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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Grand Bay West Beach Trailway

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The newest attraction for Channel-Port aux Basques is the Grand Bay West Beach Trailway. Completed in 2010, the trail has a total length of approximately 6 Kilometers. The trail begins with an elevated boardwalk along the First Grand Bay West Beach, with a gravel walking path to follow and ending with a picturesque stroll along a sandy beach. The trail is located within the Town of Channel-Port aux Basques Municipal Wetland Stewardship Zone.

Four interpretative rest areas have been constructed along the gravel pathway between the first and second beach. Panels that are installed on the rest areas tell of three ship wrecks that have occurred in the immediate area of the trailway, along with a unique rock formation to the area, the Grand Bay West Schist. Directional signage has been installed throughout the pathway to ensure pedestrians have knowledge of the trail route.

Along the trailway, the Grand Bay West Beaches are wonderful places to sunbathe, swim, go for a walk, or even go for a horse ride. It is the breeding ground for the endangered species Piping Plover, as they nest in the tall grass of the beach. Come on out and enjoy some of the best beaches in Newfoundland.
Canada's Ferry Gateway
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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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