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Old 01-01-2016, 10:56 AM   #15
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Canada's Maritimes

A further comment on distances, they are long. From Fogo Island on Newfoundland's north east coast it is a 10 hour drive to Gros Morne National Park on the west coast. There are plenty of gas and diesel stations. Some one pointed out to me after the fact that our trip from Bar Harbor to Fogo Island takes the same time as driving from Bar Harbor to Miami. The Maritime roads are in good condition, drivers are courteous and even use their turn signals.

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Old 01-01-2016, 11:01 AM   #16
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and one last heads-up to all the your credit card companies and let them know that you'll be in Canada from xxx through xxx. Then head all the way to Cape North or Meat Cove on the north end of Cape Breton Island, and have fun. Safe travels. jon
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Old 01-01-2016, 11:20 AM   #17
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First off, you will love the trip, but I'm biased as I used to live in that part of Canada. You can easily spend 3 weeks touring Newfoundland. Like one other said, watch for moose on the highway. Gros Mourne National Park is incredible, lots of dry camping in area. Further up the Northern Penninsula to St Anthony there is lots to see, hiking, fishing, general sightseeing. Newfoundlanders are well known for their hospitality ! Drive across the province to St Johns, lots to see there.
You must do the Lighthouse Route in Nova Scotia which takes you around the southern coast and up to Halifax. Cape Breton is second to none and is an easy 4 day drive stopping lots.
PEI is gorgeous, but can be busy in summer. Lots of provincial parks to camp at though, mostly are dry with sani-dumps.
DO NOT bring any firearms ! Gas is more expensive, but with the exchange (.75 cents to one of our Canadian dollars) makes up for it. Feel free to contact for more info. ENJOY!
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Old 01-01-2016, 11:21 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by B00merang View Post
and one last heads-up to all the your credit card companies and let them know that you'll be in Canada from xxx through xxx. Then head all the way to Cape North or Meat Cove on the north end of Cape Breton Island, and have fun. Safe travels. jon
(I can't believe I actually posted something useful for a change...must be the new year)
Funnily enough, going the other way (Canada to USA) I always used to call VISA to give them details of our travels and they encouraged that. (I have had my card compromised twice). I believe it was in some documentation from VISA that suggested it was wise to do so. They always seemed to appreciate that I gave them the info and asked details of our planned route and duration.

But last year when heading south for our usual winter getaway, when I called, the response from VISA was "We don't do that any more, you don't need to advise us now."

I suppose they have computer models developed enough now to monitor your account that they feel it is not necessary.

Not sure if that applies coming in this direction.

