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Camped  Camped | 10 places | 30 nights | 4,318 km


Camped Fitzroy Provincial Park (Fitzroy Harbour, ON)

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 8/10 | Our experience: 9/10

June 9 to 11, Two Rivers Campground, Site 253: 30A Electric @ 119V. A late start to our season saw us travelling for the first time to nearby Fitzroy. We were pleasantly surprised by the park, which is very picturesque. Site 253 is large, flat and grassy with partial shade and, at a certain angle, a view of the water. We saw plenty of dragonflies (always a good sign) and there were some mosquitoes although our new OFF! Clip-On mosquito fans did a great job keeping them away.

We were short a couple of things this trip... we forgot to bring water and the trailer's fresh water tank still tasted a little of (non-toxic) RV antifreeze... and the stoppers and strainers for the kitchen sinks have gone missing. We bought water and stopped the sinks with paper towel.

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Camped Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary (Ingleside, ON)

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 9/10 | Our experience: 9/10

July 8 to 10, Nairne Island Campground, Site 48: water, 30A electric @ 112V. Part of the Parks of St Lawrence, the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary (UCMBS) is a gem - one I wish we'd found years ago! Site 48 is huge with an unobstructed view of the St Lawrence Seaway and passing shipping. This site has power and water and plenty of room for shelters, chairs, outdoor games, and a nice fire. There is a fairly level gravel pad for parking and nice green grass covers the rest of the ground.

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Camped Riverside RV Park (Saint-Basile, NB)

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 9/10 | Our experience: 7/10

July 22 to 24, Site 53: water, sewer, 30A electric @ 120V. A long drive got us to this nice little park just south of Edmundston. There are several sites (including ours) along the small but fast-moving Iroquois River and it's quiet enough so that the River is all you hear at night. There were thunderstorms both nights and the latter knocked out the power and a large tree branch that blocked the road to our site. Both were temporary.

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Edmundston seems to be a popular overnight stop. Our two-night stay gave us the time to do a little sightseeing and we found a gem - the New Brunswick Botanical Garden. If you visit, be sure to find and talk to the carver-in-residence, the talented and personable Mr. Luc Cyr.

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Camped Linkletter Provincial Park (Linkletter, PE)

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 9/10 | Our experience: 10/10

July 24 to August 3, Site 37: water, sewer, 30A electric @ 119V. Last year's trip across Canada was an real adventure, but this year we wanted to go somewhere closer and stay in one place longer. PEI fit the bill perfectly - and the farthest point on the island from Linkletter PP is two and half hours by car.

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Our stay on PEI was wonderful. Our days were split between rain and sun and we did a lot of touring and sightseeing. Island highlights included Avonlea village, Thunder Cove, Cabot Beach and tours. Personal highlights included the presence of John's aunt and uncle from Alberta, east on a big trip. Their friends, travelling with them for the most part, were there too, and they became our friends. And we met two other families with whom we've exchanged contact information and hope to stay in touch.

The three of us enjoyed the trip so much that we're talking about repeating it next year. Linkletter is a great park in a great location and when the tides go out it's possible to walk out several hundred meters on the ocean floor - lots to see.

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Planned Booked Camped Riverside RV Park (Saint-Basile, NB)

Park | Map | This location: 9/10 | Our experience: 7/10

August 3 to 4, site 50: water, sewer, electric (voltage untested). Same place on the way back. This was an overnight in the truest sense - we didn't unhitch or lower the stabilizers and we had dinner delivered.

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Not sure why we picked a three service site when we only hooked up to power. Edmundston seems to be a nice city but the smell of the pulp and paper mill can be obtrusive at times. We think we'll stay in Grand Falls next trip.

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Camped Quebec City KOA (St-Nicolas, QC)

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 7/10 | Our experience: 8/10

August 4 to 7, site H1: water, sewer, electric @ 120V. This KOA was recommended to us by a neighbour as a convenient stop for touring Quebec City. It's also a nice break between Edmundston and home.

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For a KOA this is a nice campground. Ours was a "super site" on the end of the row with a concrete patio and patio furniture - a touch of luxury that made hanging around the site all the more enjoyable. The park is large with a lot of sites - about 200 - but very well run. And there are a number of tours that can be booked through the KOA... the buses stop at the front office. Old Quebec is very beautiful.

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Camped Fitzroy Provincial Park (Fitzroy Harbour, ON)

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 8/10 | Our experience: 10/10

August 12 to 14, Two Rivers Campground, Site 252: 30A Electric @ 119V. We returned to Fitzroy with some old friends. The last time we camped together it was the four of us in two tents on one site. This time it was the four adults, five kids, two travel trailers and two sites, both with a view of the small beach. We had a great time!

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This park continues to impress. We really like Murphys Point near Perth but it is not nearly as friendly to larger RVs... and we are at Fitzroy in half the time. Time spent at the main beach this weekend made our stay all the better.

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Camped Sandbanks Provincial Park (Picton, ON)

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 10/10 | Our experience: 10/10

September 2 to 5, Woodlands Campground, Site 719: 30A electric @ 105V. The camping season wouldn't be complete without a trip to Sandbanks. John's folks spent their nights at a B&B in nearby Bloomfield, and their days with us. A good time was had by all.

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Sandbanks has always been one of our favourites, despite the fact that it's always busy and can be overcrowded. It's worth the four hour drive.

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Camped Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary (Ingleside, ON)

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 9/10 | Our experience: 9/10

September 16 to 18, Nairne Island Campground, Site 48: water, 30A electric @ 117V. We liked it so much this spring that we returned with friends. Excellent fall camping weather - cool mornings and evenings, warm days. Hours spent around the campfire... good times.

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This place is rapidly becoming one of our favourites. The ship watching is great too.

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Camped Sandbanks Provincial Park (Picton, ON)

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 9/10 | Our experience: 9/10

October 7 to 10, Woodlands Campground, site 605: 30A electric, voltage unchecked. Thanksgiving at Sandbanks - this is turning into a family tradition! Dawn's mother and father were on the site next to us, along with her sister and brother-in-law and our niece. The sites were great and the weather really could not have been better - low 20s and cloudless blue skies every day with cool nights perfect for campfires. On Sunday night we enjoyed a great turkey dinner with all of the trimmings, and for the first time John brought his radio controlled plane along.

We didn't get around to checking the voltage because we had no plans to use the AC.

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Another fall trip to Sandbanks is in the books - and another camping year has come and gone. Great times, excellent memories and plenty of photographs will stay with us. Soon we'll start booking for 2012!

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