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Old 01-25-2019, 08:39 AM   #29
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Road Geezer,
Since we live near Boston, and my wife's family is from New Brunswick (NB), we are are fairly familiar with northern New England and the Maritimes.

PM me (callmedave) if you'd like our input re routes and places to stay. We have friends and family who might let you boondock. I'll reply as soon as I can.
While we don't have room here in Cohasset, there is a state park in the next town over. You can easily catch a train into Boston from there. We'd be happy to give you tips on what to do.
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Old 01-25-2019, 09:06 AM   #30
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I suggest the following:

(1) Don't visit NS in June. May and June = black fly season. The reason why that other poster said that you should not have a problem finding a camp site in June? Everybody knows its black fly season. They stay away.

(2) If you decide that you will have "must-camp" stops on your itinerary, reserve just those spots ON THE VERY DAY THE RESERVATION SYSTEM OPENS. I strongly suggest reading this so that you can get a feel for the degree of campsite competition:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-...arks-1.3523025

(3) Correct on the Cape Breton Highlands as being a must-do. Many people hauling trailers drop them at a campground and drive around in their TVs (there are multiple other threads on that). There are a couple of National Park campgrounds but they tend to be totally booked well in advance. You might score a drive-up site based on a cancellation, but your chances are not good unless the weather is godawful on that day.

(4) Boondocking has been categorically prohibited in Nova Scotia for about 15 years now. However, the prohibitions are not universally enforced - and it depends on context and intention. In northeastern Nova Scotia, I frequently see people Wallydocking in Port Hawkesbury and Sydney without interference (avoid North Sydney). The government walked back its original sweeping prohibition - you can read an excerpt here:

http://www.acornwall.ca/rv_ban_update.html

Hope this helps. I will leave you with two pics of my off-grid summer property in eastern Cape Breton. In 2017, I had the private road and parking pad put in for our Airstream. My husband and I are gradually thinning out the forest for a lake view. I don't think it looks much like Ohio.





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Old 01-25-2019, 09:57 AM   #31
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Personally I won't even consider camping in most parts unless it's August or later. Even in May you can encounter a lot of bugs. If you're near swamp forget it. And NS has a lot of it.
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Old 01-25-2019, 03:11 PM   #32
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We're leaving from San Francisco right after Easter and expect to arrive in the Maritime Provinces area around mid June. We'd like not to have to make camping reservations as our itinerary before that includes a lot of visits with friends and relatives. I realize this is the high tourist season; and we are happy dry camping whenever needed.

My questions. Based on your experience:

Is it possible to get campsites in private and/or provincial campgrounds on a walk up basis, or by making a reservation a day or two before arrival?

Are there places to camp overnight along a roadside, in fields, or at some sort of parking lot like, say a Walmart?

Thanks for your help.

Paul
We drove eastbound in 2014 and stopped at Walmart in Riviere Du Loup, Quebec and Fredericton. We didn't explore then as we were heading to Newfoundland. The Riviere Du Loup Walmart had over 20 rigs by nightfall and we even had wi-fi. We stayed at the Fredericton Walmart towards the south part of the city - the other one was more in the centre with a crowded parking lot.

We also found campgrounds outside Halifax and Louisburg by driving up - this was in late June/early July. I don't recall the Halifax campground - it was OK and busy with a passing Class A caravan.
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We drove eastbound in 2014 and stopped at Walmart in Riviere Du Loup, Quebec and Fredericton. We didn't explore then as we were heading to Newfoundland. The Riviere Du Loup Walmart had over 20 rigs by nightfall and we even had wi-fi. We stayed at the Fredericton Walmart towards the south part of the city - the other one was more in the centre with a crowded parking lot.

We also found campgrounds outside Halifax and Louisburg by driving up - this was in late June/early July. I don't recall the Halifax campground - it was OK and busy with a passing Class A caravan.
Not sure what the attraction to staying at walmart's are. There is a nice camp municipal camp ground in Riviere du loup. Not that far from the Walmart. Right along the water. There are some sights of the water but not that many since these are taken by seasonal campers. There is usually space for last minute campers, but you can also book online.
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Is it true that you canít make a ferry reservation from Nova Scotia to PEI or from PEI to Nova Scotia if you only plan on taking the ferry one way? ( and taking the bridge the other way)
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Old 01-27-2019, 06:37 AM   #35
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Is it true that you canít make a ferry reservation from Nova Scotia to PEI or from PEI to Nova Scotia if you only plan on taking the ferry one way? ( and taking the bridge the other way)
Not according to the website. But ferry's run every couple of hours so if you miss one there will be another.
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Not sure what the attraction to staying at walmart's are. There is a nice camp municipal camp ground in Riviere du loup. Not that far from the Walmart. Right along the water. There are some sights of the water but not that many since these are taken by seasonal campers. There is usually space for last minute campers, but you can also book online.
I was replying to an earlier poster who inquired if there were any places to stop overnight. We were heading directly to Newfoundland so it would have been pointless to pay for an overnight campground there or in Fredericton.
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