One of the last great unspoiled adventure destinations, Labrador is home to the planet’s largest herd of caribou, wandering polar bears, awe-inspiring waterfalls and a string of pristine coastal communities that have preserved a raw, nineteenth-century quality despite the onset of wi-fi and SUVs. Travel here takes some planning and can be expensive, but the rewards are considerable; you can still hike or point your kayak anywhere into the interior (most of which is Crown land), and camp, fish or meditate for a couple of days, totally cut off from civilization.
Labrador also has a rich cultural heritage, with two of the most important historic sights in Canada, Red Bay and Battle Harbour, on the coast. Around one third of the population of 29,000 lives here, while the remainder inhabit the towns of the interior: Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Churchill Falls and Labrador City, each offering quite different experiences. Labrador has a distinct identity to that of Newfoundland, with a diverse ethnic mix of white settlers, Métis, Innu and Inuit; the Labrador flag is flown everywhere with pride. Summer is the most pleasant time to visit, though winter can be fun – especially if you travel by snowmobile – and has the added bonus of seeing the spectacular Northern Lights.