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Manitoba Tent Camping Trip
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The route of choice in Manitoba is TCH-1. It doesn’t take long before you leave the lake-laden landscapes of southern Ontario behind and head west into the prairie provinces of Canada. But let’s take first things first. Take the time to explore the splendid lakes and streams found throughout the town of Falcon Lake. There are also a few Manitoba tent campgrounds to stay at here. Start at Whiteshall Provincial Park. With more than 200 lakes and streams, it’s the perfect venue for waterborne adventures such as canoeing, kayaking, fishing and Manitoba tent camping.
Jump off TCH-1 and head southwest to the town of Steinbach. The authentic replica of an 1877 windmill is the town’s marquee attraction.
Keep moving west and the provincial capital of Winnipeg soon comes into view. Situated at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, early Winnipeg benefited from several railways routed through the area. Winnipeg soon became a major trading center and a gateway to the west. Evidence of the town’s history can still be found in abundance around town. For example, the Hotel Fort Gary, a near 100-year-old institution, can be found downtown. Fort Gary Gate sits across the street, which once stood as the gateway for the Hudson Bay Company’s fort in Winnipeg. But the heart of Winnipeg lies at The Forks, a restored gathering place and park situated at the fork of the city’s two rivers. After more than a decade of restoration work, The Forks attracts visitors with its grand walkways, museums, and nightlife. There are several Manitoba tent campgrounds here to choose from that have not been visited by Woodall's. We suggest you call ahead for more information.
For something even more unique, step aboard the Prairie Dog Central, a vintage steam locomotive that regularly travels the 75-miles to Goose Isle. The steam train also makes other rail-borne jaunts including historical tours and “murder mystery” trips. If you find you’re still pining for Winnipeg’s by-gone days, treat yourself to a tour of the Living Prairie Museum with its spellbinding mix of prairie flowers that once dominated this terrain. Grant’s Old Mill, an 1829 replica of the original, is a fun stopover before leaving town.
Pioneer life can be explored in the town of Portage La Prairie at the Fort La Reine Museum and Pioneer Village. This living history museum reveals the story of the 1738 outpost and what life was like at the prairie’s first fort. If you’re lucky enough to be here during July, don’t miss the National Strawberry Festival, one of central Canada’s premier annual events. If it can be made from strawberries, you’ll find it here. From Portage La Prairie, another great route is to take TCH-16 northwest and into Saskatchewan (more on that in a moment). Manitoba tent camping is also available along the way.
If you want to keep heading west on TCH-1, there’s one last stop in Manitoba to consider making. The town of Brandon is considered the agricultural capital of Manitoba. On that note, an interesting place to visit while here is the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Centre. This experimental farm facility tests land resource management techniques in Western Canada. Another favorite local attraction is the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, commemorating the time when Brandon served as a vital training facility for the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.
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New Brunswick Tent Camping Trip
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TCH-2 leaves Amherst, Nova Scotia and enters Sackville, New Brunswick, before traversing the westernmost maritime province westward to Grand Falls. The lovely little town of Moncton should be your first stop, home to the splendid 1922 Capitol Theatre and to New Brunswick tent camping. Camper’s City RV/Resort is one of the recommended New Brunswick tent campgrounds to visit. Today it continues its legacy as a top venue and one of only a small handful of historic theaters left in Canada. Just outside of town you’ll find one of Canada’s most unique tourist attractions, Magnetic Hill. This supernatural marvel was discovered in the late 19th-century when horses strained to pull carts downhill. However, when going uphill, the carts seemed to bunch up behind the horse. Today, the hill has the same effect and seems to pull autos uphill. Start at the bottom, put your vehicle in neutral gear and let this oddity pull you skywards. And you’ll have to try it yourself to believe that this phenomenon really occurs. For some more pastoral wonders, stop by the banks of the Petitcodiac River which displays stunning tidal movements courtesy of the quixotic Bay of Fundy, located just a few miles south.
TCH-2 then heads west cutting through New Brunswick’s rolling central lands until you reach the provincial capital of Fredericton, situated along the banks of the beautiful St. John’s River. Be sure to visit Officer’s Square, which was part of a larger military compound from 1785 to 1914. Today it holds numerous cultural events throughout the summer. A quaint stop in Fredericton is a visit to King’s Landing Historical Settlement, a living history museum that Attractions Canada dubbed “Canada’s top international attraction.” This open-air facility offers 10 working buildings that capture rural 19th-century New Brunswick life. Duffers won’t want to miss shooting a quick 18 holes at Kingswood, recently named one of the country’s top new courses.
Stay with TCH-2 and drive north to the town of Woodstock, the province’s first town, founded in 1856. Woodstock is one of those unique old-fashioned towns where time seems to have stopped long ago. It also has a nice central downtown area with plenty of historic architecture to make for a perfect walking tour.
Further north you’ll come to the town of Hartland, best known for its fabulous 100 year-old covered bridge. In fact, it’s also the longest covered bridge in the world, stretching out at 1,282 feet. If you’re looking for more examples, two other historic bridges can be found within a few miles of Hartland.
The final stop along TCH-2 in New Brunswick may be at the scenic town of Grand Falls, where the St. John’s River gains momentum and drops more than 75 feet to create impressive falls. Legends say that a Maliseet princess led a marauding band of Mohawk warriors to their death by plunging over the falls. Whether or not the story is true is debatable, but what evidence remains is one of the largest waterfalls this side of Niagara Falls – and it’s located almost downtown in Grand Falls. New Brunswick tent camping is available in Grand Falls and in its surrounding areas. If you’re passing through here in late June, don’t miss the region’s unique Potato Festival, a rip-roaring good time and homage to the region’s agriculture industry.
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