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Blomidon Provincial Park – Canning

19 Jul

On our last trip to the Annapolis Valley, we stumbled upon Blomidon Provincial Park while checking out the panoramic vista of the Bay of Fundy from Blomidon Ridge.

At the time, it was the first weekend of June, and the campground was packed.  We had to plead a little with the front gate just to get a peek inside.  When planning our recent trip, we made sure to book Blomidon early on.  This park seems to be consistently popular, and we can see why.

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Land of Evangeline Campsite – Wolfville

14 Jun

The Land of Evangeline Campsite is at the northern end of the Grand Pré Road, past the Grand Pre National Historic Site.  It’s a pretty typical campground with both serviced and non-serviced sites, bathroom and shower facilities, an on-site store and a mini-putt.

The lots are pretty open, but in exchange…

…you get a really amazing view!

The sites are open with nothing really dividing them.  It’s pretty clear that these grounds are more for campers than tents.  Not the sort of campground that appeals to us but the redeeming qualities included the view of the sunset over the Bay of Fundy and the campgrounds’ proximity to the Grand Pré Historic Site, Domaine de Grand Pré winery and the Just Us Coffeehouse and Museum.

Site: $29-$40

Bundle of wood: $4

Shower: 4 quarters minimum*

*We were told during check in that ‘4 quarters gets you about 10 minutes’. Being eco-minded, we typically opt for a 3-5 minute shower. With this in mind, the female half of this blog made the trek to the shower area with only 2 quarters. Hoping that others can avoid our mistake.

Murphy’s Campground

18 Sep

A few weeks ago, we set off on an impromptu trip to Cape Breton, our hearts set on camping the cabot trail. However, after a long workweek and a few unsuccessful inquiries to campsites, we settled on a shorter (but no less beautiful) trip to the Eastern shore.

 

The Eastern shore is the least visited part of our fair province, although the drive alone makes it hard to understand why. The journey was filled with breathtaking sights of the shoreline, secluded picnic spots and pristine beaches. Over the next few posts, we’ll share some of the highlights of our Eastern Shore Adventure.

 

First up, Murphy’s Campground:

Located about 45 minutes outside of downtown Halifax, Murphy’s Campground is conveniently located for urbanites looking for a short trip out of the city. We didn’t book Murphy’s in advance and ended up on a very small plot, just big enough to squeeze the car and our tent onto. Our site was not unique in this, as most sites are small and close together.  This can be a plus if you’re the sociable type, but for others it makes it difficult to feel like you’ve gotten away from it all.  In fact, Murphy’s is one of the more social campgrounds we’ve seen, offering nightly community bonfires with music and free mussels, and the Sailor’s Rest, a lounge in a cabin with complimentary coffee.

 

Prices are okay but not great, at $25/night and $5/bundle of wood.  If you’re feeling thrifty, there are plenty of houses offering $2-3 bundles all along the road in each direction leading to the grounds.  The people are friendly, and don’t give you the same hassle with registration that another campground in the region does.  If you are booking in advance with a few friends, try to get the two plots at the end of the road as they’re a little more secluded from the rest.

Cornwall KOA Kamping

26 Jun

After much persuasion, the survivor man want-to-be half of our relationship convinced me that camping in June was a good idea. Camping, in his books, involves whatever you can fit into a large camping backpack. In this case, that was a two person nylon tent (without a tarp), one cocoon sleeping bag, pillows and two blankets. Making matters worse, I packed the blankets without asking about the other contents, so ‘blankets’ ended up being two thin twin sized fleece blankets.

My definition of camping has always included the following: a hard top pop-up trailer with a water and electric connection, close proximity to a heated pool, three beds with mattresses, as many blankets as will fit, an outside covered area to act as an eating area, a camp stove, toaster and a large assortment of breads, muffins, spreads, bacon and eggs.

However, hotel rates for June were unseasonably high ($210 for a double…) making camping his way seem like a great idea. We arrived at KOA Camping around 3:30. The grounds were well kept, there was a large main cabin with a few supplies and some ping pong tables and we soon found out that there were several sites available right on the water. When we asked about the water sites, the staff member told us that water sites were more expensive – $32 compared to $26. Sold.  The site itself was on a mini ledge overlooking the water. It was very large and secluded, with a fire pit and a big red picnic table, and plenty of room to park.

 

After settling in and putting our feet up to read in the camp chair, we noticed we had a visitor…

 

Not to worry though, apparently the only thing in danger from these crafty visitors are unattended shoes and of course unattended food.

Just down to the street, we found a local butcher selling organic, locally grown, gluten free sausage. Picked up a 6 – pack of hot Italian, a case of corona from the LC and settled into the fire for the evening. The sausage were better than any that we had ever had before, making it especially heartbreaking losing three to the fire from defective cooking sticks.

The actual camping part was far less pleasant, ending with me sleeping in the back seat of the car and him using the cocoon sleeping bag as it was meant to be used.  While the camp ground was beautiful, the canine visitors adorable and the food delicious, the next camping trip may need to have a few more compromises.