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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Town of Channel-Port aux Basques
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Getting Here

The town of Channel-Port aux Basques is located on southwestern tip of the island of Newfoundland, fronting on the eastern end of the Cabot Strait. Read more below on traveling within our region.

Channel-Port aux Basques location on the world map
Located on the Southwest tip of Newfoundland & Labrador

By Road

If you are travelling by road there are 2 exits off the Trans Canada Highway into Channel-Port aux Basques:

• Exit Port aux Basques (Via Grand Bay West) is at Grand Bay West near the Industrial Park 
• Exit Port aux Basques (Downtown) is at High Street and centre of the community

DRL provides daily motor coach service with 25 stops across the Island of Newfoundland. The westbound coach departs St. John’s at 7:30 a.m. en route to Port aux Basques; the eastbound coach departs Port aux Basques at 8:00 a.m. en route to St. John’s. “Getting you there, 365 a year”. For further information on coach services, visit the DRL website at http://drl-lr.com or call 1-888-263-1854.

By Air

The Stephenville International Airport is 155 km (96 miles) east of Channel-Port aux Basques. Provincial Airlines has daily flights to St. John’s.

The Deer Lake Regional Airport is 265 km (164 miles) east of Channel-Port aux Basques. Air Canada has daily flights to St. John’s, Halifax, and Toronto. West Jet flies six days a week to Toronto during the peak season of May to October. Provincial Airlines has several flights daily to St. John’s, Goose Bay, and Wabush.

By Ferry

Marine Atlantic operates a ferry service from Channel-Port aux Basques to North Sydney, Nova Scotia.  For further information on ferry services, visit the Marine Atlantic website at www.marine-atlantic.ca or call 1-800-341-7981.

Car Rentals

During peak summer tourism season, car rentals often book to capacity often. With a limited vehicle supply, make sure to book your car rental early to ensure availability.

In Stephenville:
Car rental agencies are available at the Stephenville International Airport located 155 km (96 miles) east of Channel-Port aux Basques.

National Car Rental
Terminal Direct
Tel: (709) 643-5121

Budget Car Rental
Terminal Direct
Tel: (709) 643-5913

In Deer Lake:
Car rental agencies are available at the Deer Lake Regional Airport located 265 km (164 miles) east of Channel-Port aux Basques.

Avis Car Rental
Tel: (709) 635-5010
Toll free: 1-800-879-2847

Budget Car Rental
Tel: (709) 635-3211
Toll free: 1-800-268-8900

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Tel: (709) 635-4667
After Hours: (709) 635-4668
Worldwide Reservations: 1-800-736-8222

National Car Rental
Tel: (709) 635-3282
Toll free: 1-800-227-7368

Dollar/Thrifty Car Rental
Tel: 1-709-635-8211
Toll free: 1-800-563-8644
Worldwide:  1-800-847-4389


Gateway Taxi: (709) 695-3333
Scott's Taxi: (709) 695-7777
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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