Getting Around


October 15-18, 2015

General – Transportation Information for Participants

 

Fibre Arts NL 2015 is a celebration of our amazing Craft, and the Canadian Year of Craft 2015. Set in the sublime splendor of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this international four day conference will celebrate the versatility of fibre. It will consist of workshops from national and internationally renowned fibre instructors, artist talks, exhibitions, seminars, and tours.

Fibre Arts NL 2015 is a must attend event for anyone who loves and works with fibre, and it will take place in a must experience location – the splendid communities of Rocky Harbour, Norris Point and Woody Point in Bonne Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. The conference offerings are bound to inspire and develop your own fibre art while leaving you in love with this Province.

Our official provincial name is Newfoundland and Labrador, Fibre Arts NL 2015 will take place on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland. See the Maps section on this website for more specific information on locations.

For those who haven’t been here before, you should know that it’s a big island!  It’s an eight  hour drive from St. John’s to Rocky Harbour.  We will be in Gros Morne in the off season, so the transportation amenities that you will find in urban areas just won’t be available.

We recommend that:

  • Be independent – drive your own car, rent a car, or arrange carpooling
  • Take the Fibre Conference bus from St. John’s – or get picked up along the way. It’ll be a fabulous part of the Fibre Conference experience.  We will arrange a Port aux Basques to Gros Morne bus, too if there is enough interest – let us know.

Following is a summary of transportation options for those who cannot be independent.  Read on for information about:

  1. The Highway Bus – St. John’s to Gros Morne, and back again
  2. The Conference Bus Pass – getting around in Gros Morne during the conference
  3. The Airport Bus – it’s a 90 minute drive from the nearest airport – here’s how to get back and forth
  4. Commercial transport arrangements – air, road, ferry, local taxis, car rentals, and more!
  1. The Highway Bus – St. John’s to Gros Morne, and back again

 

Wednesday October 14, St. John’s – Gros Morne bus

Leaving from the Devon House Craft Centre, 59 Duckworth Street and stopping at designated conference bus stops in Gros Morne.

Live outside of St. John’s and want to catch the bus enroute? The bus may stop at designated gas stations along the Trans Canada Highway. If you’re not in St. John’s, please contact us to indicate your preferred stop. We will confirm stops and time with you by June 30, 2015.

$85 + hst

Monday  October 19,  Gros Morne – St. John’s bus

Leaving from designated conference bus stops in Gros Morne and arriving at the Devon House Craft Centre in St. John’s.

Live outside of St. John’s and want to get dropped off the bus enroute? The bus may stop at designated gas stations along the TCH. If you’re not travelling to St. John’s, please contact us to indicate your preferred stop.  We will confirm stops and time with you by June 30, 2015.

$85 + hst

  1. Conference Bus Pass
  • The Conference Bus Pass will cover local ground transportation between Designated Conference Bus Stops and workshops and between Designated Conference Bus Stops evening meals and entertainment, the Market Place and on Sunday, the Discovery Centre.
  • What’s a “Designated Conference Bus Stop”?  There are seven in Rocky Harbour and Woody Point – if you are using the Conference Bus to get between sites during the conference, you must stay in accommodations near a bus stop.  We cannot visit every B&B in the area for pick-up – Bus users must gather at a Designated Conference Bus Stop for pick-up.
  • Please be aware that:
    a) most workshops and evening meals will take place in Rocky Harbour and Norris Point;
    b) the distances between conference events and accommodations are lengthy, for example Norris Point to Rocky Harbour is 9 km, and Woody Point to Rocky Harbour is 72 km; and
    c) there is no form of public/local ground transportation.

