labradorians. This Festival upholds two main principles:
1. there is an expressed need for young people resident in Labrador, be they Innu, Inuit, Metis or resident, to know their past and their role in the developing Labrador community, in order to aid them in becoming active in the preservation of their heritage, as well as to become arbiters of their future.
2. to provide individuals with an opportunity to come together and share their creative experiences because of the geographic and social diversity within Labrador, and thus become aware of the varied and composite life styles in Labrador.
I had been living in the Happy Valley area for four years and always heard about it so I decided to go in 2004. It was a great experience. I had been involved in a lot of political type issues and didn't realize the power of listening to deep social issues through the words of teenagers.
Some of the topics where drugs in remote communities, broken families and so on.
The students learn self-expression, self-confidence and social interaction skills as well as developing a keener aesthetic sense and critical thinking skills.