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Newfoundland and Labrador Route Information

CCR provides Newfoundland and Labrador Route information in two places:

1. Newfoundland and Labrador Routes section

2. CCR's five Forum threads and their continuations, defined below.

As well as in the Routes section, paddlers post their reports in CCR’s
Newfoundland and Labrador Trip Reports folder
I go through the TR folder several times each year and post corresponding links in the Forum threads.

Regions for filing Newfoundland and Labrador Route entries

Previous choices for regions.
1. Kayak Newfoundland and Labrador uses the same five regions as Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism; the latter splits its information for “Scenic Touring Routes” as follows:
2. Redmond and Murphy (in A Guide to Sea Kayaking in Newfoundland and Labrador) break away from the tourist regions for the purpose of filing Coastal Routes.
3. Murphy,Price and Redmond (in Canyons, Coves and Coastal Waters) also break away from the tourist regions, though less obviously, even for Inland Routes. They collapse the Eastern and Avalon regions into what they call the Eastern region.

CCR's requirements for paddling regions for Newfoundland and Labrador.
1. By appropriate choice of boundaries,
first minimise cross-listing and
second help paddlers, especially those from outside NL, to find the information that they seek.
Coastal Routes:
The NL Tourism boundaries fail in both respects because they bisect Bonavista Bay, Fortune Bay, Placentia Bay and Trinity Bay. Cross-listing is minimised by keeping the bays intact, using points instead. With the NL Tourism regions, a paddler wishing to paddle in a particular bay (most of stick to bays; few paddle around hazardous points) would have to search in two regions.
The Western-Central boundary splits the South coast. Again cross-listing might be necessary, and a paddler might have to look in two regions.
Inland Routes:
The NL Tourism boundaries do not respect drainage basins. Again, cross-listing might be necessary, and a paddler unfamiliar with the province might have to look in more than one region. Containing as it does both routes on waters draining into the North coast and also routes on waters draining into the South coast, the Central region is especially troublesome.
2. CCR's map (in preparation) for NL requires that Coastal and Inland Routes use the same regions.
I find the Tourism regions, however convenient they are for tourism, inconvenient for filing CCR’s NL Routes, particularly Coastal Routes.

CCR's choice of paddling regions.
Regions for Coastal Routes are defined by the coasts, as explained in the opening comments for each of the five regions that follow.
Regions for Inland Routes are defined by the drainage basins of these five coasts.
The limit 0f 60,000 characters per post required splitting several regions.
Newfoundland Routes, North. ... 03&t=40845
Newfoundland Routes, East. ... 03&t=34186 ... 03&t=40825
Newfoundland Routes, South. ... 03&t=40834
Newfoundland Routes, West. ... 03&t=37792 ... 03&t=40768
Labrador Routes. ... 03&t=38244


Newfoundland and Labrador Resources

UNESCO World Heritage sites.
L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site / Lieu historique national de L’Anse aux Meadows.
Gros Morne National Park / Parc national du Gros-Morne.

Environmental NGOs.
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
CPAWS, Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter.
The Big Wild. MEC and CPAWS.
Canadian Wildlife Federation.
Protected Areas Association. ... BABA6890-1 ... d_Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Network.
Sierra Club, Atlantic.
Nature Conservancy Canada; Atlantic. ... t_ncc_work
Conservation de la nature Canada; Atlantique. ... t_cnc_work

Parks Canada.
National Parks of Canada; Newfoundland and Labrador.
Gros Morne.
Terra Nova.
Torngat Mountains. ... rk_Reserve
National Historic Sites of Canada; Newfoundland and Labrador. ... eux65.aspx

Canadian Aboriginal Cultural Resources.
Ed note: The source for these links is the Canadian Canoe Museum.
Aboriginal Canada Portal. ... index.html
Aboriginal Canada Portal; Heritage and Traditions. ... 26711.html
Native American Technology and Art.

