Free to Camp... Maritime Provinces
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Sep 21, 2012 9:10 AM Last Post By: jbay
Sep 7, 2012 9:20 PM
Free to Camp... Maritime ProvincesWe are two 63 year old buddies, on a road trip through New Brunswick, PEI, and Nova Scotia in early October. We will hug the coastal areas as much a possible. We are well prepared to camp out, but do not like the idea of camping among others in fee-based camp sites. We are responsible adults with a respect for nature. I would love to hear some tips about beach camping. Is it legal? Drift wood for a camp fire (below the tide line) would be a big plus. You will never know that we were there.
While traveling in this mode, a hot shower is always welcome and we do not mind paying for that. Is there such a thing in Canada (rest areas on the more major roads, truck stops, etc.)?
Any comments or suggestions are most welcome.
Sep 8, 2012 3:27 PM
1Rest stops aren't as common in the Maritimes as they are in the US. I live in Nova Scotia and have never seen a rest stop except for one at a toll and it only had a bathroom in it. I don't know how keen you are on this idea, but my grandparents drive to North Carolina every October and stay until April and they have a trailer and your allowed to stay in Walmart parking lots for the night for free. This is how they travel from NS to NC. I don't know if you have a trailer or not, but that's always an option in saving money if you do?
Sep 8, 2012 3:55 PM
Sep 8, 2012 7:02 PM
3i think it will be difficult to find the type of camping that you want. even if you found an off the road place to pitch a tent, it would likely be illegal to have a fire. i assume you have checked out temperatures. could be pretty cold at night. even if you had to pay, many campsites maybe closed in october. hope you have fun.
Sep 9, 2012 7:03 AM
Yes, you assume correctly that I know the weather will be a challenge. I have a brand new, big, fluffy cotton sleeping bag and a pad for underneath. I lived in Alaska for many years, so I know how to dress for the cold and damp coastal weather... but thanks for mentioning the weather. Prepared as we are, I might not handle it well... I have lived in tropical Mexico for several years.
"hope you have fun"
Regardless of the challenges; yes, we will!
and thanks again,
Sep 14, 2012 3:34 PM
Sep 21, 2012 6:38 AM
6We're having quite a wet fall so far. I got rained out from a camping trip 2 weeks ago (75 mm rain in less than 24 hrs; everything was drenched).
I think you'll find that 'wild camping' is very much frowned upon in these parts. People are expected to stay in provincial parks or private campgrounds. It's as much about fire problems as it is about managing human waste and protecting beaches which are very sensitive to use. Most of the provincial parks have already closed down for the season, although there are a few still open. And they pretty much all offer showers. Prices are usually less than $20/night. Check the government website for details.
Most private campsites will also be closed by now but I can appreciate why you wouldn't want to stay there. They're really set up for folks with RVs and don't offer much privacy.
There are lots of small gov't operated 'picnic parks' around the province that have toilets & picnic tables but they all clearly state that camping is not allowed. If you did set up a tent, I bet you'd have a visit from the RCMP (the Mounties) to move you along.
Good luck with your venture!
Sep 21, 2012 9:10 AM
Thanks for your response and the reality check.
Yes, the picture you paint is pretty much what I am coming to expect.
It is too bad that people cannot be trusted to leave only their footprints behind, but I am well aware that some will always leave a souvenir or two behind.
I live in Mexico, and spend a lot of time in the back-country. I can tell you; all of the most beautiful places are littered with trash. Things are changing, but slowly.
So, coming from an environment with few rules to your area is going to be quite the culture shock. But not to worry, we are respectful of local customs... when in Rome...
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