Long known as "The Hub of the East Coast", Clarenville is located approximately 180 kmís west of St. Johnís and east of Gander. Situated near the center of the Avalon, Burin and Bonavista peninsulas, Clarenville is nested in the lanscape of the Shoal Harbour River Valley. The town itself is easily accessed via the Trans Canada highway which borders its western perimeter and provincial route 230 which passes through itís center.(Roadmap) DRL Coachline runs from St. John's to Port Aux Basques on a daily basis, stopping for pick-ups at the Clarenville Irving in Clarenville. The Marine Atlantic ferry service provides access to Newfoundland from North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Port Aux Basque year round, with the addition of Argentia to itís route in the spring and summer months. A 12 to 14 hour ferry crossing is followed by a 1.5 hour road travel to Clarenville from the Argentia docking facility, and a 6 hour crossing time to Port Aux Basque is accompanied by an 8 hour drive to reach Clarenville.
Clarenville has all the facilities and attractions comparable to any of Newfoundlandís major cities. The town boasts an abundance of shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, motels, parks, theatre, bowling ally, bed and breakfeasts, schools, banks, golfing, racing strip, and skiing facilities. Whether it be watching a local drag race at the Clarenville Dragway, watching your golf ball bounce accross the 9th hole on the Terra Nova Park Lodge and Golf Course, or an exciting and informative journey down the Discovery trail, the summer months are always filled with activities to keep you busy. The onset of winter is accompanied by the migration of local and international skiers to the very popular White Hills ski resort. Clarenville has a little something for everyone!