Learn the history of Labrador, the land and its people through the many photographs, book collections and historic manuscripts held at this museum. Trapping displays consist of a "tilt" (a rudimentary form of shelter used in the wilderness), tools of the trade and many beautiful native furs including beaver, red fox and silver fox. Other interesting holdings include a collection of artifacts from the ill-fated Wallace-Hubbard Expedition into the Labrador interior and an indexed sampling of Labrador minerals. Visitation is by appointment only.
The Hudson Bay company is an icon in the Canadian north pioneered the development in many of the regions.
I highly recommend a stop here and then a walk along the shoreline.
The Hudson Bay Store Museum concept includes the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the existing 1923 Hudson Bay Building, display of original artifacts, and preparation of interpretive displays.
The Hudson Bay store has had an important role in the development of the community. The exterior storefront has been rehabilitated and all existing architectural features have been maintained. The original Hudson Bay sign has been restored. Investigation of original colors and finishes had been explored to produce a high level of authenticity. The exterior treatment included partial reconstruction of the original boardwalk (in front of the store) and exterior signage identifying the building in the context of the site as it may have existed in the community circa 1923.
The store has been interpreted through the heritage character of the building and interpretive displays. Trapping artifacts and associated artifacts such as domestic and trades artifacts, are displayed in the store. The store has the advantage of being able to display a range of varying artifacts in context while providing an opportunity for interpretive displays in appropriate locations. The interior has been organized such that other themes may be represented in association with the major theme.
The town of North West River has a look out called Sunday Hill.
From here you get an excellent view of Lake Melville and Grand Lake. On a great day like I had you get some great pictures.
Be sure to follow the link and see the views in my travelogue.
When entering the community you should see signs on the pools with directions to Sunday Hill. This is a great location I recommend you take some great pictures but its also a nice place to relax and read maybe?
Visit in late July and you won't want to miss the annual North West River Beach Festival, a 2 day event full of fun in the sun. Held every year during the third weekend of July on the long, white, sandy beach, this festival offers non-stop live music, events for the whole family, great food, including some traditional Labrador recipes, and a wide variety of arts and crafts for sale.
I have attended the beach festival now on a couple different occassions and it is always a great time. The food is always great and somehow they always deliver the good weather!!
Definitely a must see activity.
Follow the link below to see more pictures in my travelogues.
This newly constructed building holds some of Labrador's finest artwork. It is the first Provincial Museum in the area, and was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, June 26, 1997.
There is a theatre inside where a video is available and the center makes a great place for business events as well.
Some of the exhibits and carvings really are impressive so I included a travelogue as well. It will give you a great overview of the different cultures in the Lake Melville region.
Interpretation Center Exhibit Travelogue
North West River is most famous I beleive for its history but the natural geography is a very close second.
In particular the community has a great sandy beach and perfect for children and families. The sand is great on the feet and you can go out a long ways with no worries of deep water or hidden surprises.
From here you also get a great view of the Mealy Mountains on the other side of Lake Melville.
So here is another great place to relax and take in the great Labrador landscapes.
Every year at the annual beach festival, usually on Sunday afternoon they hold a beauty pagent and it is not your typical pagent.
The 2004 winner was Mrs. Pork Island. She has one a couple of times now despite the very strong competition.
This makes for some good fun and the picture should explain the rest!
The Labrador Heritage Society unveiled the Trappers Monument in tribute to the trapping history of North West River.
It is located right on the waterfront in Lester Burry park.