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Labrador, The Big Land, one of the last untamed, unspoiled placed left on earth. It stretches from the Strait of Belle Isle in the south, to Cape Chidley in the far north, boasting towering mountains, massive rock faces and an infinite supply of lakes and rivers, not to mention waters seasonally teeming with whales and icebergs. Here, you’ll find plenty of fresh air, crystal clear water and truly authentic people.
Torngat Mountain National Park is a carved, mysteriously beautiful landscape reminiscent of the earth a million years ago. This is where outdoor aficionados can indulge their passion, with 300,000 square kilometers to hike, photograph, snowmobile and cross-country ski. And where rivers challenge even the most adventurous whitewater canoeists. You will also find an abundance of wildlife, including polar bears, the largest carnivore in the world.
Teeming with game and fish, Labrador is home to the best brook trout angling on the planet; here, you’ll find trophy-sized catches. The region is a pristine paradise for sports fishermen and hunters, and there are plenty of experienced and resourceful outfitters to guide you along the way.
The people of Labrador are proud and self-reliant. The Innu and Inuit have lived here for thousands of years, and their cultures are rooted in a deep, spiritual relationship with the environment. The long and intriguing history of Labrador’s indigenous people can be traced back almost 9,000 years, with the oldest funeral monument in North America, dating back 7,500 years – 3,000 years before the Egyptian pyramids were built. The region also boasts rich New World history, thanks to a once-plentiful right and bowhead whale population, which attracted 16th-century Basques whalers to the Strait of Belle Isle. Labrador’s unique heritage is celebrated time and again at area folk festivals, carnivals, sporting and community events throughout the year.
Under a blanket of magical northern lights, the winter months bring with them the hum of a thousand snowmobiles carving through the untouched wilderness. And the quieter winter pursuits, like cross-country and downhill skiing, ice fishing, and winter camping, set against an abundance of breathing room, are always good for body and soul.