Happy New year
If any one on RV.Net is planning to come to beautiful Newfoundland in 2012. I would gladly give suggestions on your travels. I presently live in Gros Morne national park. I grew up in Alberta and moved here 5 years ago so if you would like suggestions, must do's, mileage or drive times,campsite quality, anything drop me a message would gladly help.We are presently in south Carolina on the last few weeks of our 4 month RV travels and looking forward to another very busy year in 2012.
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It is very kind of you,I wish we could "talk" before we traveled to beautiful NL, take a look HERE
We planned to stay on the Island 1 month but fell in love with the people and the landscape so we stayed 3 months traveling all over the place including some other small islands like Fogo.
The only problem is the ferry....to expensive,long and not on schedule.
In Cowhwead we went to the theater and had great Lobster.
Next time we are there I sure we look you up.
5W Cruiser 2006 CF29CK Crossroad
RVing 4-5 months every summer since 2002.
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Hello! Your offer is very kind and I will be taking you up on it soon, after I figure out all the things I need to ask. We'll be coming in late July/August in our Class B Leisure Travel Van after spending the July 4 holiday at Acadia National Park in Maine and sightseeing in the other Provinces on the way up.
Have just begun the planning, enough to know that the ferry will make a big dent in the trip budget! But you already know that.
First question, which might also be of interest to others: How early should I reserve the ferry, since I realize that is peak season. I am mostly concerned about the return ferry, since I expect that we will end up staying longer than we think, as the earlier poster did.
My plan at the moment is to take the long ferry to the east side, travel across the island and up your way, then return from the west side.
I would book the ferry 2-3 weeks at least ahead or as soon as you know what day or night you want to cross, weather, mechancial can have a huge impact on sailings. they have a charge of 25.00$ ?? (they dont pay you if they bump you) for changing anything. In july and august calling to change your sailing a few days ahead you probaly wont get the sailing you want
. I have talked with people having to wait up to a week to get across. two adults,1/2 ton truck the rates right now are $35.83 per person with vehicle up to 20ft in length, total $173.14 one way. this will change as they have fuel surcharges for the vehicle and each passenger which changes constandly. If you have never sailed on this ferry try to do a day sailing it is usaly around 6.5 - 7 hours. pets have to be left in vehicle or you can rent a kennel for $15.50 this used to be free. You can not go back to your vehicle after you load or stay in your rv during sailings.The ferry we came across this time had 6,000 ft of lane space for semi's and cars so they are large boats.
Re. ferry, it is best to reserve well ahead, but you can always call and change. Each summer is different.
Back in the day of my 24.5 years residency in Newfoundland, I was off island, in New Brunswick when the "I want to be home bug bit". It was August. There had been nibbles of a possible strike. I called and yep , there were vacancies.
What I remember about that change is that I was very short of sleep. At the NB-NS border I pulled into a day use park, tied the dogs on, left the doors of the truck open, put my head on purse for pillow, and said "wake me in 1/2 no matter what." The dogs did just that.
Like I said, you have to judge your season.
I'm now across The Gulf in The Maritimes. This past summer was comparatively wet. You might say summer didn't get to us until August. Visit of Royals in July notwithstanding the number of visitors for June and July was quite low. You could have gotten away with late reservations I'm sure.
BTW you may want to start your own thread for the 3 provinces called The Maritimes.