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RV spots seemed like they were haphazardly placed in a large grassy and gravel field, surrounded by trees. It was the end of June and the pool complex wasn't close to being open. The comfort station was clean but very old and a bit run down. There was no WiFi as advertised. It was mostly happy, friendly, local folks (lots of families) in large motorhomes, 5th wheels, and big trailers on summer holiday. In fact, our view was of a very friendly, portly gentleman in a speedo, sunning himself. "Please, don't get up!" insisted my husband to the tanning man, his body hadn't seen the sun in months.

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We stayed here as a base camp to see Cape St. Mary's Sea Bird Colony. There is an odd (but in a good way) mix of people including refinery type workers and upscale motorhomes. The manager is a friendly character who loves American History (Wyatt Erp is one of his heroes); if Faulty Towers were a campground, we arrived. He patrols and keeps a close eye on security. The best sites are near the beach. Clean showers with a restroom cost $3; otherwise you use pit toilets (argh!). Pit toilets were clean, but it's early in the year. There was a pay phone (no WiFi). You can walk the trail along beach, which goes out for miles. Sea breeze kept the insects at bay. We saw a bald eagle along the beach.

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The campground is large with level, partially serviced sites that are in the forest or in the open. We chose a site that was near the comfort station in the open (staff said there would be fewer bugs.) The bugs were horrible. I was surprised that you could hear the Trans-Canada-Hwy from our site. On Saturday night there were lively groups with lots of campfires which caused smoke to settle into the campground making the air quality seem poor (watery eyes and coughing.) There is a camp store (not yet open) with WiFi. We woke up every morning to moose droppings and footprints around our trailer. On a positive note, the comfort station was clean and newly renovated (the tile work was actually beautiful.) The visitor center is awesome (helpful staff, gift shop, touch tanks, restaurant, and WiFi.) The coastal hiking trail is quite nice. The playgrounds were great as long as you stayed moving, so the bugs didn't get you.

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I have never been greeted by name as I stepped out of my car to register; talk about friendly and organized!!! The campground is split between a meadow and a forest with a lake/beach nearby. The site was level, comfort station extremely clean, park was very well maintained. There is a dump station and water available. I'm not sure why the bugs weren't bad (perhaps too cold.) We saw moose, very large rabbits, and a rare woodpecker during our stay. Staff made great recommendations on local activities from the Viking National Park to the Burnt Cove Ecological Park. Unfortunately, the naturalist/interpreter was eliminated due to budget cuts so we didn't have a guide to the Burnt Cove which was too bad. We used their laundry machines which was handy. A quick tip: switching propane tanks in St. Anthony's was quite expensive. Do it in a bigger town! The ice burgs and whales were amazing, however.

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This was the only black spot on our trip. Our site was occupied when we arrived so we moved to a different site. We were near the comfort station which seemed very dirty (dead bugs, dark material smeared on walls, debris on floor, full waste bins.) Some of the people that frequented the comfort station made me nervous. We didn't see park staff very frequently like in other Provincial Parks. Kids used our site for a BMX ramp which was a bit annoying yet entertaining. The bugs were numerous probably due to the lake. I wished we wouldn't have stayed here.

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The road from Corner Brook is pretty twisty and windy, but in good shape. The loop closest to the comfort station was occupied by larger 5th wheels and travel trailers (lots of generator noise). We, unfortunately, booked online into the second loop which required some very creative leveling and maneuvering. There is water available, a dump station, and a comfort station but no campsite services (which means electric, water and septic in Canada.) The bugs were minimal because of the wind; I guess that's why its called Blow Me Down. The sites are in a heavily forested area with sneak peaks through the canopy at the small mountains. The savier travelers with moderate motorhomes skipped the campground and pulled into the overflow at the beach. Now for the good part, this park defines scenic. The rock beach has breathtaking views of the rugged landscape. We walked to a cave on the beach and found a hidden staircase. 416 steps (counted by a begrudging teenager) and a few board walks later we reached the top of a small mountain with stunning views of coves and the sea. I highly recommend the local lighthouse/water fall trail as well. This looks like an ideal place for kayaking.

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You drive several miles past a horse race track and through an upscale neighborhood, to arrive back at the highway. When we arrived at about 8pm the security gate was locked, and they buzzed us into the park. The staff was very friendly. The sites are pull through, but very narrow. There are little berms dividing the campsites. When you step out of your trailer or car, you step on the uneven ground of the berm. You could smell the septic system as you walked around the campground (it had just rained.) The highway traffic noise was exceptionally loud. Mosquitoes were abundant. The restroom/shower house was entertaining. Two chipmunks were in a battle to the death at the entrance of the bathroom. I had to wait for them to finish before I could enter. The bath house was like being in an insectarium. I saw the largest wolf spider that I've ever seen, jumping spiders, earwigs, and all sorts of flying creatures. It even had a bug zapper. I wonder why they left the door open all the time. The bathhouse was clean, if you looked past the bugs. I felt safe despite being on the outskirts of such a big city, but I wish we would have stopped somewhere else. This wasn't my sort of place.

