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Old 05-14-2012, 02:43 PM   #29
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In my Junior year of high school, 1968, my best friend and I sat in the back of the classroom (I forget the subject!) and looked through the old National Geographics that were stored there. Looking at an article about Newfoundland we read: "the Straight of Belle Isle, icebergs can be seen there...". We decided to drive his Karman Ghia there that summer. It was a terrific trip - even if the locals did drive by our campsite all night to get a glimpse of the hippies. When we approached some fishermen to take us in their boat to see some icebergs up close we didn't get any takers.

Later we decided to drive to Alaska, which we did in 1971.

Last year my wife and I drove back to AK (we've flown there several times) and this year we are going to PEI. My mother's family was from PEI and we used to go every year until my grandmother died and that was before the bridge and before our Airstream.
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We visited Maritimes last summer - great. Did not go to Newfoundland - too $$$. We LOVED PEI. If you go there, stay at Bayside RV - owned by 2 great Airstream guys - get AS discount. You will love it there and be treated special. From there you can visit the entire island. Make sure to go to a keileigh (sp?) at Braxton Beach - super music and fun.
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Old 05-14-2012, 03:20 PM   #31
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Make sure to go to a keileigh (sp?) at Braxton Beach - super music and fun.
It's spelled "Céilidh" and means "gathering". Usually involves dramatic amounts of alcoholic beverages.
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They built a highway around the coast of Labrador recently so you could travel far north to places few ever see. I doubt there are any campgrounds, but check.

Contact Newfoundland tourism. Their maps and tourist books are very good (or were in 2004).

People used to camp in the gov't gravel pits. At some point years ago they tried to close them, but the uproar made them open them again. They might still be available.

Give yourself plenty of time. It is bigger than you think. Prepare for really bad weather. It wasn't too bad when we were there, but it can be.

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Unless you have more than a month do not consider any of the lower Maritime Provinces for other than short overnights. They will still be thee for next year.

Make your reservations for the ferry both ways as early as possible. You don't want to be stuck in the overflow line.

The ferry to Labrador is easy on so no reservations required. Battle Harbor off Labrador is a great trip for a day. Picture below along with the statue, the whale and the ship, at the entrance to L' Anse Aux Meadows National Park.

I should mention that if you plan to go to Labrador Wal Mart, up there, sell mosquito jackets there are a must.
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Old 05-14-2012, 03:48 PM   #34
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We visited Nova Scotia and PEI last fall. Loved both, and want to go back with our Airstream. Ventured into NB only far enough to take the bridge onto PEI. BTW - it's free to get onto the island, but costly to drive off. We took the ferry to NS instead and headed to Cape Breton. We'd love to get to Newfoundland and Labrador. Unbelievably, it's further to there from the Chicago area than it is to Vancouver BC. I guess it's good to be centrally located, but.....sheesh. It's funny, on NS we were told not to bother with PEI - nothing but sand. At the tourist bureau at the foot of the bridge to PEI, we were told not to bother going back to NS - more to do in NB. It's all beautiful, but we found food and lodging to be more pricey than expected - good reason to take your own!
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Thanks to all for the thoughts and advice. I will keep planning. The weather sounds like it can be a challenge. Wet dogs and and Airstream are not the very best combination. We shall see. Doug
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It's funny, on NS we were told not to bother with PEI - nothing but sand. At the tourist bureau at the foot of the bridge to PEI, we were told not to bother going back to NS - more to do in NB. It's all beautiful, but we found food and lodging to be more pricey than expected - good reason to take your own!
Of the Maritime Provinces PEI is the most beautiful and Newfoundland is the most adventurous. You were sold the biggest bill of goods since the Brooklyn Bridge.
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I wonder what happened to the OP—did he go? Did he tell anyone about it on another thread?

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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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Doug,

Greetings from the Rock! We are still new to Airstreaming, this being our first trailer of any kind. All our outdoor adventures up to the arrival of the aluminum tube have been of the canoe and tent variety. I will do my best to answer your questions however.

