Driving to the island of Newfoundland

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Port aux Basques is the gateway to the island of Newfoundland. If you are going to travel to our favoured island by road, then the quickest and easiest way is to take the ferry from North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland. The ferry generally completes a crossing in about 6 - 7 hours (5 hours in the summer) and when you arrive in Port aux Basques you are at the western end of the Newfoundland section of the Trans-Canada Highway. Corner Brook is just a 2 and a half hour drive north of Port aux Basques, while Newfoundland's capital, St. John's, is an 11 or 12 hour trip.

Southwestern Newfoundland is often called The Intense Southwest. The region has the most intense sunshine of any part of the island, but it also has the heaviest rainfall. It is the windiest part of Newfoundland, but it also experiences long stretches of calm and gentle breezes, especially in the late winter when ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence moderates the weather on land.

The only year round ferry service between Newfoundland and continental North America is provided by MARINE ATLANTIC. The ferry service between continental North America (North Sydney, Nova Scotia) and Port aux Basques is guaranteed by the Federal government of Canada under the Terms of Union between Newfoundland and Canada which came into effect when Newfoundland joined Canada on March 31, 1949. "(32.[1]) Canada will maintain in accordance with the traffic offering a freight and passenger steamship service between North Sydney and Port aux Basques..."

For reservations and ferry departure information from
MARINE ATLANTIC call: 1-800-341-7981


A private bus service leaves the ferry terminal at Port aux Basques for points east in Newfoundland each morning, and a return bus arrives back each evening from points west to make connections with the ferry.

For general tourism information about Newfoundland & Labrador call:
1-800-563-NFLD [6353]

Or visit:Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism


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