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Brador is a community on Québec’s Lower North Shore. This is an area of Québec that has road access only from Newfoundland & Labrador. The Labrador Ferry runs from St. Barbe, NL to Blanc Sablon, QC. The Labrador border is just a few km east of Blanc Sablon on Québec Highway 138. Brador is just a few km west of the ferry terminal.

Politically, Brador is part of Blanc Sablon as is the community of Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon. Brador is the furthest west of the three and Blanc Sablon is the furthest east. Brador was originally called Labrador. The English thought the ‘La’ part translated to ‘The’, calling it The Brador, which later was shortened to Brador.

The community sits on Brador Bay, which is protected by several offshore islands. The coastline here is back-dropped by mountains with no trees, just like the Labrador coast. There are large glacial erratics (boulders) spread across the barren landscape. There is also a large sand beach at Brador.

Time Zone

This part of Québec stays on Atlantic Standard Time year round. In the summer it’s 1½ hours behind Newfoundland and Southern Labrador. To confuse things more, the ferry schedule is all in Newfoundland time, even though the ferry lands in Québec. In the summer you can start in Blanc Sablon and drive only 400 km into Labrador and go through 3 time zones (AST, NDT, ADT).

Brador Falls

This spectacular waterfalls is very easy to get to. Just park your car at the bridge where Highway 138 crosses the Brador River. There are stairs that take you to a viewing platform. You can also get a great view of the falls right from the highway bridge.