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Old 06-24-2009, 06:24 PM   #15
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NB Campground Suggestion

We led a caravan from Maine, through NB, Cape Breton and PEI last summer. I must say one of my favorite campgrounds was in NB.

Kiwanis Oceanfront Campground
Oceanfront Camping Campground - St. Andrews New Brunswick Canada - all facilities
Ocean views, friendly, walk to the village.
St Andrews By The Sea

This was our first stop after crossing from Maine to NB. Stopping for a break in St. Stephen's. Town of St. Stephen, the chocolate capital of Canada. Shopping, museum.

Definitely get to the Bay of Fundy, Hopewell Cape, and kayak the bay at high tide and walk the beach at low tide. There are reasonable tours and kayak rentals right there.
Welcome to New Brunswick's Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy
Very nearby is a small campground, Ponderosa Pines Park Family Campground, Map of Ponderosa Pines Family Campground, Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick, or stay in Moncton, which is a city and not too far of a drive. There's also the Fundy National Park, more of a drive.

Another hint....
After Nova Scotia or Cape Breton, drive to Caribou, Nova Scotia and take the ferry to Wood Island, PEI. The boat ride over is free, the pay for the trip off island, via the bridge. PEI Nova Scotia Ferry Service — NFL Ferries

Camping on PEI:
Bayside RV Campground - Prince Edward Island


Have fun...
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:07 PM   #16
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Hi Dukester
I tried to reply to your private message, but you are not able to receive messages on airforums and your email address was undeliverable....

...to narrow it down....

If I was coming to PEI for the first time, and enjoyed the arts and cycling, I would be in luck. As well as the other ideas I mentioned...
I would consider camping in a central location, for day trips. Bayside RV that I mentioned earlier and Marcopololand are two that I would recommend in central PEI that are both clean and dog friendly. Both of these are about 30 minutes from Charlottetown.
In Eastern PEI, Brudenell is a nice provincial Park that is about 40 minutes east of Charlottetown, it is on the Brudenell River, so it is nice for kayaking, but not for swimming. Red Point Provincial Campground is quite far east, 5 minutes past Souris and quite far away from town, but it in located on a beautiful beach....Personally, I prefer the east end of the Island to the west for a base for touring. I live east of Charlottetown now, but grew up on the western part of the Island. Definately tour it all. The windmills, for example, in West Cape are very cool.

OK- some arts culture highlilghts of the Island (that I know of...I am sure that there are many more you would enjoy that I don't know of)
-When you get to PEI, grab a free copy of "The Buzz" which is a monthy newspaper of the arts & entertainment happening on the Island. You can also read it at www.buzzon.com
also, check out www.festivalspei.com for festivals and events happening while you are here, fiddle festivals, concerts, etc.

East:
-I would recommend that you go to a ceilidh while here, and have heard that the One in Orwell Corner is fun. It is a historic village located about 30 minutes east of Charlottetown. The number for reservations is 902 651-8515. www.orwellcorner.ca
- I have heard good things about the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown, which is close to Brudenell Campground. The Georgetown Inn is a nice place to eat, to make a night of it.

In the Charlottetown area, I would recommend a meal or drinks on Victoria Row, which is downtown. The street is closed to traffic and on most weekend nights, there is live music on the street and outside tables to sit at. It is Jazz music quite often.
-Harness Racing (well, this is PEI culture, folks!)
-The Anne of Green Gables Musical is great at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
-as I mentioned before there are some great restaurants (Hunters on Kent for steaks and huge portions of grub, Sirenellos for Italien, and many many others)
-Lobster suppers- or just be like one of us, bring it back to the campground, and go to your picnic table, cover it with plastic and/or newspaper and dive in!

If you would like to read a book that truely speaks "PEI" pick up a copy of David Weale's book entitled "Them Times" and read it while at the beach. David is an Island Historian and storyteller, and if you see that he is speaking anywhere while you are here, go.

Ok..that is all I can think of for now....
oh, yes, the Confederation Trail is a cycling trail that goes from one end of the Island to the other. (used to be the railroad) They will have maps on where you can pick up a trail at Tourist Information Centre. I like the trail. It is peaceful.
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Old 06-27-2009, 06:02 PM   #17
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Yearning for PEI

All this talk of PEI makes me want to head north again!
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:04 AM   #18
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Many thanks Pam & Melissa. Great rec's. Getting close to departure day (this Wed!). David Weale's book ("Them Times") especially sounds like a great way to while away some time by the water!
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Old 06-28-2009, 01:17 PM   #19
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Have a great trip...

