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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Rose Blanche Lighthouse

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Rose Blanche Lighthouse

Scenic Drive #2

Head West along Route 470 toward Diamond Cove and Burnt Islands
After leaving Rose Blanche and heading West you'll reach Harbour Le Cou – celebrated in the Newfoundland folk song of the same name – a community that also bears witness to the French element on this shore. Along Route 470, you'll pass through a number of other small fishing communities including Diamond Cove and Burnt Islands. Be sure to explore the unique heath-covered terrain of coastal Newfoundland before you continue on to Isle aux Morts, or Island of the Dead. This community earned its macabre name because of the number of marine disasters that happened in the treacherous waters offshore.

In 1828, George Harvey, along with his son and daughter, saved nearly the entire complement of passengers and crew from the sinking ship Despatch by stringing a lifeline from the ship to the shore with the help of their valiant Newfoundland dog, Hairyman. King George IV awarded the Harveys a medal for bravery and The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Ann Harvey, was named after George's daughter.

This coastal area has a long history of death and disaster, with the wrecks of no fewer than 40 ships said to be lying at the bottom of the Cabot Strait. These tragedies have given rise to many traditional songs and stories of lost ships and courageous rescues at sea.

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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