Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Traveling to Newfoundland by car means taking one of the ferrys which leave from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. One service goes to Port aux Basques on the southwest coast, the other heads eastward to Argentia on the Avalon further east. I chose the shorter of the two passages to Port aux Basques - about 6 hours. The above picture was taken of the dock area in North Sydney, Nova Scotia. Cars and trucks are starting to line up. In a few hours they'll be onboard, heading across the Cabot Strait.
The interior of the ferry is huge. I'm not sure of the number of vehicles it can carry, but certainly one can see anything from motor-cyles to tractor trailors and everything in between.
From the passenger deck, one gets a good view of the seas in the Strait. Here the wakes disappears astern. It is interesting to think that more than one kayaker has made the crossing successfully. Usually their route has been via a small rocky islet in mid channel where the crossing can be broken into separate legs. To say this kind of paddling is only for the very brave and highly skilled is an under-statement!