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Old 05-12-2015, 12:41 PM   #15
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I would like to thank one and all for all the excellent advise...special thanks to Gilles about the AAA "Trip-Tik" service. We are members of AAA and have never used this service. It seems the best way to go for routing and camping stops along the way. Thanks also to Carl V for the heads-up on the extreme grades along the Cabot Trail...sound like the long hard up the mountain pulls we encountered when we went west through Montana, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado and Utha....all a major test of the trans-cooler up and the brakes going down! Always best to leave the trailer at the campground whenever possible.

We should be ready to make the trip by late July or early August....any suggestions as to the best month to go....open to travel in July, August or even September.
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Old 05-12-2015, 12:52 PM   #16
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Don't forget a ride to Meat Cove, the most northerly village of NS. Feels like the end of the world!

I don't know if you plan on towing the trailer on the Cabot Trail, but be aware there are some pretty steep grades along this road, like 12 to 18% for 5 or 7 km with tight switchbacks. Tow vehicle needs to be in good shape (with proper transmission cooler) with good brakes.

There is a Natl Park campground at Cheticamp, which is near the entrance of the Cabot Trail. Starting in the morning, you can drive the Trail with just the tow vehicle, and be back to the campground at the end of the day, stopping at the numerous lookouts (where you'll probably see many cars with overheated engines and brakes!). Then you can decide if you want to tow the trailer on the Trail or not (don't plan on towing the trailer to Meat Cove though!!)

Wait for a sunny day to do the Cabot Trail. On a foggy day you will not see much.

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While I did tow my Escape 17 around the Cabot Trail loop, I sure do agree on not towing a trailer to Meat Cove, although there is an interesting campground hanging over the cove:
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Old 05-12-2015, 02:35 PM   #17
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While I did tow my Escape 17 around the Cabot Trail loop, I sure do agree on not towing a trailer to Meat Cove, although there is an interesting campground hanging over the cove:
I remember my wife not really enjoying the drive up Meat Cove, on that narrow twisty gravel road with the cliffs on her side and no guard rails !!

And yes, beautiful view and nice little camping spot up there, quite popular with the motorcycle crowd.


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Old 05-12-2015, 03:18 PM   #18
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Jon Vermilye, I enjoyed reading your interesting Journal on your Nova Scotia trip a few years ago....Hope we get better weather than you did...perhaps the grades on the Cabot Trail Loop will not compare to the high mountain roads in the Rocky Mountains of the West!

If I encounter $5.00 Lobster Rolls like you did I might never leave Nova Scotia!
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Old 05-12-2015, 04:25 PM   #19
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My wife and I are thinking about a trip to Nova Scotia this summer.
We are retired with no time schedule.
Many questions...How much time should we allow for the adventure?
Best route to take from New York/Vermont state line (route 4) at Fair Haven, Vermont to Nova Scotia?
Must see attractions in Nova Scotia and best places to camp with hook-ups etc.

Any help would be appreciated!!

Thank You.
There is a campground right on the Ocean, it"s Called Olde Shipyard Campground. It is about a Hours drive after you enter Nova Scotia in Amherst. Not sure of the Highways to get there but directions are on their wbsite. Bob and Noreen Kimber are the owners, wonderful couple.
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I remember my wife not really enjoying the drive up Meat Cove, on that narrow twisty gravel road with the cliffs on her side and no guard rails !!

And yes, beautiful view and nice little camping spot up there, quite popular with the motorcycle crowd.


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I went there in 2005 and the way of Cabott Trail was recently asphalted.
I used some secondary, transverse roads, not asphalted, it was magnificent. Trip-Tik of "AAA" proposes us the direction which gives us the best panorama.
But when I return to it, I want to see it in both directions.
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I did the Trail in a clockwise direction, and that's what I would recommend for someone pulling a trailer. In a clockwise direction, you have one less steep grade to climb, as one of the 3 main mountains of the Trail has a shallow grade on one side that is easier to climb.

Depends if you prefer a steep descent or a steep climb. I was more worried about transmission temperatures going up than brake temperature going down, so I picked the easier climb!

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Old 05-13-2015, 02:00 AM   #22
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Guys I have to say how much reading your advice has been a pleasure. I'm ready to take off and I don't even have my camper yet. Your willingness to be open and share advice and experiences is terrific! Thanks, Michael
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Old 05-13-2015, 08:42 AM   #23
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I use two or three RV sites for information...this site is always the best with knowledgeable veteran campers always willing to share advise.
Keep up the good work....I'm taking notes for our trip!
Many thanks.
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I was on the trail last July on one of the hottest days ever...over 90 degrees and had to stop twice to allow overheated brakes to cool for 1/2 hour each time! Also found folks to be driving too fast many times. Locals told me it was other locals who knew the roads very well and were not interested in sight seeing!
But my real tip is having lunch at Neil's Harbour Chowder House. Great location, rustic restaurant, and the best chowder I may have ever had! And I live in NS.
It is a marvelous trip.....enjoy.
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Oh, and may I add that the ocean side primitive camp ground in the park called "Corney Brook" is small (with no potable water BUT flush toilets , no showers) , is quite nice . It has a staircase down to a pebble beach and great night star gazing.
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Just to give you an idea of the grades along the Cabot Trail.

If you start on the north side at Cheticamp, you're at sea level and the first significant climb is French Mountain. A twisty climb on the side of a cliff, the scenery is breathtaking and that's where most of the nice scenic pictures of the Trail are taken:




Next you ride the mountain tops for a few miles, until you get to Mackenzie Mountain. This will be a steep descent that will bring you back to sea level at Pleasant Bay, with tight switchbacks, and a few lookout spots where you can park, look at the scenery, and let you brakes cool a bit!



A few miles past Pleasant Bay you'll start going uphill again. This is Cape North, which you have to climb then go down the other side. I think this climb is the longest and steepest. Towing my 2500lbs popup with my minivan, this is the only climb where I had to downshift to 1st gear for the last 1/2 mile or so, as it was running out of breath in 2nd gear. Its a l-o-n-g climb. A soon as you finally reach the top, you start going down the other side. The initial descent is very steep, you feel it's like 45deg down! But then the grade tapers off as you get lower. But still, quite a long and steep hill. Also couple lookouts to stop and look at the beautiful scenery.

The last mountain is Cape Smokey. Coming from the north, the grade uphill is rather shallow, no big deal. However the downhill part is very steep and twisty:
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So those are the 3 major hills of the Cabot Trail.

(Needless to say I didn't take any of these photos myself, I just found them on the web.)


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Go through New Brunswick and take your time. Lots to see in NB! And don't just stay on the highways, some of the small villages along the coast have some good sites to see. For good food try Comeau's Seafood in Penfield NB. Then take the loop though Dipper Harbour , Maces Bay, Lepreau(my old stomping ground). Saint John has the old city market, Martello Tower, some nice parks including Irving Nature Park. Fredericton is a very nice city but a bit off your path. Also you could take in the Maritime Vintage/Fiberglass Rally in July.

Have a great trip any way your path takes you!
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Old 05-14-2015, 08:19 AM   #28
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Carl V, Great pictures...can see why such a drive would be better without my 26ft Travel Trailer in tow!!! Once my back doctor is done injecting steroids in my aching spine I hope to hook up the TT and hit the road!

Happy Camping!
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