Five Reasons to Take the Scenic Route and Drive

There’s nothing quite like taking the scenic route: travelling aboard boats and ships across rivers, lakes, and oceans, venturing along the endless highway with friends and family, and hiking into the great wide open in search of the next great vista. The freedom of a road trip allows you to stop and explore at a moment’s notice, taking routes along coasts and through forests, meeting people, and soaking in the culture of villages, bays, and coves. 

And what better way to travel to and from the island of Newfoundland than via Marine Atlantic’s ferry service. An unforgettable experience that allows you to travel at your own pace. 

Here are five reasons why your next trip to Newfoundland & Labrador should include taking your vehicle of choice on the scenic route with Marine Atlantic.

Savour the View

There’s nothing quite like sailing under the big blue sky. The views, sweeping ocean scenery available from Marine Atlantic’s panoramic open-air viewing decks, and the warmth of the sun on your face — it’s all part of what makes travel with Marine Atlantic so unique. So take your time and breathe in the fresh air and feel the mist of the salt water. And while you’re at it, be sure to keep your camera or binoculars close at hand to watch for marine life, or gaze at the vast Atlantic ocean, stretching as far as the eye can see. 

Bring What You Want

When you go on an adventure, there’s no doubt you’ll want to bring everything you need — and we mean everything! The good news is, when you travel with Marine Atlantic, you can easily pack a bag or two… or three. In fact, bring your car or motorhome and pack your hiking boots, kayak, kitchen sink, and everything else you need! There’s plenty of room to bring plenty of things and, of course, plenty to see and do in Newfoundland & Labrador. 

Take a Load Off

When you travel with Marine Atlantic, you can arrive relaxed and refreshed, ready to begin your next adventure. Once on board, sit back, grab a bite and something to drink, and disconnect. Take a walk around the ship, enjoy the many amenities, or drift away in your private cabin as the gentle roll of the ocean rocks you to sleep. Let us do the driving while you dream of adventures yet to come. 

Embrace the Flexibility 

Rental car reservations can book up fast, but when you take your own vehicle, you won’t have to worry about wheels. Instead, you can focus on the epic road trip on the horizon — including taking some unexpected detours along the way to discover our vibrant communities. With your own vehicle, you can travel at your own pace and stop when you want. So take a turn on a whim, visit a historic site or attraction, stop for your favourite hot beverage, drive at your leisure, and set your own itinerary. And remember, the flexibility is part of the fun! 

Explore More of Newfoundland & Labrador

Newfoundland & Labrador is big… really big. In fact, at 405,720 km2, it’s more than three times the size of the other three Atlantic Canadian provinces combined. That’s a lot of things to do — tickles and coves to tour, towns and bays to visit, and scenic driving routes to set out on. When you travel by ferry, you have two points of entry to choose from, Port Aux Basques on the west coast and Argentia on the east coast. Both are great spots to start your adventure of a lifetime through the rugged and wonderful terrain of Newfoundland & Labrador. 

They Say Life’s a Journey, Not a Destination

And at Marine Atlantic, we’re happy to play a part in your journey. So pack the car (or the truck, or the motorhome) and head out to enjoy everything an ocean adventure has to offer. Start planning your scenic route and book passage on a Marine Atlantic ferry today.