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Old 05-31-2023, 04:44 PM   #1
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has anyone traveled Quebec 389 and the TLH

Trans Labrador Highway in recent years.
We are trying to figure out how much extra fuel to carry in jerry cans.

We think 20 gal would be enough but don't have info more recent than 2011.

The road is about22 hours long.. 1200 miles with four fuel stops it seems. Most is paved and about 150 miles gravel.
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Old 12-09-2023, 05:23 AM   #2
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This might help link:





If you donít trust my links you can look up M&M Travel you tube.

Good luck in your research.
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Old 12-09-2023, 07:40 AM   #3
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we completed our travel in good order in Aug 2023

the TLH is entirely paved now and we used Ioverlander to find places to camp in Labrador( there is only one organized campground in Labrador) and we took five days to cross including two nights in Happy Valley Goose Bay at an abandoned campground on a lake( which was open no services and free)

We stayed at the Visitor Information center in Labrador City. Its not a campground but does have hookups. You can reserve ( we did not as we didn't know you could). Very useful place to stop as they have a list of currently available services in each settlement. One night in Marys Harbour we stayed at the fire station.
There are stretches where there are no towns for 250 miles and hence no services. We did carry extra fuel in jerry cans.

You can camp most anywhere you can pull off the highway but the wide areas that pass for rest areas are littered with waste of all sorts and not very pleasant to camp at. Sand pits and quarries exist which offer cleaner camping and there are some areas overlooking rivers. You will have to bring water if you are camping on the highway as the rivers are inaccessible.

The highway is built about six to seven feet above the surrounding terrain and you have to pay attention and also watch for moose. There were quite a few.

Quebec 389 is more challenging as part is still gravel and about 50 km betweeen Fermont and Mont Wright is plain potholed mud with 9-10 railroad crossings. Between Baie Comeau and Manic 2 there is a fair bit of construction but other wise the road is paved but winding.

Manic 2 is a nice camping ground

Manic 2-Manic-5 is paved but narrow windy and logging trucks zipping along though not a lot of traffic. Manic 5 has fuel motel dam tours and a grocery of sorts. Its a huge hydro dam.

Manic 5 to Relais Gabriel is decent gravel but you start up at a 17 percent grade on gravel . Relais Gabriel has a horrid restaurant and when we were there the price of gasoline was 2.45.

Don't cheer. that is per liter. Buy at Manic 5.

Relais Gabriel to Gagnon is paved but not in very nice shape However it is level.

We did not break anything nor have a flat. Total distance of 389 and the Trans Labrador from Baie Comeau to Blanc Sablon is about 1100 miles. There are some 10 settlements totalling 11,000 people ( most on the Labrador Coast)

Bring fuel and your tools.

Loved the videos. The train track paralleling the road gave me heebie jeebies as there was a train looming over me.

The road even the dirt part was to us quite good. We often camp in Northern Maine at areas serviced by logging roads where you often have to travel at a walk speed. Our fave campground is 52 km in from paved roads and travel time 2 hours. The grocery store is 80 km from the campground so we try not to forget anything.
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