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Central Labrador to soon have year-round visitor information centre

Sterling Peyton, president of the Labrador North Chamber of Commerce, says the LNCC will be housing not only its own new offices in the building they recently purchased, but also a year-round visitor information centre. He expects the grand opening to take place in mid-October.

It’s been in the works for about a decade, but come October, central Labrador should see it’s first year-round visitor information centre.

That’s due to the work of the Labrador North Chamber of Commerce (LNCC), who recently purchased the former Labrador Inuit Development Corporation building on Hillcrest Street in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The building will not only house LNCC’s own offices, but also a new visitor information centre.

“This is a great opportunity, and will be a great benefit not only to central Labrador, but to all of Labrador,” said Sterling Peyton, president of the Labrador North Chamber of Commerce (LNCC).

For the last couple of decades, the visitor information centre — located in the Hamilton Heights area of Happy Valley-Goose Bay — has only been staffed for 8-10 weeks during the summer months.

“It was always open in the summer months and staffed by a student, as the summer, obviously, sees the highest volume of traffic,” explained Peyton.

“But over the last number of years, we have been seeing more and more year-round visitors, particularly in the winter, as winter tourism gains more ground.”

The LNCC took over the summer operation of the information centre after the Central Labrador Economic Development Board was dissolved in 2013.

“We picked up the operation, and it’s a nice facility (in Hamilton Heights), but it doesn’t provide a lot of the services that Labrador needs and could use,” said Peyton.

He notes the LNCC currently has an architect working on the concept of the new space, as the building was stripped down to the studs.

“We’d like to become a gateway to all of Labrador, to showcase Labrador arts and crafts, provide technology-based information such as kiosks, and other amenities.”

Peyton notes with the marked improvements of the Trans Labrador Highway, the potential for increased year-round tourists can only go up.

“We’re looking forward to a new life for the visitor information centre,” he said.

Peyton said if all goes well with construction, the LNCC should have it’s grand opening in mid-October.

 

bonnie.learning@tc.tc

 

Organizations: Labrador North Chamber of Commerce, Labrador Inuit Development, Central Labrador Economic Development Board Trans Labrador Highway

Geographic location: Labrador, Happy Valley, Goose Bay Hamilton Heights Hillcrest Street

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