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Labrador, Canada Featured Destination:

Torngat Mountains National Park
Labrador, Canada

If you like your travel with a side of adventure, it doesn't get more adventurous than Torngat Mountains National Park. This park has no roads, campgrounds or signs telling you what to see. But you can enlist the help of a native Inuit polar guard should you choose to hike the park's vast tundra expanse.

Besides warding off polar bears, maybe the guide can help you spot caribou. The North America crew, which filmed just outside of the park, needed radio collars and helicopters to help them find the large reindeer. There are two types of caribou that you could spot, the Torngat caribou that winter along Ungava Bay and the George River caribou that wander into the park in June after calving. The wolves aren't far behind.

Spring and summer in the park brings out foxes that hunt the abundant rodents and birds return to their breeding grounds.

Best Time to Visit:

Park staff says the most practical time to visit the park is late winter and early spring or summer. Once you know when and where you want to travel, register your visit and exact itinerary with the park. All visitors must register so that park staff can assist in case of an emergency.

What to Do:

So, that hiking with an Inuit polar bear guard thing sounds cool, right? The park can help you find one. It turns out that your chance of running into a polar bear or a black bear while hiking in Torngat is pretty high. The guards are the only people allowed to carry guns in the park. There are a number of routes for trekking through the park, including Nakvak Brook, Korok River and Bears Gut. You can also learn more about Inuit culture on a harvesting trip as they gather food and tell ancient stories.

Other Labrador, Canada Destinations:

  • Eagle River. Flowing down from Labrador's Mealy Mountains, Eagle River has earned its reputation as one of the world's best fishing rivers for Atlantic salmon, Brook trout and Northern pike. Get Directions
  • Labrador Pioneer Footpath/Labrador Coast. Before the Labrador Straits Highway was constructed, communities along the Labrador Straits were linked by a series foot paths. These trails, still in existence, offer views of icebergs, whales and lighthouses. Get Directions
  • Red Bay National Historic Site. This historic area was the hub for Basque whalers in the 16th Century. Today, its main attractions are underwater: three Basque galleons and four chalupas that preserve the regions' long-lost history. Get Directions
  • Sunday Hill. Hike to the top of Sunday Hill to get a stunning view of Central Labrador's Mealy Mountains, Lake Melville, and Grand Lake. Get Directions
  • L'Anse-au-Loup Trails. Schooner Cove Trail and Battery Trail wind through a series of microclimates along the Labrador coast, featuring a wide variety of plant and animal life, a visit to a 400-year-old whaling settlement once occupied by Maritime Archaic Indians, and stunning views of humpback whales and icebergs in the Strait of Belle Isle. Get Directions

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