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Old 03-22-2011, 01:18 PM   #15
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Ottawa is very nice, but you asked about Nfld and NS. Here's some info about NS:

Halifax is another city on a wonderful harbor. It has a good museum where among other things you can learn about massive explosion that leveled a good part of the city during WW I when a ship full of munitions blew up in the harbor. Halifax seemed like a nice place to live.

The Bay of Fundy between NS and NB has amazing tides and there are various areas to view the tidal bore in Moncton, the Reversing Falls in St John (not St. Johns, that is in Nfld.), and watch the tide come in other places. There's a national park (Fundy NP) in NB east of St. John. I've never stopped there, but I think there's camping where you will be close to the Bay.

Cape Breton Is. has some great drives, Alexander Graham Bell's home and research center, now a museum, and the most popular ferry to Nfld. from North Sydney.

In Pictou we stopped at a knife store and bought a very good chef knife. I don't remember the name of the store, but it has a giant knife through the roof. It's worth seeing the knife.

Peggy's Cove is the quintessential fishing village. It is not far from Halifax and may be full of tourists. I didn't think it much different than a lot of other fishing villages and you will see plenty of them in Nfld., but go see it anyway.

There's a ferry to PEI near Pictou. You can take the ferry there and the bridge back and drive around PEI in a day or two. The capital, Charlottetown is a small and very nice city. It was in the legislative chamber here in the 19th century that the various provinces came together and formed a federation that became a dominion and eventually what Canada is today. Although it wasn't a declaration of independence, it is like Independence Hall is in Philadelphia to us. PEI is quite pastoral and looks like a giant diary farm with some small towns and one small city.

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Old 03-22-2011, 04:38 PM   #16
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Such great information. I've been wanting to go to NL for years. They do lots of tv advertising in my area. I have no idea when we'll be able to make such a trip, but you've all really got me excited. Can't wait!
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:59 PM   #17
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No big cities! Been to Toronto, been to Montreal, got the t-shirt. We like country and small villages....and rural type people.
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:47 PM   #18
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Well, y'all will love it down east then, even the big cities down there are relatively small. And the history is so thick, you can spread it like peanut butter on bread.

Last year, Québec celebrated the 400th anniversary of its colonization. Two hundred and fifty-six years ago, the British uprooted all the French inhabitants of Acadia (now known as Nova Scotia) and sent them off to the four corners of the world.

There's more recent history too; Newfoundland only joined the Confederation of Canada in 1949. The Confederation Bridge, which joins Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick on the mainland was only completed in 1997, becoming the world’s longest bridge over ice-covered water (it's 8 miles long).

PEI is a tiny little province, the smallest one we have, but it looms big in history too: it was where the original discussions were held to consider Confederation, in Charlottetown. Two or three days there, and you can drive around some of the prettiest landscape you can imagine and see its famed red soil. If you are an Anne of Green Gables fan, you will be in 7th heaven.

Anyway, we travelled around there in 2006, tomorrow I'll dig up some photos I took that you might find interesting.
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:23 AM   #19
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Well, y'all will love it down east then, even the big cities down there are relatively small. And the history is so thick, you can spread it like peanut butter on bread.

Last year, Québec celebrated the 400th anniversary of its colonization. Two hundred and fifty-six years ago, the British uprooted all the French inhabitants of Acadia (now known as Nova Scotia) and sent them off to the four corners of the world.

There's more recent history too; Newfoundland only joined the Confederation of Canada in 1949. The Confederation Bridge, which joins Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick on the mainland was only completed in 1997, becoming the world’s longest bridge over ice-covered water (it's 8 miles long).

PEI is a tiny little province, the smallest one we have, but it looms big in history too: it was where the original discussions were held to consider Confederation, in Charlottetown. Two or three days there, and you can drive around some of the prettiest landscape you can imagine and see its famed red soil. If you are an Anne of Green Gables fan, you will be in 7th heaven.

Anyway, we travelled around there in 2006, tomorrow I'll dig up some photos I took that you might find interesting.
My ancestors were in that group kicked out of Acadia by the British. We are heading back there for a family reunion, actually both sides of the family are having reunions on the same weekend, one in Bridgeport, Conn. and one in Madawaska, Maine. We will be roaming around the area for awhile so I'm taking lots of notes.

Thanks for keeping this thread going, Dan
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Hi Matt & Virginia;

If you plan to stop in Algonquin Park, and you should, we are just south and east of there in Bancroft, Ontario. We have space for a trailer, no water or dump but you can get free water in town. We are presently camping near Fort Worth, Texas and have really enjoyed your state.

Let me know if we can be of help.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:27 AM   #21
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Icebergs! Icebergs comes from the north, float down the Labrador coast and then around both sides of Newfoundland. The Titanic was sunk by one of them off Nfld and NS.

Some years more, some years less, but you should be able to see some. They call the small ones "bergy bits", a phrase I've never been able to say out loud.

