| Baie Comeau
| Churchill Falls
| Goose Bay
| Red Bay
Only 415km to go!
In the early morning fog, it isn't obvious how to get out of Cartwright. But once you see this sign you know you're going the right way. That's right, only 415 more kilometers of driving until you're back in Québec.
Initially, the road heads back inland, but after Port Hope Simpson you're never far from the Atlantic coast. The change of scenery is definitely a welcome change from the Central Labrador portion of the drive.
You'll notice that most of the bridges are essentially causeways with a short span. It truly is a practical road! In this photo you can see also that efforts have been made to keep the grades reasonable by cutting through rock. Apparently these cuts fill in with big snowdrifts in the Winter though!
Arriving in Mary's Harbour it starts to feel like Atlantic Canada. From here you can visit the Battle Harbour National Historic District by boat.
A pleasant drive
The scenery and the road combine for a very enjoyable drive South of Mary's Harbour. The landscape is clearly more coastal than boreal.
You should see it in Winter!
If you've ever seen the infamous photos of power shovels attempting to clear giant snowdrifts, this is the portion of the highway where they were taken. The locals assured us that the road is maintained year-round, but I think it would be wise to come extra-prepared in Winter.
Filthy in Red Bay
Arriving in Red Bay, you finally leave the gravel for good. The car may not look too trim and proper at this point. However, the drive was much less rough than expected, and I wouldn't hesitate to repeat the experience in any reliable car. Don't worry: the bumper looked like that before we started!