Battle Harbour National Historic District

Battle Harbour National Historic District

Battle Harbour National Historic District

Battle Harbour National Historic District
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S & C Little
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Couples
Awesome experience with everything from the ferry from Mary's Harbour to the
Deliciously prepared meals prepared by friendly staff. The modern amenities are available yet still preserving the history . The destination is an easy one day drive from Labrador West . Would recommend spending two nights to fully appreciate the area and prepare for varying temperatures and proper footwear .
Written July 3, 2021
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Thank you for your kind review!
Written July 5, 2021
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Andrew S
Ottawa, IL7 contributions
An amazing expperince back in time. Everything (ferry, room, food, loft, guided tour) was excellent, except the weather (light rain), which is to be expected frequently in this location. Executive Director Peter Bull's engaging stories on the history, challenges, and opportunities of running Battke Harbour made the visit very special
Written August 1, 2021
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elizabeth s
Corner Brook, Canada10 contributions
What an absolutely fabulous experience we just had in Battle Harbour! After our very warm welcome from Peter we settled into our beautiful room with so much light. You could experience life back 200 years but with all the comforts of modern conveniences. A delicious lunch followed with the most wonderful rolls (thanks to Daphne and Jeanette who fed us so incredibly well) and then a tour of the buildings by born tour guide Nelson who gave us such a flavour of the place in the past. We wandered the whole island,just incredibly beautiful. We spent the evenings in the cozy loft. The staff were all so passionate about their place and so hard working and friendly. We felt like we had made many new friends as they waved us goodbye from the wharf. We cannot thank them and everyone involved in preserving this absolute jewel enough. It was an experience we will never forget and couldn’t recommend it more. We will be back!
Written July 30, 2021
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Northern-Observer
Juneau, Alaska81 contributions
Couples
If visiting Newfoundland/Labrador for its geology, culture and history, then Battle Harbor is an essential stop. My wife and I were glad our tour included a couple nights here. The “Battle” actually comes from the Portuguese “Barco”, meaning boat, since this was a superbly protected boat harbor near excellent fishing grounds. This is probably the last remaining genuine example of a fishing “room”, or company community where Cod fishers lived and fished. Here Wilfred Grenfell developed one of his earliest medical facilities, Commander Perry announced to the world his success at reaching the North Pole, and the Marconi Towers provided radio communications with Europe.

Authentic, restored, not reconstructed, the original early 1800’s wooden buildings give you a feeling of time travel. Even better, our guides lived here, descendants of generations of family fishers. When you take the walking or boat tour, the narrative is from the memory and the heart. You will want to have at least one full day, two are better, so a two or three night stay is best. If flying in via floats, you can do a one day visit, but you’ll wish you’d stayed longer as narrated boat and walking tours are offered which provide you with a history of the room, visits to nearby fish camp sites, and a possible look at the eastern-most land of continental North America.

Accommodations are in a variety of settings, some with and without private bath, some with oil or wood heat. Expect a comfortable, yet sense of history experience. The restaurant is large enough for groups and friendly enough for anyone. Meals, plus wine and beer are available. Food is crafted on site with selections both tasty and reminiscent of the period when Battle Harbour was a bustling community. At this writing, Internet service was limited, though scheduled for improvement, cell phone service was not present. The website is http://www.battleharbour.com.

If traveling by land up the Labrador Coastal Highway 510, the GPS coordinates in degrees for the Battle Harbour ferry terminal in the town of Mary’s Harbour are, 52.311638 N, 55.838079 W. Look at the website http://www.labradorcoastaldrive.com to help you find Mary’s Harbour.

If traveling by water in your own boat or air via floatplane the GPS coordinates in degrees for the Battle Harbour dock are 52.273714 N, 55.586118 W. There is just one small float plane dock and limited transient space for docking sail or power boats, so be certain to call ahead to make proper arrangements. Mariners and pilots should replot these coordinates themselves and look out their windows; as reefs and clouds containing rocks are the enemy. There is no controlled airspace so aircraft are VFR.
Written September 2, 2013
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Simba
Toronto, ON58 contributions
Couples
Amazing! Magical! Fantastic! Wow! We were at Battle Harbour for 3 days and 2 nights,and had an absolutely incredible stay. It's the perfect place for anyone looking for something different, and a place to truly get away.
After driving to St Mary's (a good portion on a gravel road), it's a 1 hour ferry trip to Battle Harbour. Once you arrive, you've landed in a different world, in a different time. Accommodations are in restored historic buildings - we stayed in the Battle Harbour Inn, and had a lovely room with a beautiful view. The room was a good size, with a full ensuite bathroom.
All meals are included in the price - and they are delicious!
We spent our time on a tour of the historic buildings, an iceberg hunting cruise, and walking the island. The island is easy to walk, but weary sturdy shoes.
Highly recommend this to anyone looking for a special getaway!
Written July 27, 2015
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Bill G
St. John's, Canada1 contribution
Friends
From the time that you arrive you know you are a magical place. The staff are very friendly and the service is impeccable. I stayed in the recently renovated "Shed", which offers privacy, the feeling of the era, but with all the amenities you would except from a high level hotel (nice linens, robes, very comfortable mattress, nice washroom, etc.). Everything was very clean. The food served was all homemade, but surprising high end. It far exceeded my expectations and was very reasonably priced. Unfortunately I only had one night there. I would recommend staying a minimum of 2 nights, and take in the as much as they have to offer, from learning to make bread buns, to fish expeditions, hiking, etc. the stories from the staff are a significant part of the experience!!
Written July 24, 2013
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CanWestTravellers
Red Deer, Canada5 contributions
Solo
Unquestionably one of the most unique accommodation experiences on offer in Canada, Battle Harbour is a true jewel culturally, historically, ecologically and more!!

