The St. Lawrence Atlantic Loop -

| 15 days |3030 km (1880 mi.) + 1 h 45 ferry crossing | from Tadoussac to St. John's

Starting in Tadoussac, in Côte-Nord, this itinerary will take you to Labrador and then to St. John’s, on the island of Newfoundland, one of the oldest cities in North America. From there, you can also go on to explore the rest of Atlantic Canada, if you want. On the agenda: marine mammals, dams, colourful villages, icebergs and more! This trip is particularly well suited for RV travellers.

Adapted from the “La grande randonnée en VR!” itinerary in the VR l’aventure guide

Travel Itinerary

940 km (585 mi.)Km 214 on Route 389 to North West River


Continue north to Fermont, where you will immediately notice the town’s 1.3-kilometre (1-mile) windscreen complex, the only one of its kind in North America, which was designed to shield residents from subarctic winds. While you are here, go visit one of the largest open-pit iron ore mines in the world.

Just north of Fermont, Route 389 becomes Route 500 (the Trans-Labrador Highway). Be sure to stop and see the following:

  • Labrador City, where you can visit an iron ore mine and the Gateway Labrador museum
  • Churchill Falls, home to one of the largest underground hydroelectric powerhouses in the world
  • North West River, to discover the Innu and Inuit cultures

705 km (440 mi.) + 1h45 by ferryNorth West River to St. Barbe


Head south on Route 510 and visit the following communities:

  • Port Hope Simpson, a small fishing community
  • 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)

In Blanc-Sablon, take the ferry to St. Barbe, on the island of Newfoundland.

505 km (315 mi.)St. Barbe to La Scie


Once in Newfoundland, head south on Route 430 to Port au Choix, where you can visit a burial site that is about 4000 years old, then continue on to Gros Morne to visit the fjord in Gros Morne National Park.

ALTERNATE ROUTE: Instead of heading south from St. Barbe, head north on Route 430 to L’Anse aux Meadows to visit a Viking settlement that dates back to the year 1000.

From Gros Morne National Park, continue south and take Highway 1 East to La Scie.

650 km (405 mi.)La Scie to St. John’s


Along Highway 1, you can visit any of the following:

  • Twillingate, nicknamed the Iceberg Capital of the World
  • Fogo Island, an artist haven and traditional fishing community
  • Bonavista, where you can admire spectacular landscapes
  • Cape Spear, the easternmost point in North America
  • Cape St. Mary’s, home to about 70,000 seabirds, including northern gannets

This trip ends in St. John’s, one of the oldest cities in North America. If you want, you can continue your journey by taking a ferry to Sydney, Nova Scotia. From there, you can visit the other Atlantic provinces.

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

Other scenic drives:

  • Heading for the Gulf of St. Lawrence
  • Trans-Québec–Labrador Loop