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RE: Nova Scotia and PEI

Dpn't get sp exact in your plan that you spoil the trip. My timing will not be your timing. We each have things we like a bit more. Get your visitors guides and provincial maps. Those prepared by the province are ever so much more related to the trip than any messed up commercial map. & for heavens sakes. New Brunswick is special too. We all laugh at both Trump and Harper. :C
Little Kopit 02/12/18 07:57pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Labador and Newfoundland

Ok, I lived in NL from 1983 to 2008, 24.5 years. Now, I'm back across The Gulf. Over all in the area from 1978 to present. Yes, you pay when leaving PEI. Bridge costs less than ferry. They have changed the Marine Atlantic ferries since I last crossed, but the comments about cabin are about getting good sleep. They don't let you lie on a floor. & they are talking of an increase in the 'tax for gas'. They charge by length of your rig.' It used to cost less to detach you toad from your rv. Check this at Marine Atlantic site. & do Port aux Basques, not Argentina. There are places to see people to meet, events to enjoy going both ways. If you want more on places, etc. ask I can elaborate at length. Louisbourg Historic Fortress on Cape Breton Island is ************* important. The trip around the Cabot Trail bears no comparison to hanging out at Gros Morne National Park ---- my idea a week north of Bonne Bay and a week south of Bonne Bay. Each has a discovery center. Gros Morne has much 1 Off geology for the planet. Red Bay in Labrador. St. Mary's Bird Sanctuary. On the way back or forward.... take Ferry to Grand Manan Island, stop at The Bakery by 10:00 am. Yes, worth it to get in line. Few days.... then ferry to Deer Island,... then few Days on Campobello Island. Then International Bridge to Lubec and hang out in that area, local history, boating, hiking. Used to own a place near Lubec. Of course, Tidal Bore. Fundy National Park. & The Markets, especially in Saint John, NB and Charlottetown, PEI. :B
Little Kopit 02/12/18 11:35am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Potato Soup

This is the Southern Living recipe that is great. Ingredients 4 pounds new potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices. 1 small onion, chopped. 2 carrots, finely chopped 2 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth. 2 teaspoons salt. 1/2 teaspoon pepper. 1 pint half-and-half. Toppings: shredded Cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, green onion slices. Cook everything except half and half until done and potatoes are falling apart. I will use a potato masher to make into smaller pieces. Add half and half and warm. Top with topping before serving. EEEEEEEK, that much salt is a danger. Talk with a dietician who knows. Canadian government is coming up with a plan for food producers to put warnings on their products. "Cans" of anything are heavily loaded with salt. :C
Little Kopit 02/12/18 11:13am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: When to visit Northern Quebec, Western Labrador?

It's QC 138. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebec_Route_138 Google maps, north shore Quebec T'ain't complete, not no-way. I was as far as Sept Iles in 1968, then up the QNS&L. I have certainly heard about topographic problems in building any road, with the small population...... Now, I'd get me a vest pocket size French-English dictionary. I tried www.abebooks.com (used book branch of amazon) and amazon.com Search term, "French-English dictionary, pocket sized." Liked the one at amazon better. under $5.00. Having that in your pocket would gain you appreciation by those you're visiting. :C
Little Kopit 01/28/18 08:07pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: When to visit Northern Quebec, Western Labrador?

It is how you search. Are you in google.ca? Ask for google maps. Then enter Baie Comeau, QC. Then 'get directions' and Labrador City. Got that. On separate page put in QC 389. Bring up the Wikipedia page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebec_Route_389 Read away and carefully. Then search for Manicouagan Dams. I got tours of 3. Manic V is the largest and has a name change. BTW Rene Levesque was involved in their development. I'd write or call for information sheets. When I arrived they gave me those sheets and told me the tour would leave in xx minutes... Of course, how useful the write ups will be to you will depend on how good your French is. I managed because I'd been taking courses. But it would have been better to have read the pamphlets first. And yes, a tour of the Churchill Falls, power dam is also a must, must, must. :C
Little Kopit 01/28/18 06:46am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: When to visit Northern Quebec, Western Labrador?

I think it was 2009 that the road was opened all the way from Blanc Sablon to Baie Comeau. So, it is ferry from western Newfoundland across to/from Labrador. For other routes around NL province http://www.roads.gov.nl.ca/cameras/default.stm :C
Little Kopit 01/27/18 10:53am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: When to visit Northern Quebec, Western Labrador?

