Newfoundland and Labrador are actually two separate areas, but considered as one province.
The island of Newfoundland lies off the coast of Eastern Canada, whereas Labrador lies across the Strait of Belle Isle, on the Quebec border.
Your vehicle ferry service operates from North Sydney, Nova Scotia to the following ports in Newfoundland:
• Channel-Port aux Basques on the western side of the island
• Argentia in the Avalon Region, on the eastern side of the island.
To visit Labrador from Newfoundland, a vehicle ferry service operates from St. Barbe to Blanc Sablon, Labrador.
Let the adventure begin…
Newfoundland is an adventurous travel experience by vehicle from the very beginning. The majority of visitors entering by sea sail from the port of North Sydney, Nova Scotia. From this ferry terminal you can chose to either journey to Port-Aux-Basques on the west, or Argentia on the east.
Your sailing destination will depend greatly on the amount of time you have and your vacation plans. For example, keep in mind the driving distance between Port-aux-Basques and Argentia is 900km, about 10-11 hours.
The Western Region of Newfoundland is most noted for:
• Corner Brook and Bay of Islands
• beautiful glacial fjords at the Gros Morne National Park
• the L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
• vehicle ferry port to Labrador at St. Barbe
You can explore the Central Region from either direction. This region is most noteworthy for:
• icebergs and whale watching
• Twillingate in the New World Island area
• remote Fogo Island
• the vast Terra Nova National Park
Bordering the Avalon Region, the Eastern Region is most noted for:
• John Cabot’s landfall at Bonavista in 1497
• the ferry service at Fortune to St. Pierre de Miquelon (France)
The Avalon Region on the lower eastern side of the island features:
• St. John’s, a fascinating city steeped in history
• historic Signal Hill
• Cape Spear National Historic Site
• ferry service to Nova Scotia at Argentia
Highlights of each region are described in more detail below.
The island of Newfoundland & Labrador is divided into 5 travel regions:
Please refer to each region for information on Where to Eat, Stay & Play