Fun things to do in Province of Newfoundland and Labrador

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    Annual Shrimp Festival

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Every year in August Charlottetown, Labrador is home to the Annual Shrimp Festival usually late August.

    This is another great opportunity to try some local seafood and traditional dishes prepared in the community.

    There is always a number of activities and a very worthwhile stop if explore the southeastern region of Labrador.

    Fishing Boats in Charlottetwon, Labrador
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    Hebron, Labrador - National Historic Site

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Hebron, Labrador was founded in 1831, and was inhabited until 1959. The massive Moravian Mission House, completed in 1836, is the most prominent structure and is still holding out against the elements, and this area is now protected as a National Historic Site.

    Hebron is without a doubt one of the provinces more challenging destinations to access. You have a couple of options either via helicopter tour or boat tour and boat will be pricy but the dramatic and remote landscapes will make this a great trip for you.

    Moravian Mission in Hebron, Labrador
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    Massive Caribou Herds

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Labrador is home to some of the world's great caribou herds and in the winter months they are common along the Trans - Labrador Highway.

    These pictures were taken right on the road from a car. They are very relaxed and they take their time so enjoy it as they pass by. Getting this close to wildlife is a real treat in my opinion!

    Caribou on the Trans Labrador Highway
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    The Mealy Mountains!

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    The Mealy Mountains rise dramatically from the shores of Lake Melville in southeastern Labrador. Reaching heights of over one kilometre, they are an island of arctic tundra surrounded by boreal forests and coastal seacapes. The mountains are home to some of Labrador's best wetlands and salmon habitat — and one of North America's finest wild rivers, the Eagle River, runs through them. The rugged Canadian Shield landscape is also a haven for a small resident caribou herd, along with moose, black bear, osprey, bald eagles and the endangered eastern population of the harlequin duck.

    Today the mountains are relatively inaccessable unless you observe them by boat, from a distance in the Lake Melville region or if you fly over them. Flying from Cartwright to Happy Valley - Goose Bay you get a great view of these mountains.

    There is a proposed road that will open up this area of Labrador and a National Park is being proposed called the Mealy Mountain National Park.

    Mealy Mountain View From Twin Otter Aircraft
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    Churchill / Grand / Hamilton / Mishtashipu River!

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    At different times in history this massive river was been renamed and depending on who you asked they will use their preferred named. One of the country's fathers of Confederation, Joey Smallwood has to take credit for changing it to its now official name of Churchill River after Sir Winston Churchill.

    The original Innu name is Mishtashipu, meaning 'big river'.

    Many great adventurers travel down the river, there are a few local residents who are very skilled at navigating this river. It is recommended you use a guide if you plan to canoe this river. It is approximately 8 days to canoe from the Churchill Falls area to the Lake Melville region.

    The river really is massive at 856 kilometres, flowing east into the Atlantic ocean!

    White Water, Muskrat Falls on the Churchill River!
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    Voiseys Bay and Beyond Conference

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Labrador is very rich in natural resources and culture. Every year in June the town of Happy Valley - Goose Bay and the Labrador North Chamber of Commerce host the Voisey's Bay and Beyond tradeshow and conference.

    It is an excellent time in June to visit the Happy Valley - Goose Bay region. There are plenty of networking and educational opportunities associated with Labrador's resources.

    I have provided the conference web site in case you are going to be in the area during this time or interested in doing business in Labrador.

    Highlights that I remember well are the gala dinner and the annual golf tournament!!

    Voiseys Bay Conference Scene
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    Ship Wrecks!

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    In the Labrador Straits region you will find the second tallest lighthouse in North America, the tallest in Atlantic Canada.

    Just down a short trail from the lighthouse you will also find out why the lighthouse has been so important over the years and the remains of the HMS Lily and HMS Raleigh remain on the beach.

    For a number of years the water in the area still contained explosive materials, in 2003 the Canadian Military properly dispossed of this remaining material.

    I provided a web site link where you can learn more about the history of these disasters. I hope you enjoy this walk back in time. It is a great place to walk on the beach.

    Be sure to rate my tips and leave your comments!!! All the best.

    Ship Wreck Remains Along Beach
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    Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis!

