When travelling with Marine Atlantic, you are guaranteed to get an authentic island experience. All three of our ports are located on islands……North Sydney on Cape Breton Island and Port aux Basques and Argentia both located on the Island of Newfoundland. And from someone who lives on an island, I can say for certain that there is a whole lot of ocean to heighten your senses.
If smelling the clean sea air or feeling a brisk Atlantic breeze on your face isn’t enough, you may have the opportunity to see some of the other islands located in the Cabot Strait and off the south coast of Newfoundland. The more prominent islands that are often visible while travelling with Marine Atlantic include St. Paul Island and the French Islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon-Langlade.
If you are travelling between North Sydney and Port aux Basques, St. Paul Island is located 24 kilometres northeast of Cape North (Cape Breton) and 71 kilometres southwest of Cape Ray (Newfoundland). This island is uninhabited and extremely rugged, but is a great place to see the various seabirds who call this place home.
If you are travelling between North Sydney and Argentia, the French Islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon-Langlade are located approximately 4.5 hours west of Argentia, just off Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula. These two islands are governed by France and have a combined population of approximately 6000 people. St. Pierre is the smaller island with the larger population and is the seat of the local government. Miquelon is larger geographically with a smaller population and is joined by an isthmus with the uninhabited Langlade portion of the island.
There are certainly lots of things to see and do when travelling on Marine Atlantic’s vessels. We invite you to enjoy the experience and take some time to appreciate the island lifestyle along the way.