Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Canada

The most memorable feature of your visit to Happy Valley – Goose Bay may be the approach. Your ship will enter the majestic Hamilton Inlet on the central Labrador coast and proceed 140 kilometers up this fjord-like waterway, the largest estuary in Labrador. Particularly impressive is The Narrows, a passage just two km wide and 30 meters deep beside the Inuit community of Rigolet, a former Hudson’s Bay Company post and now the southernmost Inuit community in Labrador. Keep an eye out for whales, including the small, white beluga whales. Happy Valley – Goose Bay stands on the shore of Lake Melville near the mouth of the Churchill River, on a sand plateau selected as the ideal location for a Canadian military airbase in 1941. The town developed to house the workers who constructed, and later maintained the base. The United States co-operatively operates an airbase there, which was a refueling station for the Atlantic Ferry routes and low level reconnaissance missions. It is the largest airbase in northeastern North America. Goose Bay was the first airport to receive inbound transatlantic flights from Europe diverted from United States destinations in the emergency Operation Yellow Ribbon, following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York in 2001. The tiny town has some interesting historical artifacts from its military history displayed in an improvised museum located in a general store.