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Old 08-09-2013, 01:34 PM   #1
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Quebec & North Side of St Lawrence

We traveled around the Gaspe' Peninsula a couple of years ago and were completely charmed. We now would like to journey the north shore of the St Lawrence, perhaps going up to Lac-Staint-Jean. It will be the end of the season up there, but we enjoy that time of year.

Does anyone have any recommendations or experiences to share?

We will likely return through New England in mid-October. Three of the four states we are missing in our camping history are Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The fourth is Delaware. Then we'll have to start over, I guess.

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Old 08-09-2013, 01:53 PM   #2
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We haven't taken the trailer that far east (yet) but we've visited that part of the world and loved it. Watch out for antique stores, it's easy to come back with a huge treasure trove

I've recommended this a couple of times before, but if you've got an iPhone, iPad or Android device then the Camp & RV app is a fantastic resource for finding great places to stay.
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Old 08-09-2013, 03:26 PM   #3
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Yup - I have begun my research with AllStays. Lots of info there. Pat
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:29 AM   #4
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Quebec?

What is the language barrier like near Quebec?
We are apprehensive about going deep into Canada. Is it a friendly area for US citizens?
What about exchange rates?
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Yes, Yes and YES. Canada is always a friendly place and yes there is a language barrier in Quebec but it has never prevented us from going or having a great time while there. I always tell people if you've always wanted to visit Europe but don't think you will then go to Quebec. The old town is such a nice place to stroll about. If you have time they have a very nice zoo also. It's out of town but if you like zoos, go. Beware, parking is a bear so be forewarned. It is the only walled city in North America.

OH, the exchange is just about even. Gas is expensive. If you use a credit card check for one that won't hit you with international fees.

Go and have a great time.
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Have not taken the trailer but have made several trips to Quebec City over the last 15 years. Have driven up the north side of the St. Lawrence on day trips in the rental car several times. Language is not a problem at all. They speak French but are very friendly and understanding of English only visitors. The drive itself is just spectacular. I think it would be a good place to go with a trailer. Not sure of campgrounds. On Il de Orlens just nord of Quebec City there is a campground in a very rural setting. I would stay there a few days and enjoy Quebec City and the surrounding area.
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I defiantly will check credit card out thanks for the heads up.
We are come up from Ohio through New York to Boston then up the eastern seaboard to Maine. We planned to enter Canada and stay in Saint Andrew and try whale watching then head to Quebec then back through Maine to Vermont
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When we made our last trip to Canada a few years ago we stayed outside Plattsburg, NY and made an early morning border crossing. It was easy and fast. No delay at all. Groceries are expensive in Canada so you might want to plan a pit stop on the US side. I don't know what if any food restrictions apply to crossing into Canada. We were never stopped and checked. However, on the return trip back into the US they are very careful and will seize any citrus fruit. So if you acquire any while in Canada or even if you have some you brought from home plan to eat it or toss it before you cross back south. Also, no pepper spray and no weapons. We have only been checked one time and it was returning into the US. It was no problem at all but they found 2 lemons in the refrig and took them. The border crossings are usually un-eventful.
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The exchange rate has swung back in favour of US visitors: you now get CAD$1.10 for a USD. Of course, where you do the exchange will impact a lot on the rate you actually get.

If you want to be sure you are not raked over for exchange fees on credit cards, take an estimate of what you will need in Travellers Cheques. Yes, they are still accepted in most places.

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We stopped at the Quebec City South KOA last summer, having driven up through New Hampshire and Vermont from Plymouth MA. The campground is on an industrial trading park and a bit cramped but the people who run were really nice and I don't think I've ever seen a better stocked store - beer and wine were in good supply.

From there we took a bus into Old Quebec City; it was inexpensive, picked up at the KOA and dropped us at the Chateau Frontenac. It was a good way to avoid the traffic and the parking problems.

Most of the Quebeckers we encountered were happy to speak English although I'd always recommend that you try to open conversations with a bit of French, even if it's only to ask if they speak English; I found that the locals really appreciated that I tried. It's also good to have a little bit of French because the road signs are all in the local language. Coming back through Montreal and the constant road construction there, we realised that it's a good thing to understand your gauche from your droit with all the temporary signs everywhere.

That said, get up there and enjoy a little bit of Europe without crossing the Atlantic!
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