Port aux Basques trip planner
Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free
day by day itinerary for free
Port aux Basques
Channel-Port aux Basques is a town at the extreme southwestern tip of Newfoundland fronting on the western end of the Cabot Strait. A Marine Atlantic ferry terminal is located in the town which is the primary entry point onto the island of Newfoundland and the western terminus of the Trans-Canada Highway in the province. The town was incorporated in 1945 and its population in the 2011 census was 4,170.Port aux Basques is the oldest of the collection of towns that make up the present-day town, which consists of Port aux Basques, Channel, Grand Bay, and Mouse Island. Amalgamation took place in the 1970s.HistoryChannel refers to the narrow channel of water that leads into the local harbour. Port aux Basques refers to the harbour that was a favoured sheltering and watering place for Basque whalers who hailed from the Basque region of the Pyrenees of France and Spain during the early 16th century. After leaving the harbour the whalers either proceeded to the main whaling grounds off southern Labrador, or headed home to the Basque country. They almost certainly took on fresh water from Dead Man's Brook, which flows into Port aux Basques harbour, during their stopovers.Port aux Basques is first seen on a 1687 Johannes van Keulen map of the area. Permanent settlement came from French fishermen who overwintered on this, the "French shore", using rights given under the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht which saw France cede its claims in Newfoundland to Great Britain in exchange for right of use of coastal lands for the fishery. With the fishery being the economic mainstay for both French and British settlers in the area, Channel-Port aux Basques appeared destined to remain a collection of small fishing villages.Use our world travel planner: Port aux Basques and all its delights await.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Port aux Basques
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Port aux Basques
Side trips from Port aux Basques
Places to visit with Port aux Basques
Gros Morne National ParkTrip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, National Park, Geologic Formation St. John'sTrip planner BEST FOR: Historic Walking Area, Lighthouse, Observation Deck L'Anse aux MeadowsTrip planner BEST FOR: Historic Site, Monument, Hiking Trail TwillingateTrip planner BEST FOR: History Museum, Lighthouse, Dolphin / Whale Watching BonavistaTrip planner BEST FOR: Lighthouse, Park, Historic Site
Recently planned trips to Port aux Basques
8 days in Port aux Basques BY A USER FROM CANADA Grand Bay West Beach Trailway Port aux Basques Marine Excursions Inc. Rose Blanche Lighthouse Scenic Drive 57 days in Newfoundland BY A USER FROM CANADA Gros Morne National Park St. Anthony Port aux Basques 31 days in Newfoundland BY A USER FROM CANADA Gros Morne National Park York Harbour Port aux Basques 12 days in Newfoundland BY A USER FROM CANADA Port aux Basques Gros Morne National Park L'Anse aux Meadows 7 days in Port aux Basques BY A USER FROM CANADA Port aux Basques Marine Excursions Inc. Shudamunks Adventure Tours Rose Blanche Lighthouse Scenic Drive 47 days in Newfoundland and Labrador BY A USER FROM CANADA Twillingate Bonavista St. Bride's