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Canada’s eastern-most provinces are each bucket-list worthy destinations. There are so many amazing places and people that make up New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. But, we couldn’t decide on just one province, so we embarked on an epic nine-week Atlantic Canada RV road trip. And it was more beautiful, exciting, rejuvenating and life-changing than we ever could have expected.

We walked on the gooey ocean floor in New Brunswick, drove the famed Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, were serenaded by locals in Newfoundland, and found a new perspective in Prince Edward Island. Plus, a whole lot of wonderful adventures in between. If this isn’t on your list of places to experience, it should be – regardless of if you visit in an RV or not. But, for RVers it is particularly nice because of all the wonderful camping options and scenic drives.

Hitting the open road in Atlantic Canada on our epic Atlantic Canada RV Road Trip

We’ve included an overview of each province, what we loved about it, tips for what to see and where to camp. Want an entire list of everywhere we stayed? Check out our RV Camping Reviews page.

New Brunswick

Our first introduction to Atlantic Canada began in the province of New Brunswick. This area is known for its high tides, beautiful wooded areas and whale watching. Overall, we found it relaxing and enjoyed the varying landscapes – from farmlands to beaches. When we crossed over from Maine, there was no line so the border guards happily chatted with us about best places to see. Way less stressful than we anticipated! We also ended our Atlantic Canada trip in Northern New Brunswick, after looping around all the other provinces, and before heading on to Quebec!

Muddy waters at hopewell rocks in new brunswick

Favorite Place in New Brunswick: Hopewell Rocks

We loved Hopewell Rocks from the first moment we got there because it had RV parking! Can I get an amen? But the really impressive part is the tide viewing. You can see the famed tides of the Bay of Fundy at their highest as they cover most of the rocks below. Then go back about 6 hours later to walk on the ocean floor where the water once was. The sea levels rise between 32 and 46 feet here!

Low tide at Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick Canada

Other Top Destinations & Activities in New Brunswick

Waterfall at St. George Gorge

The waterfall at St. George Gorge was our first stop in the province. We parked at the visitor center (which doubled as a farm stand) and had a lovely stroll over. There is a bridge below the falls with a tiny viewing area (fits 1-2 people).

Waterfall at St. George Gorge in New Brunswick

Fundy National Park

More views of the tides and awesome hiking options. Don’t miss Dickson Falls! While the parking here was very sparse, and even more sparse for our Winnebago View, we were able to park and hike to the beautiful Dickson Falls.

Dickson Falls in Fundy National Park

Kouchibouguac National Park

Kouchibouguac National Park is a great spot for biking, hiking, nature viewing and beach chilling. They also host fun indigenous cultural events here and have a unique opportunity to ride in a canoe to visit a grey seal colony!

Green grassy field looking out towards the water in Kouchibouguac National Park

Best Camping Spots in New Brunswick

Harvest Hosts Wineries: We were surprised to find out that our Harvest Host membership would still be useful in Canada! We happily enjoyed multiple winery overnights during our visit.

South Kouchibouguac Campground: This national park campground is very chill, spacious and close to all of the fun activities the park has to offer.

The Shire Campground: This quirky, unforgettable place was a highlight of our trip. We got to enjoy great views while having a few drinks with other travelers and listening to all of their amazing stories. We wouldn’t recommend taking larger than a Class C RV here though.

The Shire Campground in New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

We listened to a group playing bagpipes at the visitor center when we arrived in Nova Scotia – an accurate first impression of this culturally infused province. And as we journeyed along the Cabot Trail during our Atlantic Canada road trip, we heard more of the music that has been passed on through generations. We even took a mini fiddle playing lesson! In the southern portion, we learned more about the history of these people at the many National Historic Sites – where they make learning a unique experience! That cultural infusion mixed with the insanely amazing views, makes Nova Scotia a must-visit.

Red Chair overlooking a gorgeous view found on a small hike in cape breton highlands in Nova Scotia

Our Favorite Place in Nova Scotia: Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Cape Breton Highlands National Park is a must-see section of the Cabot Trail with so many beautiful hikes, you will really want to plan a few weeks to check out as many trails as possible. We got in about six, but definitely wish we had more time there! The Skyline Trail is a must, of course! But there are many other great hikes through forests, along coasts and even through a bog.

The Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Other Top Destinations & Activities in Nova Scotia

Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

This place hosts daily lunch ceilidhs most seasons (with live traditional music, singing, and dancing). They have delicious, fresh seafood too! And there is also a small museum/interpretive centre on site where you can learn more about the music, take a fiddle playing lesson and learn to dance a jig!

Buddy playing a fiddle while at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

Fortress of Louisbourg

Brooke shot a cannon. Enough said! To top that off, Buddy go to play the role as Prisoner of the Day and was paraded through ton and put in the Iron Collar. But really, the Fortress of Louisbourg is a blast and they make learning about the history of the area a ton of fun.

Brooke right after she fired a cannon while at Fortress of Louisbourg in Nova Scotia

Halifax

This was a great walking city! We were able to park at the Citadel in our RV, then wander down to the waterfront to take in the views. Watching the craftsmen at the nearby crystal factory work their magic was mesmerizing! And on the way back, we stopped by the public gardens for a lovely stroll. It was the perfect day – there were even people lounging in the grass on the hill around the Citadel.

Canada 150 planter garden in Halifax

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse

Sunset at Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse is a must. And we had no problem sleeping in the RV overnight at the nearby visitor center. Regardless if you stay all night, we’d suggest parking here to avoid the congestion closer to the lighthouse.

Sunset at Peggy's Cove Lighthouse in Nova Scotia with people standing next to the lighthouse

Kejimkujik National Park

An official dark sky preserve with lots of trails and a calm river to paddle around on, plus beaches? Perfection! Kejimkujik National Park is the perfect place for some relaxing while in Nova Scotia.

Parks Canada bag sitting on the sand at a beach in kejimkujik national park

Wine Tasting in the Annapolis Valley

Nova Scotia has a wine region, who knew? Don’t miss a stop at the breathtaking, newly built tasting room at Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards. We loved the wine and the views!

Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards in Nova Scotia

Best Camping Spots in Nova Scotia

Cheticamp, Cape Breton Highlands National Park: This was a great place to base our Cabot Trail explorations on the west side with fun activities and nearby trails. However we do suggest splitting your time between a few of the park’s great camping options to avoid too much backtracking.

Jeremy’s Bay Campground, Kejimkujik National Park: This wooded, quiet park was beautiful and puts you close to tons of trails and nearby beaches. Don’t forget to go out at night to see the stars!

Boondocking at the Visitor Center at Peggy’s Cove: Quiet, convenient and easy to get to (much more so than the closer parking lot).

View of Peggy's Code Lighthouse from off in the distance

Newfoundland

It may sound over-dramatic, but Newfoundland will probably be one of the great loves of our life. It was not just one thing, place or moment that stole our hearts. The unique energy and beauty there was unlike anything we had experienced and it made a lasting impression on us. So, if you have time and can justify the ferry cost, then add Newfoundland to your Atlantic Canada road trip itinerary right now!

Stairs leading down a section of the Gros Morne Mountain hike in Gros Morne National Park

Our Favorite Place in Newfoundland: Gros Morne National Park

It is no secret that we love to hike. So, Gros Morne National Park was a haven for us. We hiked up mountains, along coasts and on the barren exposed mantle of the Tablelands area. Plus, this area had adorable fishing villages with delicious fresh seafood, fun kitchen parties with great local talent, sandy beaches to lounge on and lots of unique activities put on by Parks Canada.

Buddy hiking and enjoying the views at Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park

Other Top Destinations & Activities in Newfoundland

ATVing Adventure

Check out Newfoundland like a local! We highly suggest an ATV tour with Pirate’s Haven. They may even take you to their secret beach-side picnic spot if you are lucky!

ATV in the grass on a cliff overlooking the ocean at Pirate's Haven Newfoundland ATV tour in Newfoundland

L’Anse Meadows

This Viking settlement is not just a fun reenactment, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the remains of an actual Viking village were found. Go for the history, stay for the views.

L'Anse Meadows turf house

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting on the Exploits River in Central Newfoundland offers a relaxing, fun time. Paddle, swim and picnic your way down while admiring the beautiful views.

