The Gulf of St. Lawrence

The flow of water through the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Within the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the currents flow in a counterclockwise direction, with the cold Labrador Current, giving the basin a characteristically Arctic quality. Water from the Labrador inshore current enters the Gulf of St. Lawrence at the most southwesterly point of Newfoundland and continues northward along the west coast. This current is deflected west by the north shore of Quebec, joins with the Gaspé current, continues south and finally moves out of the Cabot Strait where its name is changed to the Cape Breton Current.