Mining and exploration companies come to Nain, do their thing and then leave.
There are several abandoned camps aswell as old Cold War DEW - Distant Early Warning -sites. Exploring them can be lotsa fun.
The people of Nain love seafood. Whenever they can they are out fishing or harvesting mussels, clams, scallops, sea urchins etc.
Mussels and clams are always boiled. But scallops can be ate raw as is the roe of sea urchins.
Nain has two stores; the Northern and Big land , a couple of convenience stores, a take-out, a fish plant and a hockey rink and a wharf to loiter around but people just seem to like hanging out at the post office.
The ocean around Nain is solid ice for all of winter but in the spring it begins to melt. On hot days huge pools of beautiful fresh water form on the ice but in the evening, when the sun disappears, they freeze over again.
Walking on the ice is a real pleasure because you are there with who you choose to be with and there is no one else around.
The OKalaKatiget-kut is a society created to propagate Inuit Language and culture. OKalaKatiget-kut is in one of the older remaining buildings. The building once housed the hospital and then was a school but now OKalaKatiget-kut operates OK radio from the building.
While in Nain, drop by and say hi to the friendly staff. I am sure that if they are not busy that they might even offer you a cup of coffee.
People have lived on the coast of Labrador for thousands of years. Sometimes people pick up arrow heard and other stone tools. Lots of these were donated to the Museum. Unfortunatly, the Moravian Museum burned down and then the Archives were lost in another fire.
All was lost in the fires and the community have has had a very serious setback but while you are there, maybe some of the locals might show you some things that they have. Perhaps a small Irory figurine, some chert tools and maybe a bronze or copper arrow head.
You always get the impression of Labrador as cold, stark, icy and unforgiving. For example, Jacque Cartier, the great French explorer called Labrador the Land that God gave to Cain. But when the snow melts in the in the summer, beautiful flowers blossem everywhere. There are large fields of beautiful poppies all around Nain. They are Yellow, Orange and sometimes white.
Nain is great because you can leave all of the hustle and bustle behind. Instead nestle down in the sand and the scurvy grass. Listen to the surf and smell the wild flowers.
There is a village pump in the "Old Village of Nain and it is still used because many of the homes in the older section of the community, for one reason or another, often do not have working toilets or water. So you can see grandmothers out there in the middle of winter drawing five gallon buckets of water for their families.
One of Nain's more modern buildings is the Labrador Inuit Association headquarters.
A lot of people like to get the opportunity to visit because of the beautiful labradorite floor that is installed in the boardroom, a massive polar bear rug, amazing local carvings and the halls are covered with history as you can observe all of the LIA past presidents.
There are no organized tours of this building and it is likely to be much busier now since the Labrador Inuit land claim has been ratified by the members but if you ask politely or know someone in the building I am sure they will be happy to show off their facility!!
On of Nain's most distinct buildings is the Moravian Church.
The Church, established by the Moravians, has Church Elders and Chapel Servants (there are English and Inuktitut services, English and Inuktitut Choirs, and a Brass Band).
A pastor with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland is also resident in Nain.
The Moravians are a big part of the Nain history and its worth stopping in here for a look.
During my stay I really enjoyed the opportunity to take pictures of seals. They are hard to spot in the picture as they don't let you get very close, but along the shores it is common to see them relaxing in the sun!
For the people of Nain, hunting is a big part of their lives. There are seasons for hunting seals, salmon, arctic char, geese, caribou, rabbit, bear, seal and much more.
There are lotsa dogs in Nain and lotsa these are Huskies. They are great. Ask a local if you can walk one of his dogs but always on a leash . The dog will make a great companion for your stay.
Again and again, I exclaimed to a pretty girl "My Gd!!! Why are you here in Nain fixing spidoos when you could be in a bikini in Hawaii fixing sea doos.
If you are fortunate enough to be on the water and get a beautiful evening inwhich to return you will get some great pictures like these ones!