Torngat Mountains National Park’s brief 2018 season is just around the corner, but management has jammed an entire summer’s worth of exciting events and new program into the 29 days.
It all starts Aug. 4 at the park’s base camp, where veteran tourism operator Stan Cook Jr. has been recruited to serve as camp manager.
Cook, who was co-owner and president of a family kayak and adventure tourism business for over 25 years, bringing home many honours for his efforts and expertise, is looking forward to his time in the mountains.
“This is one of the most remarkable and breathtaking locations in the world and I am very honoured to take on this new role and continue to deliver on an exceptional guest experience,” he stated in a news release.
For 2018, guests will have a choice of three-, four- and seven-day packages designed to help them explore the 9,700 square kilometres of the park. Some packages will focus on excursions and others on hiking.
Air Borealis, the Labrador air service operated by PAL Airlines, will serve as base camp operators for 2018.
The airline has introduced new direct flights aboard a Dash-8 aircraft from Goose Bay Airport to the Saglek airstrip in the park.
Highlighting the 2018 entertainment program is a seven-day visit by award-winning recording artists The Once, Aug. 11-18.
Band member Phil Churchill says the experience will be one of the biggest adventures of his and his bandmates’ lifetimes.
“When asked to play, there was a resounding ‘yes’ from the band,” Churchill stated. “The Torngats, the ‘place of spirits’. A masterful design by Mother Nature. A place filled with the beauty, the art and all the splendor of the Indigenous people.
“What a rare honour to be able to bear witness together and what a pleasure it will be to sing for the folks who choose to share in this opportunity of a lifetime.”
Other entertainment programming includes traditional Inuit drum dancers, throat singers and alternative Indigenous artists.
The season runs until Sept. 1.
Package information and bookings can be made through thetorngats.com.