If you are travelling to St John's from other parts of Newfoundland by coach, then the DRL Coachlines is your only option. There is only one coach from Port Aux Basque to St John's every day and the same goes for the other direction. There are many stops along the way and the fees vary according to the distance travelled. Generally, the coaches are comfortable but be prepared for hiccups such as a flat tire. More information (including schedule and fees) are at the DRL Coachline website below.
If you need to get from the town of Norris Point to Woody Point across Bonne Bay at Gros Morne National Park, the best way is by the water taxi operated by Bon Tours. This is a 15 minute boat ride, and more information are on their official website below. Bon Tours also operate several water tours of Gros Morne National Park, but please note that all these tours and services are not available in late autumn to early spring time.
The Labrador region also relies heavily on the provincial ferry system in the summer and fall seasons.
You can come into the Happy Valley - Goose Bay area via Lewisporte using the MV Sir Robert Bond vessel or into the Labrador Straits region via St. Barbe, Newfoundland using the MV Apollo. Depending on your routing or trip plans they are both nice vessels and both offering some spectacular scenary enroute to Labrador.
Within Labrador the MV Sir Robert Bond can also be used between the Cartwright and Happy Valley - Goose Bay regions.
The MV Northern Ranger will take you from Central Labrador into all of Labrador's northern communities. This is a great trip and affordable.
There is one other smaller vessel the MV Challenger I that operated on Labrador's southeast coast and will bring you to the smaller communities of William's Harbour, Pinsent's Arm and Norman Bay.
I provided a web site link to the provincial government's ferry schedule page. You should consult here for exact scheduling information.
Be on the lookout when driving anywhere in Newfoundland. Moose are everywhere, not just in Gros Morne. Collisions with adult moose are often fatal (for you, not necessarily the moose) and even a juvenile moose can total your car! Be especially careful on curvy roads, around dawn/dusk, or in the spring when blackflies can drive moose from the woods.
I love how the (completely unhurt) moose is giving a wicked staredown to the crumpled vehicle in its wake.
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In the winter time if you are driving in car it is important to pay close attention to the winter conditions. Heavy snowfalls are common and certain areas especially in the coastal regions can cause havoc and lengthy road closures during the winter season.
Here in this picture it looks more like a snow tunnel but there is actually a road there and is in regular use during the winter season.
Be sure to check the local weather conditions!!!
Bailey's bus service: Cornerbrook - Deer Lake - Baie Verte 532-4642
DRL coachlines Port au basques - St John's 1-888-263-1854
Eddy's bus service: Cornerbrook - Stephenville 643-2134
Gateway Shuttle Cornerbrook - Port-Au-Basques 695-9700
Martin's bus service: Cornerbrook to Trout River 453-2207
Martin's bus service: Rocky Harbour - Cornerbrook 458-8201
Stew's Bus Line: Cornerbrook - Burgeo 866-2955 or 634-4710
Viking Express: cornerbrook - dear lake -norris point, woody point, gros morne 634-4710
There are a few cabins available on the ferries, but we hadn't booked one not expecting a six hour delay and an overnight trip! We bundled up and slept for a few hours on the top deck, chilly but pleasant after a few of Newfoundland's Black Horse beers in the lounge. Only after watching the sunset during our departure.
The ferry is large, and the ocean calm.
Viking Express is the name of the only bus service to run the entire Viking Trail, from Corner Brook to St. Anthony, with many stops on the way, including Deer Lake and St. Barbe. It runs north from Corner Brook at 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It leaves St. Anthony at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
On an interesting note, when we went north, it was June (outside the main tourist season), and our bus was in fact a white mini-bus that also doubled as a delivery vehicle. However, when we came back, it was July (start of the main tourist season) and our white mini-bus had turned into a much more comfortable, spacious bus.
Seats on the bus must be reserved ahead of time, since the driver only makes scheduled stops. Viking Express' phone number is +1 (709) 634-4710.
I am not telling any one to go out and hitch hike. I am simply stating that I enjoy hitchhiking. It can be a very good way to see great swaiths of Canada. If you bring a tent and a sleeping bag, you can stay on the road for weeks.
If you are touring Newfoundland (NL) you need to drive. Unless you stick to St. John's, there are many miles between attractions, and no public transport.
If you land up renting a car in Newfoundland, you can get hosed on mileage charges. If you stick to first-tier car rental companies (Hertz, Avis, Budget,etc.), they have a limited amount of free kilometres, and there is a significant price per kilometre beyond the free ones. By the way all the rental companies in websites like www.Expedia.ca or www.Destina.ca are those first-tier car rental companies.
After we got back we found that we paid as much for our 7 days in NL as we did for 17 days in Nova Scotia. I did a more extensive search and found that Enterprise Rent-a-car also have a limited mileage, but I remember their daily limit being higher and their mileage km surcharge being lower than the majors. Its probably worth persuing that, although they do not have an airport location.
If you are following our Newfoundland holiday, click here to get back to my Newfoundland page.
If you want to travel around Gros Morne National Park by taxi, especially the towns of Rocky Harbour, Woody Point and Norris Point along Bonne Bay, you can call the Pittman's Taxi service located at Norris Point. This taxi service is runned by Ivan, Francis and their family members. They are very friendly and a trip from Rocky Harbour to Norris Point will cos about Canadian $10. If you want to explore the entire Bonne Bay area, the taxi will cost about Canadian $100 but it will be worth it if there are 4 persons. Unfortunately I cannot remember the telephone number but you can check with your hotel or motel on their telephone number.
The Marine Atlantic ferry service is the way to get across the Cabot Straits from the port of North Sydney at Nova Scotia to Port Aux Basque at Newfoundland. There is usually two crossings every day, one during daytime and one at night. More information is available at their website below.
The best way to reach Newfoundland is by airplane. There are flights from various parts of Canada and USA via Halifax in Nova Scotia. There are also flights from Europe e.g. London. The three major airports in Newfoundland are located at St John's (capital city of Newfoundland), Deer Lake and Gander. If you want to visit St John's and the Avalon Peninsula, the first airport will be the best. However if you want to visit the famous Gros Morne National Park, you should arrive at the Deer Lake airport with mainly flights from Halifax (you should also use this airport if you want to visit Corner Brook and Deer Lake). The airport at the town of Gander is for those visiting the northern central part of Newfoundland. The websites of these 3 airports are at:
If you intend to travel from the town of Corner Brook or Deer Lake to Gros Morne National Park and other parts of the famous Viking Trail by bus, then the Viking Express Bus Service is perhaps your only option. There is only one bus every day so be very careful (contact number is 709-6882112, 6344710, 4543939). Every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the bus will start from Corner Brook in the afternoon and reaches the Irving Big Stop petrol station at Deer Lake about 4.30pm, it will then head to Gros Morne National Park stopping at the town of Rocky Harbour before heading all the way to St Anthony's along the Viking Trail with various stops along the way. The other direction happens on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The schedule is subject to change for it is best to call them when you are in Newfoundland to avoid missing the bus.
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