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to go or not to go??

Toronto, Canada
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to go or not to go??

Hello all.

We live in Toronto and planning a road trip end-July to the East coast. At first we though we'd cover Nfld too, but found out that the ferry from Sydney takes 14 hours to go to Argentia (near St. John's). We are pressed for time, but we don't want to take the shorter length ferry to Port Aux Basques (I hope I got that right) since we want to visit the Avalon area.

We are on the verge of abandoning the idea of visiting NFld, but I've heard so much about it, that I don't like to go that close to Nfld and come back without visiting this place. But we'll only have 3 days to spend including ferry time and that doesn't leave us with enough time. We'll also have children with us.

Can anyone suggest anything? Any alternatives? or should I just not go there this time? Thanks in advance for all your inputs.

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1. Re: to go or not to go??


Last year we toured 6 Provinces including Newfoundland. We also only spent 3 days and 3 nights in Newfoundland.

You are right about the ferry times/ locations. We faced the same problem so we decided to fly into Newfoundland. We flew from Toronto on Canjet with a stop in Halifax (flights were very cost effective). I'd suggest you fly into St John's as it is in Avalon. Then hire a car from the airport.

Our flight didn't get in until after midnight but the car rental office was still open and the owner of the B&B in St John's stayed awake to greet us at 1.30am (Banberry House B&B).

We managed to see lots in three days. Toured St John's and down the Avalon Atlantic Coast to see whales. We drove to Trinity and Bonavista (just outside Avalon) and went on a nature cruise and saw icebergs. We also managed a drive round the Burin Peninsula (but with children you may choose to do less driving and skip this part).

If you need any more info on routes and drive times let me know. With the benefit of hindsight I am delighted we made the effort to visit Newfoundland.

Of course you may choose to skip Newfoundland this trip, especially as you may select a trip there in future and also take in Gros Morne. How close does the other part of your tour take you to Newfoundland?

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2. Re: to go or not to go??

Thanks bortiuk.

We've decided not to visit NFld this time, cause we'll be missing too much of NB, NS & PEI.

We plan to visit as North-East as Sydney. That's why I was feeling sad, that so close still so far away. :)

You are right, we should plan a separate trip just to visit NFld and it's beautiful people who will stay up that late to greet us. :)

St. John's...
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3. Re: to go or not to go??

Newfoundland is great ..... These are all within a short radius of the City .......

East Coast Trail Guide


O'Brien's Boat Tours


Irish Loop


Baccalieu Trail


These are in the City:



GEO Center


And these have everything else ....

Newfoundland Government Tourism


City of St. John's



MODEST: (less than $8.00 serving but consistent quality)

* Bagel Café (739-4470) Extensive menu -246 Duckworth

* Ches's (726-3434) Deep fried fish, hot sandwiches - 5 Freshwater (home delivery)

* R. L. Caines (753-7543) Daily specials / some traditional dishes - 104 Duckworth

Pizza Supreme (738-2323) Second Best pizza in the city - 27 Elizabeth (home delivery)

* Afghan (754-2230) Ethnic and delicious 375 - Duckworth Street

MODERATE: (less than $15)

* Giovanni Cabot's (739-7999) Mediterranean cuisine (Funky) - 10 King's Road

* India Gate (753-6006) Excellent luncheon buffet / traditional Indian foods - 286 Duckworth

* Pasta Plus (739-6676) Fast inexpensive lunch specials - 223 Duckworth

Magic Wok (753-6907) Chinese Very popular - 402 Water

* Hava Java - cool coffee house with desserts - 216 Water

MID RANGE: (Less than $20)

* Casbah (738-5293) Simply lovely - corner Cathedral / 290 Duckworth.

* Crooked Crab (738-8900) Good reviews from guests - 98 Duckworth

* Sun Susha (726-8688) Japanese Restaurant that is trendy / younger crowd - 184 Duckworth

Fine Dining: (less than $25)

* Bianca's (726-9016) European - exceptional quality. Movie stars hangout - 171 Water

* Cellar (579-8900) Wide menu. Excellent Service - 152 Water

* Restaurant 21 (576-2112) Guests have had good comments- 21 Queen's / Prescott

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