My wife and I are considering our first RV trip to Newfoundland this summer. Any opinions on how much time to spend there? We're thinking we will take the ferry to St Johns and return from Port-aux-Basques so we can cover the whole of the island starting around the middle of July or so. We might also try to visit Labrodor. Are we on the right track. Any advice would be appreciated.
IMHO three weeks minimum, it is a big island with lots to see. We took short ferry both ways, as we perfer to drive when possible. When you get to top of Newfoundland, ask around about midges and mosquitoes in Labrador. When we went to ask we were told they were carrying off small children, LOL, so we didn't cross over. Ask, then decide.
FYI in over 200,000 miles, the trip to Newfoundland was the favorite of all for both wife and me. By all means go.
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We have visited Newfoundland several times. In 2007 we stayed four months - May to September. Our last trip was 2011 - two months. There are usually plenty of icebergs and wildlife to see. There are lots of museums, but you can learn the most about the island by talking to the people who live there. They are the friendliest people you will ever meet. The weather the time of year you plan to travel is usually mild, maybe a little cool at night.
We have been to Labrador twice - once in September - had to stay an extra day because the wind got high and the ferry didn't run. The second time was in July, and the biting flies were awful.
We have RV'd over 100,000 miles, and our trips to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and PEI are our favorites.
Interesting place - owned by France, lots of history from the rum-running days.
The passenger ferry was not long and IIRC, I had to get a bed & breakfast over there for maybe 2 nights, then take the Ferry back.
I think I left from a place called Fortune Nfld.
I would spend at least a month. We stayed a little longer than that in 2010 and was rushed. Also take the Port aux Basques ferry both ways. Yes, you have to drive further but it's worth it not to spend that much time and money on the longer ferry and TCH 1 across Newfoundland is a very good highway. BTW that longer ferry goes into Argentia not St. Johns, about 85 miles away.
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The long ferry to St john's still leaves you around a 1-1.5 hr drive and both are very expensive. The longer you can stay the better this off sets the high cost of the ferry, make sure you have reservations for either ferry. I would do the short run from Sydney to P.A.B it's cheaper,shorter. Spend a few days in codroy valley area and then work your way up the northern peninsula,spend a week or so in Gros Morne go north at this point you can decide if you want to go across to Labrador. This ferry make a reservation a few days ahead of sailing go up to St Anthony for a few days and then back down into Gros Morne. Try to stay off the Trans Canada(#1) do the northern side of the Trans Canada,twiiligate and so on lots of small highways that run along the coast and are breathless work you way over to St John's spend a least a week in St Johns using pippy park as your campgrounds it's central and very nice right in St Johns (Reservations will be needed)If you have a toad make sure you do the Irish loop this is a day trip.
The trip over to St Pierre, no vehicles allowed or needed but you have to stay the night due to sailing of the ferry(passport needed as your going to France)
Then work the south side of the Trans Canada as much as you can again lots of small highways on the coast ending back P.A.B.
A few things gas right now is $140.9 per litre and a US Gallon is 3.78 litre so do the math(lol)gas in Newfoundland is zoned price regulated so you wont find gas cheaper at another station across town and it goes up or down on Thursday @ 1201 AM it gets announced (Media) on Wednesday which way its going up or down and it will be higher this summer. Campgrounds cost are around 22.00-29.00 a night with full hook ups,cell phone service will be limited in some areas, major banks are only in larger towns most towns have ATM's do not expect in the small towns gas,banks, most have a small grocery store but you probably will not find fresh produce,fruits or fresh meat in any town under 500 people, stock up on these in major centers.
Have your moose eyes on at all times. We had over 1200 moose accidents last year with around 8 being fatal. Newfoundland is truly a jewel if you need anything just ask, the people will give you the shirt off their backs to help and we have almost no crime. Beer is sold in gas stations but hard ligour or wine is controlled and purchased in government stores or in agency stores in the smaller towns
weather can be a issue some summers with rain, high temps in the summer around 22-28c or low 70's to mid 80's make sure when you talk to locals you have to listen very carefully due to the heavy acents and certain ways of saying things.We have no deer,skunks,snakes,and a few other.
While I am not the OP, I want to thank robert herr for his information regarding Newfoundland. He offers detailed insight and ways to help enjoy ones trip and he obviously is one of those folks who would give you the shirt off his back.
Three years ago we spent 19 days in NFLD. We took the ferry and when we landed, it was raining and foggy. Decided to stay at a small mall and await morning. Travelled east to west on the island and thoroughly enjoyed our trip especially meeting the people. We especially enjoyed several archaelogical digs that were occurring during our visit and you could actually sit next to the workers as they unearthed headstones etc. Loved visiting all the small towns along the coast as well. If I had to do it again, I would love to spend at least a month there.
Make sure you try some of the local delicacies including cod tongue!