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Old 06-18-2013, 05:20 AM   #1
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Trans-Labrador Highway - June 2013

I'm heading out to ride the Trans-Labrador Highway in a few days. Leaving Toronto the evening of Thursday June 20th.

Anyone heading that way? Any suggestions on sites to see along the way or places to stay?
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:31 PM   #2
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Side Road to Esker/Sheshashui

Wish I'd taken the Esker side road. Pretty remote from what I hear.

Sheshashui is another story. It's about 20 mi from Goose Bay. Innu res'v. Fascinating people. Just across the bridge over Grand Lake is Northwest River. Not to be missed. Great museum. And a restored Hudson's Bay Post.

Relax and soak it all in. The Trans-Lab goes by so quickly.

Look forward to your report.

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Old 06-18-2013, 06:23 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info Ted.

What's it like for places to say up there? For lodging are you limited to only Labrador City and Goose Bay? To be safe I always carry camping equipment in case of an emergency.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:52 PM   #4
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Lab city has hotels but it is a boom town and rooms are neither cheap nor plentiful. Churchill falls has a small hotel that is in the town building which houses every service the town requires. Goose Bay has several hotels. Muskrat Falls power development nearby means rooms will be scarce there. Next stop is the Alexis Hotel in Port Hope Simpson.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:44 PM   #5
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Lodging

I enjoyed a b and in Goose. Ask when you arrive. There were/are several. Caribou sausage and homemade bread for breakfast!

Port Hope Simpson has a good B and B with a bakery on ground floor! Hotel there is way expensive but just fine.

Lab city again a B and B. fed me like I was going to the gallows.

Those room at the energy hotel near Relais Gabriel weren't appealing. I camped at Gagnon. Beautiful and buggy.

Churchill Falls has that bunkhouse sort of motel you rent from the owners of the gas bar.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:43 PM   #6
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I rode the Translab in the end of August last year.

I camped on Lake Manicougan first night on the actual translab. There is a nice spot right on the beach. You can see it on satellite photos with a short little access road. There is a motel at the Manic dam about 1-2 hours south of where I camped.

Next day I camped at Churchill Falls next to the church. There is the hotel there in the school/hotel/ grocery/store/ restaurant building.

Next campsite was at the "rest stop" between HVGB and Port Hope Simpson. Just a big dirt parking lot with a trashcan. On the other side of the road is a highway dept garage.

I splurged and got a room somewhere just south of Pinware. I can't remember what town.

Good luck, have fun... Coast Labrador - Port Hope Simpson to Blanc Sablon was the most beautiful part. Just outrageously unreal scenery. I would plan on spending a bit more time on that section. I also enjoyed the road in Northern Quebec just before Labrador. Twisty, turny dirt with lots of elevation changes and railroad crossings :).

Be careful on with time zones to catch the Blanc Sablon Ferry. It's in Quebec but I think it runs on Newfoundland time.
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:35 AM   #7
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Great info!

Can you be a little more specific about where that "rest area" is between HVGB and Port Hope Simpson? I wasn't able to figure it out by looking at Google Maps, even satellite view. (Just trying to plan my own trip.)

Also where you camped on Lake Manicougan, I see several possibile "little access" roads... Would you say that's about the 2 o'clock position of the Lake?

I had originally planned on doing the TLH counter-clockwise, but it was suggested to me that a better idea would be clockwise, so that my tires (TKC80's) would be fresher for the TLH than they'd be if I did it CCW. Plus I might be able to more easily find tires and/or services in NL or NS on my way back home. With this in mind, I might even chance it by not taking a spare rear tire along with me.

Thanks for sharing the tips! (Oh, by the way, I'm heading to Stowe tomorrow morning for a small BMW rally with the i-bmw.com folks.)




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I camped on Lake Manicougan first night on the actual translab. There is a nice spot right on the beach. You can see it on satellite photos with a short little access road. There is a motel at the Manic dam about 1-2 hours south of where I camped.

Next campsite was at the "rest stop" between HVGB and Port Hope Simpson. Just a big dirt parking lot with a trashcan. On the other side of the road is a highway dept garage.

I splurged and got a room somewhere just south of Pinware. I can't remember what town.

Good luck, have fun... Coast Labrador - Port Hope Simpson to Blanc Sablon was the most beautiful part. Just outrageously unreal scenery. I would plan on spending a bit more time on that section. I also enjoyed the road in Northern Quebec just before Labrador. Twisty, turny dirt with lots of elevation changes and railroad crossings :).

Be careful on with time zones to catch the Blanc Sablon Ferry. It's in Quebec but I think it runs on Newfoundland time.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:10 AM   #8
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Also where you camped on Lake Manicougan, I see several possibile "little access" roads... Would you say that's about the 2 o'clock position of the Lake?
I'm guessing he probably means the campground about 1km north of Relais Gabriel:
http://goo.gl/maps/pxEbQ

I camped there on my second trip. There's not much to it, but it's nice enough.

You can also ask at Relais Gabriel about camping -- sometimes they'll let you camp there on the lake behind them. Did that on my first and third trips; spectacular spot to camp. See my ride reports for plenty of photos.

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Old 07-04-2013, 06:23 AM   #9
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Great info!

Can you be a little more specific about where that "rest area" is between HVGB and Port Hope Simpson? I wasn't able to figure it out by looking at Google Maps, even satellite view. (Just trying to plan my own trip.)

Also where you camped on Lake Manicougan, I see several possibile "little access" roads... Would you say that's about the 2 o'clock position of the Lake?
I tried finding the rest stop on google maps, and I think this is it, but with the low quality image I can't be sure.

https://maps.google.com/?ll=52.56921...21865&t=h&z=16

I actually camped south of Relais Gabriel, here. The road goes down to the shore, and there are some nice spots to setup camp. I roosted my way down the beach to find a nice spot.

https://maps.google.com/?ll=51.12879...10933&t=h&z=17

If only the Bing image didn't have have a cloud right over where I want to look:

http://binged.it/14TVa7X

I hope that helps, good luck!
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:31 AM   #10
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In case anyone is planning to ride the TLH soon -- I was up in Quebec this weekend and chatted yesterday with a Tiger Explorer rider on his way up to Labrador. He was mentioning that the Trans-Lab is currently closed in the Wabush area due to fires, and Rt 389 was apparently also closed between Relais Gabriel and Fermont but may have reopened in the meantime.

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Old 07-11-2013, 06:24 AM   #11
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In case anyone is planning to ride the TLH soon -- I was up in Quebec this weekend and chatted yesterday with a Tiger Explorer rider on his way up to Labrador. He was mentioning that the Trans-Lab is currently closed in the Wabush area due to fires, and Rt 389 was apparently also closed between Relais Gabriel and Fermont but may have reopened in the meantime.

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Yep i'm suppose to head up there at the beginning of august so hoping things will calm down by that time.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:00 PM   #12
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My friend and I are headed up the last week of August, headed to the Rock on the 25th, and will probably catch the ferry to Blanc Sablon on the 29th to start the TLH.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:20 PM   #13
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The section close to Wabush is now open. There's a section close to Goose Bay that's closed everynight, but during the day they're escorting traffic through the fire areas.

That's subject to change, of course, as fires flare up or die down.
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