Maine to Newfoundland ideas

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Maine to Newfoundland ideas

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My husband and I will be traveling, by car, through New Brunswick, Nova Scotia to Newfoundland. We would love suggestions on must sees and any challenges we may face. We will be traveling the last week of September through October 9th. We appreciate any input. Thanks
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We are seniors so we did not do hardcore hiking . We spent 3 weeks in Newfoundland August 2018 it is beautiful place with the East and West coast being so different. It was amazing the number of gravel roads we had to drive on I am not talking about little side roads but roads with route numbers on them. We drove to Newfoundland with our suv so it was not a problem just surprised us. I had no problem on the gravel roads, just make sure your auto insurance carrier will cover your car in Canada and you have windshield coverage!!! Also locals drive the gravel roads like they are paved ie they do not slow down. I just pulled to the side and let them by.

A lot of one way roads meaning down the same road to get to a place, not many looping roads. So drive 2 hours down a road spend a few hours checking out the place and drive 2 hours back the same road you came back down. That got old after a while, BUT the views were amazing the entire time, folks very friendly so yea worth a visit.

COD you can only have so much cod it is the first 4 items on every menu which is great, but you can not have cod everyday well we did not. What cod we had was amazing.... but got old real fast. St. Johnís had no problem finding OK food but venture out of St. Johnís and it goes down hill fast. The food on the west coast say Port aux Basques, Deer Lake, Lobster Cove was not good. Bonavista (not on the west coast) has some nice places to dine.

Beware of moose while driving they are definitely around as well as bears. Once you get out of an area the next place not much around so if you are low on gas fill up! The weather was in the 60ís in August and it rained very often so bring layers and rain gear. Once you get out of St. Johnís it get very rural very fast, lots of trees and more

They LOVE coffee especially Tim Hortonís no matter what time of day we passed a Tim Hortonís they had a line both inside and the drive through!!! Also the locals accent is sometimes hard to figure out particularly the older folks, I just kinda smiled and said yes.....Then again they probably had a hard time understanding my Jersey accent. Many locals we spoke to worked in the oil fields in Alberta and came back a few months at a time. The cod industry really never came back so many folks do what they have to get by.

ATVís are everywhere in the rural area ie most of the island kinda like the 3 car in the family. Interesting we saw a group of about 25 stopped in a beautiful lookout, I asked a guy what they were doing...25 all in a group. They said they were traveling the island as a group and staying in B&B at night for 10 days ALL on ATV, wow long time riding an Apparently this is a common thing with locals as tour guide the entire time. The guy said when exploring the options you could have camped out instead of B&B.

Have fun it is a beautiful place.
Stuff we Liked
  1. Bonavista

Dungeon Provincial Park

The town and fishing village

The puffins in Elliston and the root cellars

Cape Bonavista Lighthouse ( some puffins here but more in Elliston)

The Matthew Museum

  1. Bell Island near St. Johnís
(need to take a ferry to the island)

Iron ore mine tour ( go below into the mine very interesting)

  1. Gross Morne National Park

Tablelands Trail where the earth mantle is exposed

West Brook Boat Tour would NOT recommend, they replaced the walkway through the forest with a 30í wide gravel road 1 mile plus long to the lake. Boring boat tour of cliffs which you will see many along your travel through NB.

Green Point beautiful beach.

  1. Rose Blanch
Pretty town with a granite lighthouse

  1. Arches Provincial Park
  1. Blow me Down Provincial Park
  1. Trinity Village historic village, beautiful church and craft shops
  1. St Johnís

Signal Hill

Cape Spear Lighthouse

Petty Harbor ( great fish and chips at Chafeís Landing when 2 times that good)

Pippy Park & Memorial University Botanical Garden

Downtown area including


Railway Coastal Museum

Anglican Cathedral

The Rooms (history museum)

Fort Amherst (Lighthouse and Fort)

Johnson Geo Center (great Titanic Exhibit)

  1. Castle Hill National Historic Site ( near ferry to St Johnís )
  1. Salmonier Nature Park

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Thank you

We will only be there 4 days. Can you give me your top must sees of each spot above. It would help us narrow it down. What about accommodations. We havenít booked anything yet. Thank you for all the information!
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