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Old 02-18-2019, 09:04 AM   #1
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Best Time in the Maritimes

We’re planning a trip to New England and the Maritimes (NS, NB, and PEI). Due to schedule constraints, it has to be in early June or mid-October. We’re thinking October.

Any thoughts on either time frame?
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:31 AM   #2
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I would agree with October being better. The leaf colors are spectacular (most years). In VT, the peak colors are usually from last week in September to second week in October, north to south. In the Maritimes it may start a few days earlier. It is a very busy time, lots of "leaf peepers" show up. Hotels fill up, but campgrounds may be OK. Still, I would call ahead.
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:23 AM   #3
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Both times are great, however the fall will definitely be busier and booking ahead will be important. I was there last June and still made reservations as I wanted to be sure to get in certain spots, but there was some availability in most places if you weren’t too picky about sites.
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tourist area in maritime

Take note that in NB NS PEI the tourist season may be short . After sept long weekend tourist area are closing and to a "come-by-chance" meaning that they may be open if there is a schedule event such as a tour bus or the such.
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We traveled the Maritime in July of last year, so we could incorporate the yearly Maritime Rally into our plans. The weather was perfect mid 70's with very little precipitation. Loved the rally and made many new Canadian friends. To your point the weather will be about 10 degrees warmer in June, ave mid to upper 60's nights around 50. Research also shows a little more precipitation in October. Love the Maritime's and are planning a return visit next year when the rally will be in P.E.I.
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Old 02-18-2019, 12:23 PM   #6
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Daylight hours are much longer in June.
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Excellent point Tillie and Tyler, 3 1/2 to 4 hours difference.
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Good point and one I hadn’t considered. Thx!
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+10 I’ve done June before and that would be my choice. As I recall, tourist season started the second week of June in PEI.

IMHO Nova Scotia and PEI coast lines are spectacular and much less traffic than Maine. Seems like US citizens prefer to not cross the border. New Brunswick was ok, but better to spend time in PEI and NS.

I need to go back again!!!
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I have been several times in June and loved it!

Pro:
  • Lupines are in bloom (beautiful!)
  • lobster season (need I say more...)
  • oyster season (")
  • nice weather, though sometimes cool
  • Not much crowding
  • PEI new potatoes (late June, an entirely different vegetable -- so good!)
  • As mentioned earlier, longer daylight hours than October
  • Puffins!!!
Con:
  • Some of the tours and venues don't open until July 1st
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+10 I’ve done June before and that would be my choice. As I recall, tourist season started the second week of June in PEI.

IMHO Nova Scotia and PEI coast lines are spectacular and much less traffic than Maine. Seems like US citizens prefer to not cross the border. New Brunswick was ok, but better to spend time in PEI and NS.
Agree!!
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Old 02-18-2019, 04:28 PM   #13
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Maybe ya all could come a few weeks early and hit the Spring Fling in New England Rally in New Hampshire. It would be great to meet some more of our FGRV members.
Dated this year is May 16-19 at the Chocorua Camping Village KOA in Chocorua NH
Go to the Rally page to get reservation numbers.
As said the short season up here in the nor'east is kind of short to think your going to get here in October, hardly no campgrounds are open after Columbus day, here in New England and they may close earlier over the boarder in Canada.
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While we really enjoyed our Maritimes and Newfoundland trip last year, by mid-September we were closing pretty much every national and provincial park we camped at. So by October there I imagine few to no camping options. We’ll be going again after our upcoming trip to the Yukon this year. Try June this time, and September for your next visit. It is a magic part of the world.
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