Location: Battle Harbour is an island just off the coast of Labrador. You reach it by means of a ferry that makes the return trip between the island and Mary’s Harbour twice daily. Cars are not permitted on the island, but there is a car park at the ferry terminal in Mary’s Harbour. So, if you're looking for quiet relaxation (as I was), this is the place.
Reception: I was given a warm welcome at the start of my two-night stay here. The staff and volunteers were, in fact, great for the whole of my time on the island.
Accommodation: My room was in the cottage, one of several accommodations available. It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve shared a bathroom while travelling, but this was not a problem. As it was the first week the facility was open for the 2012 season, there weren’t many people about! My room was very comfortable and had a great view. There's no phone, TV or Internet in the accommodation, but I was happy to do without all that for a couple of days!
Food and drink: There is one choice for each meal and the food is home-cooked. You sit at long tables in what used to be the mess hall for the fishermen who worked here. This makes for a friendly atmosphere, which I appreciated. The food was tasty, and reasonably priced.
You can self-cater if you prefer. You can get your supplies in the general store, which also includes some gift items.
Various amenities are available. There are some rather good museum displays and there is a guided tour of them every afternoon. The guide is excellent. Alternatively, some short hiking trails are marked out on the island; if you prefer more challenging trails, you can go over to Caribou Island, just across the “tickle”, and walk the trails there. I did the latter and didn’t regret it.
Some organized entertainment is also offered.
I was genuinely sad when I had to leave Battle Harbour. Absolutely recommended.
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