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Transportation: Ferries to/from Newfoundland

Marine Atlantic
North Sydney, Nova Sscotia to Port-aux-Basques and Argentia, Newfoundland
1-800-341-7981
Marine Atlantic provides a vital link between the island of Newfoundland and the Canadian mainland. Its modern fleet includes Canada's two largest superferries, MV Atlantic Vision, MV Caribou, MV Joseph and Clara Smallwood. It also includes the MV Leif Ericson. Passenger and vehicle service is provided year-round between Port aux Basques and North Sydney, with additional service in summer between North Sydney and Argentia. These routes are served by the ships MV Caribou, MV Joseph and Clara Smallwood, and MV Leif Ericson. North Sydney is 429 km ( 266 mi) from Halifax and 457 m ( 284 mi) from Moncton. A

Port aux Basques, at the southwestern tip of the island, is 919 km (571 mi) from St John's. Crossing times between North Sydney and Port-aux-Basques are 5-1/2 - 6 hours in the summer (as well as for wintertme daylight crossings), though wintertime night crossings take a more cautious 7 hours.

There are 1-3 daily crossings to Port aux Basques in off-peak season, and 3-4 daily crossings during the summer. Summertime schedule: Ferries depart from North Sydney at 9 am, 4:30 pm and 11:30 pm with Sunday & Tuesdays and extra ferry 1t 10:30 am, and Saturday at 00:30 am. Ferries depart from Port aux Basques at 8 am, 3:45 pm, and 11:30pm, with bonus trips Sunday at 5 pm, Wednesday at 00:30, and Fridays 7 am and 9 am instead a single 8 am departure. Year-round schedule and Fares

Argentia, on the eastern end of Newfoundland, is 131 km (81 mi) from St John's. Crossing times between North Sydney and Argentia are 14 hours, but this ferry runs just from June 21 to September 30, to help with the busy summer tourist traffic. The ferry from North Sydney to Argentia runs Monday, Wednesday, at 6 am and Friday at 3:30 pm, from June 21 - September 14, and just on Mondays from Sept 15-30. The ferry from Argentia to North Sydney runs overnight leaving at 11:00 pm on Monday, 8 am Thursday and Saturday June 21 - September 14, and just on Mondays from Sept 15-30.

Toll-Free: 800-341-7981

North Sydney, NS 902-794-5814 (recorded) 902-794-5254 (info)

Port aux Basques, NF 709-695-2124 (recorded)

Argentia, NF 709-227-3755 (recorded) 709-227-2431 (info)


  • The Non-Smokers Health Act: Smoking is strictly prohibited. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • Passengers are not permitted to remain in their vehicles during the crossing. If it is necessary to return to your vehicle while at sea, you must be accompanied by a member of the crew. Doors are locked and visits to the vehicle deck are scheduled.

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