When you get to the East Coast, check into some of the WBCCI Units that may be hosting events. You may want to check in and visit a bit.

We are in Massachusetts and are happy to make suggestions for stopping as you come through.

Have a safe trip across. Which route are you taking? We have traveled across to Washington State and CA via 90 and 80. As well as coming back across from San Clemente. So much to see. Have a great time.
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Old 07-17-2009, 03:53 PM   #20
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Small world

I just returned from Lunenburg and while driving by the campground there spotted a beautiful late model Airstream with a couple of folks sitting out behind.I stopped to say Hi and learned it was dukester who is the streamer who started this thread.
Earlier in this thread Melissa (silverbeauty) was giving some advice to dukester on what to see and do when they get to Prince Edward Island.I had stopped in on the Canadian Atlantic Unit's rally in Lunenburg last week to say Hi and saw Melissa's trailer there but they were out at the time.
Found it to be a coincidence that dukester was parked in the exact site that silverbeauty was parked in last week.
I enjoyed my conversation with dukester and his wife and again my feeling was reinforced on what a great bunch of folks Airstreamers are.
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It is too bad that we missed each other, Mike. Would have liked to see you again!
I wish that I would have remembered to point out that our Canadian Atlantic Unit would be in Lunenburg at the time.....it is a strange coincidence that we would end up in the same site.
Lunenburg is such a great town. I didn't realize how great it is until spending the rally weekend there. And, the park was a great base, walk downtown in 5 minutes, yet quiet!
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I hope you guys are having a great time Dukester.
I made a small mistake on the Lobster Supper recommendation, It is New Glasgow Lobster Supper in New Glasgow, not St. Anns. You can't really go wrong with a lobster supper though.........
We just spend the weekend in the Airstream. Back to work tomorrow for a few days.
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Vista Bay Campground PEI

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Old 08-25-2009, 08:11 PM   #24
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We're in the middle of our trip - left Levis, QC on Monday and then an overnight at Cap-Can on the Gaspe' last night. That was a surprisingly pleasant cg on the beach. For the next six nights we are an Tete d'Indien near Perce'. Another beautiful place and we're pleased as punch to be here. Bayside on PEi is almost next, then NS.

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We wanted to thank all who provided such excellent suggestions on this thread. We thoroughly enjoyed the Maritimes. Everyone we encountered was a pleasure and the sheer beauty of the region was more than picture perfect. Here's a quick (yeah, right...) synopsis of our travels in case it helps anyone else.

We took I95 in ME and crossed over at Woodstock. The border was a piece of cake with friendly agents. Our first night was near Shediac (NB) at the Camping Plage Gagnon Beach RV park. Excellent family oriented CG on the shore. Great views and super nice fellow campers. French was the primary language as many were from Quebec. There's a commercial fishing pier down the road (the CG will recommend it) that retails fresh lobster. Shediac claims to be the lobster capital of the world. Pick them out, have them cook'em, crack'em, and then take'em back to your rig for an amazingly cheap meal at your picnic table overlooking the Bay. There's also a good farmers market in Shediac with all the fixings and live entertainment. Our next stop was Digby (NS). Nice but no big deal here. We were killing time before our next stop. Just north is Anapolis Royal which is nice scenic area with a quaint downtown and lots of galleries & shops. If you want to do this area of the Bay of Fundy, there is a nice CG that has big level sites right on the water. Very nice & super clean. Can't remember the name but it is between Digby and Anapolis Royal.

