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Old 08-04-2017, 10:47 AM   #15
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For us one of the best parts of crossing is the super rural nature of the ride across Labrador. The fact that part or all of the road was gravel was just another feature. Preparing your rig is important.

Newfoundland is also rural, particularly away from St. John's where about half the population lives. Newfoundland has more to see in terms of sites. We have driven virtually every numbered road in Newfoundland but not seen everything. When we started our Rving adventure we thought we'd see the whole continent at least north of Mexico. Even in Newfoundland where we've now spent 16 months, we find more on roads we've driven previously. Sometimes, even though we're slow drivers, we don't stop enough and explore enough.

Downsizing has changed us in many ways over our 18 years on the road, mostly for the better. Actually every March when we start planning for our NL trip every day seems a little brighter. I order a new guide, start growing a beard (some how it makes me feel more 'Newfie'), I make a one way reservation, hoping a little that we won't be coming back. We make our return reservation a week before returning, my step slows than.

Oh well, I'm working myself up for another trip.
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Slow Driving Movement?

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For us one of the best parts of crossing is the super rural nature of the ride across Labrador. The fact that part or all of the road was gravel was just another feature. Preparing your rig is important.

Newfoundland is also rural, particularly away from St. John's where about half the population lives. Newfoundland has more to see in terms of sites. We have driven virtually every numbered road in Newfoundland but not seen everything. When we started our Rving adventure we thought we'd see the whole continent at least north of Mexico. Even in Newfoundland where we've now spent 16 months, we find more on roads we've driven previously. Sometimes, even though we're slow drivers, we don't stop enough and explore enough.

Downsizing has changed us in many ways over our 18 years on the road, mostly for the better. Actually every March when we start planning for our NL trip every day seems a little brighter. I order a new guide, start growing a beard (some how it makes me feel more 'Newfie'), I make a one way reservation, hoping a little that we won't be coming back. We make our return reservation a week before returning, my step slows than.

Oh well, I'm working myself up for another trip.
Yep, I'm a slow driver and will turn down any road that looks interesting whether it's on the map or not! Had some great times and met some great people in N. Scotland doing that. And the Newfies I've met are much the same but with a better sense of humour!

My focus for this 4 or 5 month trip is NFLD & LAB. But.... I have to drive all the way from the furthest point on the West coast of Canada to get there. So, I'll be going as fast as I can through the intervening Provinces, most of which I've explored already, but not in any depth, except B.C.
And some parts of Alberta. Other than that, I only do North - like the 3 month road trip with my Trilly to the Yukon and Northwest Territories in 2015 where we went to the end of the road in Canada on the Arctic Ocean. I'd already been to Alaska a couple of times.

Just need to be wary of moose on the East coast! Average speed on the 3 month Arctic trip was 43 mph!

I hope we can keep this thread going, maybe interest some others in exploring this part of the world??
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For us the big Moose areas were Maine and Newfoundland. In Nova Scotia and New Brunswick deer seem to be more of an issue. So far we have not hit any in the Canadian Provinces but did kill a deer in AZ.

In NL we see plenty of Moose and have learned to drive with split vision... We also play see the Moose first.... Ginny never sleeps when I drive and has seen enough Moose to know the danger.

NL has added anti-moose fence in part of the province. When you cross from Labrador at St Barbe you'll be on the northern portion of the western Peninsula, the Moose capital is up there near Roddick (sp). 4 moose were introduced to the western part in 1910 or so, now there's about 150,000. If they'd stop hunting they would soon exceed the human population.

We should be in NL in May and June.
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(Drifting away from the TLH topic...) We had crews overnighting at Corner Brook, and after many scary moose encounters on the 3AM drive to the Deer Lake airport we've been relocated a at hotel closer to the airport.

We have a few roads with moose fences in QC too (175 & 169).

If one like to see mooses up close, try ME 201 between Skowhegan ME north to the QC border at night. You're almost garantee to hit one.
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Our rule is minimal night driving, of course it stays light real late.
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May & June 2018?

Thanks for all the moosey information from both Norm & Carl.

Norm,

Did you mean May & June 2018 in Labrador/ or Nfld or both?? Maybe we could connect somewhere so I can really pick your brain!

