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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Stanhope Campground (Parks Canada), Prince Edward Island National Park, Prince Edward Island

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Second year in row at this campground. Numerous improvements were made (part of the Canada 150 celebrations). Welcome center and entrance to campground has been completely redesigned and rebuilt. Entry in the campground is much easier (wider), separate lane for check-in. Welcome center/office now has a lounge, wifi works best here (spotty in the campground itself). Continuous improvements to individual sites continue to be made, they're upgrading hookups on hookup sites, cleaning the woods all over the campground, etc. Check-in was fast (we did have reservations). Staff is very knowledgeable of everything PEI Nat'l Park has to offer, not just the section where the campground is located. They are very polite and helpful. Security is visible yet not overly obvious. There was an issue with another camper not respecting the dog-on-a-leash rule where is dog kept wandering everywhere, and once reported staff acted immediately. Was handled in a very professional manner. Owner of the dog took action and issue was resolved for the remainder of his stay, but staff did increase the number of their security rounds after they spoke with him. There are many activities organised by PEI Nat'l Park (kids activities, yoga on the beach, sand castle building, etc.). Make sure to get brochure at check-in. Laundromat is clean. Not overly busy. Garbage, recycling and compost bag are complimentary. They give you a few at check-in, but you can ask for more anytime. There didn't seem to be a great limit. We will definitely return here. We camped at Stanhope Campground (Parks Canada) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
44
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The access pass to get in the PEI Nat'l Park (which is required since campground is located in the Nat'l Park), is also valid for the Cavendish and Greenwich areas of the Nat'l Park.

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA, Cornwall, Prince Edward Island

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $48.00
Overall Rating:

As we made faster time than expected travelling to PEI, we stopped at the PEI Visitor Center to inquire about campsites for the night, as our reservations at PEI Nat'l Park only stated the next day. They suggested KOS Cornwall. Lady at Visitor center initiated the call, said she was calling from the Visitor center to see if they had availability. Phone was the handed to me. I say "hello", KOA goes "we have a site for you". I go "o...k..., but you don't know what kind of RV I have". He goes "we have many sites". I then tell him I have a 23-feet travel trailer with a slide-out, I don't really need sewer, but I need electric 30-amp, water and I would like not to have to disconnect rv from truck. He says it's fine, to give him my credit card number for payment. At this point, I'm a little concerned about their customer service. We get there, walk-in the office, looks like Boxing Day at Walmart. Tons of people, no indications where to sign in. Finally manage to "talk" to a staff member. Guy never looks up, says "name", proceeds to draw map to where our site is, hands me over the receipt, gets up and leaves. Driving to our site, it becomes clear we're in the tents area. We get to our site, no sewer (ok with me), 15-amp electrical, 1 water tap for 2 sites. It's technically a pull-through, since you can park a car and a tent at each end of the site. Somehow manage to "pull through" after avoiding cemented fire pit, car from other site. Front of my truck was sticking out about 8 feet in the road, so I have to disconnect. Neighbor "kindly" tells me he was there first so he gets the water tap. Drive back to office, after 20 minutes manage to explain the situation to staff. She just looks at me and says: "at least you have a site. If you're not happy, leave". By then, it's 10:30pm and my 5 children are sleeping in the car. Decided to stay. Next morning had to ask front neighbor to move his vehicle so I could pull out. I realize we were there during peak season, and we had no prior reservations. Therefore, I can live with the limitations this creates. However, they did say it would be fine, but it turns out it wasn't. They completely ignored what I asked (probably didn't even listen). They run a campground, you'd think they know the difference between 15-amp and 30-amp and why it's important. KOA is capable of both the best, and the worst... my last 2 experiences at a KOA were the latter. We would not stay here again. We camped at Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
427
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Long Sault Parkway - McLaren Campground, Ingleside, Ontario

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $39.00
Overall Rating:

Check-in was fast. Campground is nice, playground well maintained, a few seasonals but sites and trailers are well maintained. Location is awesome. Sites are HUGE. Organised activities on weekends for children. We came here every year to kickoff our camping season. Wi-i works well by the main office. So-so elsewhere. We camped at Long Sault Parkway - McLaren Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
52
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Upper Canada Village is roughly 10 minutes from here. Nice bike path right at the exit of the campground. It rained like crazy for the 10 days we were there so the roads were awful. Potholes all over.

