"Happy Valley - Goose Bay" Goose Bay by jamiesno

Goose Bay Travel Guide: 61 reviews and 118 photos

Quick Synopsis

Welcome to Happy Valley - Goose Bay in central Labrador and my home staging point. I live and work in Happy Valley - Goose Bay.

Happy Valley - Goose Bay is also a great stagging point to explore the rest of the Labrador region.

The name Goose Bay should be simple to figure out but later in the 1940s it became known as Happy Valley - Goose Bay. The evolved as American serviceman who worked here would visit the Valley area and have fun times with the local people, particularly the women and it became known as Happy Valley.

Thoughts on Happy Valley - Goose Bay

Essentially Happy Valley - Goose Bay exist because in 1941 the Americans built an air base there for transient flights enroute to World War II.

Before that it was simply Robert Michelin's Red Berry Patch. A great place to pick berries. The area was a trapping culture prior to 1941.

When you visit now take the time to visit and explore around the military base a little.

It is a laid back place to live, 3 different aboriginal cultures live in the town along with several international nationalities that train at the air base so this presents different cultural opportunties throughout the year.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The people, the culture and hospitality!
  • Cons:The cold weather!
  • In a nutshell:Great for world class fishing, hunting and the ultimate in adventure travel!
  • Last visit to Goose Bay: Dec 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Marisola's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Great fishing! Do you catch many different fish? What's the best for dinner? What do you drink with that?

  • newyorkerman's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Interesting how exotic these pics seem to be, as I sit here just off Times Square. Thanks for sharing!

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2007 at 11:39 AM

    apt sentiments ;-)))

  • Jun 16, 2007 at 6:15 AM

    jamie hi i was based at goose bay dec74 to jan76 with the royal air force i love the place the cold never bothered me it was the heat black fly etc *issed me of hope to get back one day ken,liverpool,u.k.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2007 at 10:33 PM

    Very interesting page. We also have a Happy Valley but it is a coastal town here and extremely beautifull ;-)

  • CdnJane's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2007 at 12:45 PM

    Great insight into Happy Valley. I've a cousin who is a helicopter pilot there... and have seen some of his pics, but you've given a greater description of the place. Thanks.

  • Aafia's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2006 at 8:36 AM

    You have some great Happy Valley-Goose Bay tips. Cheers, Afia

  • Nov 11, 2005 at 2:16 PM

    Please can anybody tell me if the Bulldog Club has a website , if so can they email me at lifeboat@bushinternet.com

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2005 at 7:38 AM

    Great pages on Goose Bay. Snowmobiling sounds like a great way to get through the winter there...brrrrr.

  • TomFoolery's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2005 at 11:10 AM

    Fantastic stuff, I've been reading "Last Places" by Lawrence Millman, he visits Goose Bay. Great to read more about it.

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