The weather is normally very pleasant in late August / early September, although a bit cool in the evenings. Not sure how to express the temperature in imperial units, and metric may not be much help to you, so I would characterize it by saying you can still wear shorts during the day and a sweater / jacket and pants at night. The mosquito's are effectively over by mid August so unless you travel north toward Labrador you shouldn't get eaten. Most of the whales will have migrated by then, and icebergs will be rare, even on the north coast.

I have not heard of a campground that was not welcoming to pets. This is after all the home of the Newfoundland dog and the Labrador retriever. The only rules I've come across are the common ones - keep them on a leash and pick up after them.

As far as I am aware, every park has at least centralized water and a dumping station. The majority of our stays have been in the two national parks (Gros Morne and Terra Nova) and several provincial parks. They all have serviced and non-services camp sites. Services will either be full (30-50amp, water, sewer) or partially serviced which is usually just water and power. There are a variety of commercial campgrounds as well. The cities of St. John's and Corner Brook each have great municipal campgrounds with full hook-ups. I've stayed in both and would recommend them.

I met up with a WBCCI caravan as they were touring Newfoundland last summer. They mostly stayed at commercial campgrounds, some of which I had never even heard of. I understand they had a great experience. I can PM you the contact details of the caravan leaders if you wish. They would have good information on these places.

The South Coast - now that is adventurous. Not that long ago it was possible to travel the entire southern width of the province by coastal boat, putting in at every community to deliver the mail and supplies to the landlocked villages. Some of the communities are linked with a road now, so the boats only service the places in between. It should still be very interesting though. I see you enjoy photography so take your camera, as the vistas should be stunning. The easiest access would be to leave the AS at J.T. Cheeseman provincial park near Port-aux-Basques and drive east to the ferry at Harbour le Cou. You can probably take a day trip on the boat to La Poile Bay and see Lapoile and Grand Bruit (pronounced Grand Brit). There is a restored stone lighthouse in Rose Blanche that may be interesting to photograph. Last time I was there it was still a ruin.

The Harbour le Cou ferry trip is probably nice, but for just a bit more fuel I would go for the Burgeo run. Burgeo is a three hour drive (on a paved secondary highway) from the Trans Canada highway about two hours north of Port-aux-Basques. Sandbanks provincial park in Burgeo is situated on the ocean and very scenic, according to friends of ours who camped there last summer. From Burgeo you have the option to take the coastal ferry to the island of Ramea, where there are B&B's if you wish to stay the night. The ferry continues on from Ramea to Grey River and Francois, and then backtracks to Burgeo. The coastal scenery is by all accounts spectacular - rugged, mountainous and alive with nature.

On the eastern side of the south coast there are two similar ferry runs - one in Fortune Bay and one in Bay D'espoir. I don't know much about these or that area in general, but can ask around if you like. It would be a bit of a drive to get there from the Trans Canada.

Several others have submitted posts describing places to visit and things to see in the province, and they were very kind in their descriptions. For some reason we seem to get the nicest tourists.

If you have any specific questions about planning your trip feel free to PM me - I'll help if I can. Hope you have a memorable visit!

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Don thanks for the thorough response. Remind me what "PM" means and i will,contact you. Your description of temperature using shorts in the daytime is great. I am pretty fluent in Celsius. Doug
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We rarely stayed in RV parks, finding lots of places to camp along rural areas. People will stop to talk to you; friendliest people I've ever seen.
RV parks were typical of anywhere else. We used them to take on water and dump.
It was a great trip.
We went "early" to go to the "Iceberg Festival" in St. Andrews and it was a disappointment, as was the fact that we were too early for icebergs, only seeing two. Once we got home I looked on my iceberg tracker site and there were a plethora of them all along the places we'd visited. We should have planned to be there late June instead of early June. But it was still, all in all, a wonderful trip. We got a kick out of being closer to Europe than our home in South Texas. As we say here in Texas, "It's a fur piece to go."
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