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Old 04-17-2015, 11:28 AM   #113
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Hi folks,
We too are in the midst of planning a trip to Newfoundland this summer. Does anyone know how easy it is to find campsites up there "as you go" as opposed to making reservations for every night ahead of time?

We thought we heard somewhere that in a pinch you can pull onto a side road to park over night. Is that true?

We've already got reservations for the day we arrive on NL, but after that we're hoping we can wing it. Do the campgrounds fill up in July and August? There don't seem to be that many in Gros Morne for example.

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Old 04-17-2015, 11:37 AM   #114
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Old 04-17-2015, 12:16 PM   #115
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As of last summer, we had no trouble using our debit card to get cash in NB, QC and ON. We mostly used ScotiaBank.

Our Capital One card also does not charge foreign transaction fees.

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Old 04-17-2015, 12:47 PM   #116
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Speaking of our trip last summer, we spent 9 weeks traveling through New Brunswick, Québec(including the Gaspé peninsula)and Ontario.
Campgrounds we liked include:
Kiwanis CG in St, Andrews, NB
Murray Beach Prov. Pk, NB
Kouchibouguac Nat'l Pk, NB
Sugarloaf Prov. Pk, Campellton, NB - they are next to a ski area and off-season you can use their lift for mountain biking…
Tête d'Indien CG - they closed early, but sent us up to Cap Rouge CG which is further off the road(therefore quieter) than Tête d'Indien. Both places rent kayaks and offer trips
Forillon Nat'l Pk, Gaspé
Le Bic Prov. Pk, QC
KOA-Québec for access to the old city - bike, bus, drive to ferry…

There was a ton of road construction, especially in QC, including Gaspé. With any luck most of it is completed in which case it will be smooth sailing now…although the awesomely steep grades remain.

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Old 04-17-2015, 07:53 PM   #117
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Old 04-18-2015, 09:42 PM   #118
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Campgrounds in NL

We have been going to the west coast of NL every summer since 2000. "Gravel pit camping" is an option as is spending the night pulled off the road along the shore but you should also have no problems finding a campsite in a provincial park or Gros Morne NP.
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Great resource....thanks for sharing!
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Old 04-22-2015, 11:17 AM   #121
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Dave:

We spent two months in Newfoundland last summer. We generally had no trouble finding campsites without reservations. A couple of exceptions were Pippy Park in St. John's which was pretty much full every night and a lovely RV park in Windsor-Grand Falls which was full of fishermen (salmon season). You may want to call ahead for the two commercial campgrounds in Rocky Harbour (Gros Morne N.P.). The Parks Canada campgrounds have no services (i.e. electricity). I would also suggest reserving a site at Terra Nova National Park if you want a serviced site as they were full when we stayed in the park. There were plenty of unserviced sites available and they were excellent.
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Thanks very much for your reply.

Since I made that post, we went ahead and made some reservations, just to be safe: JT Cheeseman, Trout River, and Berry Hill. Are you familiar with any of them?
After that we're winging it.
I'm glad you mentioned Terra Nova because that's definitely on our list.

This will be the first time we'll be mostly dry camping and to be honest I'm a little nervous. I'm hoping that with generators we can keep the batteries charged, but we can carry only so much fuel.

Also, at the risk of asking a silly question, with a handle like Cyclist, did you do much biking up there? If you did any mntn biking, how was it? I do a fair bit of single track in a nearby state park - terrain is varied, with modest climbs and downhills, nothing very steep or long. Any idea what it's like in NL?
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Old 04-22-2015, 05:07 PM   #123
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Dave, do you know something about the availability of fuel for generators that I don't know....you said you can only carry so much fuel, so I'm curious what you meant
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Hi Jeanne, John …*or Jake,
I was mostly thinking about the time and distances we'll have to travel to get to various services when we'll be camping in Gros Morne(several weeks).

I recently read a blog of someone's time up there and he cautioned about how long it takes to get around. He specifically made the point that you don't want to be driving after dusk with all the moose…

We're only two years into Airstreaming. The few times we've had to dry camp(it was October in the mountains) we managed to either run the batteries down or get dangerously low on propane. Fortunately we weren't very far from services.
We'll be carrying spare gas and diesel, but only have room for a couple of gallons.

We'll be up there mid-July thru the end of August. If we see a FC25 with a big golden we'll say hi.
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I should add a few more places to the list in my earlier post(#116):

Plaisance Prov. Pk - between Montreal and Ottawa. From the CG you can paddle downstream to the Ottawa River, upstream to a waterfall - great kayaking(they have rentals)

Wesley Clover Pk CG - a municipal park in Ottawa - great location: ~5 minute drive to bus stop where you can get into the city(one of our FAVORITES in Canada). You can also get a bus to the Canadian Tire Ctr(where we watched the Senators beat the Canadiens in a pre-season game - sorry QCer's, we're from Boston).
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We found another, site tht appears to be the official National Park website and it states that dogs are welcomed at Farillon, which is probably our most important stop on the Gaspe. Due to the other restrictions on dogs in the Quebec parks, we will likely shorten our trip through the Quebec portion of the Gaspe...too bad.
Will continue to do research, hopefully will not discover any issues for the other Atalantic provinces.

Still looking for suggestions on great campsites/places to stop.
We traveled there last fall with our two dogs and never had a problem.

Farillon was fine with the pups and we found ourselves camping at mostly private or local municipality campgrounds. We never found ourselves wanting to stop somewhere and couldn't because of the dogs- but we didn't intentionally seek out Quebec Provincial parks.

We had no issues in NB or PIE either.
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