Port Hope Simpson

Port Hope Simpson, population 529, is a tiny, isolated hamlet in southeastern Labrador.


Port Hope Simpson

Port Hope Simpson was established in the 1930s as a company town, exporting timber to paper mills in Corner Brook until 1948. Exploitation of forestry and timber resumed briefly from 1962 to 1968, with seasonal cod and salmon fishing becoming an economic mainstay in 1970. The Newfoundland cod fishery was closed in 1992 but crab, shrimp and scallop fishing continue.

The Alexis River is popular for recreational salmon fishing.

Get in

Port Hope Simpson, a deep-water port, is accessible by Trans-Labrador Highway, by air and by sea.

By road

Access is by Trans-Labrador Highway (Route 510, which opened as gravel in 2009).

From the north, take Route 510 from Cartwright (187km). There are limited services in Cartwright village and nothing at all at Cartwright Junction. Between Goose Bay and Port Hope Simpson, a 410km stretch of gravel road through Cartwright Junction has no fuel and no services.

From the south (and the ferries at Blanc-Sablon) take Route 510 from Forteau. The first 86 km to Red Bay are paved, the next 74 km to Lodge Bay are gravel. A few services (fuel, food, lodging, banking, souvenirs, airstrip) are available en route at Mary's Harbour. An additional 62km of gravel road (so 222 km in total) continues to Port Hope Simpson.

By plane

Port Hope Simpson Airport (IATA: YHA) is an airstrip with a 106 metre runway, about 2 km south of town.

By snowmobile

By sea

As Port Hope Simpson is now accessible by road, its reliance on outport ferries has been greatly curtailed. Traffic arriving from beyond the end of the road network arrives by sea at Goose Bay, Cartwright or Blanc Sablon, then leaves the sea to follow the Trans-Labrador Highway.

Get around

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.

Fuel and repairs are available at P & K Sports and Automotive and at Penney's Pitstop; there's also a fuel station at the Alexis Hotel.



Activities include hiking, camping, fishing, angling, snowmobiling, whale watching and iceberg spotting.

The Alexis Hotel provides guide and tour services to explore the 'Big Country' around Port Hope Simpson and operates various activities such as geocaching (find all ten geocaches and take a digital photo with the banner found in each to receive an Alexis Geocache T-shirt), dog sled rides (for a half-hour or half-day), bingo (8PM Thursdays, year-round) and a photography contest (the Photo Discovery Circuit). Pitts, Props and Prosperity dinner theatre (7PM summer Wednesdays) recalls local history from the 1930s and Sir John Hope Simpson's establishment of the settlement. A day each on skis, snowmobile and snowshoes is offered to groups of six or more as a three-day event; other activities include snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on local trails or scenic un-tracked back-country through wooded hills, scenic valleys and frozen ponds, ice fishing for trout and smelts, fly fishing (salmon or trout), canoeing and kayaking. One can also watch birds, icebergs, whales and wildlife.





There is a restaurant/lounge and a liquor outlet at the Alexis Hotel.



Connectivity is limited. There is a small post office; there is no mobile telephone service.



Tiny outport 50km (30 miles) north of Port Hope Simpson, small airstrip, few or no services. Ferry connections to otherwise-isolated communities Snug Harbour and Fishing Ships Harbour.

Mary's Harbour

Small crab-fishing village on Trans-Labrador 510, 50km (30 miles) southeast of Port Hope Simpson, population 475. Mary's Harbour has a small airstrip with Air Labrador service and a ferry crossing to Cape Charles.

Go next

If continuing north, set your watch back a half-hour between Port Hope Simpson and Cartwright as most of Labrador (north of the tiny, dying fishing outport "Black Tickle") uses Atlantic time (AST/ADT). All points between Port Hope Simpson and Forteau (inclusive) use Newfoundland time.

Routes through Port Hope Simpson

Happy Valley-Goose Bay Cartwright Junction  N  S  Red Bay Forteau

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