Our 2 Astrolabes, dated from the early 1600's were discovered near Channel-Port aux Basques. They are both in mint condition and in working order. A very rare and valuable find for Newfoundland and all of Canada.

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About our 2 Astrolabes
Explore our connection with age-old astronomical instruments used by navigators. Two astrolabes are featured in Channel-Port aux Basques, dating from the 1600's.

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Codroy Valley Wetlands

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Codroy Valley International Wetlands

Scenic Drive #3

Head back to Route 1 toward the Long Range Mountains
Take Route 408 back to Route 1. The highway now climbs steadily north along the province's west coast. The terrain changes dramatically and the low-lying barrens give way to the southwest section of the Long Range Mountains, a part of the ancient Appalachian escarpment. Throughout this region you will see spectacular mountain scenery and encounter ridges to challenge the imagination and skill of amateur rock climbers.

Moody and imposing Table Mountain is accessible here by trail and tops out at 528 metres. The area often raises gusts exceeding 160 kilometre/hour, which disrupt highway traffic and were once known to derail the now discontinued trains. Little wonder this area is known as Wreck House. During World War II, the United States built a radar station, an airstrip and assorted buildings on top of Table Mountain.

The home of Lauchie MacDougall, the famous human wind gauge, was located in the valley below. Lauchie was under contract with the Newfoundland Railway to determine whether the area was passable for trains on any given day and to notify them if gusts were too high. After his death in 1965, his wife continued the work until 1972. Today, truckers rely on CB radios and word-of-mouth for news about the wind.

Map of Codroy Valley & Southwest Coast areas

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Canada's Ferry Gateway
to Newfoundland
The gulf crossing between North Sydney and Channel-Port aux Basques is always a memorable lifetime experience. The ferries are among the largest ice breaking ferries in the world. They look like cruise ships and they can each take 1200 passengers and 350 cars. Book early to ensure availability.


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