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This was a great overnight spot along the St. Lawrence Sea Way. The town is charming-ask the camp director to make a reservation for you at one of the local restaurants. The friendly (Bilingual) staff directed us to our level, but small site. We were next to road, but there was a nice view of a Christmas Castle and the Seaway with a bike/walking trail. I recommend having a picnic or BBQ in the City's gazebo. The bathrooms by the pool got too much use (those were the ones we were told to use). Instead, we used restrooms by the full time units, they were much nicer and cleaner. The Americans were grouped by the pool (my husband called it the American Ghetto). Bugs, especially mosquitoes, became horrible when the wind died.

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I read very positive blogs about this place, but I'm not sure why such rave reviews. It looks like a good place to fish, however. The park is set on several terraces (request the lowest one to the river.) The sites are large and level. It's bordered on one side by a lovely city park with a boat ramp (under construction), the city waste water treatment plant, a busy noisy road, and not too far down the busy road is some sort of plant with smoke stacks. Road noise was loud and lasted until my bed time. Locals park near the top tier and walk very close to the RV's on the way to the city park. The bathrooms and showers were clean. Wi-Fi didn't work.

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I really liked the comradeliness created by the gregarious owner between the guests of the RV park and B & B. At the end of the day, many of us gathered on the front porch and shared travel stories. The RV park consists of 8 gravel/grass (not dusty) sites with full services, a picnic table and grill only a stone's throw from a rocky beach that extends to a causeway. The bathroom/showers were very clean and private. The owner provided a friendly concierge service (no charge) making reservations for us for the Gros Morne boat tour and Cow Head Dinner Theater (the Ethie is a great play, by the way). He also suggested a few amazing hikes; one was to the lighthouse at the end of the causeway (it was one of my favorites of our trip). In addition, he was a former truck driver and offers to back your rig for you or help you. The best part of this park was that the openness not only created great views, but more importantly, the sea breeze blew the bugs away. I liked this spot!

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I loved this Provincial Park. There's an amazing dune filled beach with piping plovers, a large scrambling creek, and a lake. It was a birders paradise. Our site was level with gravel and grass. There was electric, but no water hookups. This was the land of upscale small travel trailers. The park was extremely well managed (sites were tidy). I've never seen a head ranger making sure that restrooms were clean. They weren't just clean, but spotless. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Unfortunately, the the nature interpreter was eliminated this year due to budget cuts so we missed learning more about the ecology of the area.

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We found Route 10 to Alma to be bumpy and tough on the travel trailer at times. The campground is in a heavily forested area; our spot was level and large. The comfort station was clean and modern. There was a neat gathering house for Wi-Fi, to do dishes, and meet other travelers. Apparently, it comes in handy during bad weather and avoiding swarming insects. Insects were numerous until a wind picked up. There is a gift shop a few km away, but no interpretive center or naturalists to tell us about the Bay of Fundy or local ecology. It was amazing to walk to the low tide level.

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We stayed at this park the night before and after we caught the New Foundland Ferry; the campground is approximately 1 hour from the ferry. It's a nice spot on a hill that leads to a forest then to a lake. It had very clean restrooms and awesome showers. I have a feeling this spot is full of kids during the high season (pool, soccer field, lake with small swimming beach.) Wi-Fi reception was quite good. The nice young couple that managed the park were constantly working, cleaning, and fixing which was reflected in the tidiness of the place. We enjoyed the pool on our return visit. (Pools don't open in Canada until the end of June-beginning of July.) The downside was a bit of road noise from Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) and many insects.

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This park is rectangular with full time summer residents in the center of the campground and the rest of us on the perimeter. The grounds are surrounded by farm fields which is pleasant and quiet. Unfortunately a thunder storm preceded us so the perimeter sites were muddy, we couldn't walk to the lake due to downed branches, the wifi was not functioning, and the insects were abundant. The worst part was the cold showers on a frosty morning; the French word for cold is froid which is pronounced "fwaaaaaaaah!!!!!" We enjoyed the company of fellow travelers mostly from Ontario. Bring bug spray!

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This seems like it was once a great campground, but needs some TLC. The person working in the store was very friendly; the area seemed very safe. We used it as an overnight stopover. There were many summer residents in neat large RV's and mobile homes with tidy landscaping scattered throughout the park. Some lights in the bathroom needed fixing and spiders needed exterminating. The trash bins at our site needed cleaning and were raided during the night. Biting insects were numerous in our heavily shaded site.