The story of Dr. Wilfred Grenfell, friend to Presidents and Kings, is one of the most compelling stories of the north. It was Dr. Grenfell who brought medicine and education to the Inuit Indians and poor European settlers that inhabited the harsh Labrador coast. His adventures were required reading in eastern Canada as school children learned how to survive while adrift on an ice pan and his tales of courage made him a friend to many American presidents and governors.
Starting off from the pier, it's an enjoyable scenic drive along the coast, passing through quaint coastal communities while keeping an eye out for moose. After approximately 50-minutes, you will arrive at the interpretation center that will acquaint you with Dr. Grenfell's inspiring tale. You will also learn about the race to the Pole and those in the medical field will no doubt enjoy looking at the old instruments used for surgery a century ago. The center also provides opportunities to purchase northern crafts and clothing that Dr. Grenfell encouraged the arctic inhabitants to produce commercially.
In addition to exploring the town and learning about polar bears and the local fishing industry, there will be a brief shopping stop for those interested in visiting a drug store or general store before returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven surfaces and natural terrain. There are stairs to negotiate at some of the sites. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the sites on their own while hosts will be available to enhance the experience. This tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Participants should dress in warm, weather-appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes. This tour will operate in school buses.