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Stanhope Campground (Parks Canada), Prince Edward Island National Park, Prince Edward Island

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Typical Parks Canada campground. Well maintained. Efficient staff. Security present until 2am. Location is awesome, beach is just across the road.

Some water connections are not on a post but inside a concrete box covered by a piece of wood. Had to ask staff to since I couldn't locate mine. Some sewer connections are towards the front of your site, so depending on the configuration of trailer, one may need a sewer extension.

This parks states it's for RVs under 27'. Believe it! Turns are very tight, roads are VERY narrow, trees are close to it.

Other than that, it's a great park. Nice playground for children. Daily activities/animation. For children, park is an Explorers Program destination. We camped at Stanhope Campground (Parks Canada) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
58
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

-Brackley Beach (5 minutes west) has the nicest beach (no rocks).

-Richard's Fresh Seafood at Covehead Wharf is AMAZING! Lines are long at meal time (you'll understand why!).

-Charlottetown is 20 minutes away and has all amenities.

-Go to North Cape Lighthouse and East Point Light House to get the Tip-to-Tip certificate.

-Stop by PEI's Visitor Information as there is much to see and do onsuch a small island

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Murray Beach Provincial Park, Murray Beach, New Brunswick

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

Check-in was fast. Staff friendly and bilingual. They are unaware of the specific location of water spigot and garbage/recycling bins within the parks. Sites are not clearly delimited, some are very large, others are angled. Still not sure if we parked entirely on our site.
Nice playground for children. Ocean view is awesome. Well maintained and clean. Wifi works well. We camped at Murray Beach Provincial Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
110
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take a stroll towards the east of the campground and enjoy a scenic view of the Confederation Bridge to PEI.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Camping Municipal de la Pointe de Riviere-du-Loup, Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Check-in was fast. Staff is friendly and more than willing to help. There is a playground and a splash park, however neither are suitable for 2-5 year old children. There is also a park with shuffleboard, volleyball court, but the area around those is used as overflow for other campers, making it very crowded and having to walk by dozens of RVs to get to it.
Water pressure is excellent, make sure you have a water pressure regulator. We camped at Camping Municipal de la Pointe de Riviere-du-Loup in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
71
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Water connection is literally over the sewer connection, and at a weird angle making it difficult to hook up to it . Better have a steady hand and not drop your water pressure regulator or the end of your fresh water hose in the sewer connection... As I've seen happen to at least 3 campers.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Quebec City KOA, Saint Nicolas, Quebec

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

Driving to site was awkward as the road is narrow, then splits to allow access to loops on left and right of a creek that runs the length of campground. Each road is the only way in and out of the loops, so it's awkward when driving with your trailer to your site and another guest is leaving at the same time. Speedbumps are way too big and are difficult to navigate. Sites are average KOA sites.

The service is where the problem is. First off, there was major road reconstruction during our stay, one lane was closed and there was an automated green/red light with a 3-minute wait each way. When it's finally your turn to go, the road is just plain awful. I realize it's not KOA's fault but, they could post a notice on their website, or with their reservation email, anything to warn campers to come in from the other direction. We had a car accident when visiting Quebec City, I needed a 8-inch long piece of duct tape to hold my door shut and keep the rain out. When I asked for it at the front desk, I was told they don't give anything out, and I could buy some decorative tape from their store (10$). On Monday morning, we're having breakfast on the picnic table, and this staff is mowing the grass on our site around the picnic table... while we're eating. When I told him to please come back later, he said he's on a schedule. There are only 2 garbage bins on site, both were overflowing badly by Sunday evening, and even worse when we checked out on Tuesday. There is a creek that runs the length of the campground. It's not fenced or secured in any way, and there is about 12 inches of stagnant putrid water in it. The smell is awful, the bugs are having a blast, and it's extremely dangerous for children. There a 2 playgrounds and a pool on site. Rules are absolutely not enforced by staff. Got in an argument with another parent, in front of staff, regarding their kid's behavior and almost injuring my kids. Staff did nothing and just walked away. We will not return. We camped at Quebec City KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
M1
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Quebec City is magnificent. Be sure to visit it's historic fortifications. Parking can be difficult and expensive, consider parking in Levis and taking the ferry to Quebec City.

