We recently enjoyed two nights at Battle Harbour - one would not have been enough. We are a family of four and even our two boys (7 & 10) loved the the place. They played with wooden boats, made by the guide Nelson for his children, in a small pond - all thoughts of TV, iPads and Wii disappeared!
Although it is not cheap the fact that the place is managed by a non-profit Trust to support the historical way of life makes it more palatable. The food was good - mix of local and more adventurous international dishes - and all the staff were fantastic.
There is clearly a passion, from the head of he Trust to the rest of the staff, to make the place a success. It is still a work in progress but well worth going now. The accommodation is very comfortable and although you are staying in original homes the refurbishments have added comfort but have not spoiled the character.
We were also followed by dolphins on our way to the island and spotted whales while we were there.
All in all a fantastic experience, in a pristine and uncrowned environment, which was also enhanced by a stay at the Whalers Cabins in Red Bay on our way there.
One word of caution - we drove a saloon car with, in hindsight, inappropriate tires and suffered two simultaneous punctures. This delayed us significantly and if was only through the kind help of locals that we got sorted. The last section of the road leading to Battle Harbour from Red Bay is unpaved and we heard many a tale of woe from punctures to broken windshields. While there are imminent plans to pave the road this will take another two years so make sure you have proper transport and strong tires! Also, check if coming from Newfoundland in a rental car, whether they allow you to take the car to Labrador. If in doubt, leave your car in Forteau and hire a sturdy rental locally for this part of your trip. Also note that cell phones do not work n this stretch but you can borrow satellite phones.
However, the above mishap did not deter us - we made new friends who helped us out and rekindled our faith in human nature! A special thanks to Peter Marsh who rescued us!
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- Battle Harbour Heritage Properties Mary's Harbour, Canada - Labrador