Handbook of the North American Indians.
William C Sturtevant, General Editor.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Volume 3: Environment, Origins, and Population.
Douglas H Ubelaker, Editor.
The natural environment of the continent to which Indian cultures adapted in prehistoric and historic times, natural resources utilized by these cultures, current knowledge of the earliest Indian occupation (before 9,000 BC), and human biology of Indian and Eskimo (Inuit) populations, prehistoric, historic and modern. 2006.
Volume 4: History of Indian-White Relations.
Wilcomb E Washburn, Editor.
History of Indian-White relations in the US and Canada following 1492. 1988.
Volume 6: Subarctic.
June Helm, Editor.
Indians from interior Alaska to Labrador. 1981.
Volume 15: Northeast.
Bruce G Trigger, Editor.
Indians from Virginia to St. Lawrence River, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, Illinois. 1978.
Volume 17: Languages.
Ives Goddard, Editor.
Native languages of North America spoken by American Indians, Eskimos, and Aleuts. 1996.

General information, mostly offline.
Ed note:
For general information that is not specific to Newfoundland and Labrador, please consult the offline entries in National Resources ... 46&t=35800
Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Ed note: Five volumes; CD available at
Blunt, Edmund March. American Coast Pilot ... .New York (1833).
Google book. ... nd&f=false
Gillpatrick, W W; and John Gibson. The Coasts and Banks of Newfoundland, and The Coast of Labrador, from Grand Point to the Koksoak River ... US Hydrographic Office, No. 73, Washington, Government Printing Office (1884).
Google book.
Ed notes:
1. I saw a reference to a book with the same title and publication date, but authored by Richard G Davenport; I haven’t tried to straighten things out.
2. I believe (only) that the following links are to different pages of the same book. ... &q&f=false ... nd&f=false
Holden, Frank. The Lost Newfoundland of Memory: Three Visits.
ALLAN: More information required. ... 0159/10467
Low, Arthur Peter. Report of Explorations in the Labrador Peninsula along the East Main, Koksoak, Hamilton, Manacuagan and Portions of other Rivers in 1892-93-94-95. Ottawa. Geological Survey of Canada. 1896.
Ed note: Pages 158-163 (headings Route to Lake Michikamau and Lake Michikamau) are posted at
Merrick, Elliott. True North. Heron Dance Press (2005). Reprint of 1933 publication of C Scribner's Sons, New York,
Merrick, Elliott. March 1997 note to Wilderness Paddlers meeting.
Purdy, John and Alex G Findlay. The British American Navigator. A Sailing Directory for the Island and Banks of Newfoundland ... and the Coasts thence to the Penobscot Bay, etc. London (1847).
Google book. ... nd&f=false
Rompkey, Bill. The Story of Labrador. McGill – Queen’s University Press (2003).
Google Books: ... lt#PPP1,M1
Thoulet, Julien. A Voyage to Newfoundland. McGill – Queen’s University Press (2005).
Ed note: 1886 manuscript translated and edited by Scott Jamieson. ... nd&f=false
Coffee-table books.
Bursey, Brian C. Newfoundland and Labrador. Blue Ocean Publishing, St John’s (2002?).
Oppersdorff,Tony. Coastal Labrador: A Northern Odyssey. Nimbus Publishing, Halifax? (1991).

General information, online.
Ed note:
For general information that is not specific to Newfoundland and Labrador, please consult also the online entries in National Resources ... 46&t=35800
Early Canadiana Online.
Geographical Names of Canada.
Attractions. ... rador.html
http://www.explorenewfoundlandandlabrad ... brador.htm ... d_Labrador ... all-b.html
The Beothuk.
Canadian Encyclopedia. ... RTA0000690
Additional sources.;jse ... pageID=274 ... eothuk.htm
Bibliography for Prehistoric Peoples. ... toric.html
Eastwaters. Newfoundland and Labrador's Maritime Heritage.
Ireland’s Eye area.
Historic sites. ... toricSites ... toricsites ... index.html ... d_Labrador
Hubbard bibliography. ... =1&t=31240
Newfoundland and Labrador resettlement. ... undland%29 ... nt-program ... ities.html ... 559%29.pdf
MUN English.
MUN French.
Other sources.
Images. ... 66&bih=675
Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage / Patrimoine de Terre Neuve at du Labrador.
The Recent Indians of the Island of Newfoundland.
The Irish Loop. ... /irishloop
http://www.explorenewfoundlandandlabrad ... h-loop.htm

Provincial Parks.
Government site.
Wikipedia site. Ed note: broken link? ... ador_parks

Paddling clubs and associations.
Provincial bodies.
Newfoundland and Labrador Paddling Association. (NLPA)
Kayak Newfoundland and Labrador.
Ed note: KNL publishes Ebb & Flow. ... b_flow.htm
Other clubs and associations.
Tumblehome Recreational Canoe Club.