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Old 01-01-2016, 12:08 PM   #19
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We bought our 2015 23FB for the purpose of traveling from our home in Seattle to the Atlantic Provinces and took a 95-day trip there from late April - late July 2015. The 13,700 miles included US travel round trip. We spent about 6 weeks in Canada. This was a fantastic trip and there is a great variety of things to see and do. Here are a few thoughts to consider:
1. Border crossings are not a problem - as long as you remain respectful, patient, and comply with the relatively few basic rules (no fruit of any kind coming to US, no potatoes going to Newfoundland - they did check our trailer, no guns or mace, no marijuana - though now legal in WA, declare major purchases. I did NOT declare $2,800 for a tv wheel and 4 tires (see below). Have proper ID (passport or enhanced drivers license if offered in your home state.
2. Have documents of current vaccinations and your local licenses for your dog. Talk to your vet about seasickness meds for your dog on the 6+hour ferry ride.
3. Make ferry plans from North Sydney many months in advance and plan your trip around those dates. The KOA in N Sydney was perfect - great service, well kept, beautiful setting, and a short distance to ferry terminal. We stayed there coming and going.
3. Think of distances as more like western US than between US east coast cities. It sometimes is a long way between fuel stations, especially on Newfoundland (NL). "Maritime" and "Atlantic Provinces" technically are not identical terms. The "Maritimes" do not include NL.
4. The Atlantic Provinces, especially NL, are wonderful places but have very challenged economies. Roads are poor on NL. Watch for potholes. And moose! We saw 6 moose on NL within 50 meters (get used to it!) of the road. There are moose fences in New Brunswick, but not on most of NL.
5. I broke a tv wheel in an unseen pothole while driving about 50 kph during a rainstorm in central NL. Neither Jeep dealer on Newfoundland had one in stock and they sent to Toronto (almost 2,000 miles by road) for it. Cost was about $800 CD. I decided to replace all 4 tires since at least one was likely damaged and I had planned to replace them upon our return to Seattle anyway. Because I have 20" wheels on my Cherokee Summit Costco could not get them for 10 days. Cost would have been about $160 CD for Pirelli. Fortunately, the Jeep dealer had just ONE set of Toyo's for my car, but the cost was $350/tire plus balancing and install.
6. Bring Canada currency for small purchases. Learn about "loonies" and "toonies". Get a credit card that does NOT charge currencies exchange fees - Navy Federal Credit Union offers such a VISA if you are eligible. Others do as well.
7. Cell coverage is very erratic in the Atlantic Provinces, even with the Canadian carriers. Plan on being out of contact much of the time. Even my Sirius radio had frequent service interruptions on NL, something that rarely occurs in the remote areas of the western US.
8. Put L'Aunse aux Meadows NL on your list of must see places. This is the site where the Norse first landed in North America in about 1000. Along the way stop on Cowhead and hike the peninsula and take in a show at the small local theater. A performance by Anchors Aweigh in Rocky Harbor was a highlight of our trip.
9. Great iceberg viewing is at Greenspound, NL, an undiscovered view point of "iceberg alley". We learned of this from the fellow at the tire shop in Gandor (also a must see place for the air museum and the hospitality of this small town during 9-1-1 and WWII). As is often the case, the locals will tell you about things not found in guidebooks or on the Internet.
10. Decide how you want to balance crowds and weather. We opted for early season and no crowds, but the weather can be cool and wet.
11. Allow time for many serendipitous discoveries of possible interest. Just one of many examples, we discovered the world famous (Noble Prize winner) Thinkers Lodge at Pugwash, NS quite by accident. Another example is that our southern Acadians share a common (and sad) history with Acadie, the former French Colony in the Maritimes. Worth a few days to visit and learn.
12. The Vikings called their settlement "Vinland" - because to our surprise, there are good wineries and vine lands in Nova Scotia. Enjoy!
13. PEI had the best lobster and mussels of any place we traveled - including our favorite place, Beal's Lobster Pier (also excellent) in Southwest Harbor, ME.
14. Insect repellent is a must if you are not on or near the open water.
15. We have a diesel tv and learned that all diesel sold in Canada must be ultra low sulphur fuel as is required for our engine. The pumps do not always make this clear, but it is the case.
16. You must boil water in remote parts of NL, mostly in the north and west. Be careful if you decide to fill your fresh tanks. Ask locally.
Canada is a great country and fantastic neighbor and ally of ours. You will have a most memorable adventure in the Atlantic Provinces!
We are glad to provide more specifics if we can be of help as you plan your trip.
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Old 01-01-2016, 06:16 PM   #20
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Airstream Camping & Traveling In Canada's Atlantic Provinces

Thank you for all the great advice. We've been fortunate to visit various areas in Canada before but never with our Airstream. This Air Forums family is stellar at making suggestions that might not occur otherwise during the planning stages of a really great trip like this. You certainly haven't disappointed this time. Please continue offering any further advice, suggestions & recommendations.

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Old 01-02-2016, 05:33 PM   #21
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The best time to visit the maritimes will be July and August (our hottest and less rainy months ). A parks Canada pass is about 130 $ cad but it will pay for itself if you camp in the National parks or if you do even just to go visit . It grants you free admission to all historic sites too . Here are some of my favorite places to visit (in NB, NS and PEI , I haven't gone to NFL yet ) NS do the Cabott trail stay in Highland view park , don't miss Louisbourg or Alexander grahm bell museum . The waterfront in the city of Halifax is also another great spot to visit don't miss the Citadell or public gardens . Peggy's cove , Lunenburg and Mahone bay are also favorites . Annapolis valley is also nice great wineries and whale watching . New Brunswick has St Martins and the Fundy trail , Fundy national park stay here .St-Andrews and Sussex nice quiet little town , Shediac and Cap-Pele have great beaches with warm water and great seafood ! Kouchibouquac great National park with nice beaches and great biking trails .The Restigouche river has the best fishing and canoeing . PEI has a nice national park with great beaches . Cavendish area is very touristy . It will be impossible to do it all but if you have any questions I'd be happy to help . If you haven't guessed already , I am from the maritimes and have been camping in this area for the last 8 years lol
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nice post..for years i come and go from ny to n.scotia where i have my own little campground,this year i stopped at st Martin..went to the fundy N.park...fantastic!!!If you ever want to come to Hunts point,Queens Co.i can host you..I love st Andrews...and will explore the other places you mention on my way up or down..early july to mid sept..this year in aug i go to les iles de la madeleine ....i have a 17ft safari it!!!all the best for 2017..M

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