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Our plan is to be in NL in May/June 2018. Send me a PM and I'll send you my ail and phone
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Description of the TLH

Worth reading the following Link

Trans-Labrador Highway

We didn't find the road particularly dangerous, certainly different and interesting.

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About TLH in 2019

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Funny, I' ve been researching the TLH as well for a cross Canada trip in 2018. Lots of info online. Found out that that last bit of gravel road will be paved this summer, 2017. So there shouldn't be any gravel left for next year!

The focus of my journey will be Newfoundland. I have relatives there which should make it easier, depending on how much exploring they, themselves have done. Ordered a couple of books that haven't arrived yet. Also ordered the NFLD & Lab. guide book and map from their tourism organization.

If you would like some links, send me a private message. Might save you some research time.

I live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, so it will really be a cross country trip for me. Figuring around 12,000 miles or so return. Still working on my budget for the trip. A minimum of 4 months, hopefully 5 from here.

Later, Barb & Le Corbeau ( My 2004 Trillium Outback)
Hello,

I have read your post about the TLH trip for 2018; we plan on 2019 and we live in Kamloops, so we are neighbors!! lol. New to this site too.

We are looking at 5-6 months travel and wonder if you could send me information about your trip once you complete it....mostly the gravel etc in Labrador. We plan on doing Newfoundland first then coming back via Labrador/Quebec way.

We are traveling with a 26 1/2 ft 5th wheel trailer. Maybe you postponed your trip till 2019 and we could meet up on the road.


Thanks for any help you can provide as well as the links you mention in your post.


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Here's a quick update on the TLH status: I'm in Lab City for the night (work brings me here) and in my hotel room is the latest edition of the Aurora, the local newspaper, showing this article about the TLH on it's cover page:
Funding announced for Trans-Labrador Highway | Local | News | The Aurora
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Copied the article in case it gets pulled:

Funding announced for Trans-Labrador Highway
Evan Careen (evan.careen@thelabradorian.ca)
Published: Jun 26 at 4:10 p.m.
Updated: Jun 27 at 11:14 a.m.

Over $64 million allotted to complete widening and paving

HAPPY VALLEY—GOOSE BAY, N.L. — A project that began in 2009 is nearing completion. That project, the paving of the Trans-Labrador Highway (TLH), is expected to be completed by 2021.

Premier Dwight Ball was in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Monday, June 25 to announce that the 126 kilometres from Cartwright Junction to Happy Valley-Goose Bay will be widened and paved next summer.


The price tag for that work is about $64.5 million, with $32.6 million coming from the province and $31.8 million from the federal government.

Ball said there’s been 370 km of the road paved since 2016, to the tune of $170 million.

“This will leave us somewhere between 70 and 80 km of road which will need to be done,” Ball said. “So that will be the only gap from L’Anse au Clair to Lab West. We put a big focus on this, making sure that we get this completed.”

He said the highway work would have numerous economic benefits, from mining to tourism. He said it supplements the request for proposals for a new ferry for the Strait of Belle Isle and for the north coast of Labrador.

The Premier said Labrador has a lot to offer and this gives people an opportunity to see that, whether it be the Red Bay historic site or the Torngat Mountains.

“It gives an opportunity for people who want a unique experience,” he said. “People all around the world are looking for places and reasons to explore, but you still need convenience and a good transportation network.”

Transportation and Works Minister Steve Crocker was also in town for the announcement. He’s glad to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

“If you look at the province as a whole it was the last main highway link that wasn’t suitable for today’s environment and now we’re finally getting to appoint where the Trans-Labrador Highway is going to be completed,” he said.

Crocker said the project has been a priority for his department and getting the federal government to change its funding criteria has been integral in moving forward.

Traffic counts was a restriction that the federal government had for funding, he said, which has now been changed. Previously the federal government wouldn’t help with roadwork funding unless there were 10,000 cars a day on a road, but that’s been reduced to 1,000.

“That wouldn’t suit most roads in Newfoundland and Labrador in its entirety,” he said. “It’s through our relationship with Ottawa and MP (Yvonne) Jones we managed to get that changed and moved forward.”

In addition to the funding announced for the TLH, there was also $900,000 announced for upgrades to the E.J. Broomfield Arena in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and $900,000 for Hopedale sewer infrastructure upgrades.
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