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Port Hope Simpson

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Port Hope Simpson is in southeastern Labrador.

Get in[edit]

Port Hope Simpson is accessible by Trans-Labrador Highway Route 510, air and by sea.



By road[edit]

  • By road from the South take Route 510, four kilometres north of Blanc Sablon paved highway for 86 km to Red Bay. Take new gravel highway for 74 km to Lodge Bay, Services enroute at Mary's Harbour: gas, food, accommodation, medical, airstrip, banking, crafts & gifts. Then take new gravel highway for 62 km from Red Bay to Port Hope Simpson's main retail and public services including an airstrip and deep water port. Total: 222 kms.
  • By road from the North take Route 510 new gravel highway from Cartwright for 187 km, Services: none. Services at Cartwright: gas, food, medical, accommodations, repair, shopping, crafts.
  • Ferry information: for schedules, rates and reservations at the Blanc Sablon terminal phone the Strait of Belle Isle Ferry Service 1-866-535-2567 and the Quebec North Shore Ferry Service 1-418-723-8787.
  • By snowmobile: There are extensive snowmobile trails connecting Port Hope Simpson with the communities of Cartwright, Black Tickle, Charlottetown, Mary's Harbour, Battle Harbour, Lodge Bay and Red Bay. Information:[1]

By plane[edit]

  • Port Hope Simpson Airport (IATA: YHA), about 1 mi south of town. (347 ft runway)
  • Air Labrador, ☎ +1 709 931-2196. The only carrier providing regular, daily scheduled passenger and freight flights Monday-Friday to Port Hope Simpson.

By sea[edit]

To reach Port Hope Simpson from the South:

  • Coastal Labrador Marine Services operates coastal ferry freight service during the summer months. Phone 709 960-0292,[2].
  • Labrador Marine Services, [3]. operates a drive-on, drive-off 90 minute daily crossing service from St. Barbe to Blanc Sablon. The MV Apollo easily carries some 70 vehicles including capacity for full-sized tractortrailer trucks in addition to motorcoaches, and RVs.
  • Relais Nordik, [4] operates a passenger-cargo service along the Lower North Shore of Quebec to Blanc Sablon. As the N/M Nordik Express stops in each port to unload supplies you have opportunity to visit the villages and historic attractions.

To reach Port Hope Simpson from the North:

  • Labrador Marine Services operates the M/V Sir Robert Bond to Cartwright and route 510, [5].
  • M/V Northern Ranger [6] the coastal boat operates from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Cartwright and route 510 on a weekly basis and provides a twice weekly service between Charlottetown route 510 and Port Hope Simpson weather permitting.

Get around[edit]

By boat, ferry, car, truck, snowmobile, snowshoes, skis depending on the time of year. Deep water port with docking facilities, regional airstrip, helicopter pads, groomed snowmobile trails, Nordic ski trails and overnight cabin, gravel road

  • Alexis Hotel Gas Bar Port Hope Simpson, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; Contact Details: Postal Address: Carol Burden, Alexis Hotel, 2 Alexis Drive, P.O. Box 10, Port Hope Simpson. Labrador, A0K4E0 Phone: 709 960 0228, Fax: 709 960 0210
  • P & K Sports and Automotive Port Hope Simpson, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada You can fuel up with gas or diesel, enjoy a cup of hot tea or coffee or cool down with a soft serve or bakeapple sundae. Services include rental cabins or cottages, Labrador souvenirs and confectionery, fishing gear, garage services, tire repairs, towing service and gas bar. P & K also carry snowmobiles, snowmobile parts [Polaris snowmobile dealers] and clothing. Contact Details: Tom or Lydia Penney, Phone: 709 960-0444, Fax: (709) 960-0416 Postal Address: P & K Sports and Automotive P.O. Box 149, Port Hope Simpson, NL A0K 4E0.
  • Penney's Pitstop Port Hope Simpson, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada: Contact Details: Charlene Penney Phone: 709 960-0499 Fax: 709 960-0474 1 Trans Labrador Highway Port Hope Simpson, NL A0K 4E0 Penney's Pitstop is a gas station and full-service garage. They also rent out a variety of items such as U-Haul trucks, a vehicle, a wood splitter and movies.
  • Recreational Vehicle RV Park, Port Hope Simpson, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada: Russell's RV Park, Contact Details: Stella & Redge Russell Phone: 709.960.0405 / 0303 Stella and Reg Russell operate this RV Park next to Port Hope Hardware and Building Supplies.

