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Festivals and Events
Upcoming Events in and around Central Labrador
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Mud Lake Fair
When: September 2018

This annual fair is organized by the Mud Lake United Church. Activities include games for both children and adults, a craft and bake sale and the renowned supper and auction. Challenge yourself at the target shooting, log throwing, or canoe racing competitions or simply enjoy the delicious food and beautiful local crafts. Whatever your desire, there is bound to be something to suit your tastes at this unique fair. Mud Lake is located across the Churchill River, but water taxi service is available on Fair Day.

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Trapline Marathon
When: Thanksgiving Weekend - October 8, 2018

The Trapline Marathon is an annual event that is run in honour of the many trappers that left North West River and trekked inland to tend to their traplines throughout the region. The event is heritage oriented, a challenging run and offers great scenic views of Lake Melville, Mount Shana, Gosling Lake and the forested highway Route 520.

If you would like to know more about the event, please contact Jamie Snook info@traplinemarathon.ca

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Labrador Traditions Christmas Craft Fair
When: October 2018

Every year the Labrador Craft Marketing Agency hosts an annual Christmas Craft Fair. You will find high quality hand made crafts and other great Christmas gift items. There may also be home baked goods and hand made candy available.
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Tree Lighting Ceremony
When: December 2018
Where: Happy Valley-Goose Bay Town Hall
Time: TBA

The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held in front of the Town Hall, all municipal lighting is switched on at that time. Enjoy the whimsical lighting displays that have been created by students of the College of the North Atlantic Welding and Electrical classes.

The town also hosts FREE skating and hot chocolate following the tree lighting at E.J. Broomfield Memorial Arena!

For more information please contact the Town Hall at (709) 896-3321.
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Santa Claus Parade
When: December 2018
Where: Along Hamilton River Road from Green Street to the College on the North Atlantic, Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Time: TBA

Planning for the 2018 Santa Claus Parade will commence this fall! Stay tuned for details.

For more information please contact the Town Hall at (709) 896-3321.
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Cain's Quest Endurance Race
When: Start date March 2, 2018
Website: www.cainsquest.com
Email: cainsquest@gmail.com

Cain's Quest will take participants on an incredible journey through the Labrador wilderness. The race will entail an approximate 3200 km trek on ungroomed trails where teams of two riders and their snowmachines race to the finish. Riders will travel rough terrain, brave sub-zero temperatures and test man and machine against the elements for a chance at the prize purse and of course bragging rights. In the spirit of good sportsmanship Cain's Quest expects participants to refrain from traveling the route or parts thereof prior to race day.


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Labrador Winter Games
When: March 2019
Website: www.labradorwintergames.ca

Held every three years. As a sporting and cultural event, the Labrador Winter Games are truly unique to the province. This uniqueness is not only restricted to the diversity of the sports involved, but extends to the cultural mix and age range of the participants. The sports at the Games include traditional activities such as Dog Team Races and Northern Games, and standardized sports such as Volleyball and Table Tennis. The Games not only provide the opportunity for the distinct cultures of the region to come together and participate, but also provide the opportunity to be truly competitive with other communities. Due to the types of sports involved, it is possible for participants of all ages to successfully participate. This may mean, as has been the case in past years, the involvement of a thirteen-year old snowshoer competing against a sixty-year old snowshoer.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate our Culture, People and Traditions.

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Canada Day Celebrations
When: July 1, 2018

Each year, the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay offers Canada Day Celebrations at Kinsmen Park. There is free admission for a day of live music and concessions. Bring your sunscreen. Contact the town for more information (709) 896-3321 or email tourpkrec@happyvalley-goosebay.com
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North West River Beach Festival
When: July 28 & 29, 2018

Visit the North West River Beach Festival (annual since 1986) on the fourth weekend in July each year; a 2 day event of sun, fun and surf. The event will again take place at the beautiful River Front Park with a scenic view of Lake Melville and the Mealy Mountains. This festival offers 25+hours of non-stop live music, events for the whole family, great food, including some traditional Labrador recipes, and a wide variety of arts, crafts, and souvenirs for sale. And it's all outdoors!

For more information visit http://nwrbeachfestival.com or email nwrbeachfestival@hotmail.com
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Labrador Canoe Regatta
When: August 4 & 5, 2018

The first weekend in August, after the Beach Festival there is another annual event since 1983: the Labrador Canoe Regatta . This 2 day event features teams from all over Labrador competing in 6 man freighter canoe races, to see who is fastest on the lake. Held 15km outside of North West River on Gosling Lake at Gosling Park, teams of 6 persons paddle replicas of traditional voyager canoes around a diamond shaped course on the lake. There are races in several age categories for both men and women. The excitement on the water is matched by the fun on shore with various events, food booths and live bands providing entertainment.

Visit http://www.canoelabrador.ca or email labradorcanoeregatta@yahoo.ca for more information.

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The Great Labrador Canoe Race
When: August 2018

The Great Labrador Canoe Race is a family event to be held on the meandering Churchill River, and promises an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, large Labrador skies and enjoy some good old-fashion competitive recreation and fun.

This annual competitive and recreational event promotes small boat safety and activity while showcasing Labrador's trapping heritage and the importance of the canoe for accessing the wonders of interior Labrador.

For more information please visit http://www.labradorcanoerace.com or email info@labradorcanoerace.com

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