Be sure to visit Ile d'Orleans, just a few kilometers outside Quebec City. Numerous food/wine discoveries and beautiful scenic route.

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Long Sault Parkway - McLaren Campground, Ingleside, Ontario

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $49.00
Overall Rating:

Check-in was fast. Young lady at check-in didn't provide directions to our site, as we booked online... They assumed that since we booked on-line, we know where the site is and hoe to get to it. Finally got to our back-in site, and site is the wrong way. Fire ring, picnic table (not there) were on the driver's side of the lot when backing in, which meant we would've had to go around the trailer to get to the fire ring and picnic table. Went back to the main office, and they clearly had no idea what I was talking about. I asked if I could then "pull-in" and drive on the grass, and was told, "it's ok, if no one sees you..." Went back to the site, pulled in, hooked up water and electric, only to remember we had no picnic table on our site. Back to main office, asked to get a picnic table, was told within 15 minutes. 3 hours later, still no picnic table. Went back to the office, told them, again... Within 10 minutes someone arrived with our table. I guess they dug it up from under the main office since it was EXTREMELY dirty... mud, spiders, spider webs, all kinds of critters and critters nest, and to top it all, was asked by the young lady delivering it, if I could get it out of the truck, since it's too heavy for her...

The campground itself is good, nice playground, a few seasonals but sites and trailers are well maintained. Location is awesome. Sites are HUGE, and I mean HUGE.

Campground is run by the Province, and staff could use a bit of client service course. They're not rude, they're obviously not RVer's, and therefore have no clue how to deliver good service. We camped at Long Sault Parkway - McLaren Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
51
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

When checking in, you get 2 complimentary admissions to either Upper Canada Village (just a few kilometers away) or to Fort Henry in Kingston. Town of Cornwall is very close by and has all amenities/services.

When there, visit the Lost Villages Museum for a history of the building of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Dump station in campground can get crowded at check-out. Turn right when exiting campground, there is another free dump station a few hundred meters out.

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Icefields Centre RV (Parks Canada), Jasper National Park, Alberta

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

You stay there mainly for the view, and for the experience. Campground is actually the RV parking of the visitors center, which becomes a Parks Canada no-service campground for the night.

No service. But the view is incredible. Where else will you see 5 glaciers and 9000-feet mountains when looking out your window?

Heed all security warning, there ARE some black bears in the area... We camped at Icefields Centre RV (Parks Canada) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

There is a hotel in the Visitors Center which is open 24-hours, in case of emergency. Staff there are very helpful.

While there, DON'T miss the Glacier Skywalk and the Glacier tour.

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Penn Lake Park Campground, Marathon, Ontario

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

The campground itself is located in beautiful surroundings. The road to enter the campground is so bumpy, I thought the trailer would flip on its side...
Called the city ahead to make reservation, was told that my site would have my name and permit on sitepost. To this day, I still don't know if we camped in the right site... Most of the sites are not numbered, never found any permit or other paper with my info on it. I suspect other campers used most of the permits/reservations papers to start their fire!

Hookups are good. Free firewood. No Wifi.

Because of the confusion and poor road conditions to get to park, I'm dropping rating to 4 stars.

Next morning, a city pickup was doing it's "security" rounds in the park, but was going so fast I had to tell my kids to stay on the site and not venture anywhere else. The guy almost ran over another couple walking their dog. Guy eventually stopped and I went to tell him to slow down as this is campground (he should know), and he told me "whatever" and just drove away! For this, I'm dropping rating to 3 stars (and made formal complaint to city). We camped at Penn Lake Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

There is a lovely playground right across the lake.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Gordon Howe Campground, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

Campsite is older. Fences are rusted. Hedges need trimming. Buildings need a new coat of paint.
Sites are level. Hookups are a bit old and could need tightening or replacement. Office staff are there as a summer job, it shows... Lack of enthusiasm, lack of friendliness... Here's your site, here are the rules...
Park is a little out out the way, and some roads to get there could be more rv friendly (bumpy, narrow intersections).
Although they stated they had wifi, I never could pick up any network on 5 differents devices... Of course office staff couldn't help, since it had to do with "tech stuff we don't know how it works".

