Charlottetown, Labrador. Canada - Photo- History & Heritage

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"Nunatukavut" which mean our ancient land.

Just a place to post information of Charlottetown and the St. Michaels Bay Area, Tourist attractions, buildings and study archaeology, remember yesterday is history now.

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This site was created for information purposes only and 100-percent non-profit. Tony Powell was born and raised in Charlottetown, Labrador. His ancestry is a mixture of European settler and Labrador Inuit "Nunatukavut"

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The average person can’t imagine what life was like in St. Michaels Bay, Labrador in 60 years ago, No School, No Medical Faculties, No Church…compared to other places like in Europe or in the united states we were lagging behind the times.

Successful leaders have the courage to take action while others hesitate.

The Métis Community of Charlottetown located on the southeast coast of Labradors is a great place to call home get the awesome feeling for small town Labrador with it's rich fishing history, legendary Trappers and Aviators. Also a great place to try boating, Sport-fishing, berry picking during summer or Snowmobiling, skiing or snowshoeing in the winter etc. St. Michaels Bay has 365 islands one for every day of the year!!!

From the News-paper
I'se on Labrador by David Kirk

"The birth of Charlottetown

This week's edition of I'se on Labrador brings us to a place of old.
A place that I travel regularly and always manage to meet new people that never seem to run out of tall tales of days gone past. This place, once called Old Cove, now known as Charlottetown, Labrador, is the center of this week's story. An adventure,as told by a man affectionately know as Uncle Ben.

By Benjamin W. Powell Sr. Cm.
Charlottetown was born in 1950. It was given birth by Ben Powell and his close friend, Clarence Perry. They were both wilderness trappers at the time and living in the bottom of St. Michaels Bay in a little place called Campbell’s Cove. Now, with no school for their children and no future only trapping during the winter with furs at an all time low, they both agreed t start a new way of life and move out the bay to a woody cove called Old Cove. There they would start a saw mill operation and ship the lumber to Newfoundland, and they would have a school for their children.
Their dream came true, yet the reality of life went far beyond their dreams, The days and years that followed were not days of glory they were days of toil sweat and too often they were days of tears when there seemed to be no hope they could carry on. When everything seemed to go against them, including Mother Nature.
It was on October, 20 when we landed our first freight in old Cove.
We build our first small building to store out tools, It was only four feet wide by nine feet long and we now had to cut a road three miles to reach the choice timber that covered the hillside, to reach this hill we had to cut around the sides of three ponds.
The work was very difficult, but we persevered and at long last we reached the last pond which was called Garden pond. It was there we planned to build four log cabins and a horse barn out of logs, during the first winter our men and their families would stay in these cabins. Once the saw mill went into operation they would have lots of lumber to build their homes at the salt water in Old Cove, It was here where they would pile the lumber; and when the bay was free of ice the lumber would be loaded onto the vessels and delivered to St. John's Newfoundland.
"Known as "Old Cove" in the 1940's where no families lived there for more than 50-years.with History going back for thousands of years."

In the early 1600's it was estimated to be 5000 Inuit peoples in St. Michaels Bay, Area of Labrador.

The greater population of the Aboriginal peoples of St. Michaels Bay, Labrador was wiped out by the smallpox a deadly disease allegedly was carried over to Labrador by the Europeans during the 1770’s.
The name "Labrador" is one of the oldest names of European origin in Canada, It is said to be named after Portuguese explorer João Fernandes Lavrador who, together with Pêro de Barcelos, were the second party of European explorers (after the Vikings) to sight it in 1498.
Leif Ericsson the Lucky (980?-1020?) was a Viking (Norse) explorer who was possibly the first European to sail to North America. Leif sailed north from the southern tip of Greenland, then went south along the coast of Baffin Island down to Labrador"
"Ericsson sailed around the year 1000"------------------------------------------------------------
In the sixteenth century the Inuit population was estimated to be 70,000,

During the 1950's Families moved into Charlttetown from the following winter places, Campbell's Cove, New York, New Town, Wild Bight, Gilbert Bay, Alexis Bay, St. Lewis Inlet, Hawke Bay, Caplin Bay, Norman Bay , Partridge Bay plus-other places. There was No Government funding for them Families back then to help with the move into Charlottetown, contrary to some rumours.

In 1950 Charlottetown, Labrador had just 4-families that lived @ Garden Pond in Company log cabins.

In 1951 the first Family lived by the salt Water.

In 1952 First School teacher was Mr. Hayward Green who lived in Ben Powell's first old house and taught school in a room in Powell’s new home, the new school 16 X 24 with seating for 40-students opened early in 1953. The second school teacher was Mr. Clyde Patey.

In the fall of 1954 Uncle Frank Clark moved his Family to Charlottetown from Wild bight.

In 1958 Mr. Asaph Wentzell Sr. moved his Family to Charlottetown from Tub Harbour, Labrador

In 1986 Charlottetown's 2500 ft. X 75 ft. Airstrip was completed, at a cost of $6-million dollar- maintenance building with passenger Terminal the following year.

Gospel Hall, Calvary Temple Pentecostal Church, Anglican Church

During the summer of 2001, the Labrador Fishermen's Union Shrimp Co. Ltd. opened the first-ever state-of-the-art shrimp processing facility for Labrador in Charlottetown, Labrador.

Services & Facilities
Super Market, Restaurant, Post office, Labrador- Grenfell Regional Health Services" Nursing Clinic", Community centre, Apartments, 2- Gas stations, Grocery stores, Bombardier- snowmobile dealership, craft store, Hotel, Garage, Playground, salmon fishing lodge-an ultra-modern shrimp processing plant .
Boat Tours etc.
Location: On Route 514, 29 km from junction on Route 510. Junction is 20 km North of Port Hope Simpson.

For the Charlottetown and Southeast Labrador the Future is Bright with the prospect of finding Precious metals, Base metals, Uranium on land and a excellent sign of Oil and Gas just off our shore.
Plenty photos-many never seen before-With details. Other's I have bought the copyright to publish.
I have a collection of more than10,000 photos of Labrador, collected over the past 50-years, it's always tough to find the best ones to post on this site.
Old Family photos of all the people in St. Michaels Bay area since the 1890's is of the most importance, very educational for the younger generations.

Information on this site has been researched by Tony Powell you will find samples especially among the photos from material prepared for a Book to be published in the future. “Site will be updated daily”

The first 4- Families to live in cabins at Garden Pond in 1950 was Uncle Clarence Perry & Wife Margaret, Uncle Harry Marshall & Wife Olive, Uncle Roy Penney & Wife Hazel, Uncle John Penney & Wife Iris, In 1951 Uncle Roland Bursey & Wife Bessie, Houses begin to go up at the land wash in 1951/52

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