Riviere du Loup waterfalls

Why Travel between Riviere du Loup and Grand Falls?

This route follows a portage route, used by the First nations and by the fur traders, between the St Lawrence and the Saint John rivers. See dramatic geography, charming towns and resorts, and tons of history along this route.

Here is the itinerary for Highway #185 (Quebec) and #2 (NB) from Riviere du Loup, Quebec and Grand Falls, New Brunswick:

Route 185 follows and early portage route through the Appalachians. This route was used by First Nations, and later fur traders and settlers, to connect the Saint John River valley with the St Lawrence. This area was also important to defence of the colonies, providing a land route between the fortresses at Halifax with and Quebec City. After the War of 1812, a number of smaller forts were built to protect this route, including Fort Ingall on Lake Temiscouata, but were abandoned after the Ashburton Treaty resolved the US-Canada border in 1842.

New Brunswick FarmlandThe area was once heavily forested, but were cleared for farmland, the timeber industry or lost to forest fires and disease (spruce budworm). Most of today’s forests are second-growth in various stages of re-growth. Hardwoods include aspen, yellow birch and maple, and softwoods include balsam fit, red pine, white pine and white spruce.

Where the land is poorly drained, highly acidic peat bogs accumulated, and are currently being harvested. The harvesting process is to dig a drainage ditch, let the peat air-dry for a few days, and then suck it up with giant vacuums. If you travel here in May/June, travelers will see pink blooms on the peat bogs from bog rhodendons.

The Quebec-New Brunswick border is marked by the Edmunston Airport. While most of the runway is in Quebec, the airport buildings are in New Brunswick. From here east, the highway exit numbers mark the number of kilometres from this point.
Grand Falls Gorge

At Edmunston, the Saint John River from the west is joined by the Madawaska River from the north. From Edmunston south to Grand Falls, the river marks the Canada-US international boundary. Grand Falls is best known (no surprise) for its waterfall.

At Aroostook, the Aroostook River joins the Saint John. In the early 1800s, farmers in the off-season would head upriver and lumberjack in the virgin forests. This caused the bloodless 1839 Aroostook War (also called the Port and Beans War), where both Maine and Britain claimed the forests of the Aroostook. The border dispute was resoled in 1842 by the Webster-Ashburton Treaty which set the US-Canada border at its current position.

Construction Notes

In November 2009, it was announced that Highway #185 will be widened to 4 lanes to connect with the already “twinned” Highway 2 in New Brunswick. It will then re re-designated as Autoroute 85, as a continuation the short stretch extending south of Riviere Du Loup (which opened in 2005).

Trans-Canada Highway Itinerary Map

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Itinerary Details

 

