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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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 #3

After Margaree-Fox Roost, head back to Channel-Port aux Basques
Situated on the southwest coastal plain, this was a fishing station for the French, Portuguese and Basques as early as the 16th century. While it is named for the Basques, it was hardly their only port. Research in Spanish archives uncovered information that Basque whalers and fishermen occupied at least seven islands on Newfoundland's west coast and in southern Labrador.

Channel-Port aux Basques is the principal Marine Atlantic ferry terminal in the province. There's a boardwalk between the ferry terminal and Scott's Cove Park where you can stretch your legs. The Gulf Museum here houses two rare 17th-century astrolabes – early marine navigational instruments. Only 33 are known to exist worldwide. The museum also displays a 100-year-old diving suit.

While in Channel-Port aux Basques, you can also visit Memorial Park featuring monuments for the S.S. Caribou, a civilian passenger ship operating between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia that was sunk by a German U-Boat in World War II with the loss of 137 passengers. The Scott's Cove Boardwalk is a nice stroll, marked by colourful flags shaped like ships and sails. At the park visit "The Village" which consists of a ship amphitheatre surrounded by quaint little shops modelled on typical outport fishing stages. Before getting back on Route 1, drop by the Port aux Basques Railway Heritage Centre for a guided tour of a restored train filled with artifacts from a century ago.

Channel-Port aux Basques is the western end of T'Railway Provincial Park, a 545-mile jaunt through the wilderness that follows the abandoned Newfoundland Railway line all the way to St. John's. It's part of the Trans-Canada Trail.

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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