See[edit][add listing]

Port Hope Simpson has a range of "retail and public services including an airstrip and deep water anchorage. Several government services are available as well as many non-profit organizations and tourist activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, angling, snowmobiling, whale watching and icebergs." Source: South Eastern Aurora Development Corporation

Attractions, Events & Festivals

  • Alexis 150 Sled Dog Race A great event as mushers compete in a race to test their skills against the elements of our Labrador winter; March; Phone 709 960-0228; Fax 709-960-0210; Contact Margaret Burden;
  • Barton Hicks Memorial Hockey Tournament, Annual invitational hockey tournament; January; Phone 709 960-0275; Fax 709-960-0210.
  • Canada Day Celebrations, July 1st; Phone 709 960-0236; Fax 709 960-0210. A fun-filled event for the whole family.
  • Canoeing and Kayaking Phone 709 960-0228; Fax 709-960-0210;
  • Dog-sledding take a Dog-Sled ride for 1/2 hour or 1/2 a day. Phone Phone 709 960-0228; Fax 709 920-0210.
  • Eagle River Dart Championship. Phone 709 960-0240 Fax 709-960-0210. An annual dart tournament where the best dart players along the coast compete for the Eagle River Cup.
  • Easter Festival A week long event of sporting activities and entertainment in Port Hope Simpson; Phone 709 960-0240; Fax 709 960-0210.
  • Festival of Friends A celebration of friends that promotes and encourages a sense of pride and accomplishments; it's time for food and laughter; Port Hope Simpson has an open door policy for family, friends and visitors! Held annually in the last weekend of July. Phone 709 960-0222; Fax 709 960-0210.
  • Fly-Fishing salmon, trout and sports-fishing; Phone 709 960-0228; Fax 709-960-0210;
  • Geocache Passport 'Find the Geocache' and take a digital photograph at each site with the banner found in the Geocache [Please remember to return the banner to the Geocasche for your fellow Geocashers.] Your unique Geocache passport will be stamped for each Geocache you have found and if you have managed to find all 10 Geocaches with 10 valid stamps in your passport you will receive an Alexis Geocache T-shirt. Phone Phone 709 960-0228; Fax 709 920-0210.
  • Guide and Tour Services available to explore the 'Big Country' around Port Hope Simpson Phone Phone 709 960-0228; Fax 709 920-0210.
  • Guy Fawkes Night Bonfires light the sky; weiner and marshmallow roast, family and friends gathering; all visitors welcome; Phone 709 960-0236; Fax 709 960-0387.
  • Ice-Fishing Explore the favourite haunts of the locals. Places where parties gather for a traditional boil-up and fishing through a hole in the ice for trout and smelts. Phone Phone 709 960-0228; Fax 709 920-0210.
  • Labrador Bingo Thursday nights all-year-round at 8.00 pm. Drop in and win some fun and exciting prizes, 19 years and over. Phone Phone 709 960-0228; Fax 709 920-0210.
  • Labrador Sno’Blast Ride on the finest of snowmobile trails to Port Hope Simpson for a weekend of fun and entertainment; held annually last weekend in February; Phone 709 960-0228; Fax 709 920-0210.
  • Photo Discovery Circuit While travelling along the Labrador Coastal Drive submit your three favourite photographs with the name, date and address where the photograph was taken. The general public will vote for a winner in each category. Participants will be informed about the exhibit and voting dates. Phone 709 960-0228; Fax 709-960-0210;
  • "Pitts, Props and Prosperity" dinner theatre on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm during July and August. Join us as we present Port Hope Simpson in the 30s, when the great depression was looming and England needed wood. Sir John Hope Simpson arrived in an area short on jobs but long on "Big Wood". We celebrate the unique history of Alexis Bay. Phone 709 960-0228; Fax 709 960-0210; Contact Carol Burden
  • Polar Bear Dip All are challenged to take a dip in our chilly Labrador water; all participants receive a memento T-shirt; this event is followed by a night's entertainment at the Alexis Hotel, May; Phone 709 960-0228; Fax 709 960-0210; Contact Carol Burden
  • Skis, snowmobile and snowshoes - a day on each! For groups of 6 or more, a 3 day challenging event. Phone 709 960-0228; Fax 709 920-0210.
  • Snowshoeing or Cross-Country Skiing Snowshoe or ski the trails around Port Hope Simpson or the un-tracked back-country where the scenery is spectacular through wooded hills, scenic valleys and frozen ponds. Phone 709 960-0228; Fax 709 920-0210.
  • Touring base for outdoor adventures Bird-watching, iceberg-watching, whale-watching and wildlife. Phone 709 960-0228; Fax 709 920-0210.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Exquisite handmade pottery http://www.moulderofdreams.ca/- "Cultural Artistry Contact Details: Mary Penney, Phone: 7099600333,Fax: 7099600333 P.O. Box 70 Port Hope Simpson, NL A0K 4E0 E-Mail: moulderofdreams@nf.aibn.com
  • Boat and timber products Strugnell’s Woodwork Port Hope Simpson, Woodcutting & Sawmill offering a range of products. Contact Details: Simon Strugnell Email: porthopesimpson@nf.aibn.com Phone 7099600250 Fax 7099600266
  • Wood Products S & N Wood Products Incorporated Port Hope Simpson, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada; Contact Details: Glen Penney, Phone 7099600236 Fax: 7099600387 E-mail: porthopesimpson@nf.aibn.com
  • Building Hardware, Supplies & Sawmill Products by Mr. Reginald Russell, Port Hope Simpson, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada; Contact Details: Redge Russell, Phone: 7099600405/0303

