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Jon in AZ 02-18-2019 09:04 AM

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?

Paul O. 02-18-2019 09:31 AM

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.

ckayaker 02-18-2019 11:23 AM

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.

yug1 02-18-2019 11:48 AM

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.<_<

George Lauver 02-18-2019 12:15 PM

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.

Tillie and Tyler 02-18-2019 12:23 PM

daylight
 
Daylight hours are much longer in June.

George Lauver 02-18-2019 01:02 PM

Excellent point Tillie and Tyler, 3 1/2 to 4 hours difference.

Jon in AZ 02-18-2019 01:12 PM

Good point and one I hadn’t considered. Thx!

thrifty bill 02-18-2019 02:45 PM

+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!!!

neparker 02-18-2019 02:46 PM

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

neparker 02-18-2019 02:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thrifty bill (Post 733295)
+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!!

panhead_mike 02-18-2019 03:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by neparker (Post 733297)
Agree!!


What Anne aka neparker said !


Mike the Bluenoser aka Panhead_Mike

Gerry 02-18-2019 04:28 PM

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.

Bruce Olive 02-18-2019 07:32 PM

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.

Jon in AZ 02-18-2019 08:05 PM

Decision made. June it is. Thanks for the great input!

The mention of lobster (my wife) and oysters (me) was the clincher.

Okay... time for a confession... Due to the distance and the short vacation window (between work, school, and sports with 2 teenagers), we won't be Scamping. We'll fly into Baltimore, visit family, and rent a minivan for the road trip.

Maybe next time when we're retired. For now I really wanted the kids to experience this part of the continent before they fly the nest. We love the ocean, and there's something special about the coast up there. My family used to camp in the Maritimes regularly when I was growing up in Maryland, but usually during peak season in July or August.

stude 02-19-2019 05:05 AM

look up Bear River, NS
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jon in AZ (Post 733231)
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?

:Doug & Linda Brown live at the head of the river rich across the road, drop in and see them have dog and cats and Humming Birds. Get them to show you around and have Doug take you to the Airport up above his place. We fell in love with NS, Lunenburg, Peggy's Cove, Blue Rocks is just up the road about 6 or so miles, we spent a lot of time in NS Yarmouth and area both ways. We spent 5 weeks in NS
PEI takes about 3 good more if you can do it weeks to see it. Cape Breton we in and outed it pretty good to, I was there on my own in 2009 did the Sunshine Trailer both ways, did the highway up and down, Nova Scotia and CB were great. I took my wife to Visit Douglas and his family, then we left to do some more NS then into Cape Breton so on way up did quite a bit and parked in Marina's or where ever, got to see CB same coming back for NFL the ferry trip over was nice and smooth except for the noisy kids.
Real good trip.
Stude

getaway1 02-19-2019 10:03 AM

I would check : New Brunswick ,Nova Scotia & P.E.I. tourism sites on the web to see when campgrounds & parks open/close for the season. Many do that on Labor Day Weekend at the beginning of September, for others it's Thanksgiving Day in the first week of October. We do have some spectacular Fall colors in late September early October in New Brunswick where I live . It's a week or so later in Nova Scotia for the peak colors. As for June we can still have some wet or cool weather that time of the year early in the month. We tell people if you don't like the weather wait a few hours and it will be different all in the same day. Most, if not all parks and campgrounds open the third week in May. Snowstorms are normally over with in April here. If you do come and visit I do hope you have a wonderful time and take away many happy memories. Duane

Friz 02-19-2019 08:28 PM

How much of the Maritimes have a French influence?

We tour South Louisiana a lot, and they have the Cajun dances, fairs, etc. about every weekend, just pick a town. Love it when a local band is playing at VFW's, K of C halls, etc. (or whatever their counterpart is in Canada). I know enough French to start a bar fight, but not enough to talk my way out of it.

Always looking for a good excuse to get out of Texas in the Summer.

George Lauver 02-19-2019 09:53 PM

The only French we heard in the Maritime's was from travelers from Quebec. Province of P.E.I. and NS have as few as 1 to 2% population speaking French. Whereas NB as many as 1 million according to statistics.

Jim Wade 02-20-2019 12:44 PM

While June is a "spring time" in New England, it is also the end of "mud season" and the "bug season" is in full bloom. Black flies, mosquitos and other deadly vermin are more than annoying.
October is great for leaf peeping later in the month, bugs are all gone, school is back in session and all that that implies for crowds, open campgrounds, traffic, etc.
Spending the last 8 years in Downeast Maine, the fall is my favorite.


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