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Report 1901: A Month on the Rock

By Eleanor from UK, Fall 2010

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Page 10 of 31: Labrador - into Quebec

photo by Michael

Fishing boats at Blanc Sablon

Our final day on Labrador was bright and sunny again. As we had done all we had set out to do in Labrador, we decided to spend the day driving beyond Blanc Sablon and into Quebec. This has a very different landscape with much more bare rock and fewer trees. The hills are more rounded with a thin layer of vegetation covering the rocks. There were lots of small lakes.

It was a nice drive along the shore through Lourdes de Sablon Blanc (big) and Brador (small). There is a small parking area at Brador Falls with a walkway and steps to a good view point of the waterfall and across the bay.

The road then cut inland before dropping down to Middle Bay, a small settlement at the head of the cove with an Interpretation Centre which had displays about the area, artifacts donated by locals and a cafe. We did a short detour to Middle Bay Harbour which has the remains of a Basque fishing settlement (we could see broken red tiles from the tryworks scattered in the grass), old fishing sheds on wooden props and wooden slip ways.

We drove as far as River St Paul, a good inland drive with views of the coast and small offshore islands.

We finished the day by doing the Mont Pareil Trail just outside Blanc Sablon. It was a steep climb from the car park followed by an easy walk across the tops to a cross and views of Blanc Sablon. There were several interpretive boards covering the geology, history and botany of the area. The vegetation was very lush with rocky outcrops which are the only place in the world where Fernaldís Milk Vetch grows.

There is a small craft shop and cafe on the pier at Blanc Sablon. Food was cheap and helpings looked huge.

We were on the 8pm sailing which got us back to St Barbe just before 10pm, so we stayed the night at St Barbe Motel again.

We liked Labrador - there were fewer trees and much better views.

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