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Campbell's Place B&B and Coffee Shop, 98 Pioneer Street (From Goose Bay take the first two left turns. From Red Bay -Turn right at Penney's Pitstop then turn left at the next stop sign - stay on Pioneer Street), 709-960-0269. Soup, Chilli, Baked Beans, Homemade subs, Sandwiches, pizza by the slice and a large selection of baked goodies.  edit
  • Midway Restaurant with air-conditioned dining room [62 seats] and snack bar [12 seats] overlooking Alexis Bay; take-out service also available. Opening hours: 11:00 - 24:00; Contact Details: Beverly Russell, Phone: 709 960 0291, Fax: 709 960 0481, Postal Address: P.O. Box 89 Port Hope Simpson, NL A0K 4E0
  • J. C. Variety grocery, confectionery, beer and other retail products Contact Details: Julia Penney, Phone 7099600415, Fax 7099600417, Postal Address: Woodlands Heights, Port Hope Simpson, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada NL A0K 4E0

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotels Port Hope Simpson, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada: Alexis Hotel accommodation, tour operator, restaurant and take-out service, conference facilities, friendly professional staff, on-site liquor store, supermarket, postal services, gifts and gas bar; Contact Details: Postal Address: Carol Burden, Alexis Hotel, 2 Alexis Drive, P.O. Box 10, Port Hope Simpson. Labrador, A0K4E0 Phone: 709 960 0228, Fax: 709 960 0210
  • Bed & Breakfast Port Hope Simpson, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada: Campbells Place bed & breakfast, coffee shop, restaurant, bakery; Contact Details: Cyril Campbell, 98 Pioneer Street, Port Hope Simpson, NL A0K 4E0 Phone: 709-960-0291
  • Lodgings Port Hope Simpson, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada: PHS Lodgings, Contact Details: Betty Sampson, Phone 709-960-0444 The bed and breakfast has four rooms with private bathrooms. TV and wireless internet is available along with access to a telephone. A full breakfast and complimentary tea and coffee are included. Guest also has access to a common room and laundry facilities.
  • Apartments Port Hope Simpson, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada: Sampson Apartments, Contact Details: Betty Sampson, Phone 709-960-0237
  • Cottages or Cabins Port Hope Simpson, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada: P & K Sports and Automotive, Contact Details: Tom or Lydia Penney, Phone: 709 960-0444, Fax: (709) 960-0416 Postal Address: P & K Sports and Automotive P.O. Box 149, Port Hope Simpson, NL A0K 4E0 P & K Sports and Automotive offers a variety of services. You can fuel up with gas or diesel, enjoy a cup of hot tea or coffee, or cool down with a soft serve or bakeapple sundae. They offer an assortment of items from fishing gear to Labrador souvenirs and are Polaris snowmobile dealers. They can arrange cottage or cabin accommodations or provide automotive repairs, tire repairs and towing services.
  • Recreational Vehicle RV Park, Port Hope Simpson, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada: Russell's RV Park, Contact Details: Stella & Redge Russell Phone: 709.960.0405 / 0303 Stella and Reg Russell operate this RV Park next to Port Hope Hardware and Building Supplies.

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