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Wabush (Newfoundland and Labrador)

For most of the 30 years between 1967 and 2007, Wabush was a very small community on the western tip of Labrador, best known for the mining and export of iron ore.

In the late 1970s, Wabush was at its peak; it had a population of just over 22,000. But by 2006, that number had dropped precipitously to about 1,700. Fortunately, like many single-industry towns, declines are followed by expansions. Like Schefferville to the north, rising iron-ore prices have given way to a huge resurgence of the community.

But the region has recently proven to harbor massive iron-ore deposits and has already attracted investments by Canadian and foreign interests, all destined for the extraction and refining of the raw material, which is so essential to construction and infrastructural development around the globe. Other mining prospects also remain excellent and yet more investment has been dedicated to the extraction of new mineral discoveries such as silica. Resulting infrastructural improvements will furthermore make way for the exploitation of forestry products and repopulation of the area will undoubtedly result in increased recreational fishing, hunting, wildlife observation and adventure tourism.

Service companies are expanding to cater to the mining companies and sufficient commercial land, warehousing and retail space exists to service the existing and future population and businesses. Road and air transportation to the area is continually improving, and the communities of Wabush and Labrador City are effectively administrated by the local population.

Things to see and do

Although remote, the town nonetheless offers all the modern amenities of any small community, including a hotel, restaurants and recreational facilities. But the residents of Wabush are its greatest asset. Warm, welcoming and curious about outsiders, residents of the area are the best reference for visitors interested in its history. Wabush remains an oasis of calm along the rocky shores of the turbulent grey Atlantic.

Name meaning

Naskapi Indian word for rabbit ground.




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