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.
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!!!
Depending on how you enter Labrador by road L'anse au Clair is one of two Labrador Gateways. The other is in Labrador City a more northerly destination.
If crossing the Strait of Belle Island on the MV Apollo, L'anse au Clair is the first community you will find in Labrador. Just before entering there is a great lookout area and war memorial on top of the hill entering the community.
A short drive and walk from the community of L'Anse au Clair, the "Jersey Rooms" are the remains of premises established by Jersey Fishermen late 1700s. Visible are ruins of stone building foundations and an extensive stone-paved walkway. L'Anse au Cotard is a lovely, secluded cove situated just a few minutes walk from the Quebec-Labrador border.
There is also a great sandy beach in the community and a great hotel called the Northern Light Inn. There is also a couple of craft shops in the community that you can visit. I think you will enjoy your stay in this small community.
Rigolet was established in 1735 as a trading post. It has a population of 315 inhabitants and is located on Hamilton Inlet, which is at the entrance to Lake Melville.
Rigolet is predominantly an Inuit community with its own distinct traditions and Inuktitut dialect. The community hosts the salmon festival each summer and makes for an excellent cultural experience.
In winter you can enjoy one of the world's best winter trail networks, while in the summer you can experience some of the best fishing and boating Labrador has to offer.
To get to Rigolet you will have to use either the provincial ferry system or Air Labrador. I have more information on both in my transportation tips. Enjoy the Salmon Festival. It is also a port of call if you take the Northern Ranger along Labrador North Coast.
I truly enjoyed the Rigolet Salmon Festival. Please follow my link below to my seperate Rigolet page. These rural regions make Canada what it is today!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gibbet Hill overlooks St. John's Harbour.
A Gibbet is for the public display of executed criminals and Gibbet Hill is named after such a scaffold.
Gibbiting was meant as a deterrent to others
The corpses were painted in tar to preserve them, and many remained on display for years.
Gibbets were usually upright posts with crossbeam. The tarred-corpses were suspended from the crossbeams by chains. Sometimes they were chopped into quarters and hanged in different places.
Folklore states Gibbet Hill received its name in the early 1600's when pirate-corpses were hanged upon the mount.
Gibbet Hill was used by Major Richards in 1701 for the public display of a court-martialed soldier.
It was again used in 1754, to display the bodies of two criminals convicted of miurdering Judge Kean.
Gibbiting didn't end all that long ago. Folklore states the last time anybody was sentenced to be gibbited in Newfoundland was 1837.
One of the things on our "to-do" list when we went to Newfound land in August 1991 was to see icebergs. We finally got to see lots, once we got to the northern peninsula. In August of that year, they were mostly in the Strait of Belle Isle.
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"!
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.
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!
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