Bell Island, N.L.

Ferry Route
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Map of Bell Island.
I would advise anyone to take a map of the island if you go,
as the sights aren’t well marked and difficult to find.
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We took the ferry from Portugal Cove, near St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada to Bell Island on our recent visit to St. John’s, N.L.

The trip takes about 20 minutes. The return ticket was about $ 8 across a stretch of water known as the “Tickle”.

The Tickle features a variety of interesting cold water marine life and is home to four WWII shipwrecks covered with invertebrates such as anemones and starfish. Eel pouts and sculpins are common and many other fish – including flounder and the occasional large cod – can be seen cruising around.” Red Rover

Some of the cars seen from the deck above.

Leaving Portugal Cove ferry terminal.

Portugal Cove

The M/V Flanders returning with Bell Island in the background.
The water was very calm.

The M/V Beaumont Hamel
I love riding on a ferry.

The lighthouse and stack at Bell Island

“It is the largest of several islands in Conception Bay, measuring about 9 km by 3.5 km.”


“Located in the middle of Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Bell Island’s terrain and coastal structure allow bird watchers the opportunity to find many different types of birds not normally seen in a single location in other areas of the province. At the ferry landing, and especially on the cliffs adjacent to the Lighthouse, the bird watcher can view the nesting colonies of the Black Guillemot; at the Grebe’s Nest site – hundreds of starlings flying from nearby fields to nests located in the cliffs; or the beautiful great black-backs at the Bell at the southern end of the island. Wandering around the island one can frequently see different sandpipers and snipe. The grassland sections of the island offer one the opportunity to see kestrels and merlins and many different types of sparrows. In the forested sections of Bell Island look for robins, grosbeaks and woodpeckers. No wonder Bell Island is becoming known as The Belle of the Bay.– ” – Bell Island

“A stack is a geological landform consisting of a steep and often vertical column or columns of rock in the sea near a coast, isolated by erosion.[1] Stacks are formed through processes of coastal geomorphology, which are entirely natural. Time, wind and water are the only factors involved in the formation of a stack.[2] They are formed when part of a headland is eroded by hydraulic action, which is the force of the sea or water crashing against the rock. The force of the water weakens cracks in the headland, causing them to later collapse, forming free-standing stacks and even a small island. Without the constant presence of water, stacks also form when a natural arch collapses under gravity, due to sub-aerial processes like wind erosion. Stacks can provide important nesting locations for seabirds, and many are popular for rock climbing.” – Wikipedia

The lighthouse

“Construction started in 1939 and it officially opened in 1940. This lighthouse performed a very important function during World War II, with its call letters of “n” for nuts and “a” for apple informing the loaded ore carriers in Conception Bay that a convoy was waiting for them.
” – Bell

The Belle of the Bay.

Boats at the ferry terminal.

Returning on the M/V Flanders

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    • Glad you liked them 😉
      Me too, especially the East coast which has large waves crashing on the rocks.
      Thanks for liking this post 😉
      Take care.


  1. Toke, I don’t know if it’s the same for others…a number of the photos don’t show for me. But I saw enough to be intrigued by the island. I had not heard of it. $8. is very reasonable – an equivalent trip for us is about $28. for return!

    I really like the video!


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