Our next stop was one of our favorites which was Lunenburg on the Atlantic coast. Would highly recommend the Lunenburg Board of Trade Campground. It is owned and run by the visitor's center which is right there. The best thing is that you can walk to town and it sits on a hill surrounded on three sides by water. By all means, hit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. It's one of the best and most informative places I have ever encountered. The tall ships were there in port at the time and docked next to the museum. Most could be boarded and explored. We thought we would be there for an hour or two but easily whiled away most of the day. The town is both a tourist spot and a working port and they do a good job of integrating the two. We kept walking by an old historic storefront called Adams & Knickle. We couldn't figure out what they did or sold so we finally walked in and asked. They are a scallop fishing company with three commercial boats. After BS'ing with one of the owners for the good part of an hour, he mentioned that they had a boat coming in on a Thur and that they would be selling a small portion of the 20,000 lb catch to the locals at 8am sharp that next morning. We lined up with fifty or so locals who all knew each other and true to his word they were selling 5 lb containers for about $7 per lb. They were the best scallops we've ever had even after freezing the majority of what we bought. Another scenic town just north of Lunenburg is Mahone Bay. These two towns are supposedly the most scenic in NS. Hard to disagree.

The rest of the month in NS was spent in Antigonish and Cape Bretton. Cape Bretton was what I have always heard about in NS. Uncomparable raw beauty. Be prepared for tiny narrow roads. Local advice is to do the drive from west to east to afford you the inside lane. So much info is available regarding Cape Bretton that I'll fast forward to the next leg of the trip.

After a month in NS, we spent most of the next month over in PEI. PEI is accessable by bridge (to NB) and ferry (to NS). You can use either for free coming to the island. Fees kick in when you leave. The ferry is considerably more expensive than the bridge so a good plan is to take the ferry from NS to PEI and then leave on the bridge for NB. The ferry will also save considerable time vs. driving from NS. PEI was a nice laid back kind of place in a seductive way. We stayed at a CG called Holiday Haven which also had super nice sites right on the water. This is a popular CG with locals who drop an RV there for a month or two as a summer getaway. The other attraction to this CG is its vicinity to Charlottetown (several miles away) and other popular attractions like Rustico and Cavendish (Anne of Green Gables fame) which are both about 20 miles away. If you're an Anne fan, then there was a highly recommended (by locals) CG near Cavendish called Marco Polo. We're not Anne fans and found Cavendish too touristy BUT just down the road is Rustico which is a whole different story. N. Rustico has a commercial pier where we spent an evening BS'ing with some folks. Turns out we were there on the eve of Tuna season (which lasts one week with another week in Oct). It's a big deal in town. All fish are purchased for the Japanese sushi market. One 1,000 lb tuna can translate into $100K by the time it is sliced and diced in Japan. They were hoping for half a dozen or maybe a dozen fish the first day. The town gathers to celebrate at the pier when the fish come in. Although we were back over on the other side of the island the next day, we heard on local radio that they caught 25 tuna on the first day! PEI is home to the famous lobster suppers. One excellent place is the Fisherman's Wharf in N. Rustico. The lobster was of course excellent, but a nice side perk was the unlimited mussels which comes with the salad bar. They get crowded but its well worth it.

We wound the trip down by taking the 8 mile Confederation Bridge back to NB. The bridge is the longest in the world and one of Canada's top engineering marvels. Our next stop was St. Andrews. Thanks to Pam's recommendation (here on the forum), the Kiwanis Oceanfront Campground was an excellent finale to the trip. Fantastic water front sites just minutes from scenic downtown St. Andrews. There's a great farmers market there on Sat with food from all around the globe. If you like middle eastern (baba ganouj, stuffed grape leaves, etc), there is a couple that makes everything from scratch. They will insist you try everything they offer which is a meal in itself. Don't hold back, it's all well worth it. St. Andrews is also a great spot to hit just before crossing the border (30 min. from Calais).

It's a bit impossible to sum up a couple of months in a few paragraphs but perhaps some of this might be useful for those in the planning stages of a trip. Feel free to contact me if you have specific questions. Thanks again to all who helped us have what was one of our best trips to date!
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Dukester,
Can you please share with us where you stayed in Cape Breton?? We didn't make it there this trip, and I had a few options for cg, but no recommendations. Thanks! Hope to make it back to the Maritimes soon!
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Brainy, Page and I stayed at the KOA in Cabot Trail/North Sidney and found it to be very nice. The folks were friendly and we had a great view of the water. Too windy for our kayaks, though.

As the campground is very close to the NF ferry, we met several folks who were camped there waiting for their jump-off to Newfoundland.

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Hi Brainy - If you want to stay in the Baddeck area I would recommend Bras D'Or Lakes Campground and Baddeck Cabot Trail Campground. We also ran into some people who liked the KOA that pmclemore recommends as well.
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