Look, there was a chap from the US who went through in 2004 or such. He contacted every community he could search in Labrador and that part of Quebec and got them to send him their weekly newspapers. I have no idea how many still do newspapers, but it is worth a try. In winter the temperatures will be quite low. Snow comes early and stays. Essential website. http://www.roads.gov.nl.ca/cameras/default.stm Watch cam sites NOW. Over on the island of Newfoundland they are having as weird a winter as we are having across The Gulf. I have had an email from a Corner Brook friend today. 3 thaws in this month of January. 2 weeks around Xmas temperatures were about 10'C lower than usual. I lived in Newfoundland from 1983 to 2008, 24.5 years on the west coast. I heard road reports re. coastal Labrador via CBC radio. Often and often after snow road clearing was a good day slower than our side the the Strait of Belle Isle. Labrador population 2016, a little over 27,000. So, how does that compare with northern Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota or North Dakota. & how much service do you get because of that larger population? I can't recall the names of skiing places in Labrador, but Marble Mountain, Steady Book, is the largest one in Newfoundland. As I said one day there will be great skiing snow and the next day (this year) almost zero snow. Yes, there is winter camping in Newfoundland, but near population centers. You have to be experienced with Canadian winters to try it. :C
Little Kopit 01/26/18 06:17pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: When to visit Northern Quebec, Western Labrador?

Some of what thread starter says is correct. Mud is NOT a thing. Roads are gravel, heavily gravel if not paved. I went in 2006 and found longer established roads have more spots to pull off and boondock. Yes, snow can well be around in much of May. Why in the world would you expect most of the cgs to be open before Queen's birthday weekend or after Thanksgiving. & considering that lots of those depend heavily for staffing on student, when school starts, those close. Labrador is beautiful. I went past Lab City and down the Quebec road to Baie Commeau. There was a higher percentage of mud over gravel and I ran into rain. Heap blessings on what French I have, I got a really super camper wash because I had some French and used it. The gal who did the wash would have manicured my nails, if I'd let her help with everything. Liked all tours of power stations. :C
Little Kopit 01/26/18 07:06am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Good map of Canada

We use these in our work, traveling in a lot of remote areas in the Maritimes.. They are good maps, you can pick some up in the Walmarts, but probably best to order and have the ones you want. Good Maps Canada A Walmart product is still commercial. I can't imagine Walmart with its priorities giving as good information as a province for it's own places. Please see above for more reasons to get 'provincial maps'. :C
Little Kopit 01/21/18 06:53am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Good map of Canada

The most complete maps of Canada are the ones issued by each province. No commercial map will ever show all there is to show or be up to date. I remember one situation when I worked in Corner Brook and some rvers came to see me. I sent them via a new road which had replace a former railroad track. Their information had nothing about it and sent them a wierd wierd way. Then I remember having a friend connecting with me in PEI and got one of these on dash things. For a province with a lot of interesting rural places??????????? Do those things think people want to explore historic villages? Seldom. So, go to www.google.ca , yes, .ca because that's Canada domain and brings up things Canadian over other countries. Search 'name of province and tourism' for each province you may visit. Calling gives you a chance to bring out your special interests. A make sure to ask for a map. All Canadian provinces have lots of interesting rural features. You find many of these by talking to locals ---- including at grocery stores. When your on a seacoast, 'where do we get the best fish?', 'what is your favourite lobster restaurant?'. 'Is there a place where we can eat lunch and watch whales'?, & don't forget the visitors centers. :B
Little Kopit 01/21/18 06:44am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Books for Northern Quebec, Labrador and Newfoundland?

Kevin Major was asked to write a very readable history of his province. He did. 2001 – As Near to Heaven by Sea: A History of Newfoundland and Labrador – ISBN 0-14-027864-8 (nominated: Pearson Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Award) He also wrote The House of Wooden Santas, which is a lovely NL Christmas tale. :B
Little Kopit 01/20/18 06:09am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Gotta Ham Bone. Need a recipe!

I`m a one person household with a bum knee so I`m not inviting folks. Thus, a keeper of a cooking. Crockpot for sure. Then given that my porch is unheated, I`d keep it there between days. So, Thoughts: Stewed tomatoes canned with small amounts of salt, after all the ham has lots of that. The acid of tomatoes helps the `stew` keep longer. Veggies. -Onions, maybe up to 2 c. diced and caramelized. -Cabbage or celery diced. Celery has more `my flavour`, but cabbage keeps longer -Parsnips rather than carrots. My flavour choice. -Maybe one potato diced. All told the ingredients other than the hambone should cover the bone or almost cover the hambone. One hour on fairly warm temperature, then reduce for 4 or 5 hours of simmering. This is making me hungry for a hambone. :B
Little Kopit 01/16/18 01:33pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Quality of the roads in the Maritime provinces