Riding the waves on the Exploits River during our whitewater rafting trip in Newfoundland

Twillingate

Twillingate is perfect for iceberg and whale watching! Go to Long Point Lighthouse for a wide-open view of the ocean and its many treasures. Then, stop at Auk Island Winery to taste some delicious Iceberg wine!

Iceberg off in the distance from a viewing point in Twillingate

Elliston & Bonavista Lighthouse

If you want to see Puffins, you have to check out these places during nesting season. You can get extremely close to these adorable birds, and it is 100% free! Nesting season is mid-May through mid-September at the latest. We could really just watch these birds for hours.

Atlantic Canada Puffin flying back to the nest in Elliston

Terra Nova National Park

Don’t miss a trip to Terra Nova while you are in Newfoundland. There is a ton of great hiking with stunning views, but you will want to make sure to get out on the water as well. From hiking to kayaking, and whale tours and fishing, Terra Nova National Park really has a bit of everything.

Buddy looking for whales in the ocean from a view point during a hike in Terra Nova National Park

Avalon Peninsula

Whale watching at St. Vincent’s along the beach is a must. But if you want a closer look, take a whale and puffin watching tour at nearby Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.

Humpback whale we saw during our molly bawn whale & puffin tour on the Avalon Peninsula in newfoundland

Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site

Cape Spear Lighthouse is the easternmost point in North America and the wide-open ocean views are breathtaking.

Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site

Signal Hill National Historic Site

This is the perfect place to admire the beauty of St. John’s without getting stuck in the hustle and bustle of city life. There are also some great ocean views and trails at Signal Hill National Historic Site.

Our RV parked behind the Canada 150 display at Signal Hill National Historic Site

Best Camping Spots in Newfoundland

Pirate’s Haven ATV-friendly RV Park: Great stop in Robinsons on the way to Gros Morne from the ferry terminal. Don’t miss an ATV tour while you are there or a relaxing sunset walk.

Boondocking in Twillingate: Seriously amazing places to park along the coast! Just find an open side-of-the-road area with no rules against it and you should be good.

Celtic Rendezvous by the Sea RV Park: This campground in Tors Cove had perfect ocean views for whale watching and was conveniently located near awesome tour options.

Boondocking at Port au Choix: We looooved staying by this gorgeous lighthouse. Watching the waves at sunset was magical.

Tide pools near Port au Choix Lighthouse during sunset

Getting to and from Newfoundland

The only way to bring your RV to the island is via Marine Atlantic’s ferry. It is about 7 hours from North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland. The ferry is pretty costly compared to smaller voyages, but well worth it, especially if you plan to stay in Newfoundland for an extended trip.

Plan to spend at least C$500 round trip if you are bringing your RV. You can also rent a two-bed cabin for about C$60, which we were happy to have on such a long journey. There is also a restaurant on site with limited hours. If traveling with a pet, you have the option to board them or leave them in your vehicle with windows cracked. Our cat was just fine. For more details about the logistics of getting to Newfoundland read this blog post.

Marine Atlantic Ferry headed away from port

Prince Edward Island

We saved the beach locale of Prince Edward Island for last of our Atlantic Canada RV Road Trip. We planned to use this time to rest up from all of our epic adventures, but it turned out to have some of the best activities of our trip! I even got to check parasailing off my bucket list – something I’ve wanted to do since I was 5! And the bike riding was top-notch.

Brooke and Buddy taking a photo next to the PEI sign before crossing Confederation bridge to leave Prince Edward Island

Our Favorite Place in Prince Edward Island: Greenwich Dunes, PEI National Park

After walking along the boardwalk, over marshes and through the majestic dunes, you reach a serene beach. How can you not fall in love? If you aren’t up for a day of lounging in the sand, there are multiple other beautiful trails at Greenwich Dunes in PEI National Park – some perfect for biking as well!

greenwich dunes in Prince Edward Island

Other Top Destinations & Activities in Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island National Park

Miles of great biking trails, multiple beautiful beaches, perfect seaside hikes and amazing views around every corner. Yes, please!

Lovely sitting area with our mountain bikes in Prince Edward Island National Park

Eating PEI potatoes

Like anyone needs an excuse to devour French fries. Just don’t leave the island without sampling its claim to fame.

