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Old 07-06-2015, 07:06 AM   #211
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I've been following this thread closely as we are just wrapping up our stay on PEI and we are headed to Nova Scotia today. Bluecornstal - we only found 2 campgrounds close to Charlottetown - a KOA and a private park called Vistabay. We originally were staying at the national park campground in Cavendish. We found the Cavendish are to be rather touristy/tacky, but worse than that - the mosquitoes were horrific in the campground. We really couldn't spend any time outside. So we moved to the KOA nearly Charlottetown. It's very busy and crowded, but we did get a nice waterfront site. There are several provincial parks on the island that have camping but we didn't visit any of them.
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Old 07-06-2015, 05:53 PM   #212
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On the ferry

Some photos to follow. My apologies in advance. In spite of my reading directions and help from Artic Fox, I am unable to post more than one photo at a time. Maybe just slow wifi.

This is us loaded on the ferry, lowest deck, #3. Very comfortable trip over, arrived right on time.
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Land Ho!

We debarked quickly and easily, and headed up to Doyles, where the Grand Codroy campground is located. Great campground, full hookups, wifi, around $30 CA.

This photo shows the weather about 10k's inland. It was cold, rainy and near zero visibility when we arrived. This was our first real view, another 15k's to Grand Codroy and nearly clear blue and 22.
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King's Point and Icebergs

We had decided to stop for the night in Deer Lake at the Gateway to the North campground. We took one look and kept on going...not our kind of place.

While at a quick supply stop in Corner Brook, after exchanging pleasantries with a local couple told us to go to King's Point as the icebergs were in that bay. This confirmed what we had been told earlier at the welcome center. It made the decision to by pass Deer Lake. When we arrived at our campground, there were dozens of "Bergy Bits"....small chunks of icebergs which had broken apart. It was still early in the day so we walked up the coast about .5 miles and below is a picture of what was right off shore. We drove up coast of Grren Bay to Rattling Brook and there were many more icebergs.

Note...this is a municipal campground with elec/water was about $15 U.S. King's Point is a nice little village, super pottery shop, two decent restaurants.
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Old 07-07-2015, 04:31 AM   #215
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This is Jeanne with a great back drop. This iceberg is near Nicky's Nose, about twenty miles from our campground. There was a couple there taking photos and between the two of us we estimated the height to be around 175' to 200'.
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Old 07-07-2015, 04:39 AM   #216
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That's me in the bottom right corner. I was still a safe distance, this iceberg was just big.
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Old 07-07-2015, 04:47 AM   #217
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We have been in Twillingate for the past couple days. Great lighthouse, super views, and lots of hiking. We also took the ferry to Fogo Island for a day. We saw a couple icebergs while in Twillingate, but the were much further out then at King's Point.

Note...we stayed at Peyton's Woods campground. Nice spot, great wifi, full hookups for $30 CA per night. We had considered Dildo Run PP, but with elec only, that was $27.
Note...we finally found some bad roads. About 50% of the roads up this way are really rough, in the town of Twillingate especially. They have undertaken a repaying project on the south end of town and making good progress.
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:33 AM   #218
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Silver eagle those last three photos are spectacular. Kayaking is on our to do list and we follow all the threads. Thanks for the great incentive.
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We hit the jackpot again with our last minute visit to Eastport, just outside Terra Nova NP. We checked in to our campground at the Duffetts Shirner RV park. We explored Salvage, Eastport, Burnside, St.Chads, Sandy Cove, and Happy Adventure. We found the High Tide Trail that is on the north side of Eastport Bay, and it connects three beaches. We met a couple from St John's and chatted for an hour and we ended up at their cottage for nappy hour. I was introduced to another great rum, this one from Guyana called El Dorado, 15 years old, very good. We spent a few hours listening to them tell us the history, folklore and more about Newfoundland. They gave us lots of info of things to do and see on the rest of our journey. Great evening, lots of fun.

Woke up this morning and another Airstream was parked next door. A couple from Corner Brook. They were off to a conference in St John's so we only spent a few minutes with them, may meet in Corner Brook near the end of our visit.
We went back to Sandy Cove to see about kayaking and discovered a trail to a lookout, 500 meters, nearly straight up, about a mile. The view was spectacular. The winds and seas were a little much so we went back to the trailer for lunch. Sun came out, temp about was 72 degrees so we headed back to Happy Adventure. This is a small village on the edge of Terra Nova. A young man came out while we were launching our kayaks and suggested a paddle tour which ended up in a small brook where we could pick mussels for a snack. We were actually paddling into Terra Nova on Newman Sound, must say it was great.

