Winter Driving - Please Respect Environmental Conditions

by Darrell Mercer

Unlike those tropical islands in the Caribbean with their warm conditions between January and April, the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia offer something a little more exciting during the winter months. Who needs white sandy beaches when you can have white fluffy snow and cool, refreshing temperatures to keep your senses awake!  Who wants to sit by a pool when you can zoom down Marble Mountain on a pair of skis, or snowshoe through the back country of the Cabot Trail! Why not take a skidoo trip and do some ice fishing? There is so much to do and that’s one of the reasons why winter tourism is growing in Atlantic Canada.

And while the winter weather can be fun it can also present significant challenges, especially as it relates to storms and poor driving conditions. When travelling with Marine Atlantic, please be prepared for snowy and icy conditions that may exist. While conditions may be nice when you depart port, weather is unpredictable and can change suddenly before you arrive at your destination. Please monitor weather forecasts and advisories, wear appropriate clothing for the conditions, have access to supplies in case of an emergency, pay attention to highway signage and use winter tires wherever possible. If you are not accustomed to driving in winter conditions, please take extra precautions and reduce your speeds.

At Marine Atlantic, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable trip all the way to your final destination. Printouts of the local weather forecasts are available in the reception areas of our vessels.  Being aware and respecting the weather and road conditions will make your journey even more memorable.