Would try hard to find another campground if ever in the area again. Otherwise, keep your expectations low, and you'll be happy. We camped at Gordon Howe Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Sanidump at entry/exit can become very busy in the morning. It then blocks the exit...

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Canyon Farms RV Park, Kelowna, British Columbia

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $47.00
Overall Rating:

Believe the other reviews and the ratings. This campground easily makes our top five list. This is a small campground (only 8 sites) but there is some room for overflow.
There is a small farm here also (flowers and veggies). Kids can go with owner and pickup freshly laid eggs in the morning. Then you can buy some.
Place is extremely clean, there are lots of sports equipment you can borrow to play with on-site.
Close to Kelowna and the Wine Route.
Kids loved to feed the chickens with the leftovers. This campground has a family feel to it.
Reserve well ahead of time. We camped at Canyon Farms RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Kelowna has a lot of attractions. Huge municipal playground near the bridge.
Visit the kangooroo farm about 30 minutes from campground.
You can go to pretty much any produce farmer in the area and buy freshly picked produce directly from the farmer.

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina, Victoria, British Columbia

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground. The sites are well maintained. Hookups were the nicest we've had on our 69-day trip in Western Canada.
Sites are level, clean, wide and long. There is a fire pit and a picnic table.
It's quite a drive from Victoria and the other attractions, but it's worth it.
There is no playground for the kids, but there is a school with a nice playground open to the public about 5 kilometres away.
They say they have wifi, but it was rarely working. Furthermore, there is NO cell coverage in that area.
Older staff are somewhat rude to campers as they seem to tend more to boaters. However, younger staff more than make up for their rudeness. Laundromat could use a good cleanup.
We would recommend and we would stay there again. We camped at Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

There is a Farmers Market in Metchosin every Saturday. It's really fun and the farmers are friendly and sell awesome stuff.

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground, Nanaimo, British Columbia

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

As the name says, the park is located is a lush forest. Very nice level sites. All hookups are in great shape. Inner roads are paved. Back-in sites are long and spacious. Front of the park is for permanents and some sites are left in need of clean-up and maintenance.
Wifi works well, with some downtime during peak periods.
Lots of nice trails nearby.
The oceanview sites are a bit misleading as the "ocean" is actually a marsh and a bay, and the view is when the wind blows hard enough to move the branches so you can see the bay. Other than that, great campground.
Staff in front office are extremely friendly and helpful. They recommended an awesome restaurant, among other things.
Note that the main gate closes at 11:30pm, but they will give you the code if you tell them ahead of time. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Nanaimo is a good base to go visit Tofino and MacMillan Provincial Park (giant trees). Quite a drive, but both places are a must. You'll never forget!

Firehouse Grill in Nanaimo is an awesome restaurant with great service and an amazing menu.

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Capilano River RV Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $63.00
Overall Rating:

Ever played Tetris? With your RV slideouts? This is likely what you'll have to do here. The sites are so close to one another that I didn't see anyone able to fully extend their slideout in the 6 days we were there. There was about 4 inches between my slideout and the neighbor's and neither of them were fully extended. Good thing I had a friendly neighbor.
Granted you're camping in the city, but an extra feet wide would be welcomed.
There is a propane fill up service available on site, but not on Sundays! There is no mention anywhere that this service is unavailable on Sundays. We got stuck having to refill our propane tanks at a Husky about 15 minutes away.
On the plus side, you're close to everything, grocery, restaurant, shopping mall within walking distance. Lions Gate Bridge is literally over the campground, so you can cross it and be in Stanley Park. We would recommend if what is important is being close to Vancouver. Would likely stay there again. We camped at Capilano River RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

GPS directions can be misleading. The campground is literally under the Lions Gate Bridge, GPS will likely lead you on the on-ramp to the bridge. Management is aware of this, but no mention of it on their website. I suggest looking at an online map before and/or manually selecting a route ahead of time. Crossing the Lions Gate Bridge in rush hour and then having to find enough room among all the one-way streets to make a u-turn can be a bit stressful.

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