Heading for the Gulf of St. Lawrence

| 16 days |1525 km + 2 jours de traversée | from Tadoussac to Rose Blanche

This itinerary will take you east along the coast of Côte-Nord by road, from Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon, and then by ferry to the island of Newfoundland where you will discover charming villages along the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to see whales, explore islands and enjoy a unique cruise. This trip is particularly well suited for RV travellers.

Adapted from the “VR le golfe du Saint-Laurent!” itinerary in the VR l’aventure guide

Travel Itinerary

755 km (470 mi.)Les Escoumins to Natashquan


As you continue driving east on Route 138, be sure to visit the following:

  • Pointe-aux-Outardes, which is home to some 200 species of birds and the warmest swimmable waters in the region

  • Baie-Comeau, a dynamic town located in the Manicouagan-Uapishka World Biosphere Reserve

  • Sept-Îles, with its archipelago, and the Manitou Falls, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) east of the city

  • The Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, home to mysterious monoliths

  • Natashquan

2 days by boatNatashquan to Blanc-Sablon


From Natashquan, enjoy a cruise along the Lower North Shore (reservations required). You will stop in the following villages:

  • Kegaska, where you can explore trails covered in crushed seashells

  • La Romaine, where you can visit the largest Innu reserve in the region

  • Saint-Augustin, a picturesque village

  • Blanc-Sablon, your final destination

115 km (70 mi.) (includes 60 km/35 mi. round trip to L’Anse-Amour)+ 1h45 by ferryBlanc-Sablon to St. Barbe


From Blanc-Sablon, head to the Labrador border and take Route 510 to explore the following communities:

  • Red Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to several historic Basque whaling stations

  • L’Anse-Amour, where you can visit the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada (33 metres/108 feet high)

Return to Blanc-Sablon to board the ferry to St. Barbe, on the island of Newfoundland.

85 km (55 mi.)St. Barbe to Port au Choix


Once in Newfoundland, head north on Route 430 to L’Anse aux Meadows, where you can visit a Viking settlement that dates back to the year 1000.

Then, head back south on Route 430 to visit the following:

  • Raleigh, home to the Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve

  • Flower’s Cove, where you can see thrombolites, the remains of the oldest living organisms on earth, some 3.5 billion years old

  • Port au Choix, where you can visit a burial site that is about 4000 years old

110 km (70 mi.)Port au Choix to Gros Morne


Continue south to Gros Morne to visit the Gros Morne National Park where you can go for a hike, visit the aquarium and enjoy a cruise on the fjord.

170 km (105 mi.)Gros Morne to Port au Port


Continue south and then west to the Port au Port Peninsula. Head out to Cape St. George to admire the view and visit Our Lady of Mercy Church.

155 km (95 mi.)Port au Port to Codroy


Drive to Jeffrey’s to visit the third largest dairy farm in Canada, the New World Dairy Inc. Then head to the Codroy Valley, where you can visit the Grand Codroy Wildlife Museum, the largest indoor wildlife exhibit in the province.

95 km (60 mi.)Codroy to Rose Blanche


Your journey ends in the Channel-Port aux Basques area where you can also visit the village of Rose Blanche with its small houses scattered on the rocks.

For more information about the Newfoundland and Labrador portion of this itinerary, visit the Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism website.