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Aug 11, 2017 - Labrador in a day!

Almost all of us walked to the pier at 7:15 ready to board the ferry for its departure at 8:15. It took an hour and a half to cross the Strait of Belle Isle and dock at Blanc Sablon, Quebec. A charter bus came right up to the ferry to pick us up, so we had to wait until all the vehicles were offloaded before we could get off. From there we rode to the furthest distance we would be going up the section of Labrador called the Labrador Straits – the warmth of the North! Alas, the bus got warm and the air conditioning didn’t work. The people at...

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Aug 7, 2015 - finally!

When we first thought about returning to the Canadian Maritime provinces, Labrador was of primary interest because we had never been there. It's connected to Quebec so when I looked at a map and researched the route, I began to understand how isolated this province really is. The Canadians are working hard to connect the province by road - the infamous Trans Labrador Highway, but the last three hundred miles are still unpaved and there are few if any services along the way. Labrador was populated from the sea and that still is the best way...

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Jul 9, 2015 - The Labrador Coastal Drive

We were up bright and early this morning in order to check in at the Ferry Office and get the Honda in line at 6:30 a.m. The ferry departed at its scheduled 8:00 time for what turned out to be a moderately bumpy crossing. I was concerned about Annie because this was her first time on the vehicle deck in the car and because it was a bit rocky. But she managed the crossing well and greeted us happily as we prepared to disembark the ferry at Blanc Sablon. Just prior to arriving at the dock we saw our first iceberg – a small one off the...

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Sep 17, 2014 - Labrador

Now if you thought Newfoundland was out of the way, wait until you get to Labrador. After an hour-long ferry ride, we arrived in Quebec and then headed into Labrador, a 15 minute ride resulting in an hour and a half time zone change! We spotted bald eagles and osprey soaring over long stretches of wide-open spaces covering craggy mountains and rocky coastlines. Berry fields ripe for the picking was an added bonus of being here in September, considered quite late in the tourist season. More berries for us! We stayed at Barney's B and B, run...

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Rumsky Retirement?

Aug 14, 2013 - St. Anthony, Newfoundland

August 12 A journal entry for Monday the 12th was forgotten so it is being added to this entry. The morning started with a bus arriving at the campground around 0815 for a thirty minute ride to a Viking Village and interpretive center. Vikings arrived at L’Anse Aux Meadows around 1100 AD and they established and built a winter settlement where the Vikings could winter over while exploring the Newfoundland/Labrador areas and as far south as New Brunswick. It estimated this exploration lasted for one to two decades. They lived here along with...

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Newfoundland 2013

Aug 13, 2013 - St. Anthony, Newfoundland

Today started at 0400 when the alarm went off so we could be ready for the bus that was to arrive at the campground at 0515 for our tour of Labrador. This was supposed to be an overnight trip but was changed without any notice to anyone until the last minute a couple of days ago. Labrador is probably twice the size of Newfoundland with very, very few people. Fishing was the primary occupation and that has not changed much. Labrador and Newfoundland where at one time separate territories of Canada until confederation occurred in the late...

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Newfoundland 2013

Aug 13, 2013 - Red Bay, Labrador

August 13, 2013 Red Bay, Labrador We were up at 4:30 am to board the tour bus to Labrador for a one day visit. We were supposed to stay overnight in a hotel but that got changed at some time by the Adventure Caravans tour group. We were not informed EVER of the change and just about everyone on the tour were not happy. Our wagonmaster was not informed of the reason but he called the company and was told that because of the hotel not allowing pets anymore that they decided to not stay overnight and instead have a one day bus tour. Adventure...

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Jun 21, 2013 - Red Bay, Labrador

We took a 90 minute ferry to Labrador and returned that afternoon on the 6:00pm ferry. We visited our wagon master's friends who are Inuits and he takes his caravaners to meet them every time he comes here. They are foster parents who have raised 16 children. In addition she is a seamstress for the area. When our group arrived we had two pick up trucks and an SUV full of items that the families in this area needed. They were very appreciative. Clarence and I have never been to Labrador so we enjoyed our drive and visiting the whaling...

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Jun 21, 2013 - Red Bay, Labrador

Today we traveled to St. Barbe, Newfoundland to catch the ferry to Labrador. Traveling along the main highway, the local people have planted their gardens right beside the road. They get some richer soil and build it up and some build a wooded fence around it. This is the food they put in root cellars to last them through the winter. There are lots and lots of wood cut and piled along side the road. Everyone participates in cutting the wood for the long winter months. The land on the drive was very barren with small pine trees. We saw our...

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Aug 10, 2012 - A day in Labrador

Friday , August 10, 2012 – On this sunshiny day we arose at about 5 AM and purchased tickets for the one and a half hour Ferry from St Barbe to Labrador. The Ferry departed at 8:15AM so we decided to have breakfast at the Ferry Terminal. Actually the Ferry docks in Quebec not Labrador but it is very close to the Labrador border. We traveled up the coast about sixty miles of paved though rough highway. However, the roads led through picturesque harbor towns to the town of Red Bay. A National Historic Site is located in Red Bay; this site is...

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2012 travel

Aug 12, 2011 - Labrador

We wanted to travel to Labrador and in particular to go to Battle Harbor. We had one issue, we could not take Houston since most B&B and Motels do not allow dogs. So while we were on the boat tour yesterday we met Richard & Maureen Latham who told us about calling the tourism number in our Fodor's tour book. We did that and to make a long phone call short, we were give a number to the St. Anthony Town administrator. Karen told us that the closest vet was in Corner Brooke, some 600+ km south. She said she would put our request out on their...

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Jul 13, 2011 - Red Bay, Labrador, Canada

In the morning we hopped back on the bus and we drove further North to Red Bay, Labrador. It is on the Labrador Straights, which is a body of water between Labrador and Newfoundland. Red Bay is the site of the first whaling, which took place in 1530. They gave up whaling in about 1580 after they decimated the whales. Here they just rowed out into the straight, killed a whale and towed it back to Red Bay for processing. The were Basques. At the time they made a financial killing, at least until the whales were gone. The were getting two...

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