Wabush is a small town in the western tip of Labrador, known for transportation and iron ore operations for 40 years (1967 to 2007).
Wabush is the twin community of Labrador City. At its peak population in the late 1970s, the region had a population of just over 22,000. Today Wabush's population (2011) is 1,861. Most residents continue to work in the nearby mines: Wabush Mines and Iron Ore Company of Canada, now a unit of Rio Tinto Mines.
While remote, the town does contain modern amenities. There is a shopping centre (Which includes a post office, bank, a women's department, a restaurant, a bar, and a snowmobile store) recreational centre (that includes a bowling alley, gymnasium, swimming pool, a teen centre, and a weight lifting room) ice arena, a library, a legion building that serves alcoholic beverages, a furniture store, several playgrounds, a school, a church, two corner stores, a hotel (which also includes a restaurant, a barber shop, and a bar). In nearby Labrador City, there is a modern indoor shopping centre which includes a Walmart.
Air transportation needs for the twin communities are served by Wabush Airport and seasonally by Wabush Water Aerodrome. It used to get more frequent service by Air Gaspé, which was acquired by Quebecair in 1973. The latter ended as an independent business in 1986, acquired in turn by CP Air in 1986 and Canadian Airlines in 1987. Currently the area is serviced by Air Canada (Air Canada Express & Expolits Valley Air Service), Provincial Airlines, Pascan Air and Air Inuit.
Companies in and around Wabush include: