Trip to the Canadian Maritime Provinces in Sept.

momj47June 12, 2004

My daughter (25) and I are taking the ferry from Portland to Yarmouth, NS then driving slowly up to PEI for 5 days, beginning Sept. 5.

After she flies back to Baltimore, I'll have another week to roam and was thinking of going up to Newfoundland - possibly L'Anse aux Meadows (I'm Scandinavian) before heading back to Yarmouth to catch the ferry back to Portland and back to reality.

I'd appreciate any advice and information on places to visit and places to stay or not stay and anything else you might like to share.

TIA

Barb

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janMD

We did Nova Scotia & Newfoundland last yr, taking the ferry between. Thoroughly enjoyed L'Anse aux Meadows - think it's well worth the trip. Ate at a wonderful restaurant in Corner Brook both going up and coming back.
Gros Morne park is wonderful, too. If you would like more details, I can give them to you. We stayed at some good B &B's - I will have to look in records. Can't remember everything off the top of my head.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2004 at 8:02AM
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cathyll

Barb-Canada has a really impressive and active tourism council. If you go to Google, type in "tourism Prince Edward Island" (or Newfoundland).They'll send you a nice large packet of info. that will arrive in plenty of time for your fall vacation. This will be the first summer in years that we won't be in PEI-headed to Cape Breton, instead. You will be in heaven, I promise!
P.S. While you're at it sign up on the PEI tourism website for their annual drawing for a free vacation there.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2004 at 2:12PM
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casey_nfld

I'm from Newfoundland and I've been to L'Anse aux Meadows several times. I'll give you some links at the end that should be helpful. L'Anse aux Meadows is a wonderful place to visit, it's a long drive from the ferry though, about 7 hours if you don't stop!

You'll have to drive through Gros Morne National Park to get there, if you have some time you might want to check out the areas there, like the Western Brook fijords, Western Brook beach with its sand dunes (not that common in Nfld), Bonne Bay, the Tablelands near Trout River, etc.

If you're going to L'Anse aux Meadows you might want to stay in St. Anthony, it's the closest larger town with hotels, restaurants, banks, hospital, etc.

Near L'Anse aux Meadows there is Norsted, a reconstructed Viking village. It's really interesting and worth a visit as well.

If you have any specific questions you can e-mail me at karen@warp.nfld.net and ask, I'll be more than happy to help you.

Here are the links I promised:

Newfoundland Tourism:
http://www.gov.nf.ca/tourism/

L'Anse aux Meadows:
http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/nl/meadows/index_e.asp

Norstead:
http://www.vikingtrail.org/norstead.htm

And on my website I have a lot of pictures I took of the area last year, pictures from L'Anse aux Meadows, Norstead, Gros Morne National Park and areas:
http://bitstop.ca/northern_peninsula.htm

    Bookmark   July 29, 2004 at 9:00PM
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momj47

Back from my trip. It was too short. I have to save Newfoundland for another trip, it's needs more time than I had.

The trip over from Portland to Yarmouth, NS on the ferry Scotia Prince - save your money and drive, it's not worth it. The drive along the coast of Maine and into Canada is worth doing, very scenic and not difficult at all.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2004 at 9:48PM
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