The site is a restored coastal fishing village - one of the last of what were once hundreds along the Labrador coast. What is more, however, is that the site continues to be used as a summertime community for families that have called this island home for decades, if not centuries.

Stepping off the passenger-only ferry is to step into another world, and to be welcomed by the warmest hospitality of the island community. Battle Harbour is designed to be a multi-day visit, and on arrival you will be shown to your quarters, which may be a room in the old inn, one of several restored cottages, or perhaps the shed of the old RCMP station (which is so much more than a shed once you step inside!!). Accommodations are comfortable and flavoured with the traditions of the island and the fishery that prompted its settlement. Depending on your selected accommodation, bathroom facilities are ensuite or shared; the aim is to provide a place where anyone will be comfortable.

The culinary experience of the place is true to the roots of the community - hearty home-style traditional Labrador meals served family-style in the dining area above the general store. Here is a great opportunity to meet other visitors, to meet community members who have prepared the fabulous meals, and to glean more about the history and modern-day workings of the community. Meals can range from the Sunday favourite Jigg's Dinner to codfish to desserts made with local berries, and are served with love and care by community members.

The first day of a visit will include an afternoon tour of the community from the perspective of a lifelong resident. In addition to gaining insights into the history of the place, personal anecdotes bring the tour to life. Frequent impromptu stops to chat with residents further enhances the walk-about. By tour's end, visitors are comfortable with their surroundings, and cannot help but feel a part of the community for the time of their stay!

The island includes an incredible diversity of geological and ecological treasures which can be explored at will via hiking trails that circumvent the island. For those staying multiple days, a trip across the tickle to Caribou Island opens doors to a larger island. A half- or full-day hike (take a picnic from the kitchen) would be time well spent exploring more of what this neighbouring island has to offer.

In season, icebergs are frequent visitors to the area (my room at the inn came with a view of an iceberg out of the window!!), as are whales (we had great sightings of humpbacks on the trip back to the mainland). Depending on the season, capelin and cod are still being fished by residents, and visitors are given a glimpse of the importance of the fishery to these coastal communities.

Battle Harbour is accessible via road (88km on excellent packed gravel from Red Bay or again on gravel from the Goose Bay side), air/road, or boat directly to the island. Getting there is a part of the overall experience and this should not be a deterrent to visiting this remarkable place!!

There is no cell phone service on the island, and only very limited internet, so a visit should be treated as a retreat away from the busy-ness of daily life. If you can't bear the thought of a few days without email or texting, then Battle Harbour is probably the place you NEED to be. Here you will discover the value in connecting face-to-face in community, and to authentic, rather than virtual, reality!!

The only caution: DO NOT COME FOR ONE NIGHT!!! Battle Harbour is an experience that grows on the visitor. The longer the stay, the more immersed one becomes in the setting, the community, and the relaxed lifestyle. Stay 2 or 3 nights minimum - stay a week if you can!
Written July 22, 2013
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wanderlust012
Newfoundland, Canada43 contributions
For an isolated, exotic, off the beaten path travel experience this is it ! It truly is like stepping back in time. Go !
Written February 16, 2013
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Tim Y
Vermont7 contributions
Family
My family and I visited Battle Harbor for a three-night stay. Talk about off the beaten path?....what an adventure just to get here. Non-stop spectacular. Way off the grid. Two years later my kids still remember it like yesterday. It is a tremendous, poignant, cozy, comfortable, and enchanting visit. Where to begin?

We visited in mid July just as the whales were arriving. A traffic jam of icebergs loitered near and far across the sea. Bird life of all kinds flittered about the island. Seals hove onto rocks during low tide.

Accommodations are rustic but cozy and lovely. I think there is wifi available
but you aren't likely to want it much. The geology of the island is tremendous, and the tour of the historic sites is excellent.

Then there is the food. The kitchen turned out loads of Battle Harbor biscuits and hearty dishes, often locally based.

Renovation continue on the historic buildings. The entire setting - wild, remote, quaint, historic, edge-of-the-world beautiful. Put it on your must-see list!
Written February 20, 2018
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Thanks for your review. Yes, we have wifi in the Loft.
Written June 20, 2018
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LF696
Toronto, Canada9 contributions
Couples
It's well worth the effort to travel to Battle Harbour. We've done a lot of traveling and we've never had this kind of experience: a complete get-away to peace and quiet, good food, outstanding accommodation and plenty of time and room to hike and explore. We were so well looked after from the moment we arrived. The food was delicious and the service wonderful. Our tour of the buildings was led by Nelson who was born and raised on Battle Island and he had all sorts of personal stories to add to the history of the place. Battle Harbour is a non-profit organization, so that this piece of Labrador history can be preserved and enjoyed by all. You really must go!
Written June 26, 2017
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