Going to see Newfoundland and Labrador sometimes feel like being in a world by yourself, a few people, and a beautiful environment. Other than the capital of St John, what is left is mostly fishing villages such as Nain. Located over 370 kilometres from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, this part of the province can be reached via Nain Airport. Established on the shore of Unity Bay about 1 ½ kilometre or so, this port of entry makes it convenient to reach this remote part of the province.
Travellers looking for Nain Airport on the map will find it between 56.533333 (latitude) and -61.66668 (longitude). It has an elevation of 21 ft above mean sea level, with a runway measuring 1,986 ft long. Due to this, Nain Airport can accommodate only small-sized regular planes, as well as charter flights to and from various areas in the region.
What to see & do
Fishing, the main industry in Nain, makes a peaceful activity to undertake. One can book fishing boats or rent one with the help of the locals who might like to accompany one during the trip. Traditional hunting and trapping activities are also available here, when the fishing season has ended. Such a round of activities enable tourists to enjoy the great outdoors.
From here, tourists can check out the Torngat Mountains National Park after registering at the park's headquarters at Nain. This 9,700 square-kilometre expanse of beautiful wilderness stretches north from Saglek Fjord to the northern tip of Labrador and westward from the Atlantic seacoast to the Quebec border. Those going to this part of the province will find a land of mountains and small glaciers, polar bears, and caribou where the Inuit hunt and fish.
Due to its remoteness, travellers are advised to plan their trip down to the last detail with an Inuit guide. Doing so will let one enjoy sightseeing while keeping safe in the far-off outback of the Torngat Mountains. When going here, one can sail or helicopter and go on a cruise around the island or go on a hike, climb a mountain, and stake a camp somewhere. Fishing trips can also be done here, as a diverse marine ecosystem also lives in the area.
Other sights await to be explored in the Labrador area, such as the Red Bay National Historic Site. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013, the place is renowned for its coastal living. Basque whalers used to hunt right whales and bowhead whales here for blubber, which was rendered into oil for export to Europe. Remnants of whale oil rendering ovens can now be seen here today, which illustrate a way of life long ago.
Battle Harbour, once the bustling salt fish capital of Labrador, is another historic place to visit. Once the economic and social centre of the area, this coastal town serves to provide immersion experiences for tourists who are interested to learn about the traditional life and times of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Houses, stores, fishing facilities, and churches have been restored and filled with artefacts. Tourists can also stay in traditional living quarters, from a merchant's home to a doctor's period cottage. In here, one can experience the sounds of the ocean and the simple lifestyle of the past era.
How to get around within Nain
When in Nain, tourists will find that the main mode of transportation is provided by Nain Airport. Another mode of transport here, pending ice conditions between the middle of June to November, is the ferry. It provides weekly service from Goose Bay along the Atlantic Coast, with stops in Rigolet, Makkovik, Postville, Hopedale, and Natuashish. To make transportation easier, tourists can look for car rental services. This can make it easier to move around, especially if one has a detailed itinerary to follow.
How to get there
Nain Airport is served by two airlines, Air Labrador and Provincial Airlines. They take passengers between Goose Bay, Hopedale, Makkovik, Natuashish, Postville, Rigolet, and Volsey's Bay Mine.
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