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Old 08-03-2015, 12:03 PM   #29
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I just received some feedback from ScouterDave.

Here are a few bits of information....
There are only three incorporated cities on the island, St. John's, Mt. Pearl and Corner Brook. (Mt Pearl is near St. John's.)

There is no WIFI on the ferries. It was not available in April when I returned and it has not been reinstated. There are four computers that passengers can use but they are not the best. I usually do my emails at Tim's (Hortons) in Baddeck and Port aux Basques before and after the crossing. There's also a Tim Horton's right beside the ferry terminal in North Sydney.)

In case anyone is looking for information on Port aux Basques the actual name is Channel-Port aux Basques for weather and some other internet contacts

The other ferry runs to Argentia (not far from St. John's) and takes about 18 hours - 520KM/325Mi.

They are only running two ferries per day to Port aux Basques, 1145 and 2345. Check in time is at least two(2) hours before sailing. If anyone has problems but does not have a wheel chair sticker Handicap sticker) they can ask to be put "near the elevator" and it will happen. (There is an elevator from the trailer/tow vehicle area to the crossing deck.)

As for reservations, with only two crossing I would suggest that as soon as a date is set for the muster at Cheeseman that everyone make their reservations as soon as the system will accept them. They usually change the system over at the end of February for the following 10 months. Number for Marine Atlantic is 1 - 800 - 341 - 7981 1 - 800 - 341 - 7981

As well as information from Dave, Ginny was giving me information to transfer. Her major message is Newfoundland is different from the USA and probably the more cosmopolitan parts of Canada. She had a bunch of detail statements I'll add in as I go along.
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Old 08-03-2015, 12:22 PM   #30
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NL Caravan - Credit Cards, Debit Cards and Canadian Money.

This is written from the perspective of a Bank of America customer.

Before we leave on a trip we call Bank of America and tell them our general travel plans.

Canada appears to be ahead of the USA in the use of Credit Card chip readers. On our last trip we encountered them for the first time though they also had strip readers for the one credit card we had without a chip reader.

We use our credit card to make most of our purchases in Canada. However when we cross the border we stop at the first Scotia Bank and using our Debit card we typically get $400 in Canadian money. We take all of our American money and transfer it to a 3rd wallet and put it away for the rest of the trip. Since we go to Canada regularly we do not cash it in on return.

Our history is not to generally use Debit cards for purchases. I know it’s old fashioned.

Like in the states you can also get money at Walmarts with a Debit card. On the western side of the country I believe there are only 2 Walmarts, one in Cornerbrook and one in Stephenville. To my knowledge neither are a SuperCenters, though there are very good grocery stores near both Walmarts. We on occasion do that withdraw cash at Walmarts when traveling since there are no transaction fees. However when we use our Debit Card to withdraw money from Scotia Bank there is a 3% currency conversion fee though no ATM fee. BoA says I can avoid the fee by withdrawing Canadian money from my local bank before leaving.

Many banks have agreements with banks outside the USA, BoA’s relationship is with Scotia Bank. Every Scotia Bank I’ve been to has an ATM.

Canada has a value added tax on many purchases, I recall the order of 15%, virtually a sales tax.. This tax is refundable when you leave the country by stopping as you re-cross the border. We have never done it. You do need to save your receipts.

Thinking about money sparked thoughts about where we spend most of our money, ferry fees, gas, campgrounds and food. Except for roadside food stops credit cards work for them all. We have never had a problem in terms of credit card information theft in Newfoundland.

I’ve said it before, NL has the lowest crime rate in North America by a wide margin. The only time I feel unsafe is the occasional time I’m driving at night, those moose are huge. I’ve sort of drive with a split vision, each eye looking at a side of the road. It’s sort of a game to who sees the moose first. Traffic is generally light on all roads.
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Old 08-03-2015, 03:20 PM   #31
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Park Passes and Plants

The following is a message on plants from David. It's a good point for those that travel with plants.

