Home to just around 200 people, with a majority settlement at Port Howard located on the eastern coast, West Falkland basically is composed of a hilly terrain separated from its eastern counterpart by the Falkland Sound. With scanty indigenous land fauna, the major industry of West Falkland is sheep farming; however, it is also renowned for its penguin populations and cormorant colonies. Fishing within the two main rivers and along the 1258.7 kilometer long West Falkland coastline is the other popular activity nourishing the fragile economy of these regions.
Port Howard, with just about 20 human residents and 42,000 sheep is at the centre of a 200,000 acre sheep farm. Along with two airstrips, Port Howard is connected through regular ferry services from Stanley. Offering a charming glimpse into camp-life, West Falkland tourism includes a golf-course, a dairy, a fjord, sheep shearing sheds, and nature trails alongside excellent fishing and hiking opportunities.