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    The Labrador region is also home to one of the world's greatest sights, the northern lights or technically referred to as the Aurora Borealis. I'll give you a dictionary explanation here:

    Aurora borealis, i. e., northern daybreak; popularly called northern lights. A luminous meteoric phenomenon, visible only at night, and supposed to be of electrical origin. This species of light usually appears in streams, ascending toward the zenith from a dusky line or bank, a few degrees above the northern horizon; when reaching south beyond the zenith, it forms what is called the corona, about a spot in the heavens toward which the dipping needle points.

    Occasionally the aurora appears as an arch of light across the heavens from east to west. Sometimes it assumes a wavy appearance.

    Here is a great picture, they are most common in the late fall and early winter months. I have seen the northern lights on a number of occassions and they are always amazing, especially when the literally seem to be dancing across the sky!!

    Aurora Borealis
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    Rare Plants!

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    The Labrador region is home to some of the world's rarest plants. Local economic developers in the region are currently documenting and interpreting these plants specifically in the Labrador Straits region.

    Researchers from around the world have identified the area with amazing potential in this regard.

    I provided one picture of from a local resident and directions to the center at the Point Amour Lighthouse.

    So while exploring this region if you get out and explore the barren landscapes pay close attention to the flowers and fauna around you because chances are it is very rare or specific to the region.

    Arctic Cotton Grass, Photo by Tracy Keats
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    Crab Festival

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    The Crab Festival is the annual celebration of the crab fishery. There are lots of fun and prizes to be won for people of all ages. Entertainment provided throughout the course of the weekend. Canteen services are provided with beverages and BBQs. Dances for both young and old. Crowning of the crab king and queen.

    This happens the first weekend in August of each year and makes for an excellent time. The opening evening with traditional seafood dishes is amazing and well worth the visit. Where in the world can you get so full on exotic seafood for $2.00 CDN??? The opening of the Mary's Harbour Crab Festival!!! In 2003 I was lucky enough to be picked as a judge for the event!

    Road Sign
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    Hiking up the Rock

    by Jandar Updated Aug 29, 2008

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    As long as it is not too windy a day, a hike up to the top Signal Hill is well worth the effort. the trail goes through the quirky little village of Battery Row with it's colorful houses and follow the often steep paths along the cliffs. Be careful, as I gingerly made my way up, joggers along the trail seem not to notice as they whized by me, the drop down if you happen to be careless and slip. There are a few fences and chain links attached to the rock face at the more narrower places.

    Hang on Village walk House on the cliff Quidi Vidi A long way down
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    Tourism Office

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Jul 9, 2008

    They will give you a lot of information, sailings to other parts of Labrador, dates and prices of the ferries, etc. A lot of brochures and maps, for free. It was there that they gave me the address of the Friendship Center, the cheapest place to sllep in Goose Bay.
    There is internet for free.
    The building itself is very nice, wooden.
    The two ladies in charge are most kind and helpful.

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    Stepping Back in Time

    by Jandar Written May 11, 2008

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    The drive to Trinity Bay where the set for the Mini series Random Passage is very beautiful. Please watch out for MOOSE. We saw two on the way. The set was beautiful. You really felt like one of the settlers that came over in the early 1800's. You could go inside the houses and church. They were all set up like the series with straw beds and tin bathtubs. Although we specifically started out for this place, I was also looking for a quilt. I saw a small little cardboard sign on the side of the road and we pulled up into a driveway of a tiny house filled with every craft you can imagine. She led me inside and showed me a room full of quilts. I was in my glory. She was a dear lady and we still exchange Christmas cards.

    Log houses Fishing supplies Sheep graze on the site. Very Authentic
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  • Western Brook Pond Boat Tour

    by neverstoptravel Written May 1, 2008

    3 kms/1.8 miles trail along the bogs before reaching the ferry, if you are lucky, mooses could be sighted. Taking a 2.5 hour boat tour in the billion years fjord is a great experience.

    Reservation is strongly recommended especially during the peak season.

    Western Brook Pond 1.8 miles trail Bog plants Billion years fjord Waterfall
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    Visit the swans in Bowring Park

    by crummey Written Mar 15, 2008

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    Whilst visiting St. John's you should visit Bowring Park.

    Bowring park abbutes Waterford River. The land was donated to St. John's as a public park by the Bowring family, and was officially opened in 1914 by the Duke of Glouster who planted a lime tree to celebrate the occassion.

    There has long been a breeding pair of swans kept at Bowring Park. They are large and white and rather aggressive, but are still tame enough that they can be fed by hand

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