Camping along Bay of Fundy in NB?

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  1. klrider99

    klrider99 I know a shortcut........

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    I'll be riding through NB along the Bay of Fundy this summer, destination North Sydney, NS. Does anyone know of any nice campgrounds, private or provincial, along the shore area? Thanks!
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  2. fellowsja

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    St. Andrews is an old school NB summer holiday town and worth a stop.

    http://www.kiwanisoceanfrontcamping.com/

    The best tent area is along the left of the road, just before the check-in cantina. There aren't any trees, but your neighbors would be a ways away and you're 1st row Bay of Fundy, which makes the line of sight to your neighbors worthwhile.

    Reservations well in advance are recommended. Beer store in town closes early, make sure you plan accordingly.

    If you find yourself around the Bay to the NS side, "the Cove" outside Annapolis Royal is pretty sweet too (ask for private, oceanfront).

    I stayed there this past summer, I wanted to stay more nights but had boats to catch...

    Happy trails.

    Jason
    Atlanta

    p.s. If you're riding from VA to N. Sydney, you should consider catching the boat at Saint John NB/ Digby NS at least 1 way to N. Sydney. The Nova Scotia Annapolis Valley is not to be missed (there are some great sights and roads)...you won't regret including it at least 1 way.

    p.p.s. Hope you're not turning around in N. Sydney! The best is across the other side...
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  3. Flashmo

    Flashmo Whatever...

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    Try sending a PM to: Fundy Rider.

    Nice guy that stayed with us a couple years ago as he traveled on his KLR. He lives on the Bay of Fundy. He does not post a lot, but it looks like he is still active here.
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  4. firefighter651

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    What's in North Sydney.
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  5. fellowsja

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    The boat to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland departs from North Sydney (check out Marine Atlantic).

    There are a ton more back roads to get lost on in Nova Scotia, but the OP was from VA, it'd be a shame if he rode all the way up to N. Sydney, turned around and missed the most unique part of North America....
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    I know, I live in North Sydney.I was just taken back by him saying that he was coming here,because most will say were going to Newfoundland.Now if he wanted to do some flyfishing or wants some very good dirt or back roads,then maybe I can help.
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  7. klrider99

    klrider99 I know a shortcut........

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    Thanks guys for the replies and suggestions.

    Yeah, North Sydney isn't my "final" destination, the ferry to NFLD is. I just need to camp somewhere in NB so I can have time to catch the ferry, hopefully on the evening crossing. Wish that I had more time to explore NS back roads. Will be crossing over to Labrador, then riding over to Baie Comeau.

    The St. John-Digby ferry looks really nice, will look into that. I may be meeting up with an Ontario friend in NB, plans are still in early stages. Looking at late August to be riding through the area.

    When we rode this trip (opposite way) nine years ago we camped in Antigonish at, I think, a municipal campground there, but can't remember the name. It was pretty nice, and convenient. Anyone know the name of it? Whiddens pops up on a search but doesn't sound familiar??

    Cheers,

    Pat
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  8. BMW Kurt

    BMW Kurt Bongo's Pwner

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    I camped at Fundy National Park. Nice place right on the bay!

    Entrance to the park.

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    My camp site there.

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    Walking distance to the town of Alma.

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    BMW Kurt is right with Fundy,if you need anything let me know.Maybe Oasis Motel&campground 1-800-929-1998.
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  10. Slowphil

    Slowphil REALLY Gnarly Adventurer

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    It's a long haul from anywhere in NB to Sydney, if you can get into NS (the further the better) for the haul to the ferry it's much easier. I live just outside Wolfville in the Annapolis Valley and it's a really really long day to get to the Newfoundland ferry from here in a day.

    Cheers Slowphil
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  11. markbvt

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    Kurt's right on about Fundy National Park -- they have several nice campgrounds there. There's also a nice one at New River Beach Provincial Park a short distance west of Saint John, NB.

    And Slowphil's right, it is a pretty long haul from the Saint John or Moncton area to North Sydney. And while you're in Cape Breton, you really should take the time to ride the Cabot Trail. So my advice would be to camp in Fundy National Park, then ride up along the western part of the Cabot Trail and camp the next night at Meat Cove, then ride the eastern part of the Cabot Trail and head over to North Sydney to catch the ferry.

    Don't forget to make your ferry reservations in advance. Apparently that ferry has been filling up.

    --mark
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  12. klrider99

    klrider99 I know a shortcut........

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    Thanks again for the replies, guys.

    Kurt, those camping pix make me wish I was there right now. Looks like a nice place. Making my list already.

    Mark, I'm a lurker on the Tiger 800 page and have enjoyed your posts. It is a great machine!

    Last time we came through we did ride down to Meat Cove but didn't camp. That may work into our schedule this time. Looks like an evening crossing to NFLD on 27 August is likely. Will firm up plans and make reservations soon; yeah, I've heard about the need for tickets well in advance.

    The campground in downtown Antigonish was Whiddens: not as scenic as some but very convenient. Also close to the Canadien Tire where I found a new battery for the KLR. :wink:
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  13. fivetimeson129

    fivetimeson129 Been here awhile

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    Did this few years back, you will love it-ditto what everyone has said about the Provincial Parks. While we were gassing up in Alma, NB a tour bus operator came over and asked questions about our bike, said he had a K75 and was thinking of a GS. I said that we were going to eat and tossed the keys to him, we had a great eat at the Inn across the street from the pumps and from the look on his face he had equally an enjoyable time.

    We exchaged email addresses, best wishes and he left us with this advice:

    'you will watch out for the rcmp, yes my friend?'

    then gave us some info about this ride:

    http://flatwicksetc.homestead.com/goosebay.html
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  14. klrider99

    klrider99 I know a shortcut........

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    Part of the great fun of travelling by bike are the nice folks one meets along the way. :clap
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  15. barko1

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    Whycocomagh is a Prov Park within a couple hours of the ferry, stayed there and at Cape Breton which is also within reasonable striking distance. Great campsite in Gros Morne on the Rock.
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  16. Kedgi

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    I agree Fundy Park is nice

    Fundy can be very foggy and cool but it's beautiful

    There is a Provincial Campground at Parlee Beach in Shediac NB, that never gets foggy and it's an hour or so from Fundy. Parlee Beach camping is OK it's mostly just a big field, but the beach is great and boasts the warmest salt water, north of the Carolinas. 72 degrees in July/August. Shediac is also the "Lobster Capital of the World" A great place to go to an all you can eat lobster restaurant. There is an excellent one in Moncton (20 minutes from Shediac), called Fisherman's Paradise

    There is a bar/restaurant at the wharf in Shediac called Captain Dan's that has good food and is popular with the beach crowd, especially on Thursday nights when it is packed with beach goers from University of Moncton.
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