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Staying around Argentia for a night

dl
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Staying around Argentia for a night

We are planning a trip to Newfoundland this July. We will be taking the overnight ferry from North Sydney, Nova Scotia, to Argentia, Newfoundland, and arrive around 10:00 am. My question: Would it make sense to spend one night in the Argentia/Placentia area in order to explore the environs (if there are environs worth exploring)? Or should we proceed directly to Saint John's (possibly w/ some scenic detours along the way) and base all our subsequent excursions to the Avalon Peninsula as day trips from there?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Staying around Argentia for a night

If you are interested in history, there is a National Historical Site at Placentia, Castle Hill. This site dates to the 1700's and was originally built by the french to protect the "french fishing shore" from the British.

The ruins of the site can be visited as well as an interpretation centre. In the summer, period reenactments are presented. The site provides a spectacular view of this shore.

The site can be viewed in about an hour if you are interested. It is only then a short drive, one hour, to St. John's so I would recommend driving on to St. John's and using the Avalon as your base.

Are you only planning to visit the Avalon?...if not, you could leave Argentia for these places first.

Enjoy oyur holiday.

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2. Re: Staying around Argentia for a night

Thanks -- I think we will jus go straight to St. John's and use that as a base for a few nights.

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3. Re: Staying around Argentia for a night

From Argentia drop down to Placentia (and may be have a look at Castle Hill site). Pick up route 91, the old Placentia highway which cuts across the neck of the peninsula to Collinet. There is quite a long unsurfaced section of road but it is in good condition and there won't be any problems driving this. There is little settlement along the road and it is really wild countryside. Stop off at Cataracts Provincial Park. There is no advance warning of this. There is a parking area off the side of the road just before the bridge which has a tiny sign. There are a series of trails through the woods with steps dropping down to the gorge with views of the waterfalls. Have a look at the pictures here:

http://www.math.mun.ca/~dapike/pix/2008/2008_06_08/

Continue on route 91 through Colinet to Salmonier and then pick up route 90 north. This takes you past Salmonier Nature Park and you may be interested in walking round this and seeing the animals.

http://www.env.gov.nl.ca/env/snp/index.html

jbarrettart.com/2009/…

Either head straight for ST John's or if feeling adventurous, take route 13 which drops you down to Witless Bay and then up to St John's. This is another exposed and deserted route. There is a large notice at either end saying in stormy weather the road could be impassible and to find another route..... Then head for St John's.

For a bit more information, you can read my report for this journey (we started from Trouty, near Trinity) here:

www.slowtrav.com/tr/tripreport.asp…

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