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The island of Newfoundland  is accessible by scheduled airline services that connect with most major centres in North America and northern Europe. Car and bus access is via the Marine Atlantic ferry service from Nova Scotia.

Rocky Harbour is located on the west coast of Newfoundland in the heart of Gros Morne National Park.   We recommend you drive your own car, rent a car, or arrange carpooling.Remember that conference participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the conference location and travel insurance.

By Air

Deer Lake Regional Airport (YDF) is 35 km from the southern park boundary. The airport is served by direct daily flights from Montreal (May–October), Toronto, Halifax, and St. John’s. Deer Lake airport serves the west coast of  Newfoundland, while St. John’s International Airport (YYT) serves the east coast of Newfoundland. Intra-provincial flights are available between Deer Lake and St. John’s. Several major car rental agencies operate out of the Deer Lake airport. There are bus services that can also provide transportation from the town of Deer Lake to Gros Morne.

St. John’s International Airport is on the East Coast of Newfoundland and an eight hour drive to the Conference location. Driving from St John’s towards west until you reach Deer Lake (please note that this is a 7h drive -  639 km), turn right on exit 16 to Route 430 (Viking Trail) and drive 40 km to Wiltondale (Gros Morne National Park gateway). Continue to Rocky Harbour (north 32 km). See the airport website (link below) for airlines and flights in and out of St. John’s.

There are some advantages to arriving in St. John’s despite the distance. It’s an opportunity to extend your trip, see some of the east coast, and visit the oldest city in North America. And there are more and often cheaper flights in and out of St. John’s.

Visit the links below for more information on air travel in Newfoundland & Labrador.

By Sea

If driving from the Canadian Mainland, the shortest way to Gros Morne is via the ferry service between North Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Port aux Basques, Newfoundland. It is 300 km from Port aux Basques to the southern park boundary, about a four hour drive.

Marine Atlantic operates ferries year-round between North Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Port aux Basques on Newfoundland’s southwest coast. Ferry service between North Sydney and Argentia, on Newfoundland’s east coast, is offered from mid-June to late September. The crossing time from North Sydney to Port aux Basques is approximately 6 hours, and 11 hours from North Sydney to Argentia. 

For ferry reservations, which are strongly recommended, and the most up-to-date ferry schedules and fares, click on the Marine Atlantic logo below.

By Land

Cars are available for rent at Deer Lake Airport (Link Here) and St. John’s International Airport (Link Here), or at other locations in larger towns and cities in the province.

Gros Morne and the nearby communities of Trout River, Woody Point, Rocky Harbour, Norris Point, and Cow Head are served by local bus service and taxi. Both shuttles connect with the cross-island bus service provided by DRL (link below).
Martin’s Transportation - 709-453-2207
Pittman’s Taxi - 709-458-2486

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Below is a list of our Official Conference Accommodations. Contact us to receive information on special rates at these providers. Additionally, there are plenty of AirBNBs, cabins, and smaller boutique accommodations in the area to choose from.