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0Michaud Rd intersection, access W to Rapid Brook Camping (Grand Falls) 182.6
3WB Exit #78 Oullette St W of hwy, Belanger St E of hwy, and Harley Hill Rd access to downtown Grand Falls (Grand Falls) 211.2
4EB Exit #78 Oullette St W of hwy, Belanger St E of hwy, access to downtown Grand Falls (Grand Falls) 214
5Hwy #218 W to Hamlin, Maine, and #130 E into downtown Grand Falls (Grand Falls) 152.1
5.5Crossing Saint John River (Grand Falls) 152.1
6Exit #75 Community of Grand Falls (downtown) all services, E to highway 108 & access #255, access to St Andre (5 km) (Grand Falls) 157.9
17Part of St-Leonard (NE) intersection163.1
21Coombes Rd intersection152.4
24Exit # 58 junction highway #17, W to community of Van Buren, Maine (2 km), E on highway #17 ( Grand-Rivieres-Road) to community of Saint-Quentin (80 km), Campbellton (98 km), Sugarloaf Provincial…181.1
26Exit #56 Part of St Leonard, W to highway 144 and Grande Riviere Camping (1 km)152.1
32Exit #51 West to community of Siegas (2 km). East to Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes ( 6 km). Access to highway #144175
37Exit #46 ( Martin Road ) Community of Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska (3 km)m with access to highway #144212.1
48.2underpass: Part of Riviere Verte (no access)172.2
50.5bridge over Riviere Verte (Green River)152.1
51Exit 32 David Rd, access SW to village of Riviere-Verte ( 2 km)151.8
53.6underpass: Chemin Smith (no access)162.2
57Exit: 26 Rue Mathieu, access SW to highway 144, Rue Principale167
59underpass: Chemin des MGR Lang (no access)180.1
60.7underpass: Chemin des Lavoie (no access) (Edmunston) 169.8
62Exit 21: Iroquois Rd (NW), Centre Madawasca Blvd (SW) to highway 144 / Rue Principale (Edmunston) 161.8
63.5eastern boundary: St Basile 10 Indian Reservation (Edmunston) 177.7
65western boundary: St Basile 10 Indian Reservation (Edmunston) 190.8
65.5Exit 18: Boulevard Herbert SW to City of Edmundston downtown, access to highways #120, #161, U.S.A.#1 City of Edmundston Information (Edmunston) 202.1
66underpass: Chemin du Pouvoir (no access) (Edmunston) 204.5
68.7Overpass: Rue Victoria (no access) (Edmunston) 152.1
69bridge over Madawasca River (Edmunston) 152.1
69.4underpass: Highway 144 (Edmunston) 152.1
70Exit #13B access to Highway 144, Acadia Blvd (Edmunston) 157.9
71Exit #13A Chemin Farlagne E to services & accommodation (Edmunston) 152.4
73.7Rue Riviere a SR Truite (Edmunston) 152.1
76Exit #8 W to Chemin Berube, E to Rue Principale Highway #144, West to community of Saint Jacques. West to State of Maine U.S.A. (Edmunston) 152.1
76.5Highway 2 is twinned to SE152.1
77Les Jardin de la Republique Prov Park152.1
82Highway Weigh Scales Truck weigh station, west side of highway163.1
85Quebec / New Brunswick Border. Hwy to NW is Quebec #185, to the SE is New Brunswick #2152.1
85Rest Area Exit to Large New Brunswick Information Centre, picnic tables, toilets, internet access, W side of highway152.7
85Edmunston Airport, E side of hwy152.7
98Highway to SE runs adjacent to Madawaska River (Degelis) 151.5
100junction with route 295, Services at both sides of highway, E to community of Degelis, SW to community of Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande (15 km). (Degelis) 152.7
101Route Lapointe (W) to community of Packington, Avenue Principale (E) (Degelis) 185.9
102.9Roadside Highway Turnout Picnic tables, toilets, west side of highway223.7
103Chemin du Lac (E)152.7
108Notre-Dame-du-Lac Municipal Campground Camping, 2 km’s east (Notre-Dame-du-Lac) 153.6
110.4Exit #29, Rue Belanger, SE access to Notre-Dame-du-Lac, all services & accommodation (Notre-Dame-du-Lac) 215.2
118.5Exit #30, NW access to Rue Commerciale, all services & accommodation (Notre-Dame-du-Lac) 155.8
123.4junction with #232 W to community of Pied-du-Lac (26 km)165.2
