Cultural SitesLabrador • Rigolet

The Net Loft

A glimpse into the past

The Net Loft, was a Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) building built in 1876 and restored in 2001 while still maintaining all of the original materials used.  When the building was active, it contained all of the fishing gear and necessary equipment for the salmon fishery.

The actual loft in the building has 32 adjoining storage bunks built into the eaves. Each bunk held the nets for the different fishing stations (coves) with the name of each station written over the top. The bunks were on two sides of the net loft and the corridor separating them was used for spreading out nets and repairing them.

The building has been restored to showcase its original use, our traditions and providing visitors with a glimpse into Rigolets’ past.