Moving to Hopedale

In the summer months, there are two main ways in and out of island: Boat, and Plane. Both have their pros and cons:

Boat: Less expensive, and you get a great view of the north coast of Labrador. This is an excellent choice if you have a little time (it take several days, including an overnight in Goose Bay).

Plane: This is a more expensive option, but you can do it all in one day and get the experience of a Twin Otter aircraft while you are at it.

Either way, you probably won't be able to carry all of your belongings with you, and you'll need to get them here some other way. You can have your goods shipped via Plane Cargo, but this is very expensive, and mostly used in the winter months or for emergencies.

The most common way to get your moving gear to Hopedale is by shipping it via Marine Atlantic in Lewisporte. You goods will come from Lewisporte on the Sir Robert Bond or the Astron to Goose Bay or Cartwright, and from there travel the coast on the Northern Ranger, or continue on the Astron. This method is pretty affordable.

Many teachers ship their belongings just before they leave themselves. It usually takes between 1 and 2 weeks for their belongings to arrive.


What to Bring?

Here are some suggested items. This list is taken from teachers personal experiences. This is not a list of items you absolutely must have (although some of them are pretty necessary - telephone), but many teachers have found the items on these lists very useful.

For Your Home
  • TV (satellite tv is available)
  • Utensils, pots, pans, and dishes
  • Bed clothes/pillows
  • Alarm clock
  • Hangers
  • Broom and mop
  • Small appliances such as kettle, coffee perk, etc.
  • Shower curtain
  • Shovel
  • Wall hangings
  • Telephone
  • Answering Machine (Aliant Message manager is not available here yet)
  • Plastic coverings for windows (they can get drafty, especially in the minihomes)
  • Curtains - the provided curtains have seen a lot of wear and tear over the years.
  • Garbage containers - for kitchen, bathroom, etc.

** If you are considering moving into a mini-home, you might decide to bring some tools up to get some wood for your woodstove, especially if you are also considering bringing up or buying a snowmobile.

For You

  • Warm winter clothes, including a warm hat and face protection
  • Insulated winter boots (Baffin brand insulated rubber boots are recommended by many locals and teacher alike)
  • If you think you might enjoy it, bring along supplies for hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, or wooding.
  • A good digital camera
  • Pocket knife
  • snowshoes
  • skates
  • compass
  • GPS - *for fun. A GPS cannot replace the knowledge of someone who knows the land in this area. It changes with the weather.