Links for paddlers.
Canadian Canoe Museum.
Our Canoeing Heritage. ... e-mainhtml
Canadian Heritage Rivers System.
I Speak for Canadian Rivers.
Canadian Rivers Network. ... twork.html
Google maps.
Google Earth.
Great Canadian Rivers.
Trans Canada Trail.
Links specific to Newfoundland and Labrador.
Rivers. ... dor_rivers
Lakes. ... d_Labrador

Government links for paddlers.
Canadian Hydrographic Service; Nautical Charts and Publications.
Canadian Hydrographic Service; Tides, Currents and Water Levels.
Region 4; Saint Lawrence.
Ed note: Includes the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.
Map boundaries: Westing: 55 to 75 degrees; Northing: 45 to 52 degrees. ... h&region=4
Region 5; Atlantic.
Map boundaries: Westing: 50 to 70 degrees; Northing: 43 to 61 degrees. ... h&region=5
Canadian Hydrographic Service; Tide predictions.
Volume 1; Atlantic Coast and Bay of Fundy.
Volume 2; Gulf of St. Lawrence. ... able.shtml
Canadian Hydrographic Service; Current tables.
Volume 1; Atlantic Coast and Bay of Fundy. ... nt-eng.asp
Coast Guard; Newfoundland and Labrador Region.
Natural Resources Canada; Topographical maps. (Toporama)
Saint Lawrence Observatory. Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ed note: I don’t know that this site has paddling information not provided elsewhere in this list.
Information about Lifejackets and PFDs from the Safe Boating Guide. ... 24.htm#lj1
Lifejackets and PFDs. ... u-1692.htm
Minimum Safety Equipment Required for the Size and Type of your Pleasure Craft. ... nu-690.htm
NB: In the case of any discrepancy between the information on this page and the Small Vessel Regulations, the formal regulatory text shall remain the final authority.
Formal regulatory text / Small Vessel Regulations. ... 1-eng.html
Links specific to Newfoundland and Labrador.
Newfoundland and Labrador road maps.
Ed note: I found only the maps from the Department of Finance; perhaps this is why the roads are not numbered.
Map with road numbers (some?):
Weather. ... html?id=NF
Marine weather; Labrador. ... l?mapID=13
Marine weather; Newfoundland. ... l?mapID=14
Water levels. ... &region=NL (English site) (French site)

US links for paddlers.
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. ... nce_Agency
NGA Maritime Safety Information.
NGA Digital Nautical Chart.
NGA Maritime Domain Contact Listing. ... ID=Article
NGA Global Shoreline Data Set. ... ID=Article
NOAA National Data Buoy Center. Gulf of St Lawrence (outer portion).
NOAA Nautical Charts, historical.
NOAA synoptic-scale weather maps.
ALLAN: Relevant to NL?
Tide Height and Current Speed Predictor.
ALLAN: Relevant to NL?

Paddling information, offline.
Kanawa. Canada's Paddling Magazine. Published quarterly by Paddle Canada.
Campbell, Ken. Around the Rock: A Newfoundland Sea Kayak Journey. Little Bay Press (2004).
Finkelstein, Max; and James Stone. Paddling the Boreal Forest: Rediscovering A P Low. Natural Heritage, Toronto (2004).
Fredston, Jill. Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic's Edge. North Point Press (2002). Ed note: One chapter describes rowing the Labrador coast.
Hughes, Alison. Paddling in Paradise: Sea Kayaking Adventures in Atlantic Canada. Goose Lane Editions, Fredericton (2002). Ed note: Describes kayak routes in all Atlantic Canada, not just in NL.
Murphy, Dan; Jim Price and Kevin Redmond. Canyons, Coves and Coastal Waters: Choice Canoe and Kayak Routes of Newfoundland and Labrador. Breakwater Books, St. John's (1996).
Noel, Lynn (Editor). Voyages: Canada’s Heritage Rivers. Breakwater Press, Saint John’s (1995).
Paul, Michael. May We Rant and Roar No More: A Sea Kayak Journey Around Newfoundland. Pottersfield Press (2001).
Redmond, Kevin and Dan Murphy. A Guide to Sea Kayaking in Newfoundland and Labrador. Nimbus Publishing, Halifax (2003).

