Nain Travel Guide

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  • Nain, Labrador
    Nain, Labrador
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    Me driving the boat!
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Nain Things to Do

  • old abandoned exploration camps can be...

    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.

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  • Hunting is a part of life

    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.

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  • Picking clams and shells when the tide...

    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.

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  • Hanging out in front of the post office

    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.

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  • Go for long walks on the ice

    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.

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  • Visit OKalaKatiget-kut which is Nain's...

    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...

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Nain Restaurants

  • Jenkins Take Out is the best restaurant...

    Jenkins Take Out is right down town Nain. It is nestled betwween Okalakatiget Radio and the Northern Store and is not very far from the Government Wharf.Jenkins has two menus. One of what they have and the other of what they are fresh out of. They are world famous for their Fried Chicken and everyone who comes to Nain has simply got to check the...

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  • Arctic Char!

    When in Nain you will find the hotel restaurant and Lyall's take out which are both great, but I recommend you get out in the open fresh air, catch yourself a fresh arctic char and have a boil up by the sea shore. It is a great experience!

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Nain Nightlife

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    by crummey Updated Aug 2, 2005

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    The Atsanak Lounge is the only bar in Nain. It is clean, neat and respectable.

    There is often a live band and when they are booked to play, there is a 5$ cover.

    On Happy Hour, beer is 4$. The rest of the time it is 5$.

    The Atsanak can be a center of night life and when it is there are lotsa people milling around out front of the doors, smoking cigarettes, gossiping and taking in the scene.

    Dress Code: Come as you are. Be who you are.

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Nain Transportation

  • Nain by Boat and Air

    My husband and I just recently traveled to Nain via the Northern Ranger. This is very pleasant and especially interesting if you're used to cruises: the crew don't seem to care where you are on the boat! You can watch the hold area being loaded while standing right beside the crane! While you don't get all the attention and service of a cruise...

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  • Air Labrador is also a good way to get...

    The ferry service runs from June until late in the fall so for half the year aircraft is the only way to reach Nain, Hopedale, Rigolette and the other communities along the coast of Labrador.Air Labrador is there even when the coastal ship is not and provides services for the coast atleast six days a week.

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  • In the summer the kids like to ride...

    In the summer, kids like to ride bicycles so poor kids rob nice bikes from rich kids andgo out to have a time on them. Its always lotsa fun, hey boy!

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Nain Shopping

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  • There is not much to buy in Nain

    There is not much to buy in Nain because there are only two large stores. They are Northern and Big land Grocery. There are two debit machines in the community and one shop actually offers cash advances on debit cards.There is a store that sells beer: Its name is Puffin's Convenience. There are also two other convenience stores.

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  • Local Fish

    In Nain if you want to get some great prices on some of the worlds best seafood you can buy it at the local fish plant at great prices. Here is a picture of one of the buildings at the local wharf but you will easily find the fish plant.There is a lot of activity as well in this area of town and a great place to meet some local people.

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  • Labradorite!

    Nain happens to be site of an impressive "Labradorite" quarry. A rare and beautiful mineral. It is used in local crafts and carvings but mainly gets shipped to Italy where it is transformed into the most beautiful furniture the world has to offer!The site employees many inuit local people and check with the Labrador Inuit Development Corporation...

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Nain Local Customs

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    Kids Swimming in Nain

    by jamiesno Written Jun 29, 2004

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    It is common in the summer to find kids and families swimming in Nain west of the local bridge. You will also find some people brave enought to jump into the salt water from the community wharf.

    If you want to interact with some local people and want to have a swim just join in. Be warned the water will be a little cooler than your used to but I am sure you can quickly adjust.

    On a hot day in Nain it will probably make a refreshing break!

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Nain Warnings and Dangers

  • The people will embarress you with...

    Nainmiut are among the kindest and polite ist people in the world. They will see that you are all right. Sometimes you will be truly embarressed by their kindness and generosity to you. And if you are lucky they will accept you into their lives.

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  • Labrador Girls will break your heart.

    Beware! the women of Labrador will break your heart.They are enchantresses but they are subtle and easily angered.You have been for-warned.

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Nain What to Pack

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    by crummey Written Aug 7, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: Bring everything that you will forsee needing because everything is hard to get and when you do eventually obtain it, then it is expensive.

    Consider mailing percels to yourself at General Delivery Nain, NL Canada.

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Nain Off The Beaten Path

Nain Sports & Outdoors

  • Climb to the top of Mount Sophie

    Mount Sophie is the most prominant feature around Nain. When you walk to the top of Mount Sophie from Nain, you find a slightly larger hill again just to the south of it but if you look north across Nain Harbour then you look over Nain Hill and can see for miles and miles. You can even see the snowy peaks of the Kiglapaitt Mountains.

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  • Stick ball is really popular in the...

    In the spring, the Nainmiut becaome relally keen about stick ball and games are everywhere. One stick, one ball, lotsa friends and lotsa attidute.

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  • Games of chance are played on the wharf.

    The kids have different money games that they play on the wharf. They play for quarters, loonies and two dollar coins. They seem to hane lots of fun. Some quarters and loonies along with a good attitude.

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Nain Favorites

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  • Often it is "RUDE" to say thank you.

    The Inuit of Labrador think that to thank a person for offering them something can be very rude. For example, at a party or a social event , when a person offers you a cigarette or liquor they are not doing you a favour because cigarettes kill and alcohol can also be very bad for you. So you should not thank them. Almost everything about Nain is...

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  • Favorite Picture - Nain, Labrador

    In my custom travelogue I promise to only post my favorite photographs. Ones that are very rare, unbeleivable, unique, hard to get and hopefully you will concur as you browse down through them.This one was on a picture perfect day, in a place called Conch Bay, just north of the community of Nain, Labrador. It's only accessible by boat to get...

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