The beach and boardwalk where we will be staying next week at Hastings, Barbados. (Found on the internet!)
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Osgoode (Ottawa), Ontario, Canada.

Where are they going next? Barbados! Arrive on October 25th!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

RV'ing in Newfoundland!

Canada's newest province is Newfoundland and Labrador. Often, the province is simply called Newfoundland although Labrador is part of the mainland and Newfoundland itself is an island. In fact, 92% of the provinces population live on the island of Newfoundland while 8% live in Labrador.

The entire area has a population of 528,000 people.

Newfoundland and Labrador used to be a British colony, but the area joined Canada in 1949.

Newfoundland and Labrador.

With our young family, we did a two week vacation to Newfoundland back in 1994. Back then, we were both working full time and we only had two weeks. So we drove like crazy to get to the ferry so that we could spend as much of our two weeks on the island as possible. Ruth had also been to the island once before as a child with her family, I think way back in 1972.

Ruth, with our daughter Lindsey (8).Nice campsite somewhere on Newfoundland.

Starting out on a 16 km (10 mile) hike with an 8 year old and a 6 year old!

Hiking Gros Morne Mountain.

But Newfoundland itself is a pretty big island, and so we only saw the southwest part of it. And of course we never made it up to Labrador at all.

So another future trip for us is to take our motorhome Sherman to Newfoundland and Labrador for the summer. If you're going to take a motorhome to Newfoundland you want to make the trip worthwhile because the ferry is expensive. Currently, it looks like it would cost $266 one way for the two of us plus Sherman. The ferry ride is about 7 hours.

And then after Newfoundland we would take the short ferry to Labrador and take our time driving west on the long northern (and gravel road) route west.

Lots of adventures planned for the coming years!

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14 comments:

  1. That is one place that we plan to explore some day soon, we hope.

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    1. The only way to explore Newfoundland is to make the effort to do it! Hope you get to see it some day soon.

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  2. We spent 2 weeks in Newfoundland with Elderhostel. Certainly worth a visit!

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    1. We agree, it is definitely worth the visit! :-)

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  3. What wonderful family pictures! I hope Alex and Lindsey share those pictures with their children as they grow up. When trying to sort out our family immigration back when, Newfoundland was a big stepping stone to the New World after a long ocean voyage.

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  4. Two ferries ply Newfoundland ... one (shorter) lands at Port au Basques and the other (longer) comes in to Argentia. It was expensive for our Tergel to take the ferry, but it was well worth it. We spent a month traveling around the island, and into Labrador. We loved it and we'd do it again in a heartbeat! Talked about it this week, in fact. I enjoyed seeing your photos.

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    1. Yes, you are right there are two ferries but we have only taken the shorter one. I would expect that taking the longer one with an RV would be extremely expensive. Glad you got to spend a month there, I think if we went though we would probably spend 2 months there. Glad that we could rekindle some memories for you. :-)

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  5. After living all my young life in Africa, the first time I ever saw snow was at Gander. It was a TWA flight from Paris to New York in a Lockheed Constellation, stopping in Gander to refuel. I was broken-hearted that the powers that be wouldn't let me off to play in the snow. Maybe I'll get back someday, hopefully in the summer. Snow has lost its charm.

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    1. I can understand how that must have felt, seeing snow for the first time and not being able to experience it, especially if you are young. I can also understand now how the thought of snow has grown old! ;-) We are totally tired of it ourselves, hence why we love going south in the winter. :-)

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  6. We are here in NL spending about 40 days. 6hr Ferry cost us $475 for 50-60 ft.long inc road attached. Labrador Ferry is $37.? Senior or @ $47. All these prices are one way. Whale watching trips @ 70 with tax, cod jogging @ 50, Viking feast @ 60. RV sites are about 46/night tax incl with 30 amp and water. Just some $$ fyi. Having a great time! Hiked an abandoned trail to see an iceberg as season for it has ended. Lots of whales, fresh cod, screech, patridgeberry and bake Apple here in st. Anthony's, trying the 'local' food everywhere. People are great but have a funny accent 😀 lots of hikes, 1 moose 0 caribou,tons of mosquitoes!

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    1. Thanks for all the info and pricing it certainly helps to know what some of these things cost, not only for ourselves but for others that may be reading this post and thinking about driving to Newfoundland. I doubt that we would stay in very many campgrounds though, we have every intention on boondocking most of the time like we usually do. :-)

      Sounds like you are having an amazing time and enjoying every minute of your trip. I love the idea of hiking the abandoned trail to see and iceberg, that would have been so cool. I remember the mosquitoes and black flies when we went with our kids back in the 90's, that is something that I will never forget but it still won't stop us from going. Yes, the people are known to be very friendly and welcoming. Have fun and enjoy the rest of your wonderful experiences while you are there. I hope the weather has been good for you!

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  7. Sounds very exciting we must do that trip sometime!

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    1. It is definitely a trip that we would recommend people do. Something like going to the Yukon or Alaska, it needs to be done at least once in your life! :-)

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