While at Sandy Cove, we met a young family, both born and raised in Bonavista. We are headed their next, armed with lots to see and do.

Pictures will be coming soon.

Note.....the Duffetts Shirner RV park is big, lots of seasonal campers, most not there. Typically not our kind of place to stay, but clean, well maintained and the only show in town aside from Terra Nova. We will stay there when we head back west.
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Old 07-10-2015, 04:15 PM   #220
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Gene, Gene, Gene..... apparently Maple Leaf Foods sells more Bologna here than the rest of Canada combined. If you want to fit in it is pronounced Bolonie in these parts. Yes we have different takes on all sorts of words, phrases and place names, but then again having our own time zone makes us feel special so liberty with the English comes naturally.

The official abbreviation for Newfoundland and Labrador is NL, but don't use that in a European GPS. It will route you past tulips instead of whales and icebergs. I think some of the old timers still use NFLD, however the 10 people that live in Labrador got up in arms over that, thus we are all politically correct now.

SilverEagle6 - I'm back home on the east coast now but left Airstream on the west coast. Heading back there toward the end of the month for my annual salmon fishing pilgrimage. Disclaimer - I'm the reason it is called fishing, rather than catching, although the sales of Cuban Rum coincidently takes a noticeable bump up about the same time. Not sure why that is. PM me if you like while you are "in town". The owner of Quidi Vidi Brewery is a good friend - not sure if the kitchen party is on over the summer - he is an avid salmon "catcher" and not usually home - but if you're interested we could sample some refreshments there or somewhere else. Good luck with the windshield, mine's been cracked for 3 years - self inflicted when the wiper arm slipped out of my hand. Can't seem to remember to replace it, and my wife never complains about it. I guess that means it's a safe bet to stay.
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It is pronounced "bolonie" where I grew up in NYC too. Not matter how pronounced, I can't stand it. Some people here in Colorado eat "rocky mountain oysters"—not oysters, and not necessary associated with any mountains. I wouldn't eat them either. I'll try to get used to "NL" [National League to me] though "NFLD" seems more accurate. In the US the Post Office decided to change state abbreviations years ago, but they are not the ones I learned as a child and refuse to unlearn. To me I live in "Colo." and not "CO".

Enjoying the trip. I can't understand why you can't post more than one photo. When I started posting photos, it felt awkward, but I finally got the hang of it. When I have had bad wifi, it will not post any photos until everyone gets off the system, usually in the middle of the night or day. Maybe you are right about that and only one will load.

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We are currently in Brigus. All of a sudden, traffic is much heavier, campgrounds are packed, and the weather has turned quite chilly. For the past five nights, lows were in the upper 40's and days were in the upper 50's, little sun, lots of wind.mwe have not been able to kayak....I'm becoming a fair weather paddler!
We had a great time in Bonavista, drove all of the coast down through English Harbour, Trinity, Dunfield, and Old and New Bonaventure. One favorite spot was at the Fort Point Lighthouse. We did a little bit of hiking then I noticed something in the water, turned out to be whales "blowing". Must have been 10-15 of them, never saw a breach, just an occasional tail. There is lots to see and do, Bonavista is a great place to spend a few days.
We were at Paradise Farm Campgrounds, elec/water! no wifi. Very comfortable place to camp.
I have been trying to post pictures, but the very slow wifi task my patience, hope to catch up someday.
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We drove over to Dildo, then followed the coastline up to Old pelican then back to Brigus. I am not a museum guy but I completely enjoyed our stop at Heart's Content while spending some time at the Cable Station provincial historic site. This small port has a deep Harbour that could handle the gigantic "Great Eastern" ship that brought the telegraph cable across the Atlantic from Valentia Ireland. Great story and the equipment was very interesting. I was very interested in the wood working of the cabinets etc.

Speaking of wood, we stopped in Winterton and spent a couple hours at the NL Wooden Boat Museum. We opted for the guided tour and glad we did. The young man was quite knowledgeable and entertaining. Well worth the time.

As we concluded the tour, the guide ask if we had experienced a conversation with a real Newfoundlander...I ask him where he was from, he laughed and explained he had to speak plain to tourist. I ask for a demo, he grabbed one of the other young men and they let it rip. I wish I had recorded it! I caught maybe 15% of the words.

We saw three or more icebergs near Western Bay. The coastline along this tour was spectacular. If you drive it, don't miss the mouse hole!
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Old 07-15-2015, 09:34 AM   #224
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We are planning to travel from Campobello to Alma with our 25 footer. Any suggestions out routes, ferries, whatever would be greatly appreciated.

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