Prince Edward Island's famous french fries spelling out PEI on a plate

Get out on the water

Whether you go kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming or parasailing – seeing Prince Edward Island from in, or over, the water is a must.

Brooke Parasailing while in Prince Edward Island

Rossignol Estate Winery

Rossignol Estate Winery is the perfect place to enjoy a glass while strolling through the gorgeous vineyard. And the wine is quite tasty, award-winning even!

Brooke making friends with a cat at Rossignol Estate Winery while sipping a glass of local wine.

Basin Head Provincial Park

I loooove to lounge on the beach on a sunny day. And after a few days of adventures, I couldn’t wait to get my toes in the soft sand. There are gorgeous beaches everywhere, but one of the best and most beautiful was Basin Head Provincial Park. It is known for its “singing sand” which squeaks when you walk on it.

Buddy standing in the 'Singing Sand' at Basin Head Provincial Park

Marine Rail Park

Stop here before or after driving across the famed Confederation Bridge for some awesome photo opps. The 8-mile long bridge is the longest in the world that crosses over ice-covered water. With its curved shape, it makes for a great photo subject!

Looking out into the water and the confederation bridge from Marine Rail Park

Best Camping Spots in Prince Edward Island

Red Point Campground: Very close to beach access, amazing sunset views and close to some great attractions – wineries, distilleries, lighthouses and parks.

Cabot Beach Campground: Close to a large beach that was far less busy than some of the rest and superb sunset viewing! Only a short drive to PEI National Park.

Campfire at our RV site in Cabot Beach Campground during sunset

Getting to and from PEI

We highly suggest driving from New Brunswick, so you can experience the amazing 8-mile Confederation Bridge! There is also a relaxing ferry option from Wood Island, Nova Scotia. You only pay on your way back, but it is about $50 more to take the ferry as opposed to the bridge. We took the ferry to the island and drove off via the bridge. Since we didn’t have to pay to take the ferry on, it was a very easy and quick process. The crossing only takes about 90 minutes.

Our Winnebago View in front of the Confederation Bridge

Suggested Itinerary for an Atlantic Canada RV Road Trip

For our trip, we spent the majority of our time in Newfoundland because we craved the remote areas and epic boondocking spots. We loved the rest of Atlantic Canada, but Newfoundland is definitely the least touristy (at least outside of the St. Johns area). Definitely adjust accordingly depending on your time and interests.

The 9-week Atlantic Canada itinerary we followed

Week 1: St. George & Fundy National Park/Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick
Week 2: Northern Nova Scotia/Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Week 3: Robinsons & Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
Week 4: Central Newfoundland (Twillingate, Terra Nova National Park, etc.)
Week 5: Avalon Peninsula & St. John’s, Newfoundland
Week 6: Northern Peninsula & more Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
Week 7: Southern Nova Scotia (Louisbourg, Halifax, Kejimkujik)
Week 8: Prince Edward Island
Week 9: Northern New Brunswick (Kouchibouguac National Park)

If we could do it all again, we would plan a few more weeks in Newfoundland and a few more days in Northern Nova Scotia and PEI! Otherwise, we wouldn’t change a thing.

Winnebago View parked next to the lighthouse in Newfoundland

Tips for RVing in Atlantic Canada

  • Before crossing the Border, make sure you have all of the necessary paperwork and know all the rules – like no guns, fireworks, felonies etc.
  • Know how tall and wide your RV is in meters and how much it weighs in tons! You don’t want to guess last minute.
  • Finding places to fill your on-board propane can be a bit of a challenge, so do some research before you get too low!
  • Costco only takes Mastercard, Canadian debit cards (NOT U.S.) and cash. So, you’ll likely need some moolah if you want to get your bulk shopping on.
  • Redbox isn’t a thing. Plan accordingly.

The support we received from Parks Canada, as well as local tourism companies was overwhelming. We would like to thank the following companies for helping make this trip so memorable and giving us so many great tips to share: Tourism Prince Edward Island, Marine Atlantic, Go Western Newfoundland, Adventure Central Newfoundland, Molly Bawn Whale & Puffin Tour, ONadventure Wilderness Tours, Happy Adventure Tours, Inn at the Pier, Outside Expeditions, and Gros Morne Theatre Company. As always, all opinions are our own.

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