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    Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick 2024 planning

    Hi Full-Time Reflection 5th 280RS wheel retirees here. We are planning a summer trip to Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick May, June July 2024. Currently in FL for winter. Interested in others who have gone recently and their experiences. If you want to share privately PM me.
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    Surprised you haven’t had a response yet. I’ve been thinking of the same trip for mid June 2024 as well. I’m following along

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    I have been to the Maritimes, no expert but I'm thinking May might be a bit early for dependable warm weather?
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    We tried to do this as a camping trip several times, but each time some major issue made us abort. (Personal illness on the road, Hurricanes, Covid, etc....). Finally did a 3 weeker this past August, but hoteling, not camping.
    For PEI, it is free to get on the Island (bridge or ferry), but you pay a lot to leave. Free ferry spots are very limited, first-come. Or pay (a lot) for a guaranteed spot.
    As advertised, the entire region can be extremely scenic. Off highway, most roads are excellent 2-lane setups. Easy driving, but better used by establishing base camps and exploring just using the tow vehicle. Count on a lot of driving - it is a huge area.
    We were surprised by: The generally light amount of traffic, even during peak tourist times. VERY little to no "tourist trap" areas - even Cavendish and the Anne of GG thing was very restrained. Sure, attractions, a handful of gift shops, etc. - but not at all like the over-the-top so often found here in the States. West half of PEI is actually pretty flat, and devoted to huge swaths of potato fields. Look for the "small" attractions - The Bottle Houses, the Potato Museum, the "Fiddlin' Fisherman tours", etc. Well worth it - but there is that driving to deal with to get between them.
    Of course Hopewell Rocks have to be on the list, as well as whale watching trips in the Bay of Fundy (we did it on a 3 mast schooner). St. John's, NB has a moderate historic area nice to wander in, but about a 1/2 day diversion.
    Cabot Trail has its moments - doable pulling a big RV, but no good stopping spots while in tow. We were surprised that so much of it was through heavy woods, so not as much scenic as the publicity implies - but when it does happen, it is worth it.
    Halifax, NS has a neat waterfront attractions area - museums, shops, food stands, tours. We spent 3 days taking the "duck" tours, going to the museums, etc. Did not make it to the nearby areas - Peggy's Cove, etc. unfortunately. Very "do-able" as day trips in from an outlying campground.
    Almost all towns (outside the cities) are small, and very seasonal. Don't ever expect a WalMart/Home Depot resource. Small grocery stores, locally owned hardware, etc. You can always find whatever you need, but it may require a drive to the next town over, sometimes. Forget late night partying. Even in the bigger cities, expect things (restaurants, etc.) to close remarkably early.
    We're from the Midwest, so late dining is not a thing. My daughters, from the East Coast, were very surprised ("What? They close at 6 or 7??")
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    I live in NB. Let me know how I can help.

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    Here is some info I sent a friend in an email last year on the cabot trail in NS.

    Hello Murray. The last time Leah and I camped in Cape Breton was 4 years go. We camped mid-October and for that reason stayed at Kluskap Ridge RV and Campground in Englishtown because of the view of the colors on the other side of the bay (will make more sense when you look at the map). The campground is a good location for starting the trail. Again, that was 4 years ago, I don’t know what shape it is in. Also we have our own bathroom so if they are in a tent, I don’t know what the facilities are.

    Another great place we stayed years ago was Place St Pierre in Cheticamp. This is at the other end of the trail. The location is great and it’s easy to quickly get to some hikes if that is what they enjoy. There were some great Acadian restaurants, not sure what is there now.

    A must is a stay or at least a visit to Meat Cove. Take a look at the map. The last few KMs are dirt but well worth the drive, There is a place to camp on the cliff there, but typically quite windy.

    I have done the trail on a bike at least a dozen times. To me which way you go around makes no difference. If you just want to drive around it, its an easy afternoon. For me anyway ��.

    I enjoy the alexander graham bell museum in Baddeck, again years ago and I like that type of thing. There are many cabins and places to stay along the trail.

    The Louisburg Fortress near Sydney is pretty cool. Again if you like that sort of thing.

    That’s all I can think of for now, give me a shout or send them t his email if they have questions I can answer.

    A lot of people forgo rte 19, I really enjoy it.


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    We recently got back from a car trip to NB and NS.

    In no particular order:

    Peggy’s Cove light house. Get there early. Cruise passengers overwhelm the place after 9 or so.

    Tidal bore at several places along the Bay of Fundy.

    Hopewell Rocks. Allow most of a day so you can see the dramatic tidal change.

    Kejimkujik National Park Seashore. The seashore location has a lightly used trail to a secluded beach where you can see seals and beautiful scenery.

    Fundy National Park. Several beautiful trails.

    The Citadel at Halifax. This is nearly an intact archeological site. Study the fort and the way the walls allow self protection.

    The waterfront at Halifax. Try donairs for a new food taste experience. Waterfront Warehouse for lobster rolls and fish and chips.

    Feel free to pm or talk by phone if you want more info. We will go back.
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    If your timing is right you can see the Tattoo at Halifax. I think it is toward the end of June.

    We've been before while conducting a caravan of about 18 RVs. We're looking at doing it again but will skip PEI and Newfoundland this time. I attached a pretty detailed itinerary - hope it helps.

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    Cavendish Beach on PEI. The College of Piping and Celtic Performance Arts puts on a great show in Summerside. Try to go on a lobster boat tour or a fishing charter for a few hours. Try to take in some local music/kitchen parties/shed parties.

    Newfoundland is also highly worth a trip. But it’s going to take some time as the province is HUGE!

    My one piece of advice is to reserve ferries well in advance. And if you go to Newfoundland, it’s worth booking a cabin.

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    We did that trip this summer. It's easy really and a matter of deciding what to do and see. The provincial ministries of tourism are good places to start and there are tins of blogs and videos out there from people that have dine it in an rv.

    We also took the ferry to newfound Island, spent 3 weeks there, nit nearly enough time.

    They are placing a new ferry in service now that has better accommodation for the Avalon trip. It's overnight and you'll want to book a cabin for that.
    The ferry to Port Aux Basque is only 6 hours. We had a cabin but never used it. Daytime trip.
    I'd recommend going over on the Avalon ferry and returning from Port Aux Basque unless you decide to take the Trans Labrador highway back and come down through Quebec. It's a breathtaking trip. We spent four weeks on that.

    QC389 is half paved and half gravel. The gravel part is the better portion so just plan on only going 50KMH in Quebec. Still a fantastic drive.

    No campgrounds in Labrador that we were able to find / fit in but it's not a big deal. Plenty of places to boondock along the way.

    We didn't plug in until we got to Quebec City.

    Highly recommend!

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