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Old 08-07-2013, 08:56 PM   #1
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For those planning to travel to Canada's maritime provinces, here is the latest road update. We travelled from Fredericton, New Brunswick to Sydney, Nova Scotia on TransCanada hiways 2, 104, and 105. Other than a few bumpy areas in construction zones close to Moncton, NB the roads were great.

One other tid-bit. We were planning to take the ferry over to Argentia, Newfoundland and go to St. John's. However, when we found out that it would cost close to $1,000 for us, the truck and the 19, we had a change of heart. Also, one of the North Sydney to Port aux Basques ferries smashed into the dock at North Sydney and was damaged so badly it had to be sent to Halifax for repairs. The North Sydney to Argentia ferry was pulled off that route to fill in so that means there is no ferry from North Sydney to Argentia until late August at the earliest. So, to get to St. John's you now have to go from Port aux Basques which will take two days. Just a "heads up" for those interested.

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Old 08-07-2013, 09:22 PM   #2
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For those planning to travel to Canada's maritime provinces, here is the latest road update. We travelled from Fredericton, New Brunswick to Sydney, Nova Scotia on TransCanada hiways 2, 104, and 105. Other than a few bumpy areas in construction zones close to Moncton, NB the roads were great.

One other tid-bit. We were planning to take the ferry over to Argentia, Newfoundland and go to St. John's. However, when we found out that it would cost close to $1,000 for us, the truck and the 19, we had a change of heart. Also, one of the North Sydney to Port aux Basques ferries smashed into the dock at North Sydney and was damaged so badly it had to be sent to Halifax for repairs. The North Sydney to Argentia ferry was pulled off that route to fill in so that means there is no ferry from North Sydney to Argentia until late August at the earliest. So, to get to St. John's you now have to go from Port aux Basques which will take two days. Just a "heads up" for those interested.

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That's great info , thanks so much for posting these updates . We will not go to NFL on our trip - just not enough time . We only have 6 weeks , and it seems one needs that in NFL alone ( maybe even to justify the expense ) . We plan to go as far as Halifax/Lunenburg - unless there are storms to keep us away . Enjoy your travels .
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:49 PM   #3
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Been off the grid for a few days, here's the latest road update for the Maritimes. For anyone traveling through or to Nova Scotia, here is a head's up: The main hwys are generally in good shape. There were a few bumpy sections up toward Cape Breton. However, on most every hwy bridge in the Prov. there were major bumps at both ends of the bridge where the deck meets the hwy. A couple were so severe our 19' came right off the road. These are 110kmh roads so there is no slowing down. The secondary roads are pretty well all bumpy and patched. The country is beautiful and certainly worth seeing despite the road issues.

P.E.I.: The main roads are pretty good. Secondary roads are okay but we ran into a couple really BAD ones in sections. There are so many homes and businesses for sale here. The future looks gloomy for this Prov.

By the way, we used the Confederation Bridge to get here. The weather was good so we had great views. It takes about 20 minutes to cross, pay at departure from the island.

Heading west to BC tomorrow. Lots more to see and do.
Best regards, Doug and Kathy
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:23 PM   #4
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Wow ...some of that doesn't sound too good . We don't really want to be driving at 110km - well..... maybe on the prairie provinces - but not in NS or PEI . Thanks for all the info and the warning about the bridges . Hope you didn't suffer any damage with that . You seem to be covering a lot of territory in a short time , how long are you travelling altogether ? Thanks and safe travels !
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:54 PM   #5
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We may have spotted you... We were at Cavendish from August 4th to 8th. While we were there, there was another 19 and a 5.0.

(and, coincidentally, here it's "Doug and Cathy"... )
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:42 AM   #6
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We were there in June & July, and I have to agree with the road conditions, although I only tow at 60 MPH or slower, so I didn't try to keep up with the traffic (which, but the way seemed to be doing well over 110kmh, at least on the main highways). The secondary roads did give the trailer suspension a workout! Like Doug said, they are well patched, but the lumpiest roads I've driven.

I also found that my Garmin GPS, even with the latest map updates and avoids set for no dirt roads managed to find a bunch of them as well as dead ends.

Had a great time & wish we could have stayed longer. Nova Scotia Trip.
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We were there in June & July, and I have to agree with the road conditions, although I only tow at 60 MPH or slower, so I didn't try to keep up with the traffic (which, but the way seemed to be doing well over 110kmh, at least on the main highways). The secondary roads did give the trailer suspension a workout! Like Doug said, they are well patched, but the lumpiest roads I've driven.

I also found that my Garmin GPS, even with the latest map updates and avoids set for no dirt roads managed to find a bunch of them as well as dead ends.

Had a great time & wish we could have stayed longer. Nova Scotia Trip.
Glad to hear one doesn't absolutely need to keep up with 110 km per hour , that could be pretty difficult if the connection from hwy to bridges all have a bumps , have no wish to fly off the hwy . Love all your photos !
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:29 PM   #8
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I'm still in Cavendish site 218 right on the beach, here till Aug 23. As someone born in in the Maritimes I find that the best speed of all is 0 mph or kph easy to convert and both great
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:57 PM   #9
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Yeah, but the litres/100km at that speed really sucks!

(I think that was Robert I saw at Cavendish, judging from the site location... We were in site 28 -- our group argued water front vs. further back, but in the end the fire pit won the argument).
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Careful with those division by zero calculations, I figure I'm getting fantastic mileage

I've also been making good use of the low pressure external propane connection option and my campfire in a can to mitigate the evening chill out here by the shore
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