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Old 11-10-2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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Smile Traveling To Newfoundland From Ontario

Starting to plan our big trip for next summer, and I need some suggestions as to best routes (meaning good roads), and great campsites. I think we will take 3 weeks or so. We plan to start from near the Mississauga area going easterly through Ontario, into Quebec(but maybe through VT, NH, and Maine), then through New Brunswick, PEI, Cape Breton, then Newfoundland.

I don't really know if that is enough time and don't want to feel rushed. As far as driving time in a day maybe 8 hrs tops, but would like to spend 2 or 3 nights at really good stops along the way, if possible.
Open to words of wisdom from others who have travelled this route, and any advice is welcome for us newbies!
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:02 PM   #2
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Lots to see and do in the locations mentioned. I've done a trip from Ottawa to Newfoundland in an RV a couple of times, and many times without an RV. (Myself and my wife are from Newfoundland).

A couple of questions to help planning...

Have you done three week trips before? How many km would you expect to cover without being rushed?

We expect to cover about 3500km per week - but we love to drive and cover a lot of ground. 500km per day is a tough pace for most. (we covered 15k km on our 4wk trip out west this past summer).

Are there must see places on your list?

Quebec City,
Saguenay,
Gaspe
Bay of Fundy (NB)
Cavendish Beach (PEI)
Cape Breton Trails (NS)
Gros Morne National Park (NL)
L'Anse aux Meadows (NL)
Twillingate (NL)
Fogo Island (NL)
Terra Nova National Park (NL)
St. John's (NL)
St. Pierre (France)

There are two ferry options to Newfoundland. The longer travels from North Sydney NS to Argentia on the south coast of the Avalon Peninsula closer to St. John's. The shorter takes you into Port Aux Basque on the South West corner which is more convenient for visiting Gros Morne.

You will want to plan ahead and book early to secure a spot on the ferry and get a cabin. I would not take the trip without booking a cabin. The short trip is about 6 hours while the longer trip to Argentia is 12 to 18 hours. You cannot stay in your car for the trip.

Many more items to discuss - but would need more input on what you like to do...
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:22 PM   #3
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Travelling to Newfoundland

Wow, lots more to think about! I have never done a 3 week vacation in a trailer, I am a newbie and we only did 3 trips this year, and Kingston was the furthest.
I will look at the 'must do' places, and look at some of your recommendations. I know I have to secure campsites, but I didn't think of the ferry so far in advance, and thanks for the cabin recommendation.
We have never been out east and really look forward to it. Would I save lots of time by travelling via USA? I love driving and don't tire that easily, but I do take lots of brakes to stretch the legs and check things out around the Airstream. So 8 hours would include all the stopping etc.

Yes, I will be happy to get more input as the plans unfold.

Thanks a bunch.
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:49 PM   #4
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Lots and lots to see and do. Golden Arm campground in N Sydney NS is a great campground only a couple of miles from the ferry. Good place to spend the night before the ferry ride. Grand Codroy Campground in Doyles, NL is a good campground for when you get off the ferry. Pippy Park in St. Johns is a great place to spend a while. With only 3 weeks my thought would be to get to NL by the quickest route possible and sped as much time in NL as possible. Save the in between for other trips. We went both up and back on the short ferry from N Sydney Several groups took the long ferry back from ST. Johns. That saves 2 or 3 days driving if you go though to St. Johns, You need to get the ferry reservations well in advance and stick to that schedule. There are lots of campgrounds, but the ferry is the controlling factor (and the most expense). In places the roads can be rough enough to slow you down quite a bit so do not plan it really tight. In NL we found that we needed to pack a lunch for day trips. Lots of beautiful things to see, but not as many places to eat lunch in some of the small fishing communities as you are probably used to.
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:22 PM   #5
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Nova Scotia is chock full of things to see and do.

One place we will never forget is the Fortress of Louisbourg. Originally founded in 1713 on a bay that had seen European visitors since 1590, it is a huge place with tons of interesting history. Since the Federal Government spearheaded a partial restoration of the immense site in the 1960s, it has taken on the look and feel of a real town from the early 18th century.

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Nova Scotia is chock full of things to see and do.

One place we will never forget is the Fortress of Louisbourg. Originally founded in 1713 on a bay that had seen European visitors since 1590, it is a huge place with tons of interesting history. Since the Federal Government spearheaded a partial restoration of the immense site in the 1960s, it has taken on the look and feel of a real town from the early 18th century.

