New Brunswick and Nova Scotia: Camping

Old May 11th, 2011, 01:12 PM
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New Brunswick and Nova Scotia: Camping

Hello. My family will have two weeks to spend in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia this summer. We are camping in a little pop-up trailer (there are four of us, two adults and two young teens), and we're hoping to spend a couple of days in each campsite where possible and not drive more than 4 hours between sites. We enjoy short-medium hikes, nice views, local culture, good mix of cities/towns and natural sites. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Days 1 & 2: Herring Cove Provincial Park on Campobello Island
Days 3 & 4: Fundy National Park (which campground is most scenic?)
Day 5: Amherst Shores Provincial Park
Day 6:Havre Boucher: MacLeod's Inverness Beach Campground
Days 7 & 8: Cheticamp
Day 9: Louisbourg, Point of View RV Campground
Day 10: Battery Provincial Park
Day 11: Taylor Head Provincial Park
Days 12 & 13: Halifax (Shubie, Graves Island Prov. Park? Suggestions?)
Day 14: Five Islands Provincial Park
Day 15: New River Beach Provincial Park

Many thanks in advance for any/all suggestions. I haven't made any reservations yet, so we're quite flexible.
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Old May 11th, 2011, 04:20 PM
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Not a camper myself, but we do know Lunenburg, NS well and often comment on how the in-town campground of this UNESCO world-heritage site has got to be one of the most charming and convenient anywhere. Do consider this as an alternative to Days 12/13...don't miss Halifax altogether, but no need to stay there.
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Good suggestion-- I see there is an in-town campground called Lunenburg Board of Trade. Think that might be it?
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You got it!
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Did Campbello Island provincial park and decided to stay two nights. Great spot.

Fundy National Park - same, booked for one night and stayed 3. You can day trip to Hopewell Rocks, Cape Enrage, etc. Some great hiking trails, saltwater pool, nightly campfires, etc.

If you are heading to Cape Breton, this probably isn't an option, but Shediac, NB is a great spot with white sand beach. Kouchibouguac National Park is my all time favorite. Beautiful beach, great cycling trails. Highly recommend it.

As for Cape Breton, I would spend a night in Cheticamp. Then a night in the federal park at the top of the trail. Spend the next night in Baddeck. Then trip over to Louisbourg. If you are touring the national site, it really takes a full day.
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Our favorite campground on Cape Breton was MacLeods Inverness Beach. There is a great beach there and with teens in the car and doing so much driving they might enjoy the beach. There is also a great little provincial park (no camping) at West Mabou Road and another wonderful beach there.
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Hi

You might want to try Bear Falls Cammpground in Greenfield, its very natural, very easy going, www.bearfalls.com.
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I hope you have a wonderful vacation! In terms of your question about Fundy National Park, my choice would probably be either Headquarters or maybe Point Wolfe (see comments below). There are three main campgrounds in Fundy. Headquarters is right as you enter the park (from Alma), and is the oldest built when the park opened. It has a section with full hookups, and also a section for tents (or no hook up other vehicles). The latter include some which overlook the bay, very nice if you can get one. The main attraction is that you can from here walk to many things - playground, golf course, Alma, etc. Point Wolfe is located at the end of the road along the bay, after a picturesque covered bridge. The area is nice, with walks to beach, by the river old dam, and Coppermine along the bay to an abandoned mine head. The camping sites are generally nice. No hook ups there. While the sites are not on the bay, it is an easy walk. The Chignecto campground is on the highlands up the hill, and is the newest and largest campground. It has both hook ups and regular sites. You would need to drive to get most anywhere fun from there. There is also primitive camping at the lake on the entrance at the upper end of the park, and hike in camping a few places around park on the trails (must register for these too). I hope this helps.

Bob H. (http://www.bayfundy.net)
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