Tuesday, October 06, 2009

RV Road Trip Maritimes NB PEI Canada ~ Cavendish Moncton Dieppe Saint John Hopewell Rocks St George St Andrews

I'm back from my RV Maritimes Canada road trip to New Brunswick (NB) and Prince Edward Island (PEI). Here are some of my pictures from Cavendish, Moncton, Dieppe, Hopewell Rocks, Saint John, St George and St Andrews. (Note -- see comments at bottom for 2010 BC Winter Olympics RV park Vancouver)

Holiday Inn Express Airport Dieppe NB

Loved my room at the HIE at Dieppe. Close to the airport, free shuttle, friendly people! But best of all, I booked the reservations via Twitter.com @Airport_Dieppe. Twitter-booking was a first for both of us! If you follow me on Twitter (@karenzabawa) then you already know I got a good hot breakfast, free fast internet and enjoyed my night. (Hi April!)

RV Fifth Wheel and Truck ~ Moncton NB

Friends with the RV and big honking Ford truck left Truro NS early the next day and drove through pouring rain to Dieppe NB to fetch me at the HIE hotel before heading into west Moncton to Camper's City to park the RV. Still raining. Friends and Maggie the super dog helped set up RV. I watched and learned :-)

Hopewell Rocks Bay of Fundy New Brunswick

By mid afternoon, the torrents of rain had abated to a steady drizzle, so we decided to drive to Hopewell Rocks, to walk on the ocean floor of the Bay of Fundy before high tide. Was it ever windy! And chilly! Gotta love NB weather - fabulous or foul. Great seafood chowder at the on-site restaurant, though, to warm us up. Recall the entry fee was about $8.50 CAD.

Confederation Bridge New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island

Sunny the next day, so we left the RV in Moncton and headed to PEI for the day. Follow the signs to the Confederation Bridge that links NB to PEI or look at this googlemap. It's about an hour's drive from Moncton to the bridge. You can take the bridge to PEI then return by ferry, if you like.

The toll / fare is paid upon leaving PEI, and is the same for either. We bridged it both directions. Driving in the big Ford truck was a treat -- it's high enough so you can see over the sides of the bridge. NB and PEI have a lot of very good tourism info offices, so grab some brochures and maps.

Cavendish Beach North Coast PEI

By the time we got to Cavendish (had to see Anne of Green Gables setting), it was about 3 p.m. It had been so long since my last visit to Cavendish (googlemap), I hardly recognized it! The enormous sand dunes are covered in sea grasses and shrubs, and the red sandstone that is the hallmark of PEI has been eroded and is still losing large chunks of itself to the Atlantic Gulf of St Lawrence.
Shadows Taking Photos Cavendish PEI National Park

Couldn't resist - we still had a long drive ahead of us south an hour to Charlottetown, then west an hour to the Confederation Bridge and an hours' drive back to Moncton and the RV. Keith is a fabulous driver - highly recommend his services :-)

Saint John NB ~ City Motto: Learn to Love Fog

I'm kidding -- that's not really the city of Saint John motto. On the plus side, though, the foggy dampness styled my hair into curls and waves. The two-hour drive as we moved the RV from Moncton to Rockwood Park in Saint John left enough time to go see my old house in Rothesay.

Highland Avenue Rothesay New Brunswick

Interesting to see the years have been kind to our old home in Rothesay, NB, though wow! have the trees ever grown! They totally shade the area where I had an enormous vegetable garden.

St Andrews By The Sea NB

A St Andrew's Remax agent has a sense of humour (click on the image to enlarge then click Back button to return to this page). We'd left the RV in Saint John and taken a day trip to St Andrews, about an hour's drive south of Saint John (googlemap).

St George NB Mill and Fishways

St George is close to St Andrews on the Saint John (northeast) side. Great place to pull off the highway and pick up some lobster cooked to order. Many attractions and services in the Maritimes are open seasonally. Rockwood Park in Saint John was planning to close the third week of October as was the Four Cs Market (seafood) in St George.

I'll scan and post more pictures of my Maritime road trip on my website. Many thanks to my Rving friends for hospitality and a great road trip!

Road Trip Rocky Mountains BC
Holiday Inn Express Dieppe NB
Friends RV Blog Pictures 


April Barnes, Sales Manager, Holiday Inn Express Airport Dieppe said...

Hi Karen, so glad you enjoyed your stay! It was a please to have you here and we hope you come back!
Take Care,


Karen said...

Thanks, April!

Look forward to returning some day - this trip much too short!


Karen said...

From Vancouver Coast and Mountains Tourism comes this press release about RVs in BC for the Winter 2010 Olympics:

Coquitlam, BC – December 1, 2009 - Go West Campers will be offering a unique accommodation during the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

Go West will be setting up a stationary RV Village on its lot in Coquitlam, B.C., a suburb of Vancouver, containing roughly 140 vehicles.

These vehicles can be seen as individual suites and are fully equipped with kitchen (3 burner stove, oven, microwave, and fridge/freezer), washroom with shower, hot water and furnace. The vehicles will also be fully hooked up (water, electricity, propane and sewage services) and a weekly maid service is provided.

To get to and from the venues or downtown, Go West is providing a shuttle service from our location to Braid Skytrain.
Go West is a 5 star rental company. In the past 30 years Go West expanded their fleet of 13 vehicles to more than 300, with rental stations in Vancouver and Calgary. Rather than retiring rental units by year they are removed from the fleet before they reach 80’000 km and are sold in spotless condition. Go West has maintained a 5-star product rating from the start. Everything is geared towards providing the best possible product and service.

This starts with a vehicle maintenance program that is second to none. All vehicles are meticulously maintained by Go West staff on a regular basis.

All rental return units are thoroughly inspected for mechanical problems and every detail is looked after, so clients will have a worry-free vacation. Cleanliness is also of utmost importance and every unit is in spotless condition.

Should you be interested in one of these rentals during your stay in Vancouver for the Olympics, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly reservations staff at rental AT go-west.com or +1-604-528-3900.

We would be more than happy to give you more information on this unique accommodation and to offer you a quotation with no obligations. www.go-west.com.

Karen said...

And more RV news from Vancouver Coast and Mountains Tourism!
Looking for affordable accommodation during the 2010 Games?

Camp on the beach during the Games!

From February 10 to March 2, 2010, Vancouver’s beautiful Spanish Banks and Jericho Beach will be a temporary RV Park.

Approved by the Vancouver Park Board, 350 non- hookup RV sites will be available, along with potable water for fill ups, and a sewage removal service.

See http://vancouver.ca/PARKS/rec/beaches/spanishbank.htm for maps and info.

Unknown said...

Wow.... Its just all so stunning, our plans to travel from LA to Canada using a mobile home becomes more appealing by the second.... Roll on next year. Hope you are well. Dereen

Karen said...

Hi Dereen!

RV trip the way to go especially if you've done it before.

I defer to my friends K and S - see their blog, too, especially since they've driven with RV from BC to California a lot.

Latest post is from CA

We're all fine here in lovely Port Credit, thanks!


Whistler RV Park said...

If you are considering an RV trip to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, you should check out the skiing events in Whistler too. Whistler RV Park and Campgrounds still has full service RV sites available.

Take an enjoyable day trip on the new Sea to Sky highway through West Vancouver and Squamish.

If you are coming up let us know and we will keep an eye open for you.

J. McCartney

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Found a great article on planning a road trip across country in an RV. http://www.carinsurancecomparison.com/rv-road-trip-planner/

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