Night Driving; Trans-Labrador Highway, Canada; 2015

Phase 1: Part 5 – Newfoundland & Labrador Edition; North America

After returning to the states from Colombia in Oct 2015, it was planned to drive to Newfoundland & Labrador. Many of you may recall, the previous roadtrip in August and after a successful tour, I was stoked to yet again explore the off-beaten path!

Jessica & Iceberg; Red Bay, Labrador; Phase 1: Part 4 Newfoundland & Labrador Edition; 2015
Jessica & Iceberg; Red Bay, Labrador; Phase 1: Part 4 Newfoundland & Labrador Edition; 2015

 

A total of 5,000 photographs taken, 100 videos filmed, and many travel stories were accumulated for this portion of the world tour. And, that is why Phase 1: Part 5 – Newfoundland & Labrador is broken down into 3 segments.

Fall Reflections; Gros Morne National Park, Canada; 2015
Fall Reflections; Gros Morne National Park, Canada; 2015

 

Segment 1  looks closely at more UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Canadian National Parks, and endless trails of off-roading.

Fundy Sign; Fundy National Park; 2015
Fundy Sign; Fundy National Park; 2015

 

Segment 2  goes in detail about hanging out with the Discovery Channel’s Cold Water Cowboys, taking in the most breath-taking view of the Pinware River, trying moose burgers for the first time, interviewing a Biologist/Mathematician on his conservation efforts with Bonnet Bay Marine Station in Gros Morne National Park, and driving the Trans-Labrador Highway. This segment focuses on Newfoundland & Labrador. A special in-depth look of our preparations, discoveries, and thoughts/feelings on driving the Trans-Labrador Highway may be found here.

Rick Crane & Josh; Apollo Ferry, Canada; 2015
Rick Crane & Josh; Apollo Ferry, Canada; 2015

 

Segment 3      COMING SOON!

 

Recap of Canada’s Phase 1: Part 5

After 6 months of preparations for this particular road trip and battling rain, sleet, fog, ice, and snow I have completed the Trans-Labrador Highway! This Canadian highway is located in the province of Newfoundland & Labrador and a total length of 774.66 mi (1,246.69 km). Due to the harsh winters and sparse population in most of Labrador, most of the road is a well-packed asphalt/gravel surface with heaps of pot holes along the way. Not to mention, few gas stations are in route, no cellphone reception (had to pick up a stat phone), minimal wifi, and the landscape flows with lakes, rivers, streams, and endless dirt roads. With a full tank of gas and a few spare fuel containers filled up, I was able to complete this treacherous terrain.

Cities Distances; Trans-Labrador Highway, Labrador; 2015
Cities Distances; Trans-Labrador Highway, Labrador; 2015

 

Ironically, I was on the highway for the first official snowfall in Labrador, and it has continued to follow me (the photographs speak for themselves!)!

Snowy Road; Trans-Labrador Highway, Labrador; 2015
Snowy Road; Trans-Labrador Highway, Labrador; 2015

 

Words cannot describe how much of an amazing journey traveling around the Eastern Part of North America has been. Even better was to have my younger brother, Josh, along for the ride! I want to thank all of those that I have met, interviewed (these articles will be on my website), and had the pleasure to learn more about the cultures within each region, taste the unique foods (moose burgers), and have the opportunity to meet more kick-ass people in the world. There is a bit of awesome everywhere, and I was fortunate to have discovered this on my exploration of Eastern Canada.

Moose Burger; Newfoundland, Canada; 2015
Moose Burger; Newfoundland, Canada; 2015

 

During my arrival in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador I did a follow up interview with CBC radio broadcast station and this will air on Tuesday for all my Labradorian friends!

CBC Radio; Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador; 2015
CBC Radio; Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador; 2015

 

An amazing voyage, to say the least, and a 3-day adventure filled with many mixed emotions – since I have finished this road trip, it is time to move on further west of Canada. I will never forget the people and my time in Red Bay, Port Hope Simpson, Cartwright, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Churchill Falls, Labrador City, Manic 5, and Baie-Comeau. Thank you to everyone for making “The Voyage of Discovery” a more unforgettable adventure!

Reflection Pond; Trans-Labrador Highway, Labrador; 2015
Reflection Pond; Trans-Labrador Highway, Labrador; 2015

 

One last note, it was lovely meeting Discovery Channel’s Coldwater Cowboys and learning about their show and ambitions for their 3rd season! And, thank you Dr. Bob Scott for a look behind the scenes at Bonne Bay Marine Station in Norris Point, NL – it was incredible hanging out with a professor for the afternoon and learning about the uniqueness of the marine station.

Dr. Robert J. Scott & Jessica; Bonne Bay Marine Station, Newfoundland; 2015
Dr. Robert J. Scott & Jessica; Bonne Bay Marine Station, Newfoundland; 2015

 

Next stop: Watching my youngest brother, Jake, play a soccer match at Reading, PA.

Road Home; Trans-Labrador Highway, Labrador; 2015
Road Home; Trans-Labrador Highway, Labrador; 2015

 

2 thoughts on “Phase 1: Part 5 – Newfoundland & Labrador Edition; North America”

  1. As a marine biologist, did you happen to venture to any beaches/coves in Newfoundland? We will be returning to Newfoundland this summer and I am looking for sea shells to collect. I am doing my pre-trip research and know there are not many shells this far North, but never the less, will search, IF I know where I may get lucky. Any help would be greatly appreciated. You are SOOOO lucky to be able to travel the world…enjoy your website immensely! Coreen Smith, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

    1. Hello Coreen! I have discovered only 1-2 beaches/coves inside Newfoundland – Middle Cove Beach was my favorite location! I would love to hear where you ended up going and if you were able to collect the souvenirs that you had wanted? Thank you for the love and support! Safe travels! *Jessica

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