Getting to Western Newfoundland
Often referred to as the far east of the Western World, Newfoundland and Labrador is Canada’s most easterly province, straddling two times zones: Atlantic (EST +1hr) and Newfoundland (EST +1 1/2).
The International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland and Labrador (IATNL) is located on the island portion of the province and extends from Port aux Basques in the South to Crow Head on the Strait of Belle Isle in the north. Travel to the island is either by air or sea.
By air travelers can choose between two major airports: Deer Lake (YDF) (www.deerlakeairport.com) and Stephenville (YNF) (www.cyjt.com), depending on the airline they would like to fly with and the trails they plan to hike. Those wishing to start or leave from the northern terminus at Crow Head may wish to arrange a connecting flight to or from St. Anthony (YAY).
The fastest and most accessible route by sea for most travelers begins by following the Trans Canada Highway through Nova Scotia to North Sydney and taking a six to eight hour Marine Atlantic ferry ride to Port aux Basques. There they will find the southern terminus of the IATNL, as well as the DRL cross-island bus line (www.drl-lr.com) that will take them as far as Deer Lake. Ferry reservations should be made at Marine Atlantic's website (www.marine-atlantic.ca) or by phoning 1-800-341-7981.