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Old 11-06-2010, 04:31 AM   #3
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Items too bring along/general information

Passport: In case you need one, here is a link which should get you going.

Someone else just brought this to my attention please read the thread. Its about felonies and crossing the border, apparently DUI's are considered felonies and they will turn you away...just something else to think about.

Credit card/ATM: Call your bank and let them know you will be out of the country/lots of gas charges (may save you/us some problems)
Easy Pass for tolls (optional but it can save a significant amount of time with a group)
New Jersey:
West Virginia:

Trip cost (so far as planned)

Gas: Based on 5500 miles @ $5.00 per gallon average
40 MPG: $687
45 MPG: $611
50 MPG: $550
55 MPG: $500
60 MPG: $458

Total for all ferries via Port Au Basque: $171.50
Total for all ferries via Argentia: $265.50

Lodging: $75.00 average per night
5 nights: $375.00
10 nights:$750.00
15 nights: $1125.00

Food: Lets just say $25.00 per day, it may be more or less depending on what you carry and your eating habits, I found Newfoundland a bit more expensive than the mainland.
14 days: $350.00
21 days: $525.00

Trip total cost: (too many combination's but you get the idea)
Total 14 day trip: Gas $550.00 + Argentia ferry $265.50 + 7 nights (50%) of hotel $525.00 + Food $350.00 = $1690.50
Total 21 day trip: Gas $550.00 + Argentia ferry $265.50 + 10 nights (47%) of hotel $750.00 + Food $525.00 = $2090.50

Travel Information
I would strongly suggest that everyone use the link below and get a map, travel guide, and visitor information package!

Additional information
Nova Scotia:
New Brunswick:
Camping locations North America:

Weather information

Ferry information

Labrador to Newfoundland (1hr 45 minutes)
Cost: $11.50
Tel: 1-866-535-2567 (within the province)
Tel: 1-709-535-0810 (outside the toll free area)
A non-refundable deposit for passenger reservations $10.00, for commercial vehicle reservations $50.00.
All other traffic is on a first come, first serve basis (reservations not required but recommended). All traffic to check in at dockside one hour prior to departure.
For Local Information call:
Tel: 1-709-877-2222 (St. Barbe)
Tel: 1-418-461-2889 (Blanc Sablon)

Newfoundland to Nova Scotia
Port Au Basque to North Sydney (day 4.5 to 6 hours/night 4.5 to 8 hours transit time)

Adult age 13 - 64: $28.75
Motorcycle: $41.25
Motorcycle with sidecar: $60.75

4 Berth cabin (day): $44.95
4 Berth cabin (night): $111.75
2 Berth cabin (day): $44.95
2 Berth cabin (night): $104.75

Argentia to North Sydney (14 to 15 hours transit time)

Adult age 13 - 64: $80.50
Motorcycle: $83.50
Motorcycle with sidecar: $124.25

4 Berth cabin: $152.75
Dormitory sleeper: $28.75

Customers may make a reservation by calling the toll free reservations line at 1-800-341-7981; at Marine Atlantic’s website at, or at one of Marine Atlantic’s terminals located in Port aux Basques, NL; Argentia, NL; or, North Sydney, NS up to 3 hours prior to scheduled departure time provided there is space available.
A fuel surcharge of 19.7% will be applied to all new reservations for travel commencing on or after April 25, 2010. Changes to the fuel surcharge will be posted to the Corporation’s website.
The fuel surcharge is applied to the cost of transportation (passengers, passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles). It is not applied to accommodations and services on board of the vessels.

Nova Scotia to New Brunswick

Adult age 13 - 64: $40.00
Motorcycle: $50.00
Motorcycle with sidecar: $50.00

Fuel surcharge – Passenger Vehicle: $20.00 CDN each way
Digby, Nova Scotia terminal
Phone: 902-245-2116
Fax: 902-245-5360

Saint John, New Brunswick terminal

Phone: 506-649-7777
Fax: 506-649-7708

Bike Insurance and Finance Info:
You should contact your insurance company to receive Canada specific ins cards. It usually takes 2 weeks or so for them to do them. Also, you may want to review any verbiage on leased and/or financed vehicles on your loan paperwork. BMW, for example, requests to be notified if the bike is leaving the country. I imagine both of these items are only required if the bike is in accident...

Lodging Information has been moved to Post # 7 due to size limitation

blaster11 screwed with this post 06-26-2011 at 06:43 PM Reason: Updated gas prices and info about passports
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