Welcome to Forteau and L’Anse-Amour

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A rugged coastline dotted by hardy rural communities ready to open their hearts and doors – this is southern Labrador. And whether you get here via the Expedition 51° highway or a short ferry ride from St. Barbe to Blanc Sablon, Forteau and L'Anse-Amour are great places to use as your base as you set out to explore. From beaches facing the mighty Atlantic Ocean you can spot whales, orcas, and dolphins, or giant icebergs flowing past these shores for an extended season. Journey to communities like historic Red Bay and the island of Battle Harbour, or the beautiful Pinware River.

Experience Hiking & Walking

Labrador is one of the Earth's last great frontiers, and where your hiking boots can get a real workout. The Pioneer Footpath stretches from L'Anse-au-Clair to Pinware. This 65-kilometre coastal trail joins together age-old walking paths along the Labrador Strait. These paths were once vital as the only link between communities. You can literally hike from one accommodation to the next as you make your way along the coast, all the while keeping an eye out for shipwrecks, whales, icebergs, and Atlantic Canada's tallest lighthouse.

The Overfall Brook Trail is a one-way offshoot of the Labrador Pioneer Footpath and features beach vegetation and great views of Forteau Bay, where you might spot a humpback, minke whale, or even an iceberg. Another notable trail in the area includes the HMS Raleigh Trail where you can see the wreck sites of the HMS Lily and the trail namesake itself. Last but not least, Lookout Trail in the Pinware River Provincial Park overlooks the town of Pinware and its rushing river and estuary. And during the months of July and August, trout and salmon anglers should be prepared to meet their match on the many pool, steadies, and rattles to be found on the Pinware and the Forteau, these mighty rivers of southern Labrador.

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Discover our Culture & Heritage

The first stop to experiencing the culture and heritage of this area is the L'Anse-au-Clair Gateway to Labrador, a gorgeous old church converted into a Visitor Information Centre (just steps away from a beautiful sandy beach).

No doubt, they'll recommend you see the L'Anse-Amour Burial Mound National Historic Site, marking the resting place of a Maritime Archaic Indigenous child who died about 8,000 years ago. If your curiosity is piqued, also check out an exhibit about the burial mound at the Labrador Straits Museum at L'Anse-au-Loup.

If you find yourself in the right place at the right time, check out the Bakeapple Folk Festival in Forteau. This festival has been running for over 40 years and features a schoolhouse concert, local music, square dancing, and, of course, delicious bakeapple dishes.

No trip to L'Anse-Amour would be complete without a visit to the Point Amour Lighthouse. Built in 1959, this lighthouse towers at 109 feet, making it the tallest in Atlantic Canada and, in fact, the second tallest in all of Canada. This Provincial Historic Site has been partially restored and exhibits can be found within. The real treat, however, is to be found at the top. The 132-step journey offers up a breathtaking panoramic view of the Strait of Belle Isle.

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Getting to Forteau and L’Anse-Amour

From the island of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula take the ferry that runs from St. Barbe to Blanc Sablon, on Québec’s southernmost coast, right next to the border with Labrador. Set off on Expedition 51º, the Québec-Labrador Highway, just a short drive away from the picturesque community of L'Anse-au-Clair. Continue on to Forteau and L’Anse-Amour.

If you find yourself approaching from Labrador, you can likewise travel Expedition 51º from Labrador City, travelling through 1,100 kilometres of wilderness with stops in Churchill Falls and Happy Valley-Goose Bay. This route is full of adventure and it is recommended to research and prepare. For more information, click here.

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Expedition 51°: Travelling the Québec-Labrador Highway

Labrador is one of the last untouched frontiers on the planet. Its landscape is dotted by ponds and lakes, teems with roaring rivers, and is covered with dense, boreal forests. It's a land where travel can take many forms with some settlements only accessible by ice, water, or air. In fact, it's only been less than twenty years since the first portion of the Trans-Labrador Highway was completed. Today this looped route runs from the border of Québec at Labrador City to the Atlantic Ocean, tracing the coast back to the southern Québec border. Recently renamed Expedition 51, this highway is a thoroughfare for the adventurer. And the truly adventurous will want to drive every last kilometre; right through the heart of the Big Land.

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