Different Canada: Werewolves, Gnomes and Other Legends

Although Canada is one of the most modern, progressive, and most developed countries in the Western world, this peaceful North American country hides vast areas of wildlife hitherto inaccessible by any road and inhabited by ancient Inuit, Inuit, and Nisnabek tribes. Even the name of the country itself comes from the Indian Iroquois word kanata, meaning country or settlement. In addition, the culture of the First Nations in northern Canada still has more influence than the modern centers of Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver.

The Spirits of the Labrador Forests

The land, created by werewolves, is protected by gnomes, and inhabited by fairies: Inuit Indians consider the province of Labrador as their own land full of fantastic creatures, mythical spirits, and forest monsters. Legend has it that long ago Kuekuatsu, the Great Enris, built a wooden boat and brought all the creatures of the earth into it. When the world was flooded by a terrible flood, Kuekuatsu asked the nimble mink to dive to the bottom and bring dirt and stones from which he had gathered a huge island and released all the people and animals into it. The Great Island of Enris is the current Canada we know.

The Spirits of the Labrador Forests
The Spirits of the Labrador Forests

The Price of Loneliness

In fact, there are a lot of wildlife in Labrador. The endless forests, green cliffs, and network of dark blue lakes and streams that carved the entire province are reminiscent of a time when people were not yet living on Earth. The only road connecting Blanc Sablon Harbor to the east and Labrador City to the west passes through the taiga. Labrador is inhospitable even in summer. Due to the large population of black bears, camping here is not recommended, and giant mosquitoes would lead out of patience even the quietest nature lover. However, in the wintertime this province becomes simply inaccessible. In winter, the road becomes barely passable, as there is sometimes more than three meters of snow. Snow blowers are hardly pushing him to the sides, creating a snow wall. It happens that a herd of deer or elk breaks through a tunnel in the snow and marches along the road for hours, unable to move to the other side.

European settlers inhabited Labrador only in the middle of the twentieth century and there are not many locals here today: except for a few separate settlements, the Happy Valley-Goose Bay fort and two hydroelectric power stations in Muskrat Falls and Churchill Falls, wild Labrador is still too harsh place for people to live. Most people in Labrador move here just to make money and leave this place after a few years. Because Labrador is so distant and separated from civilization, power, wood, and construction companies have to pay more for their employees so they would agree to live here. However, not everyone can live in Labrador. The mesmerizing winter whiteness, the monotony of everyday life, and the loneliness drove many people back to the cities and urbanistic civilization.

Kristen