Therefore,

    1. You must have your own transportation: your own car, a rented car or a car pooling arrangement with another conference participant who has a car

OR

    1. You must purchase a Conference Bus Pass for travel to and from your accommodations and conference events.
    1. You are encouraged to book accommodations on the Rocky Harbour/Norris Point side of Bonne Bay if at all possible.
  • These are the Designated Conference Bus Stops:
    • Rocky Harbour:
  • Gros Morne Cabins
  • Ocean View Motel
  • Fisherman’s Landing Inn
  • Town Hall
    • Norris Point:
  • Julia Ann Walsh Centre
  • Town Hall (Senior’s Centre, Lion’s Den)
  • Bonne Bay Marine Station

The Conference bus pass is for Thursday, October 15, Friday, October 16, Saturday, October 17, and Sunday October 18, 2015.
The first bus for workshops starts at 8 am and the bus finishes at 10 pm after which you will need to arrange your own ride or book a local taxi.

$60 + HST

Tentative Conference Bus Schedule

Thursday October 15, 2015

9 am pick up for studio tour
12
noon pick up for registration
4:15 pm
Pick up at Designated Conference Bus Stops, and drop off at Fisherman’s Landing Inn for registration, welcoming reception and evening meal.

9:00 pm Pick up at Fisherman’s Landing Inn and drop off at Designated Conference Bus Stops.

Friday, October 16, 2015

8:00 am Pick up at Designated Conference Bus Stops and drop off at workshop sites.

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Pick up from workshop sites if needed for Lunch transportation and return.

4:00 pm Pick up at workshop sites and drop off at Designated Conference Bus Stops

6:00 pm Pick up at Designated Conference Bus Stops and drop off at Fisherman’s Landing Inn/ Ocean View Hotel for evening meal and entertainment.

10:00 pm Pick up at Fisherman’s Landing Inn / Ocean View Hotel and drop off at Designated Conference Bus Stops.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

8:00 am Pick up at Designated Conference Bus Stops, and drop off at workshop sites.

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Pick up from workshop sites if needed for Lunch transportation and return.

4:00 pm Pick up at workshop sites and drop off at Designated Conference Bus Stops.

6:00 pm Pick up at Designated Conference Bus Stops and drop off at Fisherman’s Landing Inn for evening meal and entertainment.

10:00 pm Pick up at Fisherman’s Landing Inn and drop off at Designated Conference Bus Stops.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

8:15 am Pick up at Designated Conference Bus Stops, and drop off at workshop sites.

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Pick up from workshop sites if needed for Lunch transportation and return.

4:00 pm Pick up at workshop sites and drop off at Designated Conference Bus Stops.

5:00 pm Pick up at designated bus stops and drop off at Discovery Centre in Woody Point for evening meal, viewing of two exhibitions and Conference closing festivities.

10:00 pm Pick up at Discovery Centre and drop off at Designated Conference Bus Stops.

Participants who choose not to avail of the Conference Bus Pass and would like to source their own transportation (car rental, private vehicle) are 100% responsible for organizing and funding alternatives.

Airport Bus pass from Deer Lake Airport – Gros Morne designated conference bus stops

Thursday, October 15, 2015

2:00 pm approx. Pick up from Deer Lake Airport and drop off at accommodation sites.       (The pick up time may change according to flight arrival times. We will do our best to reduce wait times for everyone, while ensuring all those with Bus Passes are picked up at the airport. Also, be aware that travel and unloading time to accommodation sites will be 60 – 90 minutes.) Additional buses may be scheduled according to demand. Please email events@craftcouncil.nl.ca to request additional bus times. You will be notified by June 30 if additional buses are scheduled.

$50 + hst

Monday, October 19, 2015
To Airport Bus pass

Rocky Harbour designated stops – Deer Lake Airport

Time 10:00 Pick up from Designated Conference Bus Stops and drop off to Deer Lake Airport. This pick up time has been determined based on flight departure times. Please book your departure flight to leave no earlier than 2:00 pm.

