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Old 11-15-2021, 07:15 PM   #1
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We are planning our Maritime tour of NS, PEI & NL. Since we have a GSD our trip to and from NL will be the short ferry route from North Sydney, NS to Port aux Basques, NL and back. That leads to a few questions from those that have been there before.

1. I've not been able to find specific information on the ferry company's web site about boarding/rates with or without a toad. Can we board with the toad connected and if so is the rate based on total length or on the individual length rates?

2. When debarking is there a nearby place we can go to that will allow us to let our GSD to relieve himself?

3. Any other thoughts/tips?
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We are planning our Maritime tour of NS, PEI & NL. Since we have a GSD our trip to and from NL will be the short ferry route from North Sydney, NS to Port aux Basques, NL and back. That leads to a few questions from those that have been there before.

1. I've not been able to find specific information on the ferry company's web site about boarding/rates with or without a toad. Can we board with the toad connected and if so is the rate based on total length or on the individual length rates?

2. When debarking is there a nearby place we can go to that will allow us to let our GSD to relieve himself?

3. Any other thoughts/tips?
We took this ship a couple of years ago. The rate is based on overall length, including toad.

Pets have to stay in your rig while you are on the ship, and you are not allowed to visit the rig until the ship docks. I did not see anywhere for bathroom facilities for your pet. However, the ship empties quickly upon docking and within 10 minutes or so you will driving be on local roads where you should be able to pull over and take a technical break.

The ship itself is comfortable and we found the voyage enjoyable.
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When we went: We disconnected the toad as the tow bar added length, and we put our bikes inside the coach for the same reason. We had 2 options for our pet. Leave in rv or put in their onboard kennel, for an additional charge. As mentioned above you are not allowed back to the rv once you leave it. There are places when you can pull off after you leave the terminal.



It's a great trip. Enjoy!!
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When we went: We disconnected the toad as the tow bar added length. We had 2 options for our pet. Leave in rv or put in their onboard kennel. As mentioned above you are not allowed back to the rv once you leave it.
I need to double check our total length when connected but it appears it is cheaper to keep them connected than to board separately.

We plan to keep our GSD in the coach and have full understanding on how that works. As I read the material, the onboard kennel still requires you to have a pet crate. Unless there is a way to rent a large crate at each end of the ferry trip, the kennel option is not feasible for us.
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How long is the ferry trip? Leaving your dog in your motorhome may be the best choice. On the Alaskan ferry you're allowed - at certain times - to visit your pet for food and water & to walk it 'on deck' while traveling - picking up, as necessary.

Maybe it's best to call the ferry company for specifics.
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We made the trip in 2019. The trip is about 7 hours. Very doable for the pups in the coach. Don, that is our favorite province and we have never met more friendlier people. We would return there again without a second thought.
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How long is the ferry trip? Leaving your dog in your motorhome may be the best choice. On the Alaskan ferry you're allowed - at certain times - to visit your pet for food and water & to walk it 'on deck' while traveling - picking up, as necessary.

Maybe it's best to call the ferry company for specifics.
The trip is supposed to be about 7 hours dock to dock. We are not allowed to go to the coach after we are parked in the boat.
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We made the trip in 2019. The trip is about 7 hours. Very doable for the pups in the coach. Don, that is our favorite province and we have never met more friendlier people. We would return there again without a second thought.
THANKS! Zeus can easily do 7 hours and with a little preparation 8 hours. If we knew we could pull over to a spot right after we got off the boat that would be great.
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We boondocked the entire trip in Canada including NL & Labrador and used Harvest Host in PEI and 1 place in NL. We always had permission from the land owner or someone in the know like a neighbor to boondock. In Nova Scotia and New Brunswick it was Lobster season and we bought Fresh Live Lobster off the boat for $4.25 - $6 a pound. I was surprised to see the rubber bands were already on the claws. If you like lobster, take a big pot and a Coleman stove.

2 different ferries go to NL both leave out of N Sydney, NS
1 arrives at Channel Port Aux Basques, NL shortest route
1 arrives at Argentia, NL longest route (overnight)
both have restrooms and food On the long route we found a room full of lazy boy style chairs, by accident where we could sleep.
L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site has reconstructed Viking settlement
Twillingate: twice we were taken fishing by locals and caught our limit of Cod which is a lot better than their Halibut. we used hand lines and were amoung lots of ice bergs We asked locals if we could go fishing if they had extra room in their boat. the fun folk and fish festival is also in Twillingate
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If you see one you should go. we went to several some have dinner and entertainment
Cod toungue's are a speciality in many restaurants. I ordered them 3 times before I got an order I liked

Propane: Keep your tank near full. Not everyone has it and I waited 8 hours one day for the lp truck to show up, the ability to meter the lp is the issue Small BBQ tanks are more plentiful

Stopped in Cow's Head for the Lobster festival and parade. There was a park there at I believe the S end of town that had a dump. We filled our fresh water tanks from the home of someone we met in town. We carried long hoses.

We stayed at several Salvation Army Churches with permission from the pastor of course. probably stayed a week at one and went to church, locals honked and waved as they passed by our rigs Some would stop to share bottled (canned) vegetables and moose meat, but they would not share their Cloud Berry Jam with anyone.

Took the ferry to Labrador and spent a few night there in the rv's. I has in a Bounder and my buddy had a Newmar, diesel.

If I were going back, I'd take knee high rubber boots. You see alot of locals in them. We saw people in shopping malls wearing them. You'll see a lot of fog and rain.

Newfi's are great, helpful people. Enjoy!!
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It has been a few years since the first trip to NL. Covid got in the way this year so a return to NL is plan A for next year.

Pretty sure that if you use the onboard kennel you can visit the dog as you wish. It is right there on the main passenger deck.
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