Marine Atlantic

North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Port aux Basques and Argentia, Newfoundland

Marine Atlantic connects Sydney, Nova Scotia with two ports in NewfoundlandMarine Atlantic provides a vital link between the island of Newfoundland and the Canadian mainland. Its modern fleet includes Canada’s two largest superferries,
MV Atlantic Vision, MV Caribou, MV Joseph and Clara Smallwood. It also includes the MV Leif Ericson. Passenger and vehicle service is provided year-round between Port aux Basques and North Sydney, with additional service in summer between North Sydney and Argentia. These routes are served by the ships MV Caribou, MV  Joseph and Clara Smallwood, and MV Leif Ericson. North Sydney is 429 km ( 266 mi) from Halifax and 457 m ( 284 mi) from Moncton.

Port aux Basques , at the southwestern tip of the island, is 919 km (571 mi) from St John’s. Crossing times between North Sydney and Port-aux-Basques are 5-1/2 – 6 hours in the summer (as well as for
wintertime daylight crossings), though wintertime night crossings take a more cautious 7 hours.

There are 1-3 daily crossings to Port aux Basques in off-peak season, and 3-4 daily crossings during the summer.

While on board, cellular signal and network connections are available for a significant portion of our Port aux Basques <-> North Sydney route, depending on your service provider; however, these connections are significantly reduced or non-existent on the Argentia <-> North Sydney route.

Summertime schedule:

Ferries depart from North Sydney at 11:45 am and 11:45 pm. Ferries depart from Port aux Basques for North Sydney at 11:45 am and 11:45 pm. Year-round schedule and Fares

Argentia, on the eastern end of Newfoundland, is 131 km (81 mi) from St John’s. Crossing times between North Sydney and Argentia are 14 hours, but this ferry runs just from June 21 to September 30, to help with the busy summer tourist traffic. The ferry from North Sydney to Argentia runs From June 19 to September 30, which run 5:30pm Mon, Thu, Sat (and just Sat fromSpt 20-30). The return trip from Argentia to North Sydney leaves Sun, Wed Fre at 5:00pm.

Here are key links:

  • The Non-Smokers Health Act: Smoking is strictly prohibited. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • Passengers are not permitted to remain in their vehicles during the crossing. If it is necessary to return to your vehicle while at sea, you must
    be accompanied by a member of the crew. Doors are locked and visits to the vehicle deck are scheduled.
Toll-Free: 800-341-7981

North Sydney, NS

902-794-5814 (recorded)
902-794-5254 (info)

Port aux Basques, NL

709-695-2124 (recorded)

Argentia, NL

709-227-3755 (recorded)
709-227-2431 (info)

Other Island Ferry Services

Change Islands – Farewell: 709-627-3492

Fogo Island – Farewell: 709-627-3448

Francois – Grey River – Burgeo: 709-842-3339

LaPoile – Grand Bruit – Rose Blanche: 709-292-4302

Gaultois – McCallum – Hermitage: 709-551-1446

Little Bay Islands – Shoal Arm; Harbour Deep – Jackson’s Arm: 709-292-4300

Ramea – Grey River – Burgeo: 709-292-4300 / 4327

Long Island – Pilley’s Island: 709-292-4300 / 673-4352

Rencontre East – Bay L’Argent – Pool’s Cove: 709-292-4327

South East Bight – Little Paradise – Petite Forte: 709-891-1050 / 895-3541

St. Brendan’s – Burnside: 709-895-3541 / 677-2204

Bell Island – Portugal Cove: 709-895-3541 / 488-2842

Blanc Sablon – St. Barbe: 866-535-2567

Goose Bay – Cartwright – Lewisporte: 866-535-2567

Nain – St. Anthony: 866-535-2567

Fortune – St. Pierre: 709-832-2006 / 800-563-2006

Quebec North Shore – Blanc Sablon: 418-461-2656

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