123.6Rue Commerciale, Services on NE side of highway (Cabano) 159.1
125Crossing the River Cabano (Cabano) 152.1
127Rue des Erables (“maples”), access to downtown Cabano, services & accommodation (Cabano) 157.6
127.8Rue Commerciale, west entrance to town of Cabano, services & accommodation (Cabano) 182.6
128junction with route 232, E to community of Cabano, services, Fort Ingall historical site(1.5 km), view of Lac Temiscouata (Cabano) 189.9
130.7Roadside Turnout with viewpoint on south side214
132Rue Commerciale, Services on NE side of highway (Saint-Louis-du-Ha-Ha) 236.2
133.7Community of Saint-Louis-du-Ha-Ha Information centre, access from highway (Saint-Louis-du-Ha-Ha) 272.8
134.6Rue Commerciale, services at Highway (Saint-Louis-du-Ha-Ha) 289.6
135.8Chemin de la Savane / Chemin du lac-Savane (E)271.9
138.5Route Vauban (W) to village of Vauban359.7
143Rue Principale E (E) services at highway, no fuel334.4
149junction with #291 / Rue de L’eglise NE to community of Saint-Honore de Temiscouatta (3 km), Saint-Hubert-de-Riviere-du-Loup (16 km)430.1
160Chemin de Couturier (W) and Rue Principale O (E) to community of Saint-Hubert (1 km)362.4
161.6crossing Riviere Saint-Francois263
161.6Chemin Tache O, access to Whitworth 21 Indian Reserve290.2
161.7Chemin des Sept-Camps (W)278.9
168.7passing Lac Chamard to N265.2
169Chemin de la Victoriaville (W)263.7
172.6Chemin du Lac Berube (W), access to St Paul airport, Chemin du Caton (E)213.1
174.8Chemin Lavoie, Truck Fuel Terminal West side of highway179.5
175Chemin de Riviere Verte, N to Camping Lido campground173.7
1763E Range151.5
178Rue Principale, W to community of Saint-Antonin ( 4km), campground (Riviere du Loup) 143
182Route de la Plaine (E) (Riviere du Loup) 93.6
183Crossing the Riviere-du-Loup (Riviere du Loup) 91.1
185Exit #96 Rue Fraser ville NE to community of Riviere-du-Loup, all services, shopping, accommodation (Riviere du Loup) 121
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0Exit #96 Rue Fraser ville NE to community of Riviere-du-Loup, all services, shopping, accommodation (Riviere du Loup) 121
2Crossing the Riviere-du-Loup (Riviere du Loup) 91.1
3Route de la Plaine (E) (Riviere du Loup) 93.6
7Rue Principale, W to community of Saint-Antonin ( 4km), campground (Riviere du Loup) 143
93E Range151.5
10Chemin de Riviere Verte, N to Camping Lido campground173.7
10.2Chemin Lavoie, Truck Fuel Terminal West side of highway179.5
12.4Chemin du Lac Berube (W), access to St Paul airport, Chemin du Caton (E)213.1
16Chemin de la Victoriaville (W)263.7
16.3passing Lac Chamard to N265.2
23.3Chemin des Sept-Camps (W)278.9
23.4crossing Riviere Saint-Francois263
23.4Chemin Tache O, access to Whitworth 21 Indian Reserve290.2
25Chemin de Couturier (W) and Rue Principale O (E) to community of Saint-Hubert (1 km)362.4
36junction with #291 / Rue de L’eglise NE to community of Saint-Honore de Temiscouatta (3 km), Saint-Hubert-de-Riviere-du-Loup (16 km)430.1
42Rue Principale E (E) services at highway, no fuel334.4
46.5Route Vauban (W) to village of Vauban359.7
49.2Chemin de la Savane / Chemin du lac-Savane (E)271.9
50.4Rue Commerciale, services at Highway (Saint-Louis-du-Ha-Ha) 289.6
51.3Community of Saint-Louis-du-Ha-Ha Information centre, access from highway (Saint-Louis-du-Ha-Ha) 272.8
53Rue Commerciale, Services on NE side of highway (Saint-Louis-du-Ha-Ha) 236.2
54.3Roadside Turnout with viewpoint on south side214
57junction with route 232, E to community of Cabano, services, Fort Ingall historical site(1.5 km), view of Lac Temiscouata (Cabano) 189.9
57.2Rue Commerciale, west entrance to town of Cabano, services & accommodation (Cabano) 182.6
58Rue des Erables (“maples”), access to downtown Cabano, services & accommodation (Cabano) 157.6
60Crossing the River Cabano (Cabano) 152.1
61.4Rue Commerciale, Services on NE side of highway (Cabano) 159.1
