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Old 04-28-2018, 04:28 PM   #1
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We are leaving Vermont in our Roadtrek 200 the first week of June, heading up the coast of Maine to Canada. We can travel at our own pace for up to 11 weeks. We’ve done quite a bit of research, but nothing compares to first-hand experience! Any suggestions, tips, warnings, or other travel wisdom to share?
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Old 04-28-2018, 05:17 PM   #2
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Native-born Nova Scotian here (23 years there before I immigrated to the U.S.).

Late May and June are bad black fly months in NS. Was it on this forum where someone posted the YouTube of the northeastern couple who had traveled up to Maine, I think it was, gloating about the solitude they were achieving, without realizing that the reason why they were discovering so much unoccupied prime camping real estate is that the locals knew better than to step outside their doors at that particular time. Our YouTubers were outa their prized destination inside of 8 hours. If anyone knows the vid I'm talking about, please post it as a PSA. It's worth watching for perspective.

As for Nova Scotia, beware of ticks especially in the western third of the province. Nova Scotia relies heavily on tourism dollars and I believe that the incidence of Lyme disease is not well-reported, because it would be a turn-off to tourists. I've had several family members who contracted Lyme disease. One was caught early and treated successfully but another was not, and that person has reported long term erosion of their general health.

Additionally, if you are traveling with a pet in western Nova Scotia, make sure they are on Bravecto. It's suspected of being the only medication capable of preventing Lyme disease in dogs, because it kills ticks before they have a chance to infect the host. One vet went on the record a while back in stating that, unless dogs are on Bravecto, their chances of getting Lyme disease are very close to 100%. Here's a recent general news reminder on that topic:

'Every season is tick season': Experts warn of winter Lyme disease risk | CBC News

The good news on ticks is that none of us, including our dog, has ever acquired a tick in Cape Breton, and we've boondocked for weeks in the woods there, where I own undeveloped land. Knock wood, never a tick.

Additionally, Nova Scotia has the most restrictive overnight parking legislation of any known jurisdiction. Technically by the letter of the law, I'm not even supposed to boondock on my own land (good luck with enforcing that, I say to them). Here's the thing, though: the restrictions are not always rigorously enforced, and I suggest to boondockers that, if approached by law enforcement, ask them where they suggest you find a campground with availability. Especially the public campgrounds, and to a lesser extent the private ones, book solid months in advance of the summer season. Many times, people don't have a choice but to boondock. Here's a PDF reference on that phenomenon:

http://cornwaab.altervista.org/rv-report_1.pdf

I realize that all three of my points are somewhat negative, but any time anyone asks about that particular destination, they usually get a lot of ooohing and ahhhing type responses. I'd rather give you information that will help you as you are doing the oooh-ahhh things that other people will take the time to type out.
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Old 04-28-2018, 05:19 PM   #3
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Just to start with the obvious:
Plan on several days at Acadia National Park. Plan ahead--the campgrounds are often very crowded and reservations are important.
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Yes, point taken. Our very rural location in Vermont has a vibrant black fly and tick population, so we’ve had some experience. No pets, so there’s one less worry. At this point we’re more travelers than campers, itching (pun intended) to see the parts of CA just out of reach on the occasional weekend trip. Hoping to hit the border by mid-June, staying flexible as to travel pace.
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We’ve spent a lot of time in Maine, including Acadia. You are right to warn, it’s a zoo mid-June to late August.
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when you get to PEI, don't miss the Anne of Green Gables homestead. The surrounding town is a little touristy, but the house and surrounding grounds are lovely.
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You can take a ferry from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island, FREE !

You only pay when you get off the island.
You can exit the island by the Confederation Bridge, which is linked to New Brunswick.

The bridge toll is cheaper than the ferry fare.
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One of the most beautifull drives we have ever taken was on the Cabot trail, in the top part on Nova Scotia,/Cape Breton,,it is perfectly matched for our Roadtreks, great views, lots of fun place to stop and see, Boondocking was permitted almost everywhere , whales off in the ocean if you get a chance to go, please make time for a few days in Meat Cove, one of the most incredible times we have had in our van, camping right on the oceans edge, check it out on YouTube,,, youll see what I mean, somebody gave me a tip that if you do the trail counter clockwise, the traffic is much lighter, and it was true,, everybody seems to go clockwise,,,,dont know why, but they do,,, anyways, hope this helps,,,,Peggys cove,, and Lunenberg were also fabulous visits,, good luck youll Love the people,,,so friendly , and warm,,,take care,,,,
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