North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Port aux Basques and Argentia, Newfoundland
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.
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
wintertime 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.
While on board, cellular signal and network connections are available for a significant portion of our Port aux Basques <-> North Sydney route, depending on your service provider; however, these connections are significantly reduced or non-existent on the Argentia <-> North Sydney route.
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 From June 19 to September 30, which run 5:30pm Mon, Thu, Sat (and just Sat fromSpt 20-30). The return trip from Argentia to North Sydney leaves Sun, Wed Fre at 5:00pm.
Here are key links:
- 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.
North Sydney, NS
Port aux Basques, NL
Other Island Ferry Services
Change Islands – Farewell: 709-627-3492
Fogo Island – Farewell: 709-627-3448
Francois – Grey River – Burgeo: 709-842-3339
LaPoile – Grand Bruit – Rose Blanche: 709-292-4302
Gaultois – McCallum – Hermitage: 709-551-1446
Little Bay Islands – Shoal Arm; Harbour Deep – Jackson’s Arm: 709-292-4300
Ramea – Grey River – Burgeo: 709-292-4300 / 4327
Long Island – Pilley’s Island: 709-292-4300 / 673-4352
Rencontre East – Bay L’Argent – Pool’s Cove: 709-292-4327
South East Bight – Little Paradise – Petite Forte: 709-891-1050 / 895-3541
St. Brendan’s – Burnside: 709-895-3541 / 677-2204
Bell Island – Portugal Cove: 709-895-3541 / 488-2842
Blanc Sablon – St. Barbe: 866-535-2567
Goose Bay – Cartwright – Lewisporte: 866-535-2567
Nain – St. Anthony: 866-535-2567
Fortune – St. Pierre: 709-832-2006 / 800-563-2006
Quebec North Shore – Blanc Sablon: 418-461-2656
Newfoundland & Labrador Ferries Map