You are not allowed to take soil or anything in soil or that has been in soil off the island - Root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, parsnips, onions, radishes etc.
Pickled beets, carrots etc. and other produce in Mason jars that you may buy when you are on the island usually get through as does bottled moose and trout.

This ban also includes potted plants, even if you bring them with you. I know from the Algonac rally that some travellers have plants with them .If you normally carry Aunt Martha's sixty(60) year old African Violet or any other old family favourites with you I would suggest that you find them a temporary home for the duration of the trek. They will not cut you any slack on this issue.

As well we're considering the wisdom of purchasing Canadian National Park Passes. The Senior pass is good for one year in all National Parks. The Canadians on the list may already have them. Those driving thru NB and NS could have ample chances to use them. Just a thought for now .

The following is a list of the places they can be used. A number are on Newfoundland's west coast.

Parks Canada - Shop and Reserve - Participating Locations

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Old 08-05-2015, 09:52 AM   #32
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If you paint or sketch there's all kinds of opportunities. Check out the attached picture file.

Change Islands are on the ferry ride back from Fogo Island (there's a map in the attached picture file). There's no charge to stop so we spent a couple of days.

If you want to get the flavor of Newfoundland, the flavor of the end of the road towns, this is it.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Newf...20Bully%20Boat

Most of the beginning pictures are of the Change Islands. SOme of the later ones are Fogo Island, particularly the large hotel.
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Old 08-05-2015, 03:32 PM   #33
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Number 16

We've just added our 16th member to the 'Loose' NL Caravan. We'll probably stop taking members at 20 because I expect people will drop out. Life sometimes gets in the way of plans. (Ginny says "Life is what happens while you're making plans, just enjoy it all. Just enjoy where you are.) Actually 18 signed up and 2 have already dropped out, totally understandable.

The first time we went to the Tales, Trails and Tunes Festival Dave suggested that FRV people could meet up for at the Festival Dave, Ginny and I did. We had a wonderful time and Dave, Ginny and I came back the following year.

I've been distracted a little. There's a little cabin on an island about 10 minutes off the coast of NL for sale, 2 bedrooms, bath, living room/kitchen, wood stove, 1350 watt generator, dock, shed...$2500......



This year we've been more proactive and started earlier.
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Old 08-06-2015, 01:08 PM   #34
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Travel Guides

Since members of the NL Caravan will be driving through New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and near PEI I thought you might like the links to the tourist books from the other provinces. They are all free and excellent publications.

PEI will be a little off your route but a fun place to visit. As well you will be returning through these areas and may want to stop. We will provide some suggestions.

Order a Guide| Travel Guide |Tourism New Brunswick Canada

Order Travel Guide | Tourism Nova Scotia

Thank You for Ordering a Guide: Prince Edward Island: Visitors Guide

I don't know where the Maritime Vintage Fiberglass rally will be in 2016 but we have previously attended it and well worth a stop id=f you're going by. The year we went it was in PEI however it moves thru the maritimes.
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Old 08-06-2015, 02:59 PM   #35
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NL Caravan 2016 - Projected COst

One of the members asked me what this trip will cost, a fair question. I'm attempting an estimate to provide a rough idea.

I will include projected fuel costs, campgrounds, round trip ferry and park passes, festival attendance. Ferry fees are dependent on tow vehicle/rig length plus a per person charge. My prices are based on our last trip.

I will not include food, personal expenses and other items of choice.

I will assume today's exchange rate and today's cost of fuel. Of course both will change between now and then. This year is a particularly good year for US citizens to go to NL because of the exchange rate. No promises for next year.

As to food, Ginny and I normally eat breakfast in our trailer, we often eat out during the day and sometimes at night. Everyone will have their own style. We're not too big on souvenirs but always buy a case of partridge berry jam at the festival to take home. We usually carry a case of honey from FL to give as gifts to people we meet.

The spreadsheet will be in Excel. Values can be changed for your specific situation.

