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In winter, some highways close during and after severe snowstorms. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Web site has up-to-date information on road conditions and closures. Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism can help with any travel-related problems.
Newfoundland has an excellent highway system, and all but a handful of secondary roads are paved. Travel time along the Trans-Canada Highway (Route 1) from Port aux Basques to St. John's is about 13 hours, with time out for a meal. The trip from Corner Brook to St. Anthony, at the northernmost tip of the island, is about five hours. The drive from St. John's to Grand Bank, on the Burin Peninsula, takes about four hours. If you're heading for the southern coast of the Avalon Peninsula, pick up Route 10 just south of St. John's and follow it toward Trepassey.
In southeast Labrador, Route 510 goes all the way to Cartwright. Route 500 links Labrador City with Happy Valley-Goose Bay via Churchill Falls. Conditions on this 526-km (326-mi) wilderness road are best from June through October. Labrador's road system is being extended and upgraded. Contact Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism for advice on the best routes and road conditions.
Scenic Touring Routes (www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/placestogo/scenictouringroutes.)
Department of Transportation & Works (709/635–4100 Western Region; 709/292–4300 in Grand Falls–Windsor and Central Newfoundland; 709/466–4132 Eastern Region; 709/729–2382 Avalon Region; 709/533–2801 Terra Nova National Park. www.roads.gov.nl.ca.)
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