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Explore St. Lewis and Battle Harbour in Labrador Tourism, Travel Guide, Newfoundland and Labrador
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When we woke up the next morning the weather was not nice. Minnie served us breakfast and Earl came to tell us that it was save to go on the trip to "Battle Harbour". We got dressed for this expedition. Elizabeth looked again like a blue sausage with the various layers of clothing to protect her skinny body.
Please do not get fooled with name "Battle Harbour" as we did. No battles had been fought there. No pirates attacked the island. The Portuguese word "Batal" which meant boat but sounds like battle was wrongly translated as I learned.
Similar things are right now happening in Germany where many English words are getting wrongly used in advertising as an attempt to be progressive and not being aware how stupid they look by doing this. It bis much better to learn a foreign language when you want to sell products or services to other countries instead of looking foolish. In Ontario I learned that All Germans speak English which would be a nice compliment, but unfortunately it was only a lousy excuse not to doing business with us. Elizabeth is a born Canadian and she can always do some proof reading if required.
Earl told us that "Battle Harbour" can only be visited between mid of June and end of September - either by boat or aircraft.
Please plan at least half a day for a visit. If you want to stay longer accommodation is available. Do not forget to take all essential things with you. We should have spend much more time on the island, but we were not aware how much you can do and see there. After such a long trip to get there a few hours are really not enough time!
Earl's motor boat
There were no other participants of the tour. The boat was not suitable for a larger group. We had to wear life vests and no protective suits like on our tour to the whales. The life expectancy in the cold water was very short according to what I had learned. Similar to that in an aircraft crash I thought. As a biker I was used to take risks and I did not ask Elizabeth who hated everything cold except ice cream and cold pop.
Earl did not want to stay very long. I think he worried about the weather conditions. I could understand that, but I was also disappointed. Maybe a tour operator with a large boat and proper safety equipment is preferable. After such a long trip to Labrador I even would not mind to stay over night if it is not too expensive. I never asked for any prices, but learned that you also can stay in one of the heritage buildings. I would also check what other tour operators offer. There are some in Mary's Harbour which we also had visited.
Leaving St. Lewis under gray sky
Picking up speed
At the island
The actual harbor
A welcome team?
"Battle Harbour" was one an economical center of this area. Now it is a "National Historic site"and a "National Historic District of Canada" - for me something like a large museum which shows you how life and work of the fishermen was in the past. You can see many historical documents, tools, restored buildings and even old photographs.
Dr Wilfred Grenfell who is well known in Canada was also very active here and established even a hospital.
It must have been a hard life, but as I learned it is still tough in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Earl is well-known here
We did not have to pay any entrance fee. Either it was included in what Earl charged us or it was a gift. In most tours the entrance fee is always included! I did not ask at this time.
Because of the limited time which Earl had given us we decided to split. Elizabeth went with one of the guides through all of the displays. I would have had problems to understand everything because in almost each are of this province people use a different dialect.
I forced myself to browse through the outdoor displays without any guide. We tried to make the best out of this unforeseeable situation.
Elizabeth told me later that she had a good time and she had taken many pictures during her tour.
A famous picture
A historical photo
A visit of the island Battle Harbour, Labrador, Canada
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