Hopedale Population: 640
Originally known by its Inuktitut name Arvertok, which translates to "the place of whales", the community was renamed to Hopedale by Moravian Missionaries arriving from Germany in 1782.

Today, there remains an incredible legacy of structures and artifacts from the Moravians in Hopedale. Some of the oldest wooden-framed buildings in Canada still stand in Hopedale. Graveyards have tombstones dating back to the 1800's, and the view when arriving at the dock is much the same as it was 200 years ago. Browse through the Hopedale Mission Complex and Interpretation Center to view three stories of artifacts and written materials collected since the late 1700's.

Located in the heart of Nunatsiavut, Hopedale is the legislative capital of the Nunatsiavut Government. A new Assembly building has recently been opened with local Labradorite stone tiling and seal-skin seats.

Hopedale has always played an important role in the history of the Labrador Inuit. It continues to play an important role by being at the center of decisions that affect the future of Nunatsiavut.

Things to see and do

  • Visit the Moravian Mission Complex and Museum and learn more about the Moravian presence in Nunatsiavut
  • Hike to the old American radar station and enjoy the spectacular view
  • Meet the dynamic sewing group and purchase unique handmade gifts
  • Meet local carvers
  • Sit back and enjoy a warm cup of tea at sunset from the restaurant patio
  • Take part in the Rhubarb Festival that happens every July
  • Experience Hopedale during the spring at the Ethel Pijogge Memorial festival
Did you know?

You can catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights in the labradorite tiles of the Nunatsiavut Government Assembly Building. According to the legend, the Northern Lights were once imprisoned in the rocks along the Labrador coast giving it its special colors.

Accommodation and dinning

The Amaguk Inn
Email: amagukinn@gmail.com
Tel: 709 933-3750