Getting There


John and I made it to North Sydney, NS on the first day and stayed the night in a nearby hotel. The ferry schedule had changed three times in as many days. Finally we boarded and departed for Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland - a 6 or 7 hour trip.

The first glimpse of Port-aux-Basques is always impressive.

pab lighthouse

pab town

There are no trees, just rock and ground cover. It's a no-nonsense town.

We headed north on the only road there is to take - the TransCanada Highway. The views of the Table Mountains are always awe-inspiring. They go on and on, and seem unclimbable. Winds can whip down this ridge of mountains at up to 160 kph, derailing trains and toppling tractor-trailers. The railroad line was finally abandoned.

long range

long range 2

There were occasional villages off toward the coast from the highway. We stopped at St. Fintan's for gas and some yummy molasses cakes. This grocery store is also the gas station and post office.

st fintans

We stopped at Corner Brook for the night. This city is at the end of a large bay, of which only a small pocket can be seen here. We knew it was civilization because they had a McDonald's and a Tim Horton's.

corner brook

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