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Where We Drove
An overview on just the driving portion of our trip
Note: This page is an overview focused primarily on the driving portion of our 2-week "Overland to the Rock" Newfoundland Trip. If you came to this page looking for the general narrative, then you have come to the wrong place. You should go here instead.
Our "Overland to the Rock" road trip was ambitious: more than 6,000km of road driving in two weeks. Even discounting all of the visiting and hiking we did, that's a lot of distance to cover. This report -- big on pictures and light on narrative -- focuses on the 'road trip' part of things, showing you a lot of pictures you may have already seen but also a number of extra pictures that were taken "along the road". At the end, there's a big combination track-map that shows our entire huge loop, starting and ending in Ottawa.
Day 1 - Friday, June 17. Driving distance: 180 km.

We left on a Friday evening and drove along Ontario's highway 417 to Montreal, where we stayed for the night.

Day 2 - Saturday, June 18. Driving distance: 775 km.

From Montreal, we drove along four-lane Autoroute 20 as far as Quebec City, then crossed over to the north side of the Saint Lawrence.
Driving through Mtl
Endless Hydro
Rue du Sault au Matelot
We followed two-lane highway 138 north-east along the north coast of the Saint Lawrence as far as Baie Comeau. A free ferry crossing must be made at Tadoussac along highway 138.
Hilly Charlevoix
Saint Simeon
Ferry across the Saguenay
Crossing the Saguenay
Saguenay River
Northeast on 138
At Baie Comeau, we turned north onto highway 389. This we followed for some distance before car-camping along the highway.
River-side lookout near Ragueneau
Long way to Labrador
Twisty 389
courtesy JInnes
Manic Deux
Day 3 - Sunday, June 19. Driving distance: 235 km.

From our road-side camp-spot along highway 389, we continued north to the Manic 5 dam area, where we stopped for gas at the Motel L'energie.
Coursing through the Boreal
Highway 389 - Gateway to the north
50th parallel
Power to the Masses
Manic Cinq Dam
Manic Cinq Dam
Above the dam, the highway mostly changes to gravel, and leads on through hilly foothills of the Groulx Mountains to the small service center of Relais Gabriel, where we stopped for lunch. About 20km north of the Relais Gabriel, we stopped and started an overnight backpack in the Monts Groulx.
Climbing towards the dam
Hairpin below the dam
The top of Manic 5
389 is gravel now
Back to pavement on 389
51 degrees north
Reservoir in the distance
Hilly, Gravelly 389
Manicouagan Reservoir
Approaching Relais Gabriel
Les Monts Groulx
Monts Groulx Trailhead
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[ Return to "Overland to the Rock" Home page | Introduction | French Connection | Transition to the North | Manicouagan & Monts Groulx | Mt Provencher & 389 North | Entering Labrador | Churchill Falls | The Trans-Labrador | Southern Labrador Coast | Northern Peninsula & St. Anthony | L'Anse aux Meadows | Norstead | Limestone Barrens and Wreck | Arches Provincial Park | Green Gardens Backpack Day 1 | Green Gardens Backpack Day 2 | Green Point | Western Brook Pond Backpack Day 1 | Western Brook Pond Backpack Day 2 | Twillingate/Crow Head Hike | Awk Island Winery | Heart's Content Cable Station | City of St. John's | Cape Spear | Ferry to Nova Scotia | Cape Breton to Bathurst | Bathurst, NB | In-depth: Provencher Climb | In-depth: Churchill Falls Hike | In-depth: Birchy Nuddick Hike | In-depth: Green Gardens Backpack | In-depth: Western Brook Pond Backpack | In-depth: Crow Head Hike, Twillingate | Where we drove | In-depth: Quebec Highway 389 | In-depth: The Trans-Labrador Highway | Video Clip Index | GPS Data ]


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