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Jul 19, 2018 - Return to Codroy, NL

Today we said goodbye to Cow Head. We departed at 9:15 under gloomy clouds, but the skies cleared a bit later in the morning. We stopped at the visitors' center in Norris Point and did some shopping. We also stopped at a number of scenic pullouts. Traffic was light, and we arrived in Codroy about 3:15. This campground provides free firewood, and we enjoyed it a great deal. We sat in front of a fire til nearly 9:00. 216 miles Grand Codroy RV - Doyles, NL f/h; 30 amp; WIFI (weak)

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Jul 13, 2018 - The Granite Coast Drive

After arriving at the campground, we enjoyed a morning campfire with the free wood provided by the campground and rested a bit. We drove back to Port aux Basques to enjoy a scenic drive along the southern coast along the Cabot Strait which joins the Gulf of St Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean. It was a stunning drive with more rock than we think we’ve ever seen. The drive took us through small communities of former fishing villages. The time we spent at the Lighthouse was very enjoyable. The guides were informative and pleasant. The vista...

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Jul 13, 2018 - Codroy, Newfoundland

How big is Newfoundland? This site allows you to drag Newfoundland around on the map to compare to the US. http://mapfrappe.com/?show=54433 We arrived!! The ship docked around 7:15 (4:45 CST). Our time moved forward 30 minutes. The voyage was smooth sailing. It was quiet with only the humming of the ship engine. We had arrived at the terminal about 9 PM. We boarded at 10:45. We were on parking deck #3 and our berth was on level 3. We only packed essentials for the night. After walking around the common area we retired for the evening. It...

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Jul 5, 2018 - Grand Codroy tour and "Getting Screeched In"

A bus tour of the Grand Codroy and Port Aux Basques area all the way south to the “Rose Blanche Lighthouse”. “Rose Blanche” from the French meaning “White Rocks”. This area and harbor was first used by the French migratory fishermen and was first settled in 1810 as a fishing village. This again is a very rugged and rocky coast. The light house operated from 1873 to the 1940’s. Also on the channel approaches are channel marker bouys with fog horns that are activated by wave action. The local residents refer to these bouys as “groaners”. The...

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Jun 25, 2018 - Ferry to Newfoundland

Mon., June 25th – It was a cold, dreary, wet morning for boarding the ferry in North Sydney. When we tried to pass through the gate, the Ferguson’s rig was rejected because he had 4 propane tanks…the limit is 2 per unit. So, he had to pull out and run down the road to the RV park where we’ll stay on our return, unload two of the tanks, and come back to the ferry. Weird! The open waters were white capping continually during our crossing, but the huge Marine Atlantic Blue Puttees vessel handled it well. We had a pleasant 6+ hr. ride to Port...

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Aug 19, 2017 - Touring the Codroy Valley

The Codroy valley is the most fertile on the whole island of Newfoundland. Everything is so green and lush. We set out to see this land this morning by hiking part way up a nearby mountain. There were benches and picnic tables along the way, but the tables were in bad need of repair and actually were unuseable. We joked that a moose sat for dinner there. We then went back to the campground to dress for warmer weather and went back out to walk a flat trail at the Wetlands Nature Center, owned by the Nature Conservancy. Cindy and Wendy were...

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Aug 18, 2017 - Finishing up the Viking Trail

We are leaving Gros Morne National Park and the land of the Vikings today to get to the southwest corner of Newfoundland. Codroy is not an incorporated town but is trying and the owners of the campground are active participants. She can go back 6 generations in this area. Her grandfather had donated 10 acres of his farmland to the province to have them put a campground here. Later, the Province decided to privatize and the Doyles’ had to buy back that land to keep the campground in operation. They really like visitors and have gone out of...

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Jun 18, 2017 - walking in the rain!

It was a windy foggy morning but, undaunted, we loaded up for our tour of the Codroy Valley. The roads here are not as narrow or winding as the ones on the south coast but we still wound up and down and around, past some of the few farms in Newfoundland. This land has been settled for centuries as the wide river gave access to its fertile soil – apparently the most fertile on the island. To this day there is excellent river fishing and despite the weather several hardy souls were up to their thighs in the water casting out into the water....

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Jun 17, 2017 - talk about living on the edge!

Our first stop was the Port aux Basque Visitors Centre and on the ladies recommendation we chose to spend the morning checking out the road to Rose Blanche and its granite lighthouse. Turning into each of the tiny villages along this road, we marvelled at the colourful homes perched around each harbour. The narrow roads (I use this term loosely as they are about 5’ wide at their widest!) in these villages are certainly a meandering labyrinth, going helter skelter, up & down, around and over! What a hoot trying to figure out how we got to...

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Jun 16, 2017 - Our thanks to Poseidon

Our reservation for the Newfoundland ferry was noon today and there is nary a breath of wind as we load up and travel to the North Sydney terminal. Dire threats have been made about one being refused to board if you are not at the ferry lot a full 2 hours before sailing time so we dutifully slide into line well before the 9:45am deadline….then sit and wait…….sit and wait………..sit and wait! Not a thing happens until about 30 minutes before sailing! They do have a lovely lounge though so we wandered about looking at the amazing mural-sized...

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Jul 19, 2012 - Codroy, NL

We boarded the ferry at the port of North Sydney for a 10:00 departure to Port aux Basques Newfoundland. It was a 6 hour crossing and smooth sailing all the way. 2 round-trip tickets, reserved seating for Sue and I, Sophie (riding comfortably in the motorhome) and 54 foot length of the motorhome and toad cost $921.84 CAN. We pulled into Grand Codroy RV park just north of Port aux Basques at 4:30 local time.

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2012 East Coast Trip

Aug 12, 2011 - Travel day south

Today was a day for moving southward to get within reasonable driving range of the ferry terminal. Our destination is the same campground we stayed at when we got off the ferry because it is only 30 minutes from the ferry and it was a very nice and quaint campground. We will make a quick stop in Rocky Harbor to pick up a couple of T-shirts that we like and the only place we found them was in the general store in Rocky Harbor. Not a particularly exciting day but there is great scenery along the way.

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