Paddling and related information, online.
cartespleinair (Charles Leduc library).
then Canot, then Cartes (reports) or Canorama (overview).
If you use any of the information supplied at cartespleinair, please consider making a contribution to the Fonds pour la Préservation des Rivières (FQCK) at
Che-Mun. The Journal of Canadian Wilderness Canoeing.
Ed note: Issues are available online two quarters after publication.
My Trip Journal.
Ed note: Search function is available; entries appear to be unsorted by either activity or location.
Nastawgan. Published quarterly by the Wilderness Canoe Association.
To view the Index, go to
Once there, select a Category (for example Trip information).
To view the Archives, go to ... pubCode=NJ ;
digitization of the database is incomplete and the Search features are not useful.
Out There.
The canoe-related Route information is largely under Adventure/Sports but you might want to look at other folders.
Links specific to Newfoundland and Labrador.
Ed note: See also the paragraph Paddling sites.
Sea kayaking and playboating.
Images. Sea kayaking. ... 66&bih=675
Ebb & Flow. ... b_flow.htm
Every Trail. ... d+Labrador
REI. Flatwater, whitewater and sea kayaking.
Nothing at time of posting. Flatwater, whitewater and sea kayaking.
No flatwater entries at time of posting.
No whitewater entries at time of posting.

Paddling sites.
Ed note: Please inform me of omissions.
Brad Bassi.
Alison Dyer.
Brian Newhook.
My Newfoundland Kayak Experience.
Neil Burgess.
Following link is inactive; the last post was made “about a year ago”, the one previous to that “3 years ago”.
Newfoundland paddling newsgroup. ... f.paddling
Stan MacKenzie.
Troy Gipps.
Philip Schubert.
Katherine Suboch.
Reinhard Zollitsch.

Newfoundland and Labrador Route information at CCR.
First, a comment on our coverage.
CCR's founder, Richard Munn, started with Ontario Canoe Routes and went national only later. Since the acquisition, we have made strenuous efforts to improve coverage of the other provinces and territories.
We must rely on the paddling community to write most trip reports, but we can help in other ways. One of our initiatives, which continues, has been to search the net for trip reports and to post links to them, as described below.

CCR provides Route information in a variety of ways. The two main sources follow.
• The Route Information stickys posted at Canadian Route Forums & Resources
Click on Discussion & Resources for the province/territory and then on the Route Information sticky for the river/lake of interest.
Once the new Routes section is up and running, we shall transfer all these entries to it.
• The Routes section at
contains more formal trip reports.
The Browse feature
gets you to a map of Canada. Clicking on a Province/Territory gets you to a map with paddling regions for that P/T. Another click gets you to a list of Routes in the region. We’ll fix things, but some Routes are filed incorrectly; check other regions if you can’t find what you want.
The Search feature ,
which accesses the same database, allows you to look for Routes satisfying certain criteria. We don’t find this feature so useful and shall likely change it.

You might look also at the Trip Reports folders posted in Canadian Route Forums & Resources
Some paddlers post their trip reports in the Forums, rather than in the Routes database.
I go through these Forums several times each year and post links to the reports in the Route Information stickys.
Check out the note at the head of the thread to learn which entries have already been documented in the Route Information stickys.

In the final analysis though, CCR’s members are the most valuable source for Route information They are highly knowledgeable, highly experienced and eager to help. If you can’t find elsewhere the information you want, just post in the appropriate Provincial/Territorial Route Forum.

Route information (trip reports, links to trip reports, etc)
Statement of CCR policy regarding Route information.
If we can’t post the information ourselves, then we’ll try to provide the paddling community with easy access to it.
We welcome your contributions to our library of trip reports and other Route information (for example links to other sites with such information, in general just about any similar contribution to the paddling community); please post in this thread or send email to routes(AT) .
Statement of CCR policy regarding copyright.
Copyright to the original source remains with the provider.
Copyright to CCR's presentation of the information belongs to CCR Inc.

Thanks to Brad Bassi, Neil Burgess (NLPA), Paul Ferguson, Alan Goodridge (NLPA), Tom H, Kayak Newfoundland and Labrador, Troy Gipps, Tom McCloud,, Michael Peake, Philip Schubert, Katherine Suboch and Reinhard Zollitsch.


A literal mind is a little mind. If it's not worth doing to excess, it's not worth doing at all. Good enough isn't.  None are so blind as those who choose not to see. (AJ)

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