Trans-Labrador Highway

Central & Western Labrador

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Quebec Hwy 389 - Baie Comeau to Labrador City

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Km 340: Picture of one the mountains.

There was snow on the northern side of some of these mountains, near their tops.

(Sorry, no picture of the snow - it was so far away that I could only tell that it was snow through my binoculars.)


Km 345: Another view of the scenery, this time looking south.
Km 350: Another view of the road and the scenery.
Km 360: Another view of the scenery, looking south again.
Km 365: Picture of the bridge crossing the Beaupin River. As you can see, this small wood bridge only handles one-way traffic. Be careful when crossing it.
Km 375: Picture of the bridge crossing the Hart Jaune River. Another small wood one-way bridge.

It's hard to see, but there is a car coming in the opposite direction in this picture. So if you see one, stop before the bridge and let it pass.

Km 393: At km 391, you make a left turn and enter the ghost town of Gagnon, dismantled in 1985 after the mining company who owned it closed its door. For 2 kilometers before you actually reach the town site, you will see nothing but trees and wonder if you will see remnants of the town. And then you hit... a paved road! ...a modern boulevard! In this picture, you can see small indents on the right border of the road, indicating private entrances of where once stood houses.

Good news: the road is paved for the next 90 kilometers! You can drive as fast as you want (no joke)! Well, not legally, so if you speed please do so safely and with care for others. The speed limit is still 70 km/h.

Please note: There are no services whatsoever here!

The sidewalk is still there, but nobody walks it now. The main bulk of the town once stood behind Mathieu in this picture. Now nature is slowly taking back her lands.

I suggest that you get out of your car: this is truly a unique experience to be in a ghost town! There is nothing apart from the silence. There was not even a bird chirp when I was there! Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment.

The sewers are still functioning after 20 years! You can listen at water flowing at the bottom!
Here is a view of Barbel Lake right by the road. You can camp here if you want, or anywhere else in the ghost town if you want. Just be respectful of this old site.

You can also wander off the road with your car, but be very careful of where you drive, there is a lot of loose sand as you can see on the picture. If you sank, you will have a hard time finding a towing car!

The pier of Barbel Lake is still there, but in very poor shape.
History of Gagnon

The town of Gagnon was officially incorporated on January 28th, 1960, but was actually founded in 1957 when the exploitation of the mine at Jeannine Lake started. The railway connecting Gagnon to Port-Cartier, on the North Shore, opened in December 1960. The town was named in honour of Mr. Onezime Gagnon, who was minister and lieutenant governor at the time. In the summer of 1972, drilling began at Fire Lake, 90 kilometers north of Gagnon, and at the end of 1975, mining operations began at Fire Lake. Unfortunately, in December 1984, both mines were closed and in June 1985 the town and the mines were dismantled and moved away. Yes, every house and mining installation was removed. The highway 389 connecting Gagnon to Manic-5 and to Fermont opened in 1986. So people living in Gagnon never were able to drive out of town!

If you want to see more pictures of Gagnon and learn more about this ghost town, visit these websites (in French only): &

There are also photos of Gagnon when it was a real town on the "A Scoff an' Scuff" website, from Gary & Debbie.


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