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Thinking about touring Newfoundland this summer.  Prefer not to stay  in campgrounds. What are the rules for boondocking on the island?  How about some pointers on where to look for info.

Thanks

Bill

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  • FWIW we spent 2 weeks on Newfoundland last summer, but we decided to leave our MH at a safe location on PEI and just took our toad on the ferry.   The cost of taking the MH on the ferry is so steep that the savings pretty much paid for our B&B costs for the trip.   From what we could see a lot of the campgrounds are "out in the country" away from the sights we wanted to see.  Sorry,  but I can't give you any information on boondocking there.

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The price of the ferry helps keep the traffic down. It’s been to many years since I made the trip to have any useful information but 10 yrs ago you could boondock about any where you wanted. The provincial parks we nice, not much in the way of amenities though. Slum camp "RV Parks" were nonexistent.

  

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We spent 7 weeks in NL in 2008.  Boondocking in NL was basically "don't block someones driveway and you can park overnight most anywhere.  

It is a big island, about 600 miles from Port aux Basques, where the short ferry lands, and St John's.  Also a must visit is the 500 mile RT side trip to the northern tip to visit where the Vikings landed in about the year 1000.   Also other side trips that add time and mileage.

We took the long ferry over and the short ferry back.  The cost in fuel for 600 miles from St John's back to the short ferry somewhat offsets the cost of the long ferry.

Don't plan on less than 4 weeks on the island.  6-8 weeks is much better.  Lots to see and do on the island.  Take your time and enjoy the island. 

One reason we travel in the RV is to be able to take our time and stay as long in one spot as long as there are things which interest us.  As long as you have the time, take your RV.  

If you don't have the time, then take your car or truck and stay in B&B's, or better yet fly and rent a car.  

 

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BTW, we were told to not arrive in NL before the end of June.  The very cold water currents and winds create lots of fog & rain in June we were told. 

We arrived about June 28th and left in mid August and had decent weather.  Some rain & clouds, but generally dry weather. 

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Thanks AlF. 

We travel with a dog so the long ferry is not being considered.  60th High School reunion mid August in Gloucester, MA so need to be back in time. That would be about six weeks.

Still thinking,

Bill

 

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13 hours ago, Bill w/bus said:

Thanks AlF. 

We travel with a dog so the long ferry is not being considered.  60th High School reunion mid August in Gloucester, MA so need to be back in time. That would be about six weeks.

Still thinking,

Bill

 

At least on the long ferry, they let you go down to your RV every 3-4 hours to let your pet out to do it's business, if that would work for you.   BTW, the short crossing, from the time you leave your RV at boarding time until you can access it at the destination, may be as much as 5 hours and possibly a little more. 

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On 2/25/2020 at 9:52 AM, Al F said:

At least on the long ferry, they let you go down to your RV every 3-4 hours to let your pet out to do it's business, if that would work for you.   BTW, the short crossing, from the time you leave your RV at boarding time until you can access it at the destination, may be as much as 5 hours and possibly a little more. 

Our 2014 SMART caravan to the Maritimes used both the long and short ferries. On the long ferry, people with animals had a choice rent a kennel above the vehicle decks or leave animal in the RV the entire voyage. No-one was allowed below the passenger decks except employees while underway.https://www.marineatlantic.ca/sailing-information/travel-information/travelling-pets

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21 hours ago, Ray,IN said:

Our 2014 SMART caravan to the Maritimes used both the long and short ferries. On the long ferry, people with animals had a choice rent a kennel above the vehicle decks or leave animal in the RV the entire voyage. No-one was allowed below the passenger decks except employees while underway.https://www.marineatlantic.ca/sailing-information/travel-information/travelling-pets

Good to know.  That is better than leaving the pet alone in the RV.  Things have changed since 2008. 

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