Thats all I had time for as well since the Trans Labrador was the main purpose of my tour.
Originally Posted by jdmetzger
Make sure you "book" the return crossing, although there is always room for a motorcycle on board.
A very nice place to stay was the Reeves' Oceanview B&B in Englee, if you are up in the northern part.
I have a question or two that some of you may be able to answer:
1) I was thinking about getting into better shape and spending a day hiking Gros Morne. Has anyone attempted this climb? Did you find it worthwhile, or would I be better served hiking a different part of the park?
2) Regarding the ferry ride from NS to Newfoundland, and specifically cabin accommodations. They list several choices aside from the standard "reserve a seat". They have "dorm style" (I saw pictures - not horrible), and then they go into "4 berth cabin", "2 berth cabin", and "deluxe cabin". If you are traveling alone, do you end up sharing a 2 berth cabin with another traveler who you may not know? Just curious how that's setup. I could call them, but I figured I'd ask here first. I assume "deluxe cabin" is your own place (for $144/night I'd hope so!)?
I climbed Gros Morne about 13 years ago, and it is worth it, I'll do it again when I go back. It will take the whole the day, and is doable if you're in fairly good shape, by no means do you need to be an uber athlete. Take extra clothes, food and water, like you would on any all day hike. I found coming back down harder than going up. Your quads take a beating coming downhill. The view from the top is incredible.
It's been awhile since I've been on the ferry, 12 years, and I was poor then and just bunked down on the floor in the bar, or that's just where I passed out, can't remember. LOL. There are some rates for cabins that you do share with others, or you can have one all to yourself. It's only a 6-7 hour crossing to Port-Aux-Basques.
I received my free Newfoundland & Labrador tourist guide, today. Not only do you get a thick book of things to do and places to stay (think anonymous book, but slightly taller), you also get a very nice map of Newfoundland and Labrador. Again, all for FREE.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Got my N&L travel kit yesterday, thinking of returning as my buddy and I did Newfoundland four years ago but tried to do everything from Port aux Basque to Anse aux Meadows and from Deer Lake to St.John's in 3 weeks. Missed too many interesting places so want to return to fill in the gaps.
Will be traveling alone this time, no dates yet but July/august sounds right.
Will also be going to Radisson this summer. Rally up there sounds interesting!!!
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1986 R80 "S"
Gros Morne is fantastic place to visit. It can be as long or short a visit as you have the time for. Check out grosmorne.com I've done the western brook pond hike and enjoyed it. The ferry tour supposed to be nice but we didnt have a reservation, so we didn't get on.
Originally Posted by jdmetzger
If you're taking the overnight crossing, get a cabin. the dormatory sleepers are bunk beds in a large room. not always quiet. The 4-berth cabin can be yours alone if you book it and don't bring any friends with you! It has its own shower and is quiet for a good night's rest. The deluxe is only available on the MV Atlantic Vision. If haven't been on this boat yet...
hope this helps...Sam
PS: yes I live in central Newfoundland, but I don't camp that much.
Last edited by sam314; 03-21-2009 at 04:43 PM.
Another word of advice for those of you headed to the Rock, plan all your riding during daylight hours. Too many moose around at night, makes riding dangerous, especially up on the Northern Peninsula up around St. Anthony. I've seen 12 moose in the span of 45mins. They don't call them Newfie speed bumps for nothing.
I'm hoping to get home next year, torn between doing the TLH or the railway trail across the island. Too many places and not enough time.
True enough, if your heading up the Great Northern Pennisula on Newfoundland's west cost, its not a matter if you'll see a moose its how many!
Originally Posted by tburt1969
For the geology enthusiasts, the Long Range Mountains on the west coast (they're in Gros Morne National Park) are actually part of the Appalachian chain. Neat eh?
There are lots of family owned B&B's in communties/towns of all sizes. Premium gas (AKI of 91) is available everywhere except the tiniest ports of call.
The wind always blows in Newfoundland and it does rain a fair bit, so pack accordingly.
Jeez, I'm starting to sound like a tourist brochure....later folks.
Ernest Harmon AFB
Saw your post and have to ask if you are familiar with what they did with Ernest Harmon Air Force Base. I know it was shut down sometime in the late 1970's or 1980's. Newfoundland tourism did not make reference to it at all. I was stationed there in 1962-1963 period.
I did a Google search on Stephenville, NF and it gives a brief history on the base and the airport there now.
Last edited by 1200RT; 04-07-2009 at 08:06 PM.
I've never heard it referred to by its proper name of Ernest Harmon AFB. Its locally referred to as 'the base at Stephenville'. Its a civililan airport now. Popular rumor was that its an alternative landing site for the space shuttle as the runway is so long.
Originally Posted by 1200RT
Sadly its fallen on hard times and is a shadow of its former self. The Americans had a largish (and welcome) presence in Newfoundland in the post WW II era. EH, Argentia and Fort Pepperel (?spelling) were prominent but have since been decommisioned.
You can rent rooms there, at least back in 2003. They are the former base accomodations.
Originally Posted by 1200RT
Thanks for the info. Yes, it was in Stephenville, I remember. Too bad they could not have used it better. We lived in a nice 3 or 4 story brick barricks and it could have been used at least as a hotel. Brutal winters, though. We had 200" snowfall '62-'63. Whiteouts were wicked. But, the Canadian Air Ways civilian planes flew in any weather.
I flew in and out of Stephenville for a few years with the regional airlines on the Rock, Air Labrador and Air Nova. The base is pretty much gone, only a couple of hangars left. Haven't been there for a couple of years now. It can be a wild place to fly into, 60mph winds low ceilings and visibility, moderate to severe turbulence. Lots of fun.