There are three locations from which to enter the island of Newfoundland by boat.
1. On the northern Peninsula from Labrador using the provincially run ferry system that enters at St. Barbe, NL.
2. Via Port aux Basque on the southwestern tip of Newfoundland using Marine Atlantic crossings from North Sydney, Nova Scotia.
3. Via Argentia on the Avalon Peninsula using Marine Atlatnic from North Sydney, Nova Scotia.
4. Via Lewsiporte in central Newfoundland using the provincially run ferry system from Labrador.
5. Via Fortune on the Burin Peninsula you can access Newfoundland from the France islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon.
Depending on where you are coming from these will have different appeal.
Option 3 to me is the one I would avoid. It's 14 hours on a vessel in what can be very rough seas! There is no scenery from out there and depending on your destination you miss all the sights and sounds in western and central Newfoundland if you choose to drive. Personally I have and would again get off in Port aux Basque before I would go to Argentia.
If you are the ultimate adventurer and on a long road trip I highly recommend a northern road route through Quebec, Labrador and then down to Newfoundland using option 1. Happy Travels :-)
from north sydney, NS you can take the ferry to nfld - there is one - operate year round - takes 6 hours - get u to port a basqe - u should take the midniught ferry and get a sleeper (dormatory) or cabin for 4 ppl
you should reserve sleep/cabin - 2 days b4 - or u can find out there r none left
there is also a ferry that takes you to the east side of the island - takes 14 hours but only operate during the summer..