Argentia to Whitbourne via Newfoundland Route #100 along the Trans-Canada Highway

Castle Hill Historic Site overlooking Argentia

Why Travel between Argentia and Whitbourne?

After arriving in Argentia, after a 12-hour ferry ride from North Sydney, you are ready to hit Newfoundland hard. Stop and check out Castle Hill, a fort that defends the harbour, and then head inland to survey the rugged terrain that makes up Newfoundland. And it must be tought to stand up to Atlantic storms and hurricanes.

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Here is the itinerary for the 45 km between the Argentia ferry dock (from North Sydney, Nova Scotia) along Route #100 to Whitbourne:

From Placentia, it is a short trip by paved highway to Argentia, the terminus for the Nova Scotia ferry which operates between Argentia and North Sydney, Nova Scotia, during the summer. Argentia's importance lay in its strategic position and ice free harbour. In 1940, the United States Military began construction of a Naval Operating Base and Air Station which served the American and other Allied Forces during the war years. The base closed only a few years ago.

Castle hill, near Placentia Placentia, is situated on a large beach near a coastal forest area, and in the early days of the seventeenth century was the French capital of Newfoundland. In 1662, the Colonial French fortified this strategic position, on a summit overlooking the ocean arms of "Plaisance", as the French called it. The commanding site is now at Castle Hill National Historic Park.

The following year Fort Royal was begun as the main defence against the English attacks by sea, and a starting-out point for French attacks on the English capital of St. John's (three times). After the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, the British moved into Placentia, upgraded the defences, and re-took St John.. Once British supremacy was assured, St. John's became the capital of the colony.

The fort itself no longer exists but visitors can see its foundations clearly on the site's rocks and can learn much from the Visitor Centre.

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Hwy 1 Junction (Whitbourne)  56.7 
13  W access road for community of Placentia Junction (1.6 km) 150.6 
19  Exit for Fitzgerald's Pond PP, camping 152.4 
22  junction Hwy 101, NW to Villa Marie (3 km), Long Harbour (15 km) 174.3 
31.5  Road access to S to Route 91 (7 km) to Colinet (32 km), St Catherines (46 km), Cataracts PP (25 km), and all communities to the southeast 13.1 
31.6  Body of water to SW is the Northeast Arm of Placentia Harbour, river to the NE is the Northeast River 15.5 
34.75  junction Hwy 102, Dunville, N to Fox Harbour, Ship Harbour (24 km) & Atlantic Charter National Historic Site (Dunville)  11.6 
37.1  SE rd access to weaterfront homes, recreational facilities (Dunville)  13.1 
38.3  SE rd access to waterfront homes (Dunville)  29 
38.5  SW road access to Hwy 100 25.3 
41.5  Freshwater, access to Hwy 100 S to Castle Hill National Historic Site (visitor centre 2 km) communities of , Placentia (3 km), St Bride's (52 km), Cape St. Mary's Ecological Preserve (60 km) (Freshwater)  49.7 
45  Argentia Ferry Dock: Ferries to/from North Sydney NS, NW to Argentia airport (1 km) (Argentia) 


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