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Recommended Tent Camping Sites for 2011 - NL

Newfoundland & Labrador Tent Camping Trip

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The Trans-Canada Highway veers gently throughout Newfoundland beginning in the romantic seafaring town of St. John’s, on the island’s eastern coast. The city is one of North America’s oldest, where famed explorer John Cabot landed in 1497. For nearly five centuries St. John’s has thrived as a bustling seaport and the lives of its residents are closely bound to the sea. The town’s rich history can be discovered at several famed attractions. Begin your Newfoundland tent camping trip at the easternmost point in North America at the Cape Spear National Historical Site. The site is home to a historic lighthouse, as well as one of the most scenic drives in Eastern Canada. The Anglican Church of St. John the Baptist is a remarkable edifice and homage to the city’s namesake. This centuries-old cathedral is now a national historic site. Nearby is Newfoundland’s oldest church, the diminutive St. Thomas’ Anglican Church. Built in 1836, it is a unique attraction known mainly for it’s famous black tower. If you’re lucky enough to be in St. John’s in August, don’t miss the Royal St. John’s Regatta, a major annual event started in 1825 and the oldest continuous sporting event in North America, on land or sea. Butter Pot Provincial Park is one of the great New Brunswick tent campgrounds to stay at in the area.

Most folks know that RVs and auto racing goes together like peanut butter and jelly, but would you believe you could find authentic road racing here in northeast Canada? It’s true. During the summer weekends, outside of Clarenville, look up the town’s namesake dragway. Here, all sorts of pumped-up racing machines and the people who love them congregate to match wits and mechanical muscle, on the former airstrip.

At the town of Gander, learn about Newfoundland’s contribution to aviation. The town’s airport played an integral role during WWII as a busy refueling stop. Today, the North Atlantic Aviation Museum celebrates the area’s aviation history with displays, exhibits, and several preserved relics of retired aircraft. In late July, don’t miss Gander’s Festival of Flight, an aviation-themed fair with rides, games, cook-offs, and a demolition derby. New Brunswick tent camping sites are also available here.

The U.S. is populated with oversized roadside attractions, so why should Canada be any different? Get your first taste of Canadian roadside oddities in Deer Lake, where you can see a ten-foot tall strawberry and an enormous moose. The real highlight of this sleepy town is no doubt the unique Newfoundland Insectarium and its impressive butterfly pavilion, an ideal way to get up close to these beautiful winged critters of the six- and eight-legged variety.

As TCH-1 heads southwest and approaches its end in Newfoundland, make a stop in Stephenville. The town is home to an extremely popular and award-winning summer theater festival. Continuing your drive south takes you towards Channel-Port Aux Basques, a seaside town that actually has a pair of sandy beaches – something of a rarity in this corner of the world.

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