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traversable roads in northern Quebec
« on: June 28, 2010, 11:29:46 AM »

what are some roads (hopefully paved) that head as far north in Quebec as possible?  I'm planning a labor day trip to lands far enough north to be able to catch some northern lights!

I see route 167 on the map; what kind of road is that?  Also, any that go further north?
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Re: traversable roads in northern Quebec
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2010, 12:55:46 AM »

Seems to me that the Trans-Labrador Highway might be your best bet. QC-138 out of Québec City, then north on QC-389, which will take you to Labrador City. Google's not showing much else in the area without zooming in, and OpenStreetMap's not displaying the tiles, argh.
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Re: traversable roads in northern Quebec
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2010, 01:09:56 AM »

I see a 109 further to the west that is also a possibility.



that may be the way to go because the arc that the optimal northern lights path follows dips southwest, so therefore I can afford to go less far north and get a similar view if I follow a more western north-south road.

109 turns into the Route de la Baie James, which splits and the western branch goes to essentially the Nunavut territorial line (!).  Now that may be an adventure worth considering!
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Re: traversable roads in northern Quebec
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2010, 01:23:52 AM »



I think the decision is made!  :sombrero:
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Re: traversable roads in northern Quebec
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2010, 03:15:05 PM »

any geography geek here know exactly where the Quebec/Nunavut line is around St. James Bay? 

I've heard anything from "50 meters out" (Wikipedia) to on the mainland western shores (Google Maps) to the exact water's edge.  So, how well do I have to swim to be able to clinch Nunavut?  :sombrero:
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Re: traversable roads in northern Quebec
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2010, 03:41:35 PM »

I'd say the easier way to clinch Nunavut is driving out to Yellowknife then up the Contwoyto Ice Road, which actually goes into Nunavut...
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Re: traversable roads in northern Quebec
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2010, 03:45:53 PM »

any geography geek here know exactly where the Quebec/Nunavut line is around St. James Bay?  

I've heard anything from "50 meters out" (Wikipedia) to on the mainland western shores (Google Maps) to the exact water's edge.  So, how well do I have to swim to be able to clinch Nunavut?  :sombrero:

Probably still count if you kayaked out instead . . .
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Re: traversable roads in northern Quebec
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2010, 10:41:33 PM »

I'd say the easier way to clinch Nunavut is driving out to Yellowknife then up the Contwoyto Ice Road, which actually goes into Nunavut...

easier?  from Quebec?  not so much!

as for a kayak - if we can rent one, maybe, but if it's only a couple dozen yards, we may as well take to the water like normal fishmen.
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Re: traversable roads in northern Quebec
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2010, 11:56:28 PM »

as for a kayak - if we can rent one, maybe, but if it's only a couple dozen yards, we may as well take to the water like normal fishmen.

Just trying to save you from a cold swim.
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Re: traversable roads in northern Quebec
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2010, 12:03:13 AM »


Just trying to save you from a cold swim.

more fun this way.  we're kinda ... uh, not so smart.
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Re: traversable roads in northern Quebec
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2010, 05:52:36 AM »

Well at least it is summer - though I guess in winter you might be able to walk across ice buildup on the shore far enough out, where the water is shallow and the land is cold.
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