Labrador is home to Voiseys Bay one of the world's richest nickel deposits now being developed by the Voiseys Bay Nickel Company a subsidiary of Inco.
The development is a popular discussion topic in Labrador and Newfoundland and it is not a bustling work site set in some of Labrador's most remote, scenic and rugged landscapes.
I thought you would enjoy this picture but I also wanted to give you some tips. Don't get your heart set on visiting this nickel deposit it is very remote and controlled by the company.
It is highly secure and access is very limited. There are no organized tours and unless you have a contact working in the area it is difficult to organize. That being said it is an amazing area.
Probably your best bet is to visit Nain, Labrador and take a boat trip to the area and enjoy the dramatic landscapes and getting a view of the work site from a distance if that's what you want to see. I would thing the untouched mountains and adjacent bays would be much more appealing!!!
There had been previous Prime Ministers of the Colony of Newfoundland but J.R. Smallwood was the first Premier of the Province of Newfoundland. He was Premier from 1949 until 1971.
He is buried in St. John's Newfoundland.
Bauline is in Conception Bay. Bauline is a corruption of the French and Spanish for Whale. Baleen Whales include Greenland Right Whales and Humpback Whales.
Bauline has a wharf and a breakwater, a church and a graveyard. Bauline is surrounded by steep rcoky cliffs and the community skirts the ocean.
Visit Queen's Battery on Signal Hill.
Signal Hill was the site of the Battle of Signal Hill in 1762. It was also the site of Queen's Battery. Queen's Battery was built shortly after the Seven Year War. It was used during the American Revolution and relepped a French Armada during the Napoleanic Wars.
During the Second World War, American servicemen occupied the location and set up an anti aircraft batttery nearby.
The oldest English cannon at the site is embossed with a Rose and Crown and was cast at the dawn of Queen Anne's War. The newest cannon is embossed with the cypher of King George III.
If you are going to Gros Morne National Park, you may need to stay for one night at this town due to transportation schedule if you are taking public transport. Deer Lake is actually a nice and simple town by the lake, and it is very relaxing to walk around and enjoy the surrounding scenery and architecture. Nearby is the town of Corner Brook, which is the second largest town in Newfoundland. More information and photos of Deer Lake are at my VT Deer Lake page.
take advantage of the ferry services and travel all around the place. You can go to St. Pierre ( France), the Base Cote Borde ( Quebec), The South Coast and the Coast of Labrador,. You can also travel to St. Brendans Island, Fogo, Bell Island Little Bay island and many other places.
AN UNESCO World Heritage Site, L'Anse Aux Meadows is believed to be the site of a Viking colony led by Lief Eriksson around the year 1000 A.D. A reconstruction of a sod village full of workshops and living quarters allows you experience life, as it must have been 1000 years before Columbus.
Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This area can be quite cool even in summer so you will want to bring a heavy sweater or windbreaker.
Hopedale is strategically located on Labrador's north coast and with a recent ratification of the Inuit land claim settlement with the governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador, Hopedale will soon my the location for the new Nunatsiavut Governments legislature.
It is a great town in the region with a rich Moravian history like most communities in this region and home to some of the world's greatest fishing. I provided a quality link for you to check out.
I hope you take the time to visit Hopedale. Please rate my tips and leave your comments!! I love ready them.
The Agvituk Historical Society operates a small museum here in Hopedale. It shows some of the artifacts left by the Moravian Missionaries when they lived here from about 1762 to the late 1960's. Tours of the museum could be arranged by calling the Community Development Officer, Juliana Flowers at (709) 933-3490.
Postville began as a trading post and was originally called 'the Post.' The community of 250 people is located 25 - 30 into the scenic interior of Kaipokok Bay, 110 air miles north-northeast of Goose Bay. The first known settler in Kaipokok was a Quebec merchant named D.D. Stewart who carried on a trading business which he sold to Hudson's Bay Company in 1837.
Today Postville is experiencing moderate growth and enthusiasm as a result of the recent Land Claim Ratification.
