Our first RV trip to Canada! We take off to the Great White North

As part of our East Coast swing, we included a trip to – gulp – Canada.  Since we were visiting Maine and Bar Harbor, Canada is fairly close.  A trip across the border was in order!  

We crossed the border in Calais – and once we had our papers firmly in hand: passports, car registration and insurance, we ventured on.  At the border the only question we were asked was ‘do you have guns, pepper spray or mace.’  That was it!  After an inspection of our passports and docs, we were on our way.  We took off for the great white north.  Well….at least the Atlantic provinces.

Our first long stop was Prince Edward Island (PEI).  PEI is know for their mussels and potatoes.  Every restaurant offers both items on their menus – and once you have mussels harvested & consumed in PEI, you will have tasted the best mussels.

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The Confederate Bridge, entry way to Prince Edward Island.  Free admission; exit is $42.00 US.

We (well, mainly me since I am the self-designated worrier…..) we were concerned about the condition of the roads, suitability of campgrounds, ease of moving around.

The roads we travelled on were fine, for the most part.  Fewer Interstates with four lanes & shoulders, no rest stops.

Some fuel stops only accomdate RVs in the car fueling areas (fyi we do not use car regular fuel stops as a rule – people just do not care nor give you a break) and if they have a lane for fueling with trucks, it is marked ‘cash or credit only’.  And, of course, fuel is much more expensive.  $1.11 a liter for diesel at our visit.    

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Lovely farm scenes everywhere one turns on the Island.

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A designated scenic road on the island – with a distant farm

We fell in love with the charming town of Chalottetown and wished we had stayed closer to and longer in the town.  With a nice main pedestrian plaza, great restaurants and historic sites, we were quite content there.

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In Charlottetown, the Saint Dunstan’s Basilica dominates the landscape.  Churches in PEI are lovely – and the Basilica is probably the best.  the current structure was build in 1913 – preceded by three structures.  The previous structure was destroyed by fire.

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The church received its name from Archbishop Plessis of Quebec who was warmly received by the townspeople.  The Archbishop named it after a 10th Century English Saint, Saint Dunstan.

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A national historic site of Canada and a popular tourist destination – cruise ships stop at Charlottetown a few days during the week and this is a popular visiting spot.

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The exquisite architecture & interior design are site to behold.

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We were treated to warm days and cool nights throughout our stay – and lovely misty evenings.

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Should you visit the Island, be prepared to drive long distances to get anywhere.  Roads are two-lane with lots of winding through farm lands.  Beaches are pleasant and the drives are lovely.  We would have stayed in a campground closer to Charlottetown which might have provided a better launch point for exploring.  We did stay at a KOA Campground – Borden-Carleton/Confederation Bridge – immediately over the bridge.  


7 thoughts on “Our first RV trip to Canada! We take off to the Great White North

  1. PEI is a wonderful place, but summer can be very cool and windy. We had booked the month of July out on a peninsula and were really looking forwarding it. But after a week of cold and having to run our heaters all day, we returned to Nova Scotia. We absolutely love Nova Scotia!! Also, if you get a chance on your way back, stop in St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick. It’s a very neat little town with a Kiwanis run campground right on the water with those huge tides. Try to buy mussels at either the harvester’s or the grocery store. I was purchasing them for $.99 a pound. We had about five pounds a night. I was in heaven!

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