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It never fails to impress me. Labrador. The Big Land. It's one of the last remaining areas of North America that has not been totally developed industrially, commercially or agriculturally - although, little by little, it is being discovered and is now the scene of enormous activity in mining and mineral exploration. My reason for being there was two-fold. First and foremost, I was researching a book that I'm in the process of writing about a former friend and colleague, the late aviation and outfitting pioneer Bill Bennett, founder of Gander Aviation and developer of four outfitting lodges. Three were located in Labrador on some very prolific salmon rivers, while one was situated in the central Newfoundland interior.

It never fails to impress me. Labrador. The Big Land.

It's one of the last remaining areas of North America that has not been totally developed industrially, commercially or agriculturally - although, little by little, it is being discovered and is now the scene of enormous activity in mining and mineral exploration.

My reason for being there was two-fold. First and foremost, I was researching a book that I'm in the process of writing about a former friend and colleague, the late aviation and outfitting pioneer Bill Bennett, founder of Gander Aviation and developer of four outfitting lodges. Three were located in Labrador on some very prolific salmon rivers, while one was situated in the central Newfoundland interior.

Bill had made unbelievable numbers of friends during his years of flying to remote parts of the province during the years of development. We may never know how many lives were saved while he had the Medivac contract for the Sir Wilfred Grenfell Hospital in St. Anthony. He had a full life during his 70 years on this earth.

The other reason I was in Labrador was to do some sport fishing for big Eastern brook trout, the big brothers and sisters of our little mud trout here on the island.
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