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While in Newfoundland

by Dave Reavis

Some things to consider in Newfoundland are:

At Gros Morne is Western Brook Pond, you will need reservations for the boat ride and choose a trip close to midday. Sometimes the early morning trips get cancelled due to fog. We thought this was the best part of Gros Morne

The Grand Corduroy RV park is super and the folks there are very nice.

In Pasadena/Corner Brook we have stayed at Bills Cabins and RV park. Open sites with water and 20 amp elect. Many of the parks in Newfoundland are only 15 amp.

At St. Anthony be sure to go the the Viking ruins at Lanse Au Meadows. You will need reservations at the RV parks in St Anthony due to the large number of Caravans that go up there. While there you can day trip across to Labrador from St. Barbe and take the paved road to Red Bay. They have a nice little museum there and the Penware River gorge on the way is super. Lots of black flies!!

Sanger Memorial Park at Windsor/Grand Falls is a super RV park with full hook ups and 30 amp. You will need reservations. Again the caravans keep it full in season.

There is a great festival in Twillinggate in mid to late July. This is on the coast north of Gander.

There is lots to do and see around St. Johns. You can go to the Witless Bay Ecological Preserve and go whale watching from Bay Bulls. A longer trip would be down to Placentia. This is the old French Capital and they have a nice visitor center and museum at Castle Hill. Further south from Placentia are several small outports and at Cape St. Marys is the Cape St. Marys bird Sanctuary. This has the largest population of nesting Gannetts in the world. The road to the cape is not very suitable for a big RV, but no problem for a toad. The road out to the bird sanctuary is very narrow almost one lane. There is a new RV park at the turn off to the Bird Sanctuary, but I have not had time to check it out when we have been there. My guess is water and 15 amp, but I am only guessing.

While on the Island be especially watchful for MOOSE at all times and especially in the late evening and early morning. They have many many moose/car accidents. Notice the super strong moose guards on the front of most of the semi's up there.

There are two French Islands off the South coast of Newfoundland that you can reach by ferry from Fortune Newfoundland. They are like going back to France in the early 1900's except for the cars. There are only 16 miles of road and I think everyone has two or three cars. Go figure!