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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to visit the Lower North Shore?

I am planning to visit the Labrador Straits region and the Red Bay National Historic Site. Could you give me information on what to see and do on the Quebec side?

What is the weather like in the summer and what kind of clothing should I bring?

I would like to travel the Lower North Shore by snowmobile. What are the distances between each village?

What kinds of transportation options are available to get to Blanc Sablon from Natashquan?

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When is the best time to visit the Lower North Shore?

It depends on what you want to see. Many of the attractions are seasonal, and the exciting different ways of accessing the Lower North Shore also depend on the time of year. For example, you can see icebergs in spring and early summer, but the best time for whale-watching is summer and fall. In summer, the wildflowers are at their peak, museums are open, and boat tours are possible. Berry-picking is best in late summer or early fall. In the winter, travel by snowmobile and other winter tourism activities are exciting possibilities.

 
I am planning to visit the Labrador Straits region and the Red Bay National Historic Site. Could you give me information on what to see and do on the Quebec side?

We have just the thing for you. Tourism Lower North Shore developed a tourism route called The Best of the Quebec-Labrador Coast It includes all the attractions you should be sure to visit while you are on the Quebec-Labrador Coast.

 
What is the weather like in the summer and what kind of clothing should I bring?

Summer temperatures generally vary between 13°C and 18°C. The weather changes rapidly, so be prepared for a wide range of conditions. It can be sunny and hot, raining, foggy or very windy, especially if you go on the water.

Bring a jacket to protect you from wind and rain, warm clothes such as a fleece, a long sleeve shirt, pants, but also light clothes. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent as well. Sometimes the black flies can be a discomfort.

 
I would like to travel the Lower North Shore by snowmobile. What are the distances between each village?

Please consult the North Shore snowmobile map, front and back. You will find the answer to your question and much more!

 
What kinds of transportation options are available to get to Blanc Sablon from Natashquan?

Once in Natashquan, if you would like to continue down the Coast, you can take the Nordik Express, a ferry and freight ship that travels once per week between Natashquan and Blanc Sablon. The trip lasts one night and two days: you leave from Natashquan Thursday at 5:30 a.m., and arrive in Blanc Sablon Friday night at 7:00 p.m. It is an extraordinary trip that will allow you to experience the tiny coastal villages of the region up close. It is in your best interest to reserve early if you would like a sleeping berth because spots fill up quickly. For more information, rates and schedules, please consult the Nordik Express’ website: www.relaisnordik.com, or simply phone 1-800-463-0680 to make a reservation.

You can also reach the Coast by plane. There are flights two times a day between Natashquan and Blanc Sablon with Air Labrador. For more information, visit their website at www.airlabrador.com or call them at 1-800-563-3042.

Once in Blanc Sablon, you can take route 138 west as far as Old Fort. From Blanc Sablon going east, you can meet up with highway 510 at the border of Labrador. Tourism Lower North Shore’s offices are located in Blanc Sablon and are waiting to welcome you to the Coast.

For more information please consult the Practical Information section of this website.

 
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