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Old 09-28-2015, 10:21 AM   #435
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This is the Confederation Bridge from PEI to NB. I think it is 17 KM long, two lane. The cost was $60 CD. Keep in mind that you only pay when you leave PEI, and the bridge is the less expensive option.
It is actually 12.9 km (8 miles) long. If you take the bridge onto the island and then take the ferry off you only pay then as well. It is a bit more expensive. I think it was $98 the last time I took it in 2011. But it is well worth the extra money if you're heading to Nova Scotia after that. I cuts out a 3 hour drive. At least it did in my case.
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Old 09-28-2015, 05:57 PM   #436
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Thanks for the trip. Trying to convince Barb to go to NF next year, but it is 7,000 miles round trip just to get to and leave NF. That's 250 miles a day if you travel every day, and we wouldn't, so it would be more with some rest days out of 14 days each way. That means sore butts, tired arms holding the wheel, fighting traffic in the northeast. Maybe it will all look better by January.

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Old 09-28-2015, 06:21 PM   #437
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Loved following your trip!! And hey, didn't I warn you about the ferry to/from Campobella Island??!!! We actually broke a piece off the bottom of our Interstate getting on that ferry. Whatever it was, we didn't seem to need it....haha!!
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Gene...come on now...we did it...from San Diego!! No excuses!!!
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Old 10-02-2015, 07:12 PM   #439
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Weird, an Interstate would be easier to drive cross country than a full sized truck and trailer. Last night I did a quick mileage check and it was 3,100 miles to the ferry, not 3,500 (800 miles less round trip).

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Old 10-07-2015, 05:51 AM   #440
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Hey Gene how about a good old fashioned kitchen party when you arrive? Maybe that will sweeten the deal for your better half?


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Old 10-07-2015, 12:04 PM   #441
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DMT, Is a "kitchen party" the same as a Tupperware party?

I am fairly confident it will all look more doable soon and even now sore bodies are healed and memories of exhaustion fade. I'll be doing another rough travel plan soon with stops where required and get a better idea how to make it as pain free as possible. Like any adventure, it has challenges. I have many trips floating around in my head and one is another Alaska/northern Canada trip after next year—I want to get to Nunavut because then we will have travelled to all provinces and territories, there are places in Yukon and the northern parts of some provinces we haven't been. I think we've been on just about every major and many minor Alaska highways after 3 trips there, so wed visit the places we liked the best (maybe that's all of it). As for NF, there are many peninsulas we never got to, so that will be the focus, and some Labrador also. Last time we left so early a lot of things were closed, but we like to travel in the shoulder seasons because it is quieter—in NF, the season is short, so we have to figure that out—and not get caught in snowstorms (last time there was a big storm a few days before we got to the eastern part of NF and a strike by the snowplow drivers—most had melted and the bosses did a fair job of plowing by the time we got to the area).

My impression is that in the RV world, Alaska is the big destination for many and maybe for Airstreamers, even more so. We certainly have seen a lot of Airstreams on the way and in the north. We are closer to Alaska, but all the people in the east seem to head other directions. NF is just as far and just as different as Alaska, but does not attract nearly the attention. There were a few Airstreamers there this past summer and maybe more we never hear about.

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Old 10-07-2015, 12:41 PM   #442
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There were two AS caravans in NL this past summer. I know of 7 independent AS travellers, one from MA, 3 from Quebec, 1 from Ontario, 1 from British Columbia, and us. We camped next to a couple from Corner Brook and passed DMT on the road.
I think the ferry puts many folks off and horror stories about the roads does not help. As i tried to post in this thread, the roads were decent, a few rough ones. The TCH was in great shape as well as most of the secondary roads. The absolute worst road was in Twillingate...downtown and out to Peyton's Woods CG. They were paving the road out of town when we were there. We spent four months in/out of Alaska, Yukon, AB, BC last summer. Alaska and western Canada are fantastic and AK truly is the frontier. Newfoundland is beautiful, fantastic people and for us a cultural and historic marvel.

So Gene, get your thigh master out, and head back to NL.

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Old 10-07-2015, 04:56 PM   #443
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John,

Thigh master? Do they still make those?

The roads in NF (and NS too) were pretty bad in a lot of places in '04. The TCH was fine, but a lot of side roads were very bumpy, so I'm glad to hear they are better. The ferry we took was the Joey Smallwood (named after the province's first premier) and it held 5,000 people, though there were not close to that many aboard when we went in the spring. The crossing was smooth, although it is easy to find people with horror stories about storms and ferries anywhere. That ship has been retired.

I didn't know so many Airstreamers traveled there this year. Newfoundland is a little place on the corner of a map that most never think of visiting, but when you get a better map or visit, you find out how big it is. I don't think we could stay away from home for as long as you did, but 2 months sounds about right to us. We did an eight week trip to Alaska in 2010 and came home still friends. Although Europeans have been visiting NF for more than 1,000 years, it still feels like a kind of frontier. I could leave now, but I'd be alone.

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Gene,

Definitely not a Tupperware party. A good friend of mine owns the brewery in Quidi Vidi and they have a kitchen party every Friday after work. The food comes from Mallard Cottage just up the lane (I'm told it won best new restaurant in Canada). Like any kitchen party at a friend's or neighbor's you just drop in. No charge except for the beer you drink. Always a great time. I'd be happy to take you.

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I'll second the Quidi Vidi kitchen party. We went last summer and had one hell of a good time.
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Hi,
I wanted to resurrect this thread as we are planning to spend this summer in Eastern Canada. Having followed this discussion since 2014 and never before traveled to Canada, I am looking forward to enjoying the adventure. The previous Airforum members trip logs and tips will help guide our travels but I'm sure I will have many additional questions.
We most often travel without advance reservations and hopefully we can spend several months this summer exploring leisurely through the Maritime provinces, NS, NB and PEI.
Looking forward to more ideas & tips!
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Start by emailing each of the Maritimes Travel Departments and request a vacation guide for each Province.
These guides will give you pertinent information on points of interest, restaurants, campsites, hookups, rates.
We left Cape Cod in mid July, 2015 and returned to the US Oct 15th.
3 months of exploration of PEI, NOVA SCOTIA, CAPE BRETON and partial visit to New Brunswick.
The Canadian Maritimes people are very warm, friendly and helpful.
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We are also going that way.

Are general plan is to leave OH around June 15 and travel directly to Newfoundland. We will be going up through the use and crossing into CA from Maine. We expect to spend 6 weeks on Newfoundland as this is likely to be a once in a life time visit. During the return if we feel like it we will visit the rest of the eastern provinces.

It would be great if our paths crossed sometime.
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