Finding Grenfell

Tracing the Grenfell Mission in Southern Labrador

Finding Grenfell

Status Note, August 2019 Finding Grenfell interpretive panels are currently under construction and will be installed at a later date. Please check back for updates.

About the Project

Finding Grenfell is a project of CHART and is designed to recognize the widespread, diverse and long-lasting impact of the Grenfell Mission in southern Labrador. From 1892 until the mid 20th century Wilfred Grenfell and his followers, collectively called the Grenfell Mission, were a strong presence in the many small communities of southern Labrador.

Their work spanned the fields of health, education, industry and agriculture and directly impacted the lives of Labradorians. From hospitals and schools to handicrafts and cold frames, the Mission worked to improve the health, education and well-being of the people of the coast.

Finding Grenfell interpretive panels are distributed throughout the communities of southern Labrador, spanning some 400 km, in recognition of the widespread impact of the Grenfell Mission. In one way or another, the Mission touched every community.

To read more about the history of the Grenfell Mission visit


Culture, Heritage and Arts Resource Team (CHART)

The Culture, Heritage and Arts Resource Team is a committee of the Labrador Straits Historical Development Corporation. CHART provides planning and assistance to projects and activities that promote, develop and celebrate the unique cultural and heritage assets of the Labrador Straits Region.

Through the development of strong partnerships, the team works to protect and preserve traditional skills, further develop interpretation of our history, and proactively engage in the development and growth of the region's economy.


Labrador Straits Historical Development Corporation (LSHDC)

The Labrador Straits Historical Development Corporation is a non-profit organization formed in 1985 in response to a rising interest in historical resources in the Labrador Straits region. The Corporation strives to preserve & promote historical resources in the region and develop the tourism opportunities they offer. It is governed by a board of directors appointed by local municipalities and key organizations.


International Grenfell Association (IGA)

The International Grenfell Association is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1892 by British medical missionary Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell to provide health care, education, religious services, and rehabilitation and other social services to the fisherman and coastal communities of northern Newfoundland and Labrador. Find out more about the IGA at

Project Acknowledgements

  • Research & writing: Cindy Gibbons, Red Bay, Labrador
  • Editing & review: CHART members (with special thanks to volunteer Lawrence Normore, L'Anse au Loup)
  • Panel & website creative design: Cynthia Colosimo (LabradorData), Forteau, Labrador
  • Panel manufacture: H&F Designs, Forteau
  • Website development: Douglas Robbins (LabradorData), Forteau
  • Financial support: International Grenfell Association
  • Project management: LSHDC (with special thanks to volunteer Sheila Chubbs, L'Anse au Clair)
Finding Grenfell