"The Capital of Labrador!" Battle Harbour by jamiesno
Battle Harbour Travel Guide: 64 reviews and 108 photos
As a young child I remember visiting Battle Harbour with my parents. My grand parents where born in Battle Harbour. You will see in my tips an "Acreman House" this was where they were born.
Most recently I visited Battle Harbour for work to attend a reseach workshop focused on the natural environment in the area.
On an small island in the Labrador Sea, Battle Harbour was was once the economic and social centre of the southeastern Labrador coast.
Mercantile saltfish buildings established in the 1770s developed into a thriving community that was known as the "Capital of Labrador".
Six years of research and architectural restoration has breathed new life to this historic Capital!
Battle Harbour is now a living commemoration of the life and society created there by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Numerous historic structures, walkways and work areas have been restored or reinstated, and a collection of more than 300 artifacts related to the fishery and everyday life are on display.
Today, the historic premises at Battle Harbour are open to the public.
It really is like a walk back in time in such a sureal location. Battle Harbour is now designated as a Canadian National Historic District.
This differs from a National Historic Site in that the entire island and all structures are of national importance in Canada.
While I remember Battle Harbour as a place I visited as a young person, I most recently will remember it for the vast number of whales, seals and icebergs that I witnessed on a recent visit!
It was amazing and couldn't beleive how lucky I was to be there at the right time. I now appreciate as well how special this place is. It was fun enjoying the sun and salt water by day and then in the night the fog would roll in as suggest go inside now enjoy the lanterns, entertainment and have a kitchen party!!
Each mercantile building at Battle Harbour was assigned a number, painted on the outside door. Often, the bottom floor of a building was numbered differently than the top floor. You will note also, that some numbers are missing. In several cases, these numbers were assigned to structures that no longer exist. Other historic buildings and site facilities do not have a number.
I have provided them right up front on this page and throughout my tips you will see these buildings come to life. This same stetch and legend is available when you get to Battle Harbour.
1) Pipe Shed (not shown-an addition to #11, the Flour Store).
3) Top Floor of the Seal Store.
4) Bottom Floor of the Seal Store.
5) Top Floor of the Salt Store-Salt
Store Exhibit. (You will find an exhibit on polar exploration in the Loft)
6) Bottom Floor of the Salt Store
7) Ice House (not shown-located next to #17, the Salmon Store).
9) Top Floor of the Salmon Store-Site Workshop.
10) Top Floor of the Flour Store.
11) Bottom Floor of the Flour Store-Artifact Exhibit.
12) Top Floor of the Pork Store (Twine Loft).
13) Bottom Floor of the Pork Store.
15) Top Floor of the Herring Store.
16) Bottom Floor of the Salmon
Store-Site Interpretation Centre and exhibits on Battle Harbour’s history.
17) Bottom Floor of the Herring Store-Site Orientation Centre.
A. Washrooms are located at the rear of #17, the Salmon Store.
B. A first aid kit is located in the Site Orientation Centre, #18, the Herring Store
C. Mission Store.
D. Cow Shed (Generator Shed)
E. Church of St. James the Apostle.
F. Newfoundland Ranger Detachment.
G. Isaac Smith House-Visitor Accommodations.
H. Doctor’s Cottage-Exhibit on the Grenfell Mission and the Battle Harbour Hospital.
I. Cookhouse/Bunkhouse-Visitor Accommodations.
J. Former RCMP Station
K. Community Store (The Shop).
L. Battle Harbour Inn (former Staff House)-Visitor Accommodations.
- Pros:The Heritage, Culture, People and Serenity.
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