61.6junction with #232 W to community of Pied-du-Lac (26 km)165.2
66.5Exit #30, NW access to Rue Commerciale, all services & accommodation (Notre-Dame-du-Lac) 155.8
74.6Exit #29, Rue Belanger, SE access to Notre-Dame-du-Lac, all services & accommodation (Notre-Dame-du-Lac) 215.2
77Notre-Dame-du-Lac Municipal Campground Camping, 2 km’s east (Notre-Dame-du-Lac) 153.6
82Chemin du Lac (E)152.7
82.1Roadside Highway Turnout Picnic tables, toilets, west side of highway223.7
84Route Lapointe (W) to community of Packington, Avenue Principale (E) (Degelis) 185.9
85junction with route 295, Services at both sides of highway, E to community of Degelis, SW to community of Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande (15 km). (Degelis) 152.7
87Highway to SE runs adjacent to Madawaska River (Degelis) 151.5
100Quebec / New Brunswick Border. Hwy to NW is Quebec #185, to the SE is New Brunswick #2152.1
100Rest Area Exit to Large New Brunswick Information Centre, picnic tables, toilets, internet access, W side of highway152.7
100Edmunston Airport, E side of hwy152.7
103Highway Weigh Scales Truck weigh station, west side of highway163.1
108Les Jardin de la Republique Prov Park152.1
108.5Highway 2 is twinned to SE152.1
109Exit #8 W to Chemin Berube, E to Rue Principale Highway #144, West to community of Saint Jacques. West to State of Maine U.S.A. (Edmunston) 152.1
111.3Rue Riviere a SR Truite (Edmunston) 152.1
114Exit #13A Chemin Farlagne E to services & accommodation (Edmunston) 152.4
115Exit #13B access to Highway 144, Acadia Blvd (Edmunston) 157.9
115.6underpass: Highway 144 (Edmunston) 152.1
116bridge over Madawasca River (Edmunston) 152.1
116.3Overpass: Rue Victoria (no access) (Edmunston) 152.1
119underpass: Chemin du Pouvoir (no access) (Edmunston) 204.5
119.5Exit 18: Boulevard Herbert SW to City of Edmundston downtown, access to highways #120, #161, U.S.A.#1 City of Edmundston Information (Edmunston) 202.1
120western boundary: St Basile 10 Indian Reservation (Edmunston) 190.8
121.5eastern boundary: St Basile 10 Indian Reservation (Edmunston) 177.7
123Exit 21: Iroquois Rd (NW), Centre Madawasca Blvd (SW) to highway 144 / Rue Principale (Edmunston) 161.8
124.3underpass: Chemin des Lavoie (no access) (Edmunston) 169.8
126underpass: Chemin des MGR Lang (no access)180.1
128Exit: 26 Rue Mathieu, access SW to highway 144, Rue Principale167
131.4underpass: Chemin Smith (no access)162.2
134Exit 32 David Rd, access SW to village of Riviere-Verte ( 2 km)151.8
134.5bridge over Riviere Verte (Green River)152.1
136.8underpass: Part of Riviere Verte (no access)172.2
148Exit #46 ( Martin Road ) Community of Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska (3 km)m with access to highway #144212.1
153Exit #51 West to community of Siegas (2 km). East to Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes ( 6 km). Access to highway #144175
159Exit #56 Part of St Leonard, W to highway 144 and Grande Riviere Camping (1 km)152.1
161Exit # 58 junction highway #17, W to community of Van Buren, Maine (2 km), E on highway #17 ( Grand-Rivieres-Road) to community of Saint-Quentin (80 km), Campbellton (98 km), Sugarloaf Provincial…181.1
164Coombes Rd intersection152.4
168Part of St-Leonard (NE) intersection163.1
179Exit #75 Community of Grand Falls (downtown) all services, E to highway 108 & access #255, access to St Andre (5 km) (Grand Falls) 157.9
179.5Crossing Saint John River (Grand Falls) 152.1
180Hwy #218 W to Hamlin, Maine, and #130 E into downtown Grand Falls (Grand Falls) 152.1
181EB Exit #78 Oullette St W of hwy, Belanger St E of hwy, access to downtown Grand Falls (Grand Falls) 214
182WB Exit #78 Oullette St W of hwy, Belanger St E of hwy, and Harley Hill Rd access to downtown Grand Falls (Grand Falls) 211.2
185Michaud Rd intersection, access W to Rapid Brook Camping (Grand Falls) 182.6
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