Newfoundland and Labrador: Places to Explore

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Port aux Basques

In the 1500s and early 1600s there were seven Basque ports along Newfoundland's west coast and in southern Labrador; Port aux Basques was one of them and was given its name by the town's French successors. It's now the main ferry port connecting the island to Nova Scotia. In J.T. Cheeseman Provincial Park, 15 km (9 mi) north of town on the Trans-Canada Highway, and at Grand Bay West, you may see the endangered piping plover, which nests in the sand dunes along this coast.

Port aux Basques at a Glance

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