Ross and Anna Weber share their experiences and best recommendations for truck camping through Labrador and Newfoundland. Look out! Moose and icebergs ahead.
Ross and I left June 1, 2014 on an adventure through Labrador and Newfoundland. Leaving Southern Ontario behind, we drove the less traveled highway to Quebec City.
East of Quebec City, we drove Highway 138 on the north shore of the St Lawrence River to Baie-Comeau, 260 miles. We turned north on Road 389 and drove 350 miles to Labrador City.
There were lots of trees, hills, curves, and rocky terrain. Eventually, we experienced almost mountainous terrain. Along the way, the logging, hydro, mining, and transport trucks appreciated us pulling over to let them by.
From Labrador City, we drove the Trans Labrador Highway to L’Anse-au-Clair, about 750 miles.
We ferried to Newfoundland at Blanc Sablon. Once there, we explored Newfoundland over a three week period.
Heading homeward, we ferried from Port aux Basques to North Sydney Nova Scotia and turned towards the Acadian Peninsula of New Brunswick. Then north to Mont Joli, Quebec, and, turning westward, we traveled home along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. The whole of Newfoundland is steeped with history, scenery, outdoor adventure, and good food.
Above: A Basques Whaling museum
Above: St. Johns, Newfoundland
Above: The Skerwink hiking trail on Bonavista Peninsula, Newfoundland
Here are some tips and advice for anyone interested in truck camping through Newfoundland and Labrador.
1. Labrador Coastal Drive is a good website to plan the trip through Labrador.
2. Visit the tourist information centers in the towns for great local and historical information.
3. In Baie-Comeau, Quebec, stock up on all provisions including fuel and propane. Also, ensure your equipment, including tires, operate properly. We contacted the local services for road status even though there is a sign at the beginning of the road indicating which sections are open. Spring was later than usual with road thaw just underway.
4. Take advantage of carrying a free satellite phone through Labrador as there is no cell service. We picked one up at the Hotel in Labrador City and turned it in at Northern Lites Inn in L’Anse-au-Claire.