Makkovik Population: 400
The first permanent settlers in Makkovik came to the area as craftsmen and sailors, and settled as hunters, trappers, and fishermen.

It was the Moravian Missionaries that first tried to settle in the Makkovik area in 1752. Landing in a place called Ford's Bight (also known as Nisbet Harbour), the Makkovik area was the first permanent settlement that the Moravian Missionaries built in Labrador from which to spread their message.

The modern community of Makkovik is thanks to the efforts of a Norwegian immigrant, Torsten Kverna Andersen, who came to Labrador in the 1850s to work with the Hudson's Bay Company as a fur trader. The town of Makkovik flourished due to the rich fishing grounds nearby, attracting settler, Moravian, and Inuit populations. Makkovik quickly became a popular supply and service centre.

Today, Makkovik is a town with a rich combination of Inuit and settler traditions. Icebergs, snowcrab, and wildflowers compliment the cultural heritage of the Moravian Missionary history. A walk through Poet's Path combines wild forest spaces with inspiring words from famous writers

Things to see and do

  • Visit the White Elephant Museum and learn more about the history of the community
  • Stroll through Poet's Path and get inspired by the poetry plaques along the way
  • Hike along the boardwalk for stunning views of icebergs and the Atlantic Ocean
  • Stop by the craft center to learn more and purchase traditional Inuit crafts
  • Join in on the music and food during the Makkovik Jamboree
  • Experience the strong community pride during the annual Makkovik Trout Festival that happens every August
Did you know?

Makkovik is home of some of the very few artisans still making sealskin black bottom boots in Nunatsiavut.

Accommodation and Dinning

Hotel Makkovik
Tel: 709 923-2389