The Route blanche is a 523 km long marked snowmobile trail linking 15 isolated localities in Basse-Côte-Nord during the winter months. There is no road. This one-of-a-kind route is maintained by the Québec ministry of transport. It begins at Natashquan where Route 138 ends and ends at Blanc-Sablon near the Newfoundland and Labrador border.
As the official land link serving these otherwise isolated communities, the Route Blanche makes it easier to visit this region in winter than at any other time of year. It's an extraordinary way to discover the villages and people of Basse-Côte-Nord. You'll follow the Gulf of the St. Lawrence coastline, winding your way past spectacular ice and snowscapes, ancient glacial valleys, and innumerable frozen lakes and rivers.
Although most communities along the route have food, gas, and lodging services, all snowmobile trips in the region must be carefully prepared, with an eye to conditions. The route is extremely isolated. Note however that Transports Québec maintains a network of 23 emergency shelters with woodstoves and firewood along the way.