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Some of our favorite places to visit and tour are the Eastern Canadian Provinces. We spent a month back in the mid 80's with our 66 Overlander traveling through Maine, New Brunwick (Bay of Fundy NP was wonderful, bought lobsters from fishermen on the docks). Attended the International Gathering of the Clans in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Had a great time in Louisbourg NP. The living history fort was a blast. Cape Bretton NP is a must do and one of the most beautiful on the East coast (my opinion). We spent much of our time exploring small towns with really cool names like Antgonish, Tadamagouch, etc. We really wanted to ferry across to Newfoundland but the high cost of the ferry was not in our reach at the time. On our way back to Michigan we took the Northern route through New Brunswick up to the St. Lawrence. We then went South along the sea way through many neat small towns. We crossed over to Quebec City and then down through Montreal and Northern Ontario. Throughout the entire trip the people we met were simply wonderful.
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Halifax is another city on a wonderful harbor. It has a good museum where among other things you can learn about massive explosion that leveled a good part of the city during WW I when a ship full of munitions blew up in the harbor. Halifax seemed like a nice place to live.
We camped at Porters Lake Provinical Park; it's about 40 minutes from downtown Halifax. Halifax has lots of great places to eat (and some nice outdoor gear stores); we went into the city twice for dinner. I agree that it seems like a nice place to live.

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There's a national park (Fundy NP) in NB east of St. John. I've never stopped there, but I think there's camping where you will be close to the Bay.
We camped here at Headquarters campground. Decent campground although a bit less private than we'd like. Very steep towing down into the campground. You can walk into Alma, a small lobstering village on the Bay of Fundy, but there isn't much other civilization around. We did the fresh lobster thing. The main goal here was to kayak around nearby tidal Hopewell Rocks; two hours before we paddled around them we were walking on the sea floor next to them.

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Canadian Kids: We enjoyed your blog. Noted your Big Bend photo. I camped there at least twice a year for twenty five years.
Sorry to change the subject on my own thread.
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:00 PM   #25
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Signal Hill: There is a narrow passage into the harbor at St. John's. That was a good thing in WW II. The harbor is protected from the seaside by hills, and Signal Hill is on the north side. There's a lighthouse up there now, but long ago there was a building (I think it had been a hospital) where Marconi sent the first transatlantic radio message.

When we were there it was cold and foggy, so the view was somewhat limited, but still wonderful. Sometimes you can see icebergs float by.

Part way up the hill is a hotel with great views from the rooms. We stayed there in 2004. The place was getting rundown.

St. John's has been settled for many hundreds of years and the old town surrounds the harbor and is pretty interesting. There are suburbs that look like everywhere else. Close to the harbor we ate at a good Chinese restaurant, but it's too long ago to remember the name. I had to get something fixed at the Toyota dealer and they bent over backwards to help, something that a lot of big city dealers don't do. In fact when I discovered the problem, I stopped at a dealer in Gander and he figured out what was wrong (no charge) and called the St. John's dealer, they had the part overnighted from Halifax and it was waiting for me when I got to St. Johns.

I think it been mentioned, but there's a bird sanctuary near St. Mary's, sort of south of St. John's. I'd seen it on one of those PBS wildlife programs. There was only one other car when we were there, so we had it to ourselves. You can look down many hundreds of feet to the Atlantic and see countless birds. Some are the ones that wrap their necks around each other. I think those are gannets.

The closed place to Europe in North America is south of St. John's—maybe 20 miles. There are WW II fortifications there if you want to explore what those were like.

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Hello: I see that there are no recent posts. I am planning a trip to Newfoundland in late Aug and early Sept this year. I have read the posts and it seems to be a great adventure. A few questions for the group. Are dogs welcome in general? Also, is water and pumpout a problem? I am hoping to stay out of commercial campgrounds for the most part, but if i need to use one for pumpout avery few days that is fine too.

Has anyone taken any of the boats along the south coast? I realize that the rig must stay behind. Any thoughts, suggestions etc will be very welcome.
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Provincial Historic Site <== this is "places to go" in NL

Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada <== this digs deeper into the touristy side of the Province.

And don't forget Labrador. It's the big, triangular shaped part of Canada at the top right of the main mass of land. It serves to stop boats from bumping into Québec.

Provincial Parks of PEI - Prince Edward Island <==where you can camp with your TT

Newfoundlanders are very dog-friendly. In fact, the Province even has it's own breed of dog, the Newfoundland, oddly enough. They are easy to mistake for small bears, until you see the endearing, playful look in their eyes. Bears, not so much.

Both the dogs and the human inhabitants of the island are affectionatly called "Newfies", and are known for a twangy, Irish-liltish accent. The humans that is.

It does appear pricey to take your TT over on the ferry, and it isn't obvious (to me) exactly how to price it out. Get your dimensions (total length of both vehicles, trailer height) and call the number on their reservation site to have an accurate idea of how much.

I have personally never been to NL, only the nearby Provinces (NS, NB, PEI), but anyone that I have spoken to LOVED Newfoundland.

Have a great trip! Oh, and don't be afraid to call the help numbers indicated in the Provincial sites I listed. I have done this many times, and always find them to be answered by very friendly, helpful, and patient people.
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I'll post later today or tomorrow to answer your questions.

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