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Old 04-04-2013, 02:14 PM   #1
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My DW and I are really planning ahead our 2014 RV trips. The latest is a planned RV trip with 18-20 rigs heading north from someplace around Boston MA. The route hasn't been finalized but is a typical route most of the groups use. I mean the roads are limited. The latest information is that it will be around 58-60 days. (mid June to mid Aug) The group consists of a wagonmaster I personally know and have travelled with him before and very pleased.

The questions I have at the moment just to start thinking ahead are...
1. Do most use US credit cards where ever they go and buy or can you use US dollars.

2. I know the ferry to Newfoundland is expensive but wanted to ask if we really need to take our toad all the way across the ferry when we don't really plan to drive it. So is their a place to park and leave the toad in Sidney which is where I think the ferry leaves from.

3. What would you think is appropriate clothing for the summer in the area?

4. Has anyone taken this route and wants to tell about any great sites we shouldn't miss?

5. Any other input, suggestions, or facts will be greatly appreciated.

Hopefully we will have some Canadians to chime in and tell us their experiences in the area.

P.S. YES I love any fresh seafood!
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Our 1st stop going from MD is Freeport, ME stopping overnight at the LL Bean store. It is 24/7 store & you can dry camp in their RV parking lot. They also have an outlet store there that opens in the morning about 9. We always seem to pay for our free camping by shopping. There isn't enough room for 20 RV's but there are plenty of parking lots that you may be able to use if you go to the back part.

The 2d day we head the Blackwoods campground on Acadia. Bar Harbor & Acadia are well worth a trip & some time exploring. If you want to steam or boil lobsters at your camp site, go to Parson's to get them (she also has great blueberry pies that he sister makes). She gets them delivered directly from the boats & supplies the local restaurants. At that time of the year they are molting so you can break the shells with your fingers, we prefer them to the hard shell lobsters.
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The Arm of Gold is the last CG before the ferry to Newfoundland. They do allow you to store your toad there for a fee. It would be less then taking it across the ferry. Newfoundland can be cool at night in the summer. You will not need winter jackets or snow boots. A spring jacket or sweater would be enough. You should go around the Cabot Trail while in NS. There is a Lobster dinner in Baddeck. Do not forger about Fortress Loisburg and the miners museum in Glace Bay. All the above attractions can be enjoyed while staying at Arm of Gold CG. The Cabot Trail will be an all day drive, but the scenery is worth it. At the miners museum in Glace Bay you will be able to go down in a real mine. If the Men of the Deep are practicing while in the Glace Bay area you should go and watch them. They are a group of retired coal miners that have traveled the world doing concerts. Fortress Louisburg is an old fort from the English/French war. The dinner at Baddeck consist of one lobster and all the chowder, mussels, potato salad and dessert you can eat. I usually have 2 or 3 bowls of mussels before my lobster and then have another bowl before I have dessert. It sounds like you will have a great time. Wish we had the time to join your group.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:09 PM   #4
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Our 1st stop going from MD is Freeport, ME stopping overnight at the LL Bean store. It is 24/7 store & you can dry camp in their RV parking lot. They also have an outlet store there that opens in the morning about 9. We always seem to pay for our free camping by shopping. There isn't enough room for 20 RV's but there are plenty of parking lots that you may be able to use if you go to the back part.

The 2d day we head the Blackwoods campground on Acadia. Bar Harbor & Acadia are well worth a trip & some time exploring. If you want to steam or boil lobsters at your camp site, go to Parson's to get them (she also has great blueberry pies that he sister makes). She gets them delivered directly from the boats & supplies the local restaurants. At that time of the year they are molting so you can break the shells with your fingers, we prefer them to the hard shell lobsters.

Ohh Molting lobsters. Yum!
We will be staying at a payed campground each night so no parking lots.
Thanks for the information.
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Thanks Terry for the information.
Hopefully we will be staying at the Arm of Gold Campground.
I think I may get a preliminary itinerary shortly.
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We plan on doing that trip (tentatively) in 2014 as well! Here is a link for tourism for Newfoundland (Newfoundland & Labrador Traveller)

P.S. you can use your credit cards anywhere in Canada. Two most common are Mastercard and Visa, not as frquently accepted is American Express.
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We went to Newfoundland a few years back with our fifth wheel and hope to go there again sometime. USA credit cards are fine all over Canada you can also use your debt cards to get Canadian cash from atm's or cash back at places like Walmart. Most places will take US cash but but you will probably get C$ in charge and not a good exchange rate. The merchant will have to pay a fee to there bank when they deposit US$. You will need some cash for small out of the way places.
I will definitely take our toad when we go back. There are so many small fishing villages and other places where it is not practical to go with our coach. If you go to rv.net and post your question in the Canadian area there I'm sure you will get a lot of information. There are some on there that live on NL.
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:41 PM   #8
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Thanks for the information.
I just recieved the basic itinerary.
Here it is in Acrobat pdf file
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Watch the roads when going to Century Farm Campground. We were down that road several years ago and it is narrow and has a lot of turns. We came upon a MH in the ditch. He got too close to the edge of the road and slide off. The Baddeck Cabot Trail CG is the old KOA. I found the sites here very small and not level. We tried staying here one year and the trailer was tilled sideways by almost a foot. They might have done a ton of up grades but there is a better campground just down the road and is located on the shores of the Bras D'or Lake. If your are not already committed at this CG it would be wise to check out Bras d'Or Lake Campground.
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Watch the roads when going to Century Farm Campground. We were down that road several years ago and it is narrow and has a lot of turns. We came upon a MH in the ditch. He got too close to the edge of the road and slide off. The Baddeck Cabot Trail CG is the old KOA. I found the sites here very small and not level. We tried staying here one year and the trailer was tilled sideways by almost a foot. They might have done a ton of up grades but there is a better campground just down the road and is located on the shores of the Bras D'or Lake. If your are not already committed at this CG it would be wise to check out Bras d'Or Lake Campground.

I will pass on the information to my trailboss who is planning the trip and stops.
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