Expedition 51°: Central

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Expedition 51°: Central

  • Start: Happy Valley-Goose Bay
  • Length: About 42 km
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There are several angling outfitters in Labrador offering Atlantic Salmon, Trophy Brook Trout, Northern Pike and more.

Happy Valley-Goose Bay is the main service town for central and northern Labrador, and the main departure point for bush flights inland. There are dozens of remote lodges where anglers and hunters can pursue their quarry, and most can only be reached by air (for more information on angling and hunting, call 800-563-6353 or visit AnglingNewfoundlandLabrador.com or HuntingNewfoundlandLabrador.com).

The town’s development has been closely tied to the military. During World War II, it was an important stop for fighters and bombers on the transatlantic delivery route to England. In recent times, the airbase was a training centre for NATO. Drive around town and you’ll see vintage aircraft parked at strategic viewing locations. For a deeper dive, drop by the Labrador Military Museum, profiling the story of 5 Wing Goose Bay through a variety of photos, documents, and artifacts dating back to 1941.

Visit the office of Them Days Magazine, a publication that has been preserving and documenting Labrador’s history since 1975. Chat with archivists and peruse historical photographs, or join a walking tour to learn about Valley life. There are several craft shops in town where you can purchase hand-knitted clothing or Indigenous arts and crafts – some are made with Labradorite, a semi-precious stone found only in Labrador.

Visit the craft shops in town for Indigenous arts and crafts.

Drop by the Labrador Heritage Society Museum in North West River to see the re-creation of a traditional Labrador general store, displays on the Hudson Bay Company, and hunting and trapping traditions. Nearby is the Labrador Interpretation Centre, which focuses on Indigenous and Settler cultures. The onsite craft shop has beautiful handmade gifts including moccasins, carvings, and Innu Tea Dolls.

Tours in the area will also lead you deeper into Labrador’s rugged terrain, where you’ll be able to engage with Indigenous cultures, go hiking, or take a boat tour on Lake Melville. In the winter months, try some guided ice fishing, snowmobiling, and dog-sledding.

Be sure to book any excursions or guides well in advance.

Cellphone service is limited on the Trans-Labrador Highway, so before hitting the road, borrow a satellite phone to make sure your scenic drive is a safe one. Click here for a list of locations.

Road Trip Tips:

Please check exact directions and road conditions before you start each road trip. Visit www.511nl.ca for current road conditions.

Distances are estimates and for guidance only. Routes can be taken as is or in reverse order.

This is one road trip you'll never forget.

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