Located on the westernmost tip of the huge Hamilton Inlet – also called Lake Melville – the adjacent towns of HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY are the principal transport and service hub for the entire Labrador Coast. Nevertheless, there's not much to tempt you either here or to neigbouring North West River, but a couple of museums and some short hikes into the surrounding spruce forest that's interspersed with sparkling lakes and rivers.
Happy Valley-Goose Bay has a reasonable range of accommodation. The least expensive options are the B&Bs in town, particularly TMT's B&B, 451 Hamilton River Rd (Tel:709/896-4404; Price: Up to $40), located close to the ferry terminal. The more central Davis' B&B, 14 Cabot Crescent (Tel:709/896-5077, Web: www.bbcanada.com/davisbandb ; Price: $41-60) has rooms with private bathrooms while Bradley's B&B, 13 Mackenzie Divre (Tel:709/896-8006 or 1-877/884-7378, Web: www.bbcanada.com/bradleybb ; Price: $41-60) boasts homemade breads and jams for breakfast. A few minutes drive out of town Goose River Lodges, Route 520 (Tel:709/896-2600 or 1-877/496-2600, Web: www.gooseriverlodges.ca ) has chalets ($95 per night for 4 adults) as well as tent and serviced RV sites ($17–24) all year round. They also rent snowmobiles in winter. The Royal Inn, 5 Royal Ave (Tel:709/896-2456 or 1-888/440-2456, Web: www.royalinnandsuites.ca ;Price: $61-80), is a modern hotel where continental breakfasts and Internet access are free but the town's fanciest lodging choice is Hotel North, 25/27 Loring Drive (Tel:709/896-9301 or 1-877/996-9301, Web: www.atyp.com/hotelnorth ; Price: $101-125) with bygones in its lobby and locally recommended restaurant, the Mariners Galley, that features a wooden ship centerpiece.
Apart from Hotel North, the best places to eat are Tricia Dee's, 96 Hamilton River Rd (Tel:709/896-4441), specializing in steaks and ribs, and Trappers Cabin Bar and Grill, 1 Aspen Rd, (Tel:709/896-9522; steak from $12), where you cook your steak yourself on their grill. Happy Valley-Goose Bay is a lively drinking town: the busiest bars are Mulligan's Pub, 368 Hamilton River Rd, a tiny place that is always full to bursting and Maxwell's II/Bentley's, 97 Hamilton River Rd, the town's main nightspot located right on the waterfront.