There is a small boarding house in Postville and the community makes another great place for snowmobiling and boating. Postville is a port of call if you take the MV Northern Ranger along Labrador's north coast.
There are two gateways to Labrador via road. One in Southern Labrador, the community of L'anse au Clair and the town of Labrador City is the other.
Situated at 1365 Route 500 in Labrador City, this beautiful log structure also houses the Labrador West Heritage Shop, Labrador West Tourism Corporation, and Labrador Wilderness Connections. This set-up offers a mode of one stop shopping so that both residents and non-residents can avail of the heritage, recreation, and culture which Labrador West has to offer.
Labrador West has a great ski hill, cross country ski trails, golf course, endless snowmobile trails and is home to the Iron Ore Company of Canada, the towns major employer!
Makkovik is a picturesque community located on the north coast of Labrador.
The Inuit and their ancestors have occupied the extended region for thousands of years. The modern community of Makkovik dates back to 1860 when Torsten Kverna Andersen, a Norweigan immigrant, established a small trading post with his wife Mary Ann Thomas. They had been living further up Makkovik Bay; at the time, Makkovik Harbour was called Flounder's Bight. Andersen had come to Labrador in the 1850's to work for the Hudson Bay Company. During the late 1800's the settler and Inuit population of the area increased, and in 1896, the Moravians chose Makkovik as the site of their most southerly mission station. They built a church and mission house and, in 1916, a boarding school. The church and mission house were unfortunately destroyed by fire in 1948. The first permanent settlers came to the area as craftsmen or sailors, and settled as hunters, trappers and fishermen. The rich fishing grounds off Makkovik attracted schooners from Newfoundland and contributed to the community's early growth as a supply and service centre. In the 1950's, Inuit people from Nutak and Hebron were re-settled to Makkovik (over 150 in all). Some of them later moved back up north, to Nain and Hopedale. A DEW Line radar station was constructed at Cape Makkovik in the early 1950's, which provided some local employment for a few years. To view some pictures of the radar station and surrounding area click on the link below.
Labrador's North Coast.
Located approximately 200 kms north of Happy Valley - Goose Bay. With a population of 380 people, Makkovik relies mostly on the Snow Crab fishery and Torngat Regional Fish Producers Coop as its main source of employment.
Mud Lake is a small community just a few miles away from Happy Valley - Goose Bay and makes for a beautiful little side trip.
Mud Lake was settled around 1850 as trapping and fishing community, based on a non-wage economy: where trapping animals for furs and subsistence living, tending gardens and hunting and fishing were the norm. This little settlement experienced a boom between 1901 and 1910 when the Dickie Lumber Company from Nova Scotia set up lumber operations.
Most of Newfoundland is off the beaten track. The Burin Peninsula, locally known as the 'barren' peninsula is about a three hour drive from St. John's. Marystown is the main town on the peninsula which is bordered by Fortune Bay one one side and Placentia Bay on the other. A nice day trip is a drive around the perimiter, starting and ending at Marystown. Along the way you'll come to Grand Bank which has a historic house and a Seamen's Maritime Museum, dedicated to the fishermen and the seagoing life. There's a nice little harbour with a small red and white lighthouse too.
Further on is Fortune and you can take a ferry here to France! St. Pierre-Miquelon islands are French territory. In the summer there are about a dozen days through the season when you can take a day trip otherwise you have to stay overnight.
St. Lawrence was the site of a few shipwrecks and there is a nice memorial there. Burin is tucked away behind a cove and there's a historic house there to view. The drive along the coastline is very pretty in spots, but you also see why it's called "Barren", you might not see a tree for miles! There's one place we drove where the road curved in on itself around a cliff in a hairpin turn locally known as "The Scrape"!
This rather remote section of Newfoundland was well worth the drive. We saw lots of lovely scenery when we were there in August 1991. We saw several little fishing villages and were able to buy more fish!
This site, on the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula of the island of Newfoundland, is both a National Historic Site of Canada and the first historic site to be placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List of cultural and natural sites of outstanding value. It's quite a lovely location and a very interesting site.
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