Ferry from Bay L'Argent to Pool's Cove?

Discussion in 'Newfoundland & Labrador Travel Information' started by TokenBlonde, Apr 29, 2019.

  1. TokenBlonde

    TokenBlonde Member

    Planning to do a bit of riding around the Harbour Breton area this summer, and hoping to be able to get the ferry from Bay L'Argent to Pool's Cove. I know that the ferry doesn't take cars, but I'm sure I've heard that they can "sling" motorcycles on and off. Not sure how anxiety-inducing that operation might be!

    Anyone here have any experience with this ferry run? Any info about the riding on the Connaigre Peninsula is appreciated too!
  2. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    It's not a ferry but a coastal cruiser cargo boat? In the past they would sling your bike on the boat for you. I've been meaning to do that run for years but haven't gotten around to it yet. I think Murph has done the south coast boat hop.

    Nothing to worry about really, just double check the rigging for yourself and make sure the slings are set so they cannot slip off in any way. Personally I'll be all over it when I get there.

    I have a lighthouse run planned in my head, that boat was part of my route. There are a couple down there, keep an eye out for me.
  3. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    I believe this is a pic from Gnurob ride report. They use more than just a sling now.

    Last edited: Apr 30, 2019
  4. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    My first trip we slung it through the rear wheel and handlebars of the K Bike. It's easier now with the platform that is lifted onto the dock, roll your bike aboard, strap it in and they lift it onto the boat. A cover/tarp is advised for the salt spray because it is too big to go down in the hold. 0900 leaving Bay L'Argent means plenty of time to get to Pooles cove for exploring roads and getting to a campsite.
    Do every road down there is my advice.
  5. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I recall someone I knew riding the platform with the bike way back in the day, I remember seeing the pic.
  6. TokenBlonde

    TokenBlonde Member

    Thanks for the info b'ys. I'm really looking forward to the trip, it's one of the few places on the island that I haven't ridden through yet. Looks really pretty according to Google Street View.
  7. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    You haven’t left yet?
  8. RossKean

    RossKean Well-Known Member

    In terms of regions with paved roads, the Connaigre Peninsula and Fogo Island are about the only major places I haven't been to. (Still lots of smaller spots.) Poole's Cove and Bay L'Argent are separated only by about 44 km as the crow (seagull?) flies or a 540 km (6+ hr) ride. I will definitely make it to Harbour Breton and English Harbour next time I get to NL. (Fogo too) I don't know whether I would try the coastal ferry or not - let us know how it worked for you!
  9. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    The ferry allows you to ride two areas in one loop. Backtracking up the Burin or Coast of Bays highways can be a slog. I first did this in 2002 and would recommend it to anyone. The south coast is as real as it gets for rural Newfoundland.
  10. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    ^^^^^^ LOL, I fell into that trap in '88 in Lawn.
  11. fortech

    fortech Active Member


    See the attached Ferry Rates downloaded from Transportation and Works.

    Anyone have any insight on the cost for the motorcycle?

    Attached Files:

  12. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    They only charged me for one leg of the trip because they never offloaded until Pooles cove. One lift on and one lift off. That works out to 27ish bucks IIRC but I was an oddity then. They do this a little more regularly now. I have sent lots of people across this route and all have reported positive experiences.

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