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16 day trip in August - Flight questions

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16 day trip in August - Flight questions

Hello:

My spouse and I are thinking about a 17 day trip in NF this August. Originally, we were thinking of flying into Deer Lake and then heading out via St. John's. However, after looking at flight prices, car rental prices, etc., it seems that it would be much cheaper to just fly in and out of St. John's.

Our concern, however, is that we want to see as much of NF as possible while we are there and not sure if we the doubling back to St. John's is worth it, even with the cost savings. We just aren't sure because we don't know enough about routes in NF, etc.

Any thoughts on this issue?

Thanks!

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1. Re: 16 day trip in August - Flight questions

Have you found this website which gives distances and driving times:

…gov.nl.ca/DataTools/…Default.aspx

Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism produce and excellent free map and guide. If you haven't got these yet they can be order from their website.

http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com

The website also has details of different driving routes with suggestions of what to do and see and time needed:

newfoundlandlabrador.com/PlanYourTrip/Travel…

Apart from a few larger and newer towns all the settlement in Newfoundland is around the coast. Roads to these areas have only arrived over the last 60 years or so. There is only one route across Newfoundland - the Trans Canada and there are feeder roads off this to the coastal settlements.

Driving the Trans Canada is mind numbingly boring after the first couple of hours as all you see are trees. St Johns to Deer Lake is 646km and will take 7 hours PLUS stops.

You will not get unlimited mileage on car rentals so you also need to factor this into your calculations.

There is a certain amount of background information here that you may find useful:

tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g154962-c148987/New…

You might also find it useful to look at previous trip reports for ideas:

tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g154962-c148989/New…

Finally - there are only a limited number of hire cars on Newfoundland and August is peak holiday time. You need to get car hire fixed asap. This also applies to accommodation and flights.

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2. Re: 16 day trip in August - Flight questions

The TCH (Highway 1) runs down the center of the island and is the quickest route to get from one end of the island to the other. If you aren't afraid of a long drive there are secondary roads called "The shore road" which trace the coast and wind from community to community.

It's possible by using the shore road in one direction then the TCH on the return to have very little overlap. I know EESW did a lot of the shore road during her trip to NL, she might be able to offer a better perspective on the driving aspect.

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