Blanc-Sablon is the eastern gateway to the Lower North Shore and Quebec’s easternmost community—practically on the Labrador border. The village officially became part of Quebec in 1927. Ferries run daily from Blanc-Sablon to link Quebec with the village of St. Barbe on Newfoundland’s northern peninsula.
An extraordinary number of archaeological sites are found in the Blanc-Sablon area, dating back as far as 9,000 years. Other sites attest to the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century. The area is mentioned several times in Jacques Cartier’s account of his first voyage to North America in 1534. It is also the landing site of the first airplane that crossed the Atlantic Ocean from East to West.