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Parks Canada - Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site - Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
Completely agree - a wonderful place to visit. In NS there is also Annapolis Valley.

Not much time to be gained by going through the US. You end up being on back roads through Maine to get back to New Brunswick. Fastest way is through Quebec, south of the St. Lawrence. Mostly all divided highway now through New Brunswick. There was one last section from Rivere Du Loop QC to Edmonston NB that was under construction last time through (about a year ago).

(Side Note: I believe Edmonston has been under a state of constant road construction for the last 30 years. It seems that every time I've driven through dating back to 1979 when as a kid I drove with my parents coast to coast - there's been road construction in Edmonston)

A few notes about going to Newfoundland - try and avoid driving at night. There is a huge moose population. Not a problem during the day, but it can become a problem at night on the roads.

And pack warm clothes. Even in July and August depending on the wind direction it can get cold and damp. Lots of layers and don't forget the hats and gloves.

And don't let this discourage you from going - it's a unique spot. Well worth the trip.
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:15 PM   #7
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A great app to use for planning a trip is Allstream's Camp & RV. It comes for Android and Apple devices and works best on a tablet - I use ours on the iPad.

It has reviews, locations and maps for campgrounds ranging from private to Provincial Parks. It also marks dump stations and Walmarts that allow overnight stays.

Personally I think 3 weeks to NF is rushing it. We did a three week trip some years back, PEI, Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia and back. We had just about enough time to see what we wanted to see without rushing. Were it me, I'd either just go to NF, or not go at all and see PEI and Nova Scotia instead.

It's a wonderful trip.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:51 AM   #8
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Travelling to Newfoundland

Wow!, so much great advice from everyone on this forum. I think you have all saved me some time right at the beginning planning stages. I will now have to refocus on my final destination with the time frame that I am planning.

And thanks for the recommendations of some of the sights to see. Are there any must see's along the way that have been amazing? Any roads that were nail biters?
This will be a huge adventure for us, and I am sure there will be some great people to meet and sights to see.

I can't wait for it to all come together!
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Have you visited the old walled city of Quebec City? Just a fascinating place, similar to an old European city, with excellent bi-lingual tour guides. When we visited there (for a conference) we didn't have the AS with us, but I would think you could find a nice RV park nearby, drop the AS, and then drive to the parking area and tour the old city on foot.

We drove a bit east for a day's outing along the north shore of the St. Lawrence, and noticed places offering whale-watching tours as we drove north along the gulf.

We've not been to the Thousand Islands area of NY state, but it is supposed to be beautiful and perhaps not far off your route.

I think we'd do this as a loop route.
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I think a loop route would be perfect.

Go north to Montreal, then leave the highway at Trois-Rivières and take the 138 all along the northern banks of the St. Lawrence to Quebec City. Warning, the villages along the 138 are full of antique stores, so if you're susceptible to these kinds of thing, keep your eyes on the road

From Quebec, east to the coast and then south, return via the US. Sounds like an awesome trip.
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Newfoundland is a big destination all by itself - 3 weeks, including travel to and from - is not a lot of time to do it justice - particularly if you plan on taking in a lot of other sights along the way. My own gentle suggestion would be to make Newfoundland the primary focus of the trip - then - at some future date - take in New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia.

Newfoundland is an incredible place to visit - gorgeous scenery, deep culture and the friendliest folks you will ever meet - it's a safe bet that if you don't take the time to do your visit justice you will regret it.

Enjoy your trip (no matter what your choices),


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Not sure I can add much other than Maine coast and parks around Bar Harbor and Orchard Beach might be worth a visit.. Chiming in to subscribe to this thread as we are thinking about same trip as well next summer, though with longer run to get to New England.. Tried to get WBCCI Itinerary or any tips from their Viking Trail Caravan (8 weeks...) and they are unwilling to share.. Trip sold out in 2014 anyway..
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Too bad my old man is not around. He liked talking about his RV trip to Gas Bay and the Odirandocks.
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I am also planning on Newfoundland in July-Aug but coming from GA, plus planning on 6-8 weeks. What are thoughts on a loop through NL with ferry to/from the two options? Is there much worth visiting on the West Coast other than Gros Morne? Which direction would your start, Port Aux Basque or Argentia? We spent 10 days in Nova Scotia / PEI many years ago in a rented camper and loved it. We will likely spend a few days back in NS before heading up to NL.
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