National Geographic Traveler magazine released its Best of the World list recently and Labrador is one of the 21 destinations on the list. The list will be in the December/January issue of the prestigious travel magazine.
The full list is divided into three categories: cities, culture and nature. Labrador is listed as one of the cultural destinations, in such prestigious company as Oaxaca, Mexico; Tetouan, Morocco; and Vienna, Austria.
"I am thrilled to see Labrador get recognized and promoted by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of the worlds must-see destinations,” said Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation in a press release. “Guided by The Way Forward, our Provincial Tourism Product Development Plan will help guide guests to authentic and culturally-rich experiences, some of which are only found in Labrador.”
Mitchelmore pointed out it’s the Canadian destination on the list and said the Big Land is a “dream itinerary for intrepid travellers who want to discover an array of culturally rich and incredible historical experiences.”
Cities on the list include Dublin, Ireland; Malmo, Sweden Santiago, Chile; Sydney, Australia; and Tbilisi, Georgia and some of the top nature destinations are Albania; Jordan Trail, Jordan; Ruaha NP, Tanzania; and Seoraksan National Park, South Korea.
One of the reasons Labrador was chosen related to indigenous involvement in the Akami- Uapishkᵁ-KakKasuak-Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve.
The reserve is approximately 10,700 square kilometres and is Canada’s newest and 46th national park. The traditional names of the park are Akami-uapishku, an Innu word meaning White Mountains across, and KakKasuak, a Labrador Inuit word for mountain.
“As a destination, Labrador truly stands out in its uniqueness, with a rich cultural heritage and awe-inspiring land and seascapes,” said Dion Finlay, the Chair of Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador. “With so many natural and historic wonders, travel experiences in Labrador are the true definition of one-of-a-kind and it is no surprise that National Geographic has named Labrador one of the Best of the World destinations for 2018.”