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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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!more
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...more
If you are in North West River for the annual beach festival or sporatically throughout the summer an Innu lady will be set up in a traditoinal innu tent making Innu Donuts.
Mrs. Penashue is often raising money for here annual trek into the Labrador interior.
Here in my picture you can see here actually making the donuts in the tent. Personally I really enjoy them, they have raisons in them and are very tasty.
They are a steal also at $1 or $2 CDN.
Today there is a modern bridge crossing the North West River and making transportation very easy in the area. I just mention this because on your visit to North West River you will often hear people talk about the "cable car" that was one time used to transport people and goods across the river. It is a unique part of the North West River history.more
Here is a picture of a traditional Innu Tent. If you go to the neighbouring Innu community of Sheshatshiu you will probably see one of these tents in use.
It is also not uncommon to see these tents along the road side of the Trans-Labrador Highway as many Innu people still use them today to live practise their traditional ways of life in areas that were one time inhabited by them toward the interior of Labrador.
The North West River history is full of trapping and aboriginal stories. The Labrador wilderness has also sparked the imagination of many famous adventurers. In the early 1900s Mina Benson Hubbard and Dillon Wallace lead competing expeditions from North West River to Ungava Bay. I have a couple of great books listed where you can read about these...more
North West River is just 33 kilometers from the largest community in central Labrador; Happy Valley - Goose Bay.Many residents of North West River work and commute to Goose Bay on a daily basis and a lot of services are provided out of this community. In this tip I have provided a link to my Happy Valley - Goose Bay specific tips.more
This mile long walking trail begins from the north end of North West River beach and follows the shoreline. Once you hit the beach just turn left and you should see the sign at the end of the beach.If you don't see it turn to your other left :-).It also has the added convenience of bridges and signage. This trail was developed by a Newfoundland and...more
If you are going into Sheshatshiu to do business you will probably need to find the band council office eventually.
It is a nice modern building as seen in this picture.
I also wanted to mention the building is located at the far end of the community on an elevated area.
You can get some nice pictures of the community and area from this location.