P.E.I. or New Foundland?

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  1. hammerhoot

    hammerhoot dual season rider

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    Ok, did the Gaspe', did Cape Breton Island and the Cabot Trail, did New Brunswick, now, next summer, we're gonna take 2 weeks, so, should we do Prince Edward Island or New Foundland? Pros and Cons for both would be appreciated! We would be leaving from Pennsylvania. Thanks!!
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  2. Wargasm

    Wargasm Been here awhile

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    PEI will take all of about two days, unless you have some unusual potato fetish, or really really like Anne of Green Gables. Plus it's very touristy, fine if you like that, but if you've seen one overpriced seafood restaurant on a worn out boardwalk then you've seen 'em all. If you want to lay on a beach and see a few sights it's worth it. Newfoundland on the other hand has thousands of years of history. The first European landing, the Avalon Penninsula, Grosse Morne National Park, Saint Johns. You could spend months over there and not see it all. Plus it's huge, you could drive all the way around PEI in a day iof you pushed it, it takes eight hours to drive from Porte Aux Basque to Saint Johns, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. You'll also get to tell your friends you stayed in Dildo, Come by Chance, Conception Bay, Joe Batts Arm, Blow Me Down, Cupids, Hearts Content, Pothead, Goobies or my favorite Leading Tickles. Plus you might get a chance to eat moose steak, fired cod cheeks etc. and ask about the Mummers.
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  3. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

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    This.

    With the size of PEI - do them both.
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  4. pelvis_98

    pelvis_98 Havin A Time

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    I personally like PEI. But its small and can easily be ridden across in a day. Cross over on the bridge and take the ferry off the island at the other end and continue on to Newfoundland.
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  5. hammerhoot

    hammerhoot dual season rider

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    I think I like that idea, go to P.E.I. and then a ferry to New Foundland
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  6. fastredbike

    fastredbike out riding

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    Now you've got it!
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  7. Pay Dirt

    Pay Dirt panning the web

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    Just returned from visiting all of these wonderfull places and many more and the only regret was not being able to stay for much, much longer!!
    Ixnay PEI, done that too and every moment you can get on the Rock is 10 fold better spent than on the potatoe patch!!
    Quit your job if you must but allow at least 2 weeks on NFLD! that will just wet your appetite for the next visit!!
    PD
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  8. kelsow

    kelsow Long timer

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    PEI by bicycle, Newfoundland by motorcycle.

    BTW it is Newfoundland, pronounced New-Fun-Land

    Have a time!
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  9. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Sir Loin of Biff

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    Newfoundland. Without a doubt. Just came back from two weeks there, and loved it.

    PEI was a rampant, commercialized clusterfuck.
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  10. marcoue

    marcoue Been here awhile

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    PEI is great smooth riding. Newfoundland is adventure, outdoors and remote!

    I did them both on my GSA. Very different indeed.

    One option is to add Magdelen islands in Quebec to a PEI trip. Really outstanding place!

    I did a small clip a couple of years ago... Thought this could help you choose!

    http://youtu.be/C6_dFTk_p1M?hd=1
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  11. eviee1973

    eviee1973 Adventurer

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    Newfoundland is rugged beauty. Ferry transportation on and off the island can be problematic even in the summer, spent an extra 18 hours waiting for the ferry to dock in Port-aux-basques in the summer. Marine Atlantic service is poor, and reservations do not mean a thing to them. Lots of less travelled side roads, best people in the country. Be very vigilant for moose. No disrepect to PEI, grew up in NS, would choose Nfld in a heartbeat over PEI.
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  12. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Sir Loin of Biff

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    OK, lemme try this in a more disciplined fashion.

    On PEI, apart from running into the clusterfuck of black-light minigolf outfits and various malls pushing Shirley Ann dolls, there's farmland and some ocean landscapes. Problem is, if you have been anywhere near farmland (Saskatchewan, Fraser Valley, central New Brunswick, wherever) it won't be that new.

    And the over-commercialized bullcrap really does rule almost a half-hour's ride anywhere from Cavendish.

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  13. dresda

    dresda shut up and RIDE!

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    Newfoundland! Spectacular!
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  14. Gregster

    Gregster Been here awhile

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    Just got back from my third trip to Newfoundland and I have to go back again. There's just so much to see and do. Incredible place it is.
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  15. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Max384 did a R/R this year from Pennsylvania to NFLD. It should give you some idea of timelines.
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  16. bdsaint13

    bdsaint13 n00b

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    planning NF this summer, end of july into august. Weather averages online say temps range from 55f to 75f. Do I trust these? And how bad is the rain/wind this time of year? Do the storms last for days or do they come and go quickly? Normally I dont care but on this trip the wife is venturing out with me.
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  17. JimmieA

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    As a general statement you could say Sept. has nicer weather in the Atlantic Provinces. This is mainly due to less rain and still warmish weather. Could be a littler colder at night. Early in the summer can be rainy. As a general statement NFLD. will be colder than the mainland, more wind as well. Regards to your NFLD. trip you could focus on one area of the island, say the west coast and see that better than all the island. Make sure to make reservations to and from on the ferry and watch out for moose after dark. A lot of people try to cross at night and it can be worth it to get a bunk if you do that. Otherwise sleeping on a bench/chair can be a problem. From the boat there isn't much to see and it isn't exactly warm weather on the North Atlantic. The highlight of the trip will be the hundreds of small fishing villages and the people are really friendly. They call it the rock for a reason too.
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  18. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Hands down, NFL.:deal The Alaska of the East coast, I call it.

    If you insist on PEI, do it on the return. If you come to your senses:lol3 and end up deciding to spend more time in NFL instead, PEI is easier to reach in a later trip. If you miss it, just look at the farms you'll see in other areas of your journey.:D

    Ferry service could make this decision for you, btw. Good to give them contact info that they can reach you while on the road. Our ferry over was actually several hours early as they were playing catch up due to a dead boat.

    Best advice we got was reservations for a place before and after the ferry. Everyone getting off the late afternoon boat in Port aux Basques is thinking the same thing - 'find a room'. Imagine its the same for the long boat landing in Argentia but not sure what time it lands.


    The rest of the time we just winged it and were fine. Labor Day time frame, btw.

    In any event, have a blast!
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  19. Pay Dirt

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    I have heard this before somewhere!:D
    Impossible to "count" on the weather on an island in the middle of the Atlantic but we had stunning weather for the most(your timing is perfect for the best odds) ,it ain't the rain ya gotta worry about, it's the moose!

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  20. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    One other PEI consideration: when we went they let you on the island for free and charged you to get off. My understanding is the ferry is more expensive than the bridge. :KLR

    YMMV
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