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Prince Edward Island Tent Camping
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At the town of Pictou, Nova Scotia, hop aboard a ferry to a unique land not often visited by RVs but home to some great Prince Edward Island tent camping. When you disembark on the southern shore you’ll be surrounded by the fantastic Northumberland Provincial Park and Wood Islands Provincial Park. Both offer delightful seaside vistas and opportunities to explore the natural features of the island. TCH-1 begins there and heads northwest into the interior of the island. Northumberland Provincial Park has limited Prince Edward Island tent camping sites and is not open year-round so remember to call ahead.
A fine next stop is a visit to the Orwell Corner Historic Village. This re-created 1895 village brings to light the unique life and times of the Scots and Irish that founded the region in the 19th-century. Nearby you can explore the great outdoors at the Prince Edward Island National Park. Within the park, the town of Cavendish is the home of one of Canada’s best-known fictional characters, the namesake to Anne of Green Gables. Today, the Green Gables House draws thousands of visitors each year who explore the country house of the novel’s author, L.M. Montgomery. One of the great Prince Edward Island tent campgrounds here to check out is the Cavendish KOA.
Heading northwest on TCH-1 you’ll find yourself in the PEI capital city of Charlottetown, the “Birthplace of the Confederation.” Like the many other charming maritime cities, Charlottetown welcomes pedestrians to take in the town’s pleasant architecture, historical finds, restaurant and shopping. There are also a few Prince Edward Island tent campgrounds in the area to check out. A favorite pastime of visitors is spending a day at the Charlottetown Driving Park, a charming facility devoted to harness racing during the summer months. For a unique dining experience, try out the Culinary Institute of Canada, where students prepare meals under the guidance of world-class chefs. To ponder a more down-home menu, try out the venerable Pilot House, which dishes up traditional pub fare in a cozy atmosphere.
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Quebec Tent Camping Trip
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When traveling through this enormous province, try Highway 117. The highway officially begins at Ste. Agathe des Monts, but let’s cheat a little bit and begin our Quebec tent camping adventure in the bustling metropolis of Montreal, Canada’s most cosmopolitan city. Few big cities in North America can be as warm, inviting, and entertaining as this one, and if you’re into architecture, the rewarding views await you. Montreal is rich with ornate facades throughout, many of which can be observed during leisurely walking tours. Some highlights are the impressive Basilica Cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde and the Vieux Port. Another clever way to enjoy this city’s architecture is by boarding one of the many cruise ships that circle the city. Experience the Parc Olympique, an enormous sports complex built especially for the 1976 Olympics. Today the park regularly hosts world-class sporting events. The nearby Biodome de Montreal, originally part of the Olympic complex, is now a unique environmental museum and one of the city’s most popular attractions. Nearby are the eclectic Chinese Gardens and the Japanese Gardens, both of which showcase the meditative gardening talents of folks from these Asian countries.
From Montreal take Highway 15 north until you reach Highway 117, which continues northwest deep into the heart of Quebec. If you’re lucky (and daring) enough to be traversing these environs during the winter months, be sure to stop at Mont Tremblant Village, located high in the scenic Laurentian Mountains. This is a world-class winter sports region, where you can strap on skis or a snowboard or take in one of the other many winter activities that are popular here such as dogsledding, ice climbing, or a sleigh ride. If that sounds like an ambitious agenda, be advised that the village is also renowned for its fabulous spas. After a day spent hitting the slopes, head around the lake to the Hotel Club Tremblant, a 1930’s log structure that once served as a private retreat for a wealthy American. Today, it’s home to an outstanding hotel, spa, and French restaurant. Parc National du Mont-Tremblant/Camping Secteur de la Diable is one of the great Quebec tent campgrounds to stay at in the area.
Stay on Hwy. 17 and past Mont Tremblant you’ll soon find yourself entering the vast expanse known as Reserve Faunique La Verendrye. In the city of Grand Remous, there are three Quebec tent campgrounds that we recommend out of the dozen available. This is a major destination for hiking and wildlife enthusiasts as well as Quebec tent camping, the Reserve protects the wild northern lands of Canada. You can explore it all through miles of hiking trails. If you happened to have your canoe along on this trip, you’ve brought it to the right place. The reserve is also home to a large array of connecting waterways where it seems you can row forever.
With a little time on your hands, consider a trip west and north from Montreal on Rte 148 and 321 to the charming pioneer town of St-Andre-Avellin where there are also a few Quebec tent campgrounds to visit. First settled in 1841, the town has remained a cultural and outdoor center of this region for more than 100 years. A walking tour of the numerous heritage properties is recommended, and in August, the sounds of Musique’en nous offer a pleasurable pastime.
The city of Val-d’ Or provides travelers with their first look at Canada’s illustrious Gold Rush history. During the 1930’s, this village was the largest gold-mining town in the world, and the precious metal is still being extracted there today. You can explore gold rush history at the La Cite de l’Or, which gives tours more than 200 feet below ground in an active gold mine. Also in town is the Village Minier de Bourlamaque, a restored mining village with more than 80 log buildings.
More mining fun can be explored at your last stop in Quebec at the town of Rouyn-Noranda, “Canada’s copper capital.” Eight mines still operate here and help create one of the most interesting towns in Quebec. British and American industrialists settled Noranda and opened several successful mines. To the south, the French settled Rouyn and opened brothels, bars, and hotels. In the mid-20th century these two towns joined together to become one, but the two sides are still very evident in this strange and uniquely Canadian neck of the woods.
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