Labrador Today
Content provided by: Danielle Matthews, in collaboration with Lyla Andrew, Winston C. White, Shirley Pye and Tim Borlase
The Labrador region of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is approximately three times the size of the Island portion of the province, yet less than 10% of the province's population lives here.

Labrador has 32 communities, of these, 25 are stretched along an extensive coastline. There are 2 urban centres, one in Happy Valley - Goose Bay and another in Labrador West.

Labrador forms the eastern most part of the Canadian Shield and has a rugged terrain typical of that region. It has majestic mountains, spectacular views and panoramic northern lights.

In 2002, a road network was opened from L'Anse au Clair to Cartwright on the south coast. A road network also continues from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, to Labrador West, into Quebec and mainland Canada. The remaining distance from Happy Valley - Goose Bay to Cartwright is entering the construction phase and is due to be completed by 2008.

The six communities on the north coast are not yet connected to road and rely heavily on air and marine travel throughout the year and snowmobile in the winter. There is a winter snowmobile trail network that runs throughout Labrador, of almost 1500 kilometers.

Winters here are long, normally lasting from November to April, with snow in all areas. This can be challenging but with all the activities, the winters are a time for great adventure! Labrador is known as the Big Land, with a big sky and an abundance of sunlight hours.
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