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Trans Labrador Frontier Loop
The 1,122km Trans Labrador Highway
The Trans Labrador Highway will take you through new territories of unspoiled pristine wilderness and remote villages! This ultimate free-wheeling adventure will take you to the resource rich areas of Labrador West, through Central Labrador where you will learn of Labrador's key aboriginal cultures and onward to the Labrador Coastal Drive to experience a glimpse back in time to early European colonization.

Your journey will begin in Baie Comeau Quebec:
From Halifax: 790km From Montreal: 668km From Toronto: 1,212km
Day 1
389fall27 Baie Comeau – Labrador West / 581km total / 8h 10m / 415km is paved
North from Baie Comeau route 389 will take you pass the Daniel Johnson Dam, onward to the iron ore mining communities of Fermont, Labrador City and Wabush on the Quebec / Labrador border.
Day 2
CF004Labrador West – Churchill Falls / 243km total / 3h 27m / paved
After spending a relaxing morning visiting the Gateway to Labrador Visitor center and getting oriented to Labrador you continue on your way.
The highway affords you opportunities to view the majestic Smallwood reservoir and you arrive in Churchill Falls late afternoon; time for a tour of the Hydroelectric generating station after dinner. NOTE: Tour must be booked in advance!
Days 3 & 4
LHM1001 Churchill Falls – Central Labrador / 284 kms total/ 3h 38m / Paved
You are on the road early, enroute to Happy Valley – Goose Bay, the "hub of Labrador" and North West River for cultural exploration. Museums tell the story of Labrador's first people, European settlers and the military significance of the area.
Goose Bay is also the access point to travel to Nunatsiavut via the new Kamutik W or to the Torngat Mountains National Park. (see TMNP or Cruising Nunatsiavut itinerary)
Day 5
WS1002Central Labrador – Cartwright / 393km / 5h 32m / 140 kms Paved and 253 kms Unpaved
The highway known as Labrador Coastal Drive passes to the south of the Mealy Mountains and onward through sub-arctic terrain to the coastal communities. Cartwright is on the doorstep of the Wonderstrand, a 54km stretch of sandy beach believed to be the first landing place of the Vikings 1000 years ago!
Day 6
BH16CartwrightBattle Harbour (Mary's Harbour) / 248 kms / 3h 34m / 158 kms Paved and 90 kms Unpaved Mary's Harbour is the gateway to Battle Harbour National Historic District - learn the history of Labrador's mercantile fishery and stay in beautifully restored heritage home. Enroute, take a side trip on Iceberg Alley, route 513, to St. Lewis for one of the best iceberg viewing opportunities in the province or stop in Port Hope Simpson for a hike or to cast a line for a salmon!

Note: The time zone changes between Cartwright, AST (UTC -4 hours) and Port Hope Simpson, NST (UTC -3:30 hours).
Day 7
RB085Battle Harbour (Mary's Harbour) - Red Bay / 88km / 1h 18m / Paved
Construction is scheduled to begin this year to lay pavement on this stretch of the TLH.
At the Red Bay National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage site, you can visit a Parks Canada operated interpretation centre for a glimpse back to the 16th century when Basque whalers operated a major whaling station out of this harbour. Visit Saddle Island to check out the sites of tryworks, cooperages and Basque burial grounds. Hike the Booney Shore trail where you will likely encounter the bones of whales that were hunted by Basque fishermen many years ago.
Day 8 & 9
PAPHS008Red Bay - L'Anse au Clair / 78km / 1h 9m / Paved
Route 510 continues through small fishing villages, alongside several terrific whale and iceberg viewing spots and Point Amour, the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada, to Labrador's most southern community L'Anse au Clair. Enjoy a day battling Atlantic Salmon on some of the best producing rivers in our province. Hike a portion of the 70km Pioneer Footpath, a coastal trail that recreates the original footpaths early settler would have used.
There are many accommodation choices along this short section of the Coastal Drive so you can overnight close to the ferry and catch an early morning crossing or take your time and enjoy more of what the area has to offer on day two.
Ferry to Newfoundland
L'Anse au ClairBlanc Sablon (Quebec) - St. Barbe
(Drive - 7km / 7m / paved) (Ferry - 1h 45m)

A short drive from L'Anse au Clair to Blanc Sablon, QC and you will catch the ferry to the northern tip of Newfoundland. Reservations are recommended!
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