$50 + hst

Air Travel

  • Deer Lake Airport is approximately 70 km. from the Conference location in Bonne Bay, which is to the north and about a 60 minute drive via the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) Route-430N. See www.deerlakeairport.com for airlines and flights in and out of Deer Lake. See below for information on ground transportation from Deer Lake Airport.
  • St. John’s International Airport is on the East Coast of Newfoundland and an eight hour drive to the Conference location. You travel west on the TCH Route 1West to Deer Lake and then north on Route 430 to Bonne Bay. See the airport website www.stjohnsairport.com 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. See below for information on ground transportation from St. John’s.
  • Conference participants are responsible for purchasing their own airline tickets and travel insurance.

For specific information about flights check out the airline websites, book on line, contact your travel agent, or the official Fibre Arts 2015 travel agent Jody Power at Carlson Wagonlit Harvey’s Travel
e:jpower@harveystravel-cwt.com

Call Toll Free: 1 877 726 1881

Visit: www.cwtharveystravel.com,

Ferry Travel

  • Marine Atlantic (marine-atlantic.ca) provides a ferry link between Newfoundland and mainland Canada. It runs daily between North Sydney, Nova Scotia and Port aux Basques, Newfoundland. It offers a walk-on or vehicle service, and the ride is 5-6 hours.

For walk-on passengers there is a bus service (www.drl-lr.com) that can bring you to Deer Lake. Note the drop off point is not at the airport. The drop off is at the Circle K store a few minutes drive from the airport. The airport bus will stop at Circle K store on Thursday 15 October if you contact us ahead of time events@craftcouncil.nl.ca
alternatively: Deer Lake taxi 709 635 2521

For car passengers the distance from Port aux Basques to Gros Morne is approximately 300 km., a 3.5 hour drive on the TCH, Route 1 East.

  • For those travelling from or through Labrador there is a ferry service from Blanc Sablon, in the Labrador Straits area to St. Barbe on the Northern Peninsula, Newfoundland. See (tw.gov.nl.ca/ferryservices) for details.

Other Ground Transportation

  • Star Taxi (1-709-634-4343) in Corner Brook can be booked for transport from Deer Lake Airport to Bonne Bay. The fare will be approximately $95 one way. It is suggested to book in advance.
  • There is a bus service (drl-lr.com) that travels across the province on the Trans Canada Highway – from St. John’s west to Port aux Basques and from Port aux Basques east to St. John’s. Check out the website for schedule and cost. This service can bring you to Deer Lake from either direction; however, please note the drop off point is not at the airport. The drop off is at the Circle K store a few minutes drive from the airport. The airport bus will stop at Circle K store on Thursday October 15 if you contact us ahead of time events@craftcouncil.nl.ca
    Alternatively: Deer Lake taxi 709 635 2521
  • There is a local taxi service in Rocky Harbour / Norris Point. They have only two cars, so should only be used in an unexpected circumstances.  709 458 2486
  • Car Pooling: We encourage Conference participants to share vehicles, and recommend that you use the Conference facebook page to facilitate this. Go to https://www.facebook.com/fibreartsnl to offer or request car pooling opportunities.
  • For all travellers on the highways, please be aware of wildlife, especially Moose – be watchful and stay within the speed limit when driving, and be especially cautious when travelling at dusk or in the dark.

Car Rentals

  • Cars are available for rent at Deer Lake Airport www.deerlakeairport.com and St. John’s International Airport www.stjohnsairport.com, or at other locations in larger towns and cities in the province
  • Call Dawn Rumbolt for either Budget or Avis car rentals. Mention that you are attending the Fibre Arts Conference and she will offer you a discount rate!

E: dawn.rumbolt@abglocalmarket.ca

Budget 709 635 3211

Avis 709 635 5010

  • Alternatively you can contact our conference travel agent Carlson Wagonlit Harvey’s Travel for assistance.
    cwtharveystravel.com
    e:jpower@harveystravel-cwt.com
    Call Toll Free: 1 877 726 1881
  • IMPORTANT! We have spoken with car rental agencies and they advise that you book your car rental by August 2015 to ensure availability.

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