I thought being part of Atlantic Canada meant that every part of the country’s east coast would be at my fingertips. Apparently I was wrong.
To hit Halifax from Toronto is a simple matter of loading up my car with a few CDs, a bag of clothes and maybe a box of Cheerios. Gas is about $250, accommodations practically free if you travel like I can.
But to get to there or to anything that remotely resembles civilization is a hassle from the edge of Labrador – a major hassle, albeit you mustn’t be in a hurry.
This is a trip that involves some careful planning. Weather, and all joking aside, getting away from extreme rural living to grocery stores with fresh produce, main streets with a night life and, well a main street, would be nice.
Initially I thought I’d drive, but without roads out of Labrador, I realized it’s impossible. This weekend jaunt will require, I believe two, no FOUR ferry reservations for sure, one from Blanc Sablon across Belle Isle to St. Barbe on the Island and then one from Port au Basque on the Island across the Atlantic to Cape Breton, NS. After 10 hours of driving – and we all know the price of gas ain’t cheap – this will cost, including gas, just over $200, and that’s pushing it.
Then to get from the north of Nova Scotia to the buzzing hub of Halifax, there’s another three hours lost to the road – another few bucks down the petroleum drain.
So, what if I decide to leave my car in Port au Basque and take advantage of the country’s so called public transportation system? I can walk on for $35.76, and save myself about a $100, but this begs the question: How do I get from point A to point B once I’m “just off the boat” in and in the real world?
There does not appear to be a bus traveling from North Sydney to Halifax.
I spent most of my time in Labrardor figuring out how to leave.