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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Railway Heritage Center

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The Railway Heritage Center reflects the voyages that began over 100 years ago and takes a walk back in time to recapture the importance of the railway, fishery and ferry service in Newfoundland's history.

Examples of Channel-Port aux Basques' long and colourful heritage in the transportation and fishery industry can be seen at the Railway Heritage Museum. Two special historical artifacts at the museum are the "Astrolabes', late medieval navigational instruments dating back to the 1600's discovered by Port aux Basques resident Wayne Mushrow on ship wrecks off of Isle aux Morts.

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Rates: $5 per person, Kids under 12 are free. Fee includes tour of train cars and museum

Amenities: Washroom Facilities, Gift Shop & Public Seating/Picnic Area.

Payment Options: Cash only

Booking Information: There is no requirement for booking, however if you are traveling with a large group, a call in advance could assist in having the necessary people on site to do a proper tour.

Events: Annual Astrolabe Days: First weekend in August

1 Trans Canada Highway
P.O. Box 1229
Port aux Basques, NL
A0M 1C0
Tele: 709-695-3688/ 694-4862
Email: pabmuseum@gmail.com

Public Notice

Town of Channel - Port aux Basques
Public Notice

The Town of Channel - Port aux Basques wishes to advise snowmobilers and/or persons participating in winter activities in the Town’s water shed area, that we are currently transferring water from our reservoirs which can create unsafe conditions around ponds and brooks in this area. For your own safety you are advised to avoid travelling in the water shed area. Council thanks you for your cooperation in this matter.
Posted: March 31, 2015 3:20 pm NFLD
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.