Route de l'Île d'Anticosti is a 204km long gravel road located in the Anticosti Island, an island in Quebec, Canada, at the outlet of the Saint Lawrence River into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The route links Port-Menier, a small fishing town located on the western end of the island, part of the L'Île-d'Anticosti municipality, with the eastern shore.
Route de l’ile d’Anticosti starts asphalted in Port Menier but turns into gravel soon. The road connects Port Menier with various aerodromes and outfitters along the way through Anticosti National Park (a Quebec Provincial Park) to the eastern shore. Although the main sections are passable with a car, the ideal type of vehicle to operate on the island is a truck. In all cases, make sure you always have a good two spare wheels. It is possible to rent vehicles for the roads Anticosti territory. In addition, some providers offer packages that include the vehicle.
This route includes roads that are closed in winter, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. Due to the distances and road conditions, it is not recommended to undertake a visit to the island by bike except for the western sector, unless a regular follower of the sport. In any case, driving 4WD is recommended due to uneven surface.
Proper preparation is essential to having a safe, enjoyable trop on this road. Due to the remoteness of the area, take special care to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the trip: inspect all tires and make sure they are properly inflated, check all vehicle fluids, replace worn hoses and belts, empty your RV's holding tank and fill the water tank, purchase groceries and supplies. Due to the timber transport and the presence of deer, it is better for your safety to respect speed limits and keep a safe distance between vehicles at all times on all roads of the island. For the vehicle, bring at least two full-sized spare tires mounted on rims, tire jack and tools for flat tires, emergency flares, extra gasoline, motor oil, and wiper fluid and a radio.
Watch out for sudden loose-gravel breaks. And that pavement can ripple like a roller coaster track in places where “frost heaves” are caused by seasonal freezing and thawing of the ground. To travel on the island, it is always good to notify at least one person of your destination, approximate time of your return or to your destination. If by any chance you fall down in an isolated area and you do not have means of communication, stay calm and do not leave your vehicle unnecessarily. People you informed of your travel will send someone to pick you up as soon as they will see your delay. The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road. It makes necessary to drive carefully and slow down whenever approaching an oncoming car.