I think Edatlanta is closest to the mark. & there is the speed that you choose to drive!!!! Speed limits are posted for a reason. The major highways can get 'upgraded' with diverse federal $ help. Less so the secondary roads. I can't say the 3 provinces do things alike, ie. shoulders on 2ndary roads. Lots of those were first built in early colonial days, when often boats were used more than roads. Actually, those have the best scenery in seeing how things were done in earlier years. Then of course, I can compare these roads in these provinces to the secondary roads in just about every state, though, mind you I haven't been in all states. Suffice it to say you guys are just as human as we are. :P
Little Kopit 01/12/18 07:33am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Montreal QC

I trust you will want to see some of Montreal. Having lived there in the 70s my favourite spot is Mount Royal. Where is your next spot? Route 17 across ON to the west. Detour around both Mtl and Ottawa. Though Ottawa is also interesting. Routes change over time. I did a cross continent trip in 2015. Going I went north to Lac St. Jean and across to Route 11 and returning I headed south before (not much) Ottawa and then to the south shore of the St. Lawrence connecting with the Trans Canada at QCity. (also to see at least a day or 2s worth). Going I worked north after Thunder Bay and around Winnipeg with Hay River, NT the goal, then south again into AB across to BC and north to Whitehorse and across to Skagway, AK. Skagway was a suggestion from Whitehorse residents. It was a very good one. Skagway is different than many towns or cities. Good numbers of wildlife by and on the highways!! As soon as I got into MN every local I talked too started directing me to Vancouver and I had to say, no I want to go north, I've already visited Banff and Lake Louise..... Pretty well, I set out to visit medium popular places, not the big names. I didn't want to be crowded by too many wheels. My biggest name place and top choice for site to visit was Tyrell Dinosaur Museum. Give that about 10 *s. Very special. Some US residents come to Canada to make Tyrell their two week holiday period. There are nice cgs out and about. N. Shore Lake Superior also. I'd say 6 weeks is minimum for such a trip. When I lived and worked out of Sudbury, there were people who would go west for 2 weeks one summer and east for 2 weeks the next summer. Still short, IMHO. :B
Little Kopit 01/10/18 08:43am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: diesel fuel in canada

Each province in Atlantic Canada has its own regulated prices. So you’re saying that each Province in Atlantic Canada regulates the retail price of fuel? Each province has its own retail policy for different fuels, utilities......... Some just toss in a provincial sales tax, others do more and if regulated all examine several sources of cost and price figures from different parts of the world, not just Canada. :C
Little Kopit 01/05/18 08:19am General RVing Issues
RE: diesel fuel in canada

Sound Guy, So, why the dickens would you think a national agency would do things which are under provincial powers/responsibilities???????????? :P
Little Kopit 01/04/18 05:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: diesel fuel in canada

You can check here (diesel seems to be cheaper than gas in Canada right now). These prices are liters, not gallons. GasBuddy Montreal, CA And then factor in the exchange rate, transaction fee if any and location. No need - gas and diesel fuel prices here in Canada have been fluctuating around each other for some time now, and will every day, but aren't drastically different for a litre of either. That said, on average we pay ~ 30% more here in Canada for fuel than the US average. Here's a useful link from Natural Resources Canada. Incorrect in Atlantic Canada. Diesel is more in these provinces. Better to go towww.gasbuddy.com that is all N. Am., not just 1 province. & if you search www.google.ca then you can search 'name of province and utility prices or fuel regulation. Each province in Atlantic Canada has its own regulated prices. Some change weekly,..... Remember most transport trucks use diesel so highways will have diesel pumps. :C
Little Kopit 01/04/18 03:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cost of travel

Some helpful websites. Bank of Canada Exchange rates World Wide Metric conversion tables Check eastern provinces for regulated prices of the week. www.google.ca nova scotia utilities regulation or nova scotia fuel price regulation. That usually covered auto fuel, propane, furnace oil. NS, NB, PEI, NL or all of Atlantic Canada are regulated. Also Gas Buddy. com 16 kilometers = 10 miles. Or 160 kms = 100 mi. More practically, 100 km is just above 60 mi., Often highway speed. Bet you could pick up stickers to put on your odometer for the trip. Once you've done us you'll be mentally geared up for THE WORLD, except for driving on the left side in countries related to England somehow, Oz, Nz, India, Pakistan...... Live web site on Christchurch, NZ They're the other side of the International Date Line :B
Little Kopit 01/03/18 06:21am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: What kind of animal is most likely to kill you?

a) a robbot b) a driverless self stearing auto c) a coyote d) an electric eel e) tick lime disease carrier f) malaria mosquito :P
Little Kopit 01/02/18 07:46pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Suggestions/Advice for Nova Scotia and PEI

Dogs need shots for Lime disease. Yes, it's this far north. Fortress Louisbourg and Fundy tides should be highest priority. :C
Little Kopit 01/02/18 06:15am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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