In preparation for this trip with my mother, I requested materials on Newfoundland and Labrador from the Canadian Tourist Office.
The map and guidebook they provided arrived quickly, and would act as our primary source of information for the Labrador portion of the trip.
Mom asked AAA, and they provided her with a map and guidebook for the Eastern and Atlantic provinces. This meant a lot of information on Quebec, some information on Newfoundland, and just about squat on Labrador.
Many of the accommodations you’ll find simply don’t measure up to AAA’s standards, though are they are perfectly adequate for a night’s stay.
There’s also Labrador Coastal Drive pamphlet that provides good information for the lower, coastal communities, which refers to the southeastern portion of Labrador where the majority of the inhabitants are,. It is not helpful for communities, lodging, and attractions north of Port Hope Simpson. You can get information about the drive by collecting the pamphlet at a variety of tourist stops.
If you are driving to Labrador from the United States, don’t forget maps of the states and provinces through which you will drive. It’s an easy oversight.
Ferry service is limited and undependable. We were never able to make sense of the schedules provided on the various ferry websites, but found the reservations representatives helpful and friendly.
One hotel desk attendant told us to be wary of online ferry reservations as he had heard of several being “lost” in the system. And the out-of-luck tourists being stranded (or at least delayed until the next ferry departure).
Before we new it ... we were there! Welcome to Canada!!
Hi! I started this blog after driving across the Trans-Labrador Highway in a Dodge Charger. A LOT of lessons were learned. Today, it's a mix of travels and tales (sometimes tails) along with all the lessons learned on the journey.