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Old 11-10-2014, 06:13 PM   #15
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The posts from all who visited are positive and accurate. Middle do June is what I would recommend as a start date. Unless you like long boat ride I would recommend Port Aux Basques and a day crossing. You may spot a whale or two. Night crossing I find you are beat out in the morning as little time to settle in to an expensive bunk.
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Old 11-10-2014, 06:59 PM   #16
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No problem with the ULSD. I think Canada required it before the US did.
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:07 PM   #17
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Regarding the ferry....You pretty much will have to take the short ferry with your doggie. So yes, you will have to back track across the same way you went (east to west). However, you can stop at different places on your return trip back to Port aux Basques. On our way back west, we stopped at all kinds of outports that we had skipped on the way east. And then, when we started heading south on the west coast, we really enjoyed being able to get a glimpse at some of the scenery we'd seen on the way north.

Unless you're willing to put your dog in a kennel or leave them in your vehicle for 14+ hours (the actual crossing, plus time before and after setting sail), you will be driving on the same roads twice!
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Old 11-11-2014, 10:54 AM   #18
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We're thinking of doing the same. We'll follow this thread for input.
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Old 11-11-2014, 04:49 PM   #19
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Thanks to all for the great comments. We certainly have enough to start our planning. Will start around 10-15 June and do the 6 hr ferry both ways. I had originally planned for more touring time for Novascotia then NFL. Sounds like need to adjust that thinking and do more research on NS.

One last question ( for the time being ).... We just completed a long trip to Alaska, Yukon, BC, AB and the upper western USA. We did not take our kayaks and I really regretted that with all the lakes and rivers we encountered. Don't want to make the same mistake again, should we take them? We are not ocean kayakers.
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Old 11-11-2014, 06:10 PM   #20
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Yes on the kayak.
There is Barachois Provincial Park about0 2 hours north of the ferry that is a great place to start kayaking. Nice lake beach also. They have more lake than Minnesota.

Considering you may want to take extra meat with you to the rock you might freeze a couple of large soda bottles a day or so before you cross as the frig will be off while on the ferry. Te additional thermal mass will help hold the frig.
our 6 hour crossing turned out to be over 10 because of delays while loading.
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Old 11-11-2014, 10:27 PM   #21
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Considering you may want to take extra meat with you to the rock you might freeze a couple of large soda bottles a day or so before you cross as the frig will be off while on the ferry. Te additional thermal mass will help hold the frig.
our 6 hour crossing turned out to be over 10 because of delays while loading.
Our trips were 10 yrs ago but it would be wise to check rules before stocking up going both ways. They had an inspection that included checking out the refrig, and did a sanitizing of the undercarrage. They didn't fine at that time but just confiscated banned products.
They didn't see my hiking sneakers that were in the driver's area, caked with mud.
We froze in Maine on return of first trip in mid Sept, Saw iceburgs in bay in July and snow in the shadowed areas along side of the road in the Northwest. Labrador was just to say we did the whole length of coastal highway to it's northen end, having been to Key West and it's Southern point.
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There was an agg. inspection when leaving Newfoundland. PEI has convinced Ottawa that they are the only people in the world that should be allowed to grow potatoes. We had a unopened bag we had bought in New Jersey and had to give them up.
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Any thoughts about where o go in Nova Scotia and how much time to spend there?
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Old 11-12-2014, 06:51 PM   #24
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Mahone Bay, Lunenburg.

The Ovens. You can stay at the Ovens Natural Park Campground. Awesome campground. Some sites are on the water, all the sites are quite nice. Great little restaurant on site with live music at night.

Peggy's Cove...extremely touristy....but...very beautiful. Stop at the memorial for Swissair Flight 111 (sept 2, 1998 crash site off-shore). It's very beautiful and touching.

Halifax is a fun city! We did the amphibious Harbour Hopper boat tour. If you like beer, go to Garrison Brewery, down by the boat terminal on the waterfront. Great brewery...good beers and super nice bartender. You can also tour the Alexander Keith Brewery. There's also a good music scene in the evenings at the restaurants. We stayed at Shubie Park RV Park, about 20 minutes drive from Halifax. Hands down, nicest bathrooms and showers of any campground anywhere! It's adjacent to a big walking trail system. And the trails allow off-leash doggies.

In Cape Breton, if you're into music, stop in Judique at the Celtic Music Interpretive Center. In Mabou, eat at the Red Shoe Pub. Fantastic food, and local music in the evening.

Inverness Campground...it's on the bluff above beach. Walk down to beach, enjoy sunset. Beautiful!

Possibly the highlight of Nova Scotia, for us, was Meat Cove. Spectacular!!
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I will take mild exception to the few comments on Diesel. We ran up to North Sydney and back to PEI, very nice trip, however, our truck at the time and our new one only have 26 gallon tanks. A number of fueling stations we found on our return had Yellow handle diesel pumps and no mention of Ultra Low. Finally very low on fuel I went in and asked a mechanic and he asked if we were from the states and saying yes he said that our F250 6.7 Diesel at the time would not run on his diesel. We did find a station, but when we go again we will be more careful and fuel up at half a tank instead of quarter full.

We have avoided Newfoundland due to always taking our dogs, I've heard (NOT EXPERIENCED) the kennels on the ferry's are not very nice and no one can visit the dogs while under way. Maybe someone with experience concerning the kennels can comment more extensively. You'll like PEI, very nice place.

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We have avoided Newfoundland due to always taking our dogs, I've heard (NOT EXPERIENCED) the kennels on the ferry's are not very nice and no one can visit the dogs while under way. Maybe someone with experience concerning the kennels can comment more extensively.
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Why not leave your dogs in your TV or trailer? That's what most people seem to do on the short ferry. Leave windows cracked open, leave water for them. That way, they're in their own environment, and not in the kennel. We saw a good number of people doing it this way.

I did not look in the kennel, but I could hear a couple dogs barking and barking, and they didn't seem happy. Our two dogs stayed in our Interstate, and seemed just fine at the end of the passing. Wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

If you do make it up there, you will NOT be disappointed!
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If you go to Nova Scotia in early July the Nova Scotia Royal Tattoo in Halifax is well worth the price of admission. The two and a half hour evening show is a musical treat involving military bands from a number of different nations. In 2015 the dates are June 30-July 7. Here is a link to the website.

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I'll second Lunenburg and Mahone Bay. The Lunenburg Chamber of Commerce has a campground in downtown Lunenburg - a 10 minute walk from the downtown. It's somewhat basic in amenities but after Labour Day they had a special - 4 nights for the price of 3 (they also offer a 10% discount for AAA/CAA).

The Parks Canada reconstruction of Fortress Louisbourg is worth a visit and it's not out of the way if going to Newfoundland. It's about a 30 minute drive from North Sydney.

The Public Garden in downtown Halifax is worth a visit and it's a short walk to the Citadel. You can get a good view of Halifax on a nice day by taking the ferry across the harbour to Dartmouth. It's the price of a bus ticket - get a transfer and you can ride back for free.
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