Getting Around Province of Newfoundland and Labrador

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    Provincial Ferry System!

    by jamiesno Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Sir Robert Bond in dock at Goose Bay
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    Air Labrador

    by jamiesno Written Jun 28, 2004

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    To get to or around Labrador there are a number of options and choices amongst airlines.

    One carrier is Air Labrador. They offer regular flights into the Happy Valley - Goose Bay area and then connecting flights to the outlying coastal regions.

    Coming into the central region you will be flying on a modern Beech 1900 or Dash 8 aircraft. To get to the coastal regions the aircraft of choice is the Twin Otter as seen here in this picture.

    Be sure to check out their web site for fares and compare with the competition.

    Air Labrador taking off in Nain, Labrador

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    Road System / Caribou Galore!

    by jamiesno Written Jun 28, 2004

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    The Labrador Region is gradually opening up more and more to road transportation.

    There is 526 kilometers of road between the Labrador West region and the Happy Valley - Goose Bay area.

    On the south coast area there is 464 kilometers of road between L'anse au Clair Labrador and Cartwright.

    The majority of roads in Labrador are gravel but in very good condition and well maintained.

    In the picture I provided here you can see in the winter months it is very likely between Labrador West and Central Labrador you will come upon a caribou or two. This is an unusual case last winter when an entire herd decided to cross the road all at once!!!

    You will enjoy the roads in Labrador simply for the landscapes and potential wildlife and icebergs on the coastal region. Take your time, relax and enjoy the landscapes!!

    Caribou crossing the Trans Labrador Highway!
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    Winter Roads!!

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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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!!!

    Winter Road Between Red Bay and Lodge Bay, Lab.
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    Lewisporte, Newfoundland

    by jamiesno Written Jun 28, 2004

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    Lewisporte, Newfoundland is a picturesque community located in central Newfoundland. It is also the site in Newfoundland were you can catch the MV Sir Robert Bond to Labrador on a weekly basis.

    I have another Newfoundland and Labrador transportation tip that covers the provincial ferry system.

    Lewisporte, Newfoundland

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    Air Canada

    by jamiesno Written Jun 28, 2004

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    The other option into the Labrador region is via Air Canada's regional carrier Jazz.

    They offer one daily flight into Happy Valley - Goose Bay via Halifax, Nova Scotia. No flights around Labrador using this carrier. But the flight from Halifax is direct on a Dash 8 aircraft.

    Happy Valley - Goose Bay Air Traffic Control Tower

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    Innu Mikun / Provincial Airlines

    by jamiesno Written Jun 28, 2004

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    The other airlines offering flights to and around Labrador is Innu Mikun Airlines or sometimes referred to as Provincial Airlines.

    They offer regular flights into the Happy Valley - Goose Bay area and outlying flights to Labrador north coast region and Labrador West.

    Compare prices with Innu Mikun and Air Labrador to make sure you save on your cost. They are rather close however in rates.

    Dash 8 Aircraft Provincial Airlines

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    Trans - Labrador Highway in the Fall

    by jamiesno Written Oct 3, 2004

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    I just wanted to put in this quick tip and say for me the most scenic time to ride the Trans Labrador Highway is in the fall.

    Here is one view of the road in October nearing central Labrador and the community of Happy Valley - Goose Bay.

    Happy travels!

    Trans Labrador Highway

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    Getting to Newfoundland

    by Redlats Updated Nov 18, 2005

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    As Newfoundland (NL) is an island, there are only two ways to get to it - by air or by ferry. While planning our trip to NL, we struggled with those decisions.

    Factors in your decision include where you wish to visit, how much time you have and the cost of the various options.

    Check out the map to see where the ferry lands. The most common ferry runs from North Sydney, NS to Port aux Basques, NL - twice a day - once during daytime, once at night. A one-way trip (6 or 7 hours) for two is costs from $130 to $245 Cdn depending on sleeping accommodations. Port aux Basques is at the SW corner of Newfoundland.

    Another ferry (three times a week) is available from mid-June to mid-September. This ferry runs from North Sydney, NS to Argentia, NL at the SE corner of Newfoundland. This one-way trip for two costs from $308 to $466 Cdn depending on sleeping accommodations and takes 14 hours.

    Also it takes approximately 10 or 12 driving hours to get from one corner of NL to the other - from the SE corner to the SW corner or from the SE corner to the NE corner, or the SW corner to the NE corner for that matter.

    In our case, we landed up going by air to St. John's. The advantage of that option was the additional price of including a stop from St. John's to Halifax to our round trip from Manitoba was less than $260 Cdn for the two of us, and flying meant that our travel day was shorter. This was tempered by the fact that car rentals on NL are more expensive than they are in NS - more on that in the next tip.

    Getting to Newfoundland
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    Travelling around Newfoundland

    by Redlats Updated Dec 5, 2006

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    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.

    Perhaps Enterprise is cheaper?
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    Water taxi across Bonne Bay

    by victorwkf Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Water taxi across Bonne Bay, Newfoundland
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    Taxi service at Gros Morne National Park

    by victorwkf Updated May 1, 2006

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    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.

    Ivan of Pittman's Taxi service, Newfoundland
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    Corner Brook to Viking Trail

    by victorwkf Updated Feb 18, 2006

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    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.

    Viking Express bus, Newfoundland
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    Flying to Newfoundland

    by victorwkf Written Feb 19, 2006

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    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:
    http://www.stjohnsairport.com/
    http://www.deerlakeairport.com/
    http://www.ganderairport.com/

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    DRL Coachlines

    by victorwkf Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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