Port aux Basques

Channel-Port aux Basques is a town of 4,300 people in the southwestern corner of Newfoundland. It serves as the main point of entry for Trans-Canada Highway traffic arriving by ferry from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia


Port aux Basques, a fishing and forestry community, was the western terminus of the Newfoundland railway; the narrow-gauge "Newfie Bullet" train ran from here to St. John's. The railway operated ferries from Port aux Basques to North Sydney in Canada; one of these ships, the ´Caribou', was sunk by a German U-boat during the Second World War with substantial loss of life.

The Trans-Canada Highway followed an approximately similar path to the rail line, which was removed in the 1980s and abandoned as trailway.

The main highway from Port-aux-Basques leads north through Corner Brook and Deer Lake before heading eastward across the northern portion of the island, then south to the Avalon Peninsula and St. John's.

A road eastward from Port aux Basques to Rose Blanche opened in 1961, but travel further along Newfoundland's rugged and sparsely-populated south shore is by coastal ferry. Coastline in the south, largely fjord, is not conducive to road building.

Get in

By car and ship

By plane

There is an airport with scheduled service in Deer Lake. The only major airport is in St. John's.

Get around

A taxi within town is at most $6. Call Gateway Taxi (+1 709 695-3333) or Scott's Taxi (+1 709 695-7777).







Bed and breakfast


Isle aux Morts

On Route 470 between Port aux Basques and Rose Blanche, named for the many shipwrecks historically at this location.

Rose Blanche

The end of the paved road, the tiny fishing village Rose Blanche on Newfoundland's south shore is named as a corruption of "roche blanche" (white stone, in reference to the local quartz). An isolated community, Rose Blanche was connected to the highway system in 1961 and to the provincial electric grid in 1965l. Route 470 ends here, 45km east of Channel-Port aux Basques; a coastal ferry eastward to La Poile no longer stops in Grand Bruit, now a silent ghost town.

There is one restaurant (Friendly Fisherman Café, +1 709 956-2022) and one bed and breakfast (Lightkeeper's Inn, +1 709 956-2052) in the village.

Go next

Routes through Port aux Basques

Antigonish ferry to North Sydney (becomes )  W  E  Corner Brook Gander

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