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Labrador and Newfoundland: maybe this year?

Posted by Frum Hiker on August 12, 2008

I am fascinated with the two, they are rural and rugged and nobody lives there, plus Labrador got its first road- which remains unpaved in 1985. I haven’t been to either yet, but I have been wanting to go for several years. Every year I want to go I just decide that for the same money I can go somewhere west, and it always seems like the west is better to go solo. Last year I drove to the northwest and a week in Montana as well. The year before it was the mother road trip to Alaska and the Yukon. Labrador and Newfoundland are the two last road accessible places I have not been to in Canada, all the others have been driven to, which is what I do of course.

This year may be the year, my latest job is telecommute mostly which means I may be able to get a 10 day road trip in, maybe I’ll just do Newfoundland. Labrador is a little scarier, being the road is unpaved and completely cut off from society. 40,000 people live in Labrador and its enormous. Did you know that the tip of Newfoundland is only 1600 miles from the coast of Ireland, its where the first transatlantic cable was laid. The book about it “A thread across the ocean” was fascinating and I do recommend it.

Newfoundland is a 6 hours ferry ride from the tip of Nova Scotia, I have gotten sea sick before, while crossing the Bay of Fundy between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, but I am so tempted by pictures of Gros Morne alone that I will do whatever it takes to drive there. My car has 299,000 miles and that doesn’t help much either.

I do have a bunch of little stuff I wouldn’t mind doing this fall, short trips. I want to do Alongonquin Mountain in the Adirondacks, its a long grueling hike. I also would love to visit the Whites in NH during foliage season and I also want to hike Katahdin in Baxter State Park Maine, lofty goals for a working man with not much vacation set aside.

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