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    I am penciling in details for a trip to the Canadian Maritimes. The primary areas are PEI and Newfoundland (the west coast). The insane idea of driving back to the Great Lakes area through Labrador and Quebec has hit me, very recently. Looking at the maps and Google, the time to do this is only a few hours longer than back through Nova Scotia, though I haven't put a lot of pencil to the paper to check the math. Both require ferries (1.5 hrs to get to Labrador, 7 hours to Nova Scotia). Also not having to drive the several hours back down to Port Aux Basque would definitely free up a bit of travel time.

    I've done some research and it looks like 500 and 510 are decent roads, though 510 is mostly gravel at the moment, though gets regraded in May. Trip is planned in early June for icebergs, Puffins, whales, seals. I'd rather have my old Honda Insight to help deal with the gas stations being pretty spaced out, but a normal car should be able to handle it. Also saw that there is a free sat phone rental service to make certain we don't die, which is nice.

    Anyone else partake traveling in Labrador. My understanding is that 510 is pretty new, with these roads having been built in the last couple of decades. I understand we are talking wilderness, which is part of the draw.

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    Never been but both the West and East coast are on my to-do list. I toyed around with the idea of hitting the East Coast for our honey-moon, but as chance would have it we landed on a cruise in the Greek Isles.

    To this day it still blows me away how little of my own country I've seen, having only been between the Windsor - Quebec City corridor.

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    Since you're visiting Newfoundland, why not take a day trip to France? It's only a 45 minute ferry ride from the town of Fortune.

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    And I was thinking this thread involved a dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seyorni View Post
    Since you're visiting Newfoundland, why not take a day trip to France? It's only a 45 minute ferry ride from the town of Fortune.
    Well it’d be a several hour drive and then ferry to visit Kind of France.

    Only have about a week for NL so sticking to one region.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
    Never been but both the West and East coast are on my to-do list. I toyed around with the idea of hitting the East Coast for our honey-moon, but as chance would have it we landed on a cruise in the Greek Isles.

    To this day it still blows me away how little of my own country I've seen, having only been between the Windsor - Quebec City corridor.
    Wow, I’ve been between Thunder Bay and Cape Breton. Vancouver as a two year, but that doesn’t count as much.

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    Crivens!

    I've done from Cape North on Cape Breton Island to Hamilton/Niagra-on-the-Lake.

    But then, I've done Campbell River to Edmonton, too.

    It's the big flat, wet section in the center I haven't seen. I missed PEI, too. And have yet to make it to Labrador or Newfoundland.

    I've seen loads of southern British Columbia and the icefields of the Canadian Rockies multiple times. I highly recommend . They are a great place to go get high. Literally.

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    I found this link that has good info for the drive.

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    This is the mother of all trip planning. Hoping to do this next year or the following year. Ended up deciding on Flying to Halifax, rent car, go to PEI, then NL, fly out of St. John's. Adds a couple thousand due to car rental, but it'll provide more time to vacation than drive.

    Right now, the plan is:

    • SE / Barachoise Falls Trail / Starlite Trail / Steady Creek Falls
    • Blow Me Down Trail, Copper Falls, Tableland Trail (Gros Morne)
    • Green Gardens (Gros Morne, though it sounds like this is currently being worked on), East Point (Gros Morne), Baker Brook Falls Trail (Gros Morne)
    • Boat Excursion (Gros Morne), Arch Park,
    • L'Anse Aux Meadows / Iceberg-Whale boating / hang around
    • Alexander Murray Trail


    Then I was planning Terra Nova, but it doesn't seem as big as Gros Morne, so then just to the east at Trinity for hiking and Puffins. Afterwards, Avalon to finish it off (St. Johns, Puffin/Whales, hiking, likely resting). I want to go to Fortune Bay, but that is 8 hours back and forth for fossils. South tip of Avalon has that too. Really want to do the Gros Morne mountain hike but it is closed in May/June for animal protection during the whole mating thing.

    Even spacing this out 12 or so days, there is going to be a ton of B&B/Inn hopping, because trying to centralize a place to stay for a few days adds hours of driving!

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    Right now, the plan is for 12 days:

    • SE / Barachoise Falls Trail / Starlite Trail / Steady Creek Falls
    • Cape Blow Me Down Trail, Copper Falls, Tableland Trail (Gros Morne)
    • Green Gardens (Gros Morne, though it sounds like this is currently being worked on), East Point (Gros Morne), Baker Brook Falls Trail (Gros Morne)
    • West Brook Pond Boat Excursion (Gros Morne), Arch Park,
    • L'Anse Aux Meadows / Iceberg-Whale boating / hang around
    • Trail in Englee / scurry towards east coast / Maybe Rattling Brook Falls
    • Gun Hill Trail / Spurwick Trail / Elliston
    • Dungeon / Bonvista Point
    • Avalon/St. John's for three days and do parts of the East Trail (some hiking, some cheating). About the only time we have room to wiggle with weather.


    It looks like northern Central Newfoundland has some nice areas, but access is fingered out. Two trails that are 10 km apart on the map (with ocean in between) can be 80 to 100 km to drive to them. Twillingate was on my list early as was the Beothuk related area, but we are really trying to limit the driving (already doing enough of it!). I might need to add a day in St. Anthony's and go to Englee on one of those days to provide a buffer for weather.

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