Wabush and Labrador City are twin mining towns and if you can coordinate it I would recommend a tour of the IOC operation to get a feel for how big it really is and the sort of industry activity that is ongoing there.I have a travelogue created with many more images from the tour I was fortunate enough to get on.Patsy Ralph was the community liason...more
When we finally reached Schafferville after our long flight over the sparsely populated terrain of Labrador, we were taken to see the IOC mining operations in this part of northern Canada. They have dug huge and deep open-pits over the years as the iron ore is extracted to be shipped south over the company railway line to Sept-Isles. In the pits,...more
I heard that Heddy's was a nice restaurant before so I tried it in January 2005 and I would recommend it as great for traditional Newfoundland and Labrador seafood dishes like pan-fried cod, cod tongues, cod checks and that sort of stuff with the famous scruncheons from this province.
I am sure you will enjoy :-)
I am not an expert on Labrador West nightlife but I have some experience so I'll through it all into one tip :-)
Private parties at Smokey Mountain Ski Lodge are always fun.
Leanne Way is a great local artist for light music.
The Iron City Ramblers is one of the most popular local bands so you can pay attention to where they might be playing in the Labrador West area.
So for bars the Carol Inn has a decent place with live entertainment on my visits which was nice.
The "Upper Deck" nearly killed me from smoke inhalation so I would be able to go back there.
"The Cabin" has Kareokee and I have always had good laughs and had good times.
The "K Bar" I havn't been to but supposedly has a much younger crowd than the average but suppose to be the one of the nicest.
At the end of our 4-day long-weekend excursion to the north, it was back to the airport at Wabush to catch a little more modern air transportation back to New Brunswick. It had been an interesting trip for sure, but I was glad to be headed home to the trees!! Maybe it was a mistake, the president of IOC at the time was Brian Mulroney, who later...more
Here it was, only September 23 and already there was snow on the ground at this open-pit mine in Labrador City! Good grief, September is one of the best months to wind down from summer in southern Canada, and October is not so bad either! You know, I think this trip may have helped to tip my post-university decision to head for Africa, come hell or...more
Enroute toward the power generating station there is a Churchill Falls sign as seen in the picture. These tells you how many megawatts of power is being generated at the time. It is constantly fluctuating.I think it is a neat little sign that they have installed there.more
So now that I have given you a virtual tour of one of the world's largest hydro electric projects on the Churchill River and some sights from around the town what is next for the pressured Grand River?Governments of the day are now promoting more development of the river while environmental groups in the area fight against it. Down river much...more
Churchill Falls also has a very large runway that was needed during the time of construction. It was a very busy airport, today its a small town and little air traffic into the community. There are limited scheduled passenger flights.Interesting to note however the Company does own, maintain and operate its on King Air fixed wing aircraft and three...more
Labrador City and Wabush are very close to the Quebec / Labrador border. Right on the other side of the border you can visit another mining town of Fermont, Quebec.
Just 20 or so kilometers from there is Mount Wright another mining operation.
In the town itself there is not a lot to see but one massive town building that includes a mall, hotel, swimming pool and pretty well everything else the town as to offer.
You won't miss it :-)