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Newfoundland in early June: advice sought


Mar 10th, 2009, 05:57 AM
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Newfoundland in early June: advice sought

I'm thinking of a week or so in the Avalon area in early June, roughly June 5-12. I've found good advice on many aspects of this potential trip, but my searches for the following specific information have failed:

Is June (or, better, early June) typically a rainy time? I've found average temperature data by month but nothing on typical precipitation amount (weather underground does not have it, nor do several other places I've checked).

Are black flies typically an issue in early June? I've searched the web quite a bit, but I find very few specifics about dates when they are common. Also, even if they're at their "worst", are they really a deal-breaker, or does a little DEET go a long way? (I know plenty of people who love the Adirondack Mountains in NY but who won't go there in June due to the flies.)

I have a pretty good idea of things I'd like to do while there, but are there any other tips for traveling there in early June? Things I shouldn't (or should) miss that might be specific to that time, etc.? I hope to be outside hiking/walking much of the time, and I will probably have a car.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Mar 10th, 2009, 01:45 PM
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Not particularly known as a rainy or buggy time on the Avalon, there is no guarantee for complete lack of either. But if you stay near the coast (which you will probably want to do) the bugs won't be a rpoblem (NL is not like Northern Ontario when it comes to black flies, if that is your concern).

It is a very good time for icebergs. It is also a really good/bad time for moose. Do not drive long distances outside the towns in the dusk/dark-hitting a moose is no way to experiecne nature.

Don't miss St. John's, esp. Signal Hill, also Cape Spears, Cape St. Mary's (esp. if you into birding), whale-watching (I like Gatheralls), Marine Drive...and if you don't already have a copy of the Newfoundland Labrador Tourism website guide, get one.

Have a great trip-and if you are planning to rent a car, do it NOW! rental cars are scarce as hen's teeth on the rock.
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Mar 10th, 2009, 02:56 PM
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Here's where you'll find accurate climate averages for Newfoundland (Environment Canada website)
July is normally the driest month, but no one would dare to predict a week of dry weather in Newfoundland during any month. As LJ says, there are many good points about June, including the fact that it's not really "high season" here, so nothing is likely to be busy/booked up. It is, however, high season for blackflies, but the Avalon is less heavily wooded than the rest of the island, and the coastal breezes definitely help. And a car is nearly a necessity outside of St. John's--public transportation is infrequent or nonexistent.
Are you familiar with the East Coast Trail association? Not only information about locations & trail conditions, but links to accommodations, equipment, etc.
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Mar 11th, 2009, 09:03 AM
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Yes, do listen to nfldbeothuk! I had forgotten all about the East Coast Trails Association, but was the beneficiary of much good advice from them when we lived in St. John's. And do make sure you leave a couple of days for exploring that lovely city...The Rooms, the downtown streets (bring good walking shoes-its built on a steep hill) including the many attractions of George St. and the harbour.
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