Post-apocalyptic Labrador
Labrador, Canada
GNU Free Documentation LicenseLabrador, Canada - Credit: Gene.arboit

 The Chrysalids is set in a post-apocalyptic and much warmer Labrador, a region of Atlantic Canada. The main action takes place around the Waknuk area, which is based on the small mining town of Wabush in southwestern Labrador.


The rapids near Wabush
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe rapids near Wabush - Credit: Neil Carey

The local government is located in a city called Rigo, based on the modern day Inuit community of Rigolet.


The port of Lark (modern day Lark Harbor) is also mentioned by David’s uncle Axel as a place for sailors to stop and buy provisions on the way to the island of Newf (Newfoundland).


A restored pioneer house at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas.
Public DomainA restored pioneer house at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Following what was presumably a nuclear holocaust known as Tribulation that wiped out the ‘Old People’, the residents of Waknuk and the surrounding area have established a Christian Fundamentalist community, revolving around the church and resembling that of the American Frontier of the 18th and 19th centuries.


Shire horses on Juist
Creative Commons AttributionShire horses on Juist - Credit: gerriet

Farming is the main industry, but technology is basic. Mutants such as the giant great horses are given legal status as they are very profitable for farming purposes since tractor technology has been lost.


The community strives to achieve the ‘true image’ and all mutations not seen as profitable are outlawed. All animal and plant mutants are killed or burnt, babies that are abnormal are killed and older children or adults discovered to be abnormal are sterilized and exiled to the Fringes.



Sunset over Labrador
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeSunset over Labrador - Credit: grampymoose