RV’s, semis, cars, join 1,000 passengers for ferry ride to Newfoundland
Driving into one of the ocean going Canada Maritime ferries lower decks with the 32′ Winnebago Aspect motorhome.
The ships that provide ground transportation between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are huge ocean going vessels that carry passengers and freight on a year round basis.
Referred to as Ro-Pax ships (roll-on-roll off passenger vessels) they operate from North Sydney, Nova Scotia with service to Argentia and Port aux Basque, Newfoundland.
Two ferries pass near North Sydney port.
They are huge nearly 700 feet long comfortable vessels that carry up to 1,000 passengers and up to 661 cars, freight hauling semi-trucks, motorhomes and buses. Some are 10 decks high with amenities comparable to ocean going cruise ships. The ride from North Sydney to Port aux Basque is 6 to 7 hours and from North Sydney to St. Johns, 13 hours. However, the trip can be longer depending on the weather and seas. Friends told us the longer trip can be 16 to 18 hours long. We opted to take the shorter route, coming and going.
Parking the motorhome on the vehicle deck three.
Large reclining chairs and food service are provided on several decks. Private sleeping cabins are also available for an extra charge. Internet service is also provided along with a kennel for dogs.
The ferry we rode between Nova Scotia and Newfound-land was impressive. It was comfort-able, food was very good and other than a few noisy active children which prevented taking a nap, it was a five (out of five) star ship.