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Southern Newfoundland

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Southern Newfoundland

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Southern Newfoundland is the part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador along the south coast.


Burin Peninsula

The Bay D'Espoir (which locals pronounce "Bay Despair"!) winds inland past small towns such as Saint Albans, Morrisville, Milltown, and Connie River.

Cities and Towns[edit]



In some places in Southern Newfoundland the locals speak with a fairly strong accent. The names of some towns on the south coast are often pronounced differently than their French names might suggest. For instance:

  • Francois is often pronounced Franceway
  • La Poile, La Pile
  • Bay L'Argent, Bay Larjent
  • Rencontre, Rencounter

Residents will almost always recognize either pronunciation.

Get in[edit]

Getting in to Southern Newfoundland can basically be done three ways:

  • Taking Highway 210 southwest from the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) at the Goobies Visitor Centre, next to an Irving gas station and Truck, Stop, on the east side of the island
  • Taking the road southeast from the TransCanada (Highway 1) at Barachols Pond Park that leads to Burgeo.
  • Continuing along the TransCanada east from Port-aux-Basques, ending at Rose Blanche.

Hitchhiking in Southern Newfoundland is not too difficult. Though it can sometimes be a long wait for a ride, as not many cars drive on the key roads (e.g. the 210 or the TransCanada if you're trying to get from Rose Blanche to Port-aux-Basques), once you do get picked up there is a good chance that you will get a long ride. People are friendly, and will occasionally go out of their way to drop you off in a convenient location.

Get around[edit]

Among the appeals of traveling to Southern Newfoundland are the ferries, which go to a series of small towns many of which have no roads (or only small ones) and no cars, and so you get around by walking or driving on ATVs.

Planning your trip must be done in advance, as the ferry schedule is somewhat irregular, and it is easy to get stuck in a town for a few days longer than you would like if you haven't considered when the next ferry will come. If stuck in Hermitage while trying to get to Francois (or vice versa), you may be able to catch a lift on the Pinnacle Tours boat with captain Charlie Courtney (based in Francois) if you ask at the General Store near the fish plant in Hermitage.

The ferry rides in Souther Newfoundland are very reasonably priced, ranging from a couple dollars for students and seniors up to five or six dollars for adults on the longer rides. The crew are friendly, and many of the ferries are equipped with a vending machine and TV/VCR with a few old videos. The ferries occasionally go quite a ways out to sea when traveling between towns, and offer great views of the coastline.

The majority of the ferries are large enough that there isn't too much rocking, but if you are prone to getting sea-sick, then the only one that won't give you trouble is the ferry between Burgeo and Ramea, as it is the largest of the bunch. It can accommodate vehicles, and usually makes the trip several times a day.

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