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Took ferry from Labrador to Newfounland on Saturday. Found a great spot on ocean near Eddy's Cove about twenty meters from water. Went to L'Anse aux Meadows on Sunday and the returned to west coast last night about ten meters from water. A raft of American Black Ducks spent the night just offshore. We saw a young Mink run down to forage on the shore and Elaine got a great photo of it. Used "Ioverlander.com tonight and found a great spot overlooking sea just south of Parson's Pond. This is about three km north of boundary of Gros Morne National Park. There were dozens of places to boondocks along the coast

Reed and Elaine

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Jimalberta

We did go to Trinity for the theater. Spent the night at a small gravel pit. Then we learned about boondocking at the lighthouse. Wish you had posted about this a week ago. We did spend the nest night at The Dungeon Provincial Park. This was the most spectacular camp site we have had in nine continuous years of full time RVing. Checked with the government officials at the lighthouse and they suggested the parking lot at the John Cabot statue or the provincial park (half a mile away). Friendliest cows and horses we have ever met

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When we toured NL in 2008 we boondocked for a night right on the shoreline in Portugal South at GPS: 46.712036 -53.261539

 

Also don't miss the bird sanctuary at Cape St Mary's. I'm not sure if the birds will still be there this late in the season, but when we were there the last couple of days of June it was fantastic. You get to approach within about 30 feet of the nesting birds. The birds are separated from the humans by a 100' or 200' deep chasm so they are not concerned that we are that close. The guano smell is pretty potent though.

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Which ferry did you take to cross? They look really expensive for a rig, but I'm looking at the commercial rates because I can't find an RV rate.

The ferries are not cheap, but the trip is well worth it as long as you have 5-8 weeks to tour the island. If you only have a couple-three weeks, don't bother. It isn't worth the effort and expense to take the ferry over and back for just a short trip.

 

In 2008 fuel was very expensive, we were paying between $6 to $6.70 a US gallon for diesel.

 

I calculated the cost of the fuel to drive the 600 miles from St. Johns to Port aux Basques, to take the short and cheaper ferry, and the cost was about the same either option. Not to mention you will be driving the same hwy going from St Johns to Port aux Basques in both directions. The drive on TCH-1 (PH-1) is not that interesting to make it worth driving a second time. It is the side trips to all the places which makes it interesting.

 

We took the long ferry to Argentia on the way over. Supposed to be 14 hours, but took 18 hours as one of the 4 engines was broken so with 3 engines the ship was a bit slow.

 

From Argentia we did a counter clockwise trip around the island, including taking the ferry to Labrador for a few days.

 

We spent 7 weeks on the island.

 

If you go be sure to subscribe to Days End for info on all the places to dry camp or boondock.

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Al Florida - we did Newfoundland the reverse of you. We did come over from Labrador.

 

Leave Newfoundland from Argentiere on Thursday. This is a must do trip. Land is gorgeous, folks are friendly, and boondocking is superb. We spent three days in a real RV park but we stayed in the tenters section for $15 Canadian as opposed to hook-up at $35. We will have been here 5 1/2 weeks. We spent nights at fishing villages in a number of places. Just ask one of the guys on the fishing wharf if it were permitted to camp and they would point out great spots.

 

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