As of 2016, much of the monumental 1208km Trans-Labrador Highway (TLH), from the Québec border near Labrador City to Blanc-Sablon on the south coast via Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Red Bay, was paved; even the remaining gravel sections can be passed in a normal car, but it’s best to only attempt the trip in high summer. If you’re renting, another problem might be your rental policy: most firms try to bar drivers from the roughest sections of the highway (between Cartwright Junction and Happy Valley). They can’t physically stop you ignoring this rule but if you have an accident, insurance may not cover you. Check the latest situation for the current extent of paving. A greater barrier to renting is sheer distance; returning a car to Blanc-Sablon or anywhere in Newfoundland means driving a massive loop of almost 3000km through Québec (via Québec Rte-389) and the Maritimes via at least two ferries, while one-way drop-off fees are exorbitant.

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