Location: Canada - North-central Labrador, north of Goose Bay
Capacity: 8-15 depending on the camp
Labrador is home to the beautiful brook trout. At the Minipi camps, anglers of varying skill levels will be rewarded with 1- to 3-pound brook trout, with the possibility of catching a 6-, 8- and even 10-pound brookie on a fly. Labrador's interior is made up of 112,000 square miles of uninhabited wilderness, and since 1978, it has been the home of Coopers' Minipi Camps. Their four separate locations provide superior angling adventures in one of North America's last true wilderness areas, where you can fish in pristine waters and catch not only giant brook trout but also great northern pike up to 20 pounds and landlocked arctic char up to 10 pounds -- all on flies.
Jack Cooper has four lodges and exclusive fly-in rights on the Minipi watershed that lie in the very center of the brook trout's perfect and original habitat. Mayflies, stoneflies and caddis flies thrive in the lakes' shallow flats, riffles, narrows and rapids. This, in combination with ideal water temperatures and the perfect balance of predation and competition between species, creates the ultimate environment for these immense trout to thrive. In addition to the spectacular angling, the sportfishing laws of Newfoundland and Labrador restrict the Minipi watershed to the use of Coopers' guests only. This guarantees a relaxed sportfishing experience in a true wilderness area exclusive to guests of the Minipi Camps.
Maintaining a strict "catch-and-release" policy, Jack and Lorraine Cooper have encouraged the scientific study of the fantastic brook trout that inhabit these Minipi lakes and streams. In 1995, in recognition of their work to preserve and protect this species and its wilderness habitat, Canada's Department of Canadian Heritage presented the Coopers with the first ever Environmental Sustainable Tourism Award.