The Hudson Bay Company (HBC) built the Net Loft in Rigolet, Labrador in 1876 and used it as a net storage and work area.
The Net Loft was first used in connection with the salmon fishery. The 15.3 by 7.5 m (51 by 25 ft.) two-storeyed building has 34 net storage bunks measuring 0.5 by 0.9 by 1.8 m (1.5 by 3 by 6 ft.) built into its eaves. The HBC owned all of the fishing gear in the property and leased it to families at a cost of one-third of the catch of the salmon. Until approximately 1920, the families who used the Net Loft identified their nets by painting their names on the top of the net storage bunks.
The staff of the HBC were predominantly from Scotland, Newfoundland and Québec, with some Norwegians hired periodically. They were responsible for maintaining and repairing the fishing equipment in the off season and for distributing the fishing gear to the families in time for the season. Occasionally they would temporarily hire planters and Inuit to aid in the repairing of the nets, anchor ropes and floats. They repaired the equipment in a second level corridor that ran the length of the building beneath the net storage bunks.
The lower level remained in use as a warehouse for the HBC until its departure from Rigolet at the end of June 1989. The Net Loft has since been restored and was opened as a museum and interpretation centre in the summer of 2002. In May 1997 the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador designated the Net Loft as a Registered Heritage Structure.
You can visit my travelogue through the link below to see some of items inside the Net Loft.
The community of Rigolet has a very nice board walk that goes through the woods and follows the coast line around the Rigolet harbour.
The trail starts over my the community school and takes about 10 minutes only to reach the end of the trail.
You need to just take your time and enjoy the scenery. You get some great views of the town, rare plants, the smell of salt water, the coastal landscapes and the odd squirrell.
You can also hear whales, sometimes just meters away from this trail. Definitely take the time to do this on your visit to Rigolet.
Many people get to Rigolet by travelling the MV Northern Ranger. This makes for a very scenic cruise leaving Happy Valley - Goose Bay and exploring Hamilton Inlet and then arriving in Rigolet.
You may also continue on and explore all of Nunatsiavut, Labrador!
Air Labrador runs scheduled flights into Rigolet.
I have their web site provided.
Keep in mind when travelling to Rigolet that you may want a direct flight. This one is very quick from Happy Valley - Goose Bay at 30 minutes or so.
Alternatively if you want to see all of the north coast you can take the milk run and land in every community on the north coast with Rigolet being the final stop.
This is for you to decide but something to keep in mind when booking your tickets.