There are two ferries between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, the short ferry takes 6 hours and the long ferry takes 16 hours. We always take the short ferry. It is a real ocean liner. The ocean liners have been really smooth. They have airline seating and cabins. We always just use the airline seating.
The one way cost for our tow vehicle, trailer and the two of us is $250. We usually spend 2 months so the cost spread out over our stay is not too bad.
Some people take both the long and short ferries. The long ferry is a lot more expensive and can be rough though probably rarely. The reason people do this is you can not make a loop of the island, there are no roads to speak of on the south coast. If you want to take the short ferry both ways and want to go to St. Johns, then you turn around and drive back across NL to take the short ferry home.
The cross road across NL is excellent, the TCH 1. Though not totally multi-lanes. it is an excellent road with tons of passing lanes and light
While we travel we seek the new and different. Newfoundland is that and more. The people are among the most friendly you will meet. Their lives are different and the island is beautiful and unspoiled. The population is 500,000, about 250,000 of them live in the St Johns area. The rest of the province has a lot of small communities.
The length of the coast line of NL is similar to the USA but most of it is walk-able and walk-able alone. Last year we were after a banded iceberg and drove into this guys yard. We asked if we could take a picture and he welcomed us and was happy to have a visitor. Two more cars came after us and he was just as friendly.
Even their best beaches are deserted. Every community has hiking trails. They have many Provincial parks. For a site with electricity for seniors it's $14., no services $9. The sites are usually beautiful and their bathrooms and showers spotless.
We love seafood and eat it practically every day when there, excellent and generally fresh plus when you go out to eat you always can get homemade fries.
The west coast has two U.N. world heritage centers that are worth the trip alone, Gros Morne, known for it's geology, and L'Anse aux Meadows, a verified Viking site. You could easily spend a month in Gros Morne.
The province has tons of music and theater festivals. The last two years we have gone for a marvelous festival in May min Gros Morne.
This year we went to Fogo because we met a family from Fogo who camped next to us and told us we should go to Fogo. Newfoundlanders camp.
We had a marvelous experience on Fogo. There is only one campground, the Lion's Club campground, located next to Brimstonehead, tight on the ocean Their bathrooms were nicer than mine at home. The price was $20.
Fogo is about 100 square miles with 11 small communities with a total population of about 2000 people. We drove every road, hiked many trails and generally had a very good time. Any time you see an activity like the planting of a roadside garden feel free to stop and strike up a conversation, friendly and open people.
People just camp about. No one will ever bother you. Newfoundland has the lowest crime rate in North America. NH where we live usually has the lowest in the USA. Newfoundland's is only a 1/3rd of NH's.
Fogo was particularly interesting this year because it was the best ice berg year in about 100 years. The ice bergs were worth the trip all alone. Icebergs are why we go in May. They were plenty this year.
The scenery is grand all over. I suggest you go on line to the Newfoundland Tourist bureau and ask for a map and their tourist booklet. They really produce a great book of stunning beauty.
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I could write a 100 pages, beautiful, clean, quite, invigorating. We have now spent over a year in Newfoundland and will go there until I can no longer go. This is not to say that there are not other wonderful places, we have made 6 loops of the USA and Canada. There is wonder every where, but there is something about the relative isolation of NL that separates it for us.
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