My assumption is that you will be in NL 4 weeks and cover the entire west coast from Port aux Basque through Gros Morne, L'Anse aux Meadows to (hopefully) the icebergs at St. Anthony's. Some will split off for side trips, some may stay longer or shorter, but I want to provide a rough idea. I know I'll make mistakes and will try to refine it.

My first estimate is $1200 Cnd or $900 Usd for a month in NL, again for ferry, camping, fuel, park passes and festival events.

I'll publish the sheet tomorrow. Notice the different blues
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Old 08-06-2015, 04:20 PM   #36
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NL Caravan 2016 - Icebergs

One of the members sent me these video of NL icebergs. Be sure to look at all of the videos. Just amazing.

'Get off the beach': Newfoundland iceberg breaks, stirs up huge waves - Newfoundland & Labrador - CBC News

Be sure to view full screen . B3 sure to notice the different bkues in the berg as well the size of the boat compared to the berg.

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Old 08-07-2015, 06:25 AM   #37
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NL Caravan - Projected Cost

The projected cost of the Newfoundland Trip. Does not include food and personal expenses. Drop me a line if you have questions or suggestions.

When we finish the trip I will post my actual numbers.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...qg8/edit#gid=0
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I've updated the spreadsheet in the previous post. I had left out ferry costs. As well some one commented that National Park passes are more expensive for non-seniors. I'm so old i thought you were all seniors...foolish me. I never asked anyone's age.

Ginny always tells me that it's not appropriate to ask a women her age and since I'm a non-sexist (sic) I didn't ask the men either. Dave is looking into campground fees for the private campgrounds to see if he can get us a tour group rate. We are, at least now, tour group size.

Personally I'm so excited I can't wait to leave for NL. I looked at the video of icebergs and refreshed my memory of our last trip.
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Growing

Another person signed up today. We now have 17 rigs signed up for the 'Loose' Newfoundland Caravan.

I think the 'Loose' part is important, attempting to make the trip so people can come and go, take trips of personal interest and rejoin, go off alone or in groups, seeking their own interests and yet have the friendship and support of the group.
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Why Newfoundland?

I'm often asked Why Newfoundland? Part of it is what I don't know and haven't seen.

One day Ginny and I were driving to the end of the road and came upon the Rattling Brook waterfall, one of NL's little hikes to the top of the falls. We decided to get a little snack before beginning so drove a little further down the road and came to Joshua Tom's general store and went inside, a rather unique place and owner as you'll see.

Dulcie's in the Store - Land and Sea - CBC Player

Before we left we had to sign Delcie's book, where she keeps your name and number in case "she feels like calling".

I love this world of natural humanity.
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Old 08-10-2015, 05:45 AM   #41
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Good Morning.

Just to let you know that the list has reached 18 for the 2016 NL 'Loose' Caravan.
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We had the pleasure of meeting two of the people who signed up for the NL Caravan today who happened to be in the area. Two very friendly members of this site who should do excellent caravan members.

One of the best aspects of RV travel has been meeting a lot of nice people.

Something we had not thought about before we began traveling, but everyone you meet in a campground has something in common with you. They own an RV. This is not a trivial statement because it often says something about their relationship ability, assuming they are a couple, that they have the ability to get along with another person.

This si not to disparage being single or alone. The most interesting person I met last summer was a guy who travels alone.

The common quality of RVers says something about their choices. Does this give everyone a pass, of course not, but most RV people we've met have turned out to be nice.

We look forward to meeting everyone going on the trip and are sincere when we invite you to our homes, for a stop, for an overnight or whatever is your pleasure. For me I like meeting people and a secondary benefit is Ginny bakes something for guests, a treat because she does not bake for us, saving me from myself.

Of course the invitation extends to non-Caravan people as well. If you're in our area please feel free to stop by, just call ahead. I'm always happy to send people our address and phone.

Tomorrow we have a non- Caravan couple stopping by......

So many nice people...
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