Last issue we heard from an Outside Interests reader in Canada reminding Airstreamers that “there are some amazing sights north of the 49th and not just in the Rockies!” So true—and so we asked others to weigh in with reviews, tips and photos of favorite Canadian National (and Provincial) Parks.
Subscriber Lawrence N. lives in the “Great Frozen North” on Wellington, an island in Lake Ontario across from Rochester, New York. He tows his 2001 34-foot Classic to Florida for the winter, but has some great suggestions for camping in eastern Canada as well. For example: remote Forillon National Park, just outside Gaspé in eastern Quebec.
A forested area on the cliffs by the sea, Forillon National Park offers several “semi serviced” campgrounds, and activities include snorkeling, whale watching, cycling, or simply quietly strolling on the pebble beach.
“The language there is primarily French,” said Lawrence. “English is not heard very much, but the people are very accommodating. Wonderful people live there!”
While there, be sure to drive out to experience Percé (“pierced”) Rock, one of the world’s largest natural arches in water. An enormous ship-like formation in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence on the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula off Percé Bay, Percé Rock is an iconic attraction in in Quebec. Walk to the top of the hill to view it from above, or wait until low tide to venture out on the shore.
Additionally, “one of the nicest Federal Parks in Canada is Gros Morne National Park on the west side of Newfoundland,” said Lawrence. “Rugged and gorgeous, with some of the greatest people in the world” (and moose larger than a car). He took this picture from the highway along the park. Beautiful Gros Morne “is a great place to take an Airstream!” he said.
Lawrence included a photo of a nearby roadside garden. “Newfoundland is basically a large rock that has accumulated very little soil over millions of years,” he explained. “When a road is formed, any soil that might be on top of the rock is scraped off to make the road and pushed to the side. Some people use this little bit of soil along a road to plant a vegetable garden. These can be found miles (kilometres) from any household. The honour system is very respected in Newfoundland,” he said. “No one touches someone else’s gardens.”