Day 5 – to Kegashka we go!

Our day started early and as we packed up the black flies and mosquitos literally ate us alive! Could not get out of there fast enough.

We stopped off at a look-off point called Baie-Johan-Beetz and literally found thousands of blueberries and had a nice early morning feast ๐Ÿ˜Š Wind blown but what a stunning day!

A long drive about 450kms through valleys that looked very similar to the Labrador tundra. At least three old style snowmobiles that seemed to abandoned along the way on the trails for some reason.

Finally we arrived at Kegashka, literally the end of the road, one restaurant in this town – surprise it was not open on Monday or Tuesday fortunately we had our own lunch so stopped near the sign to eat and change the mud flaps on our truck as the gravel was once again flying up onto our trailer, fine talcum dust was filtering into the trailer!

Kegashka is a very quaint fishing village with a population of only 120.

In winter there is a trail called the white trail which is a snowmobile takes you all the way to Blanc Sablon. ๐Ÿ˜Š

There are many snowmobile bridges here the most famous is the one across the Manicouagan River, in the Baie-Comeau area. At 213 metres long (700 feet), it is the highest snowmobile bridge in the world! The trails here are exceptional and so are the rivers

There are also endless beautiful rivers for those keen on fishing, this is prime country!

Just a little more info to keep you on your toes. ๐Ÿคฃ

The awesome foursome at the end of the road!

Heading back we started looking for a camp site for the night, the wind was howling and beach sand was flying.

We went down many side windy dusty roads and came across this Inukshuk cut out of granite, which must have been at least 10 feet tall, pretty cool but no campsite to be found.๐Ÿ˜ŠStopped at an Natashquan (means where one hunts for bear) another small village population of about 265. We went into the “liquor” store to fuel up ๐Ÿ˜‚ although these stores carry literally everything. I ran to snap this sign which was pretty cool, getting sand blasted in the process from the flying beach sand.

Pretty neat to think we were in Blanc Sablon last year!

Late afternoon and finally a campsite!Camping de la Plage at Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan.

Lovely spot right on the beach, stunning night and even better chats around the fire! Nothing better than going to sleep listening to the waves crashing on shore!

Roof top tenting at its best!

Wild Coast Tents has a new roof top tent model called the Sundog-X!

This tent has so many added features to make your life over landing super comfy.
Thicker mattress, beefier hinges, includes a solid fly for shoulder seasons and for winter. Includes a set of LED strip lights you can put anywhere you choose.
Additional gear bag for the annex and floor to be stored in.
Additional tie down points for windy nights.
Thicker internal pole structure which means it is better for snow and wind. The poles are covered to ensure no condensation. The mattress is protected from any moisture wicking.

This tent is superb for off road enthusiasts, use this tent any time of the year!

Herewith the specs
Sleeps 2
Size: 56″W x123″L x 48″Ht. (Open)
Sleeping Footprint:56″ x 96″ (WxL)
Size: 56″W x 48″L x 12″ Ht. (Closed)
Weight: 130lbs
Trim- Yellow/Gold

Two zippered sky view windows with fabric & mesh screens in the tent body top.
Two Sky view windows in the fly. (additional solid fly INCLUDED for colder weather)

Body: Beige High Quality 300g Poly-cotton Canvas, W/R, W/P
Fly: Charcoal 420D Polyester Oxford PU 2500mm, W/P, W/R
Cover: Heavy Duty 680g PVC, UV Treated
Base:Light Weight diamond base with plastic insulation
Mattress: 75mm Mattress

Mattress cover – sides and bottom covered in vinyl to prevent moisture wicking , the top in poly cotton for comfort. Cover removable.
Pole: Aluminum Pole dia 25mm Poles covered in Fabric
Alu alloy connectors
Ladder: Aluminum Telescopic Ladder
Large Gear bag OEM with gold trim
Rod in the entry door to prevent wind flapping

LED Strip light included

Annex : Beige 420D Polyester Oxford PU 2500mm, W/P, W/R ( Seam-taped Seams)
Adjustable height 190-210cm
Bar on the annex door

Vinyl Floor with YKK Zipper
Additional tied down points at each side of door

Bungee cords with clips that wont pop off – this aids to pull in the side walls when collapsing the tent.
Screens: no-see-um mesh

Internal storage pockets to keep all your essentials handy and additional pocket at the head side for cell phones or other gear

Thicker Mattress

Solid Fly included
Travel Cover: Heavy Duty 680g 1200 Density, PVC sealed with YKK Zip, UV resistant strong.
Travel Cover Straps now stronger & thicker, no velcro attachment used, instead a stainless steel clasp, straps will not come loose.

Ladder on the inside of Annex room
Gear bag: Bag can be inserted behind or on the sides of the ladder even on the side of the base if not using the annex room Window on veranda
Cable Inlets:Two velcro-sealed cable inlets (very useful for devices powered from within your car)

Universal mounting system, fits on just about any roof rack (this is a sturdy product, please check static and dynamic load capacity of your roof rack specifications) Avoids damage by not getting in contact with the car roof and can easily be removed from roof bars.
Entrance can be mounted either to the side or the back of the vehicle

Annex Floor:64″x83″ (About37 SQFT)
Annex attachment to base: Attaches to the bottom of the tent for additional space for any use.
Removable PVC Floor which attaches to annex room base with high quality YKK Zipper and additional tie downs for high winds
Adjustable Straps for tie downs
Two entry doors as well as two windows, netting on the windows

Weight Bar and velcro strip on the bottom of the annex door to prevent wind blowing in
Additional pegs on either side of the door to prevent the annex from lifting when unzipping from the bottom.
An additional OEM window on the veranda of the tent, with zippered privacy screen window can be opened for additional ventilation

Stainless steel 304 for all mounting parts

Contact us for Sundog X pre-booking. these roof top tents will be here at the beginning of March and are going fast.

Buy a Wild Coast Roof Top Tents in Canada

G-Stove

We are in love with the g-stove! For those of you that have one… bet you LOVE it and for those considering a stove, get the g-stove, it is a purchase you will not regret.

It is so versatile, use it just under a tarp for camp cooking or in a shed, cottage or yes a tent!

This powerful little stove has many options too … you can buy the heat or the heat and view which has a little glass window, there is the XL heat and an XL heat and view too.

In the photos below you can see the pipe sections they come with, these sections all pack into the Gstove.

Add on a pipe oven which by the way is simply fantastic and cooking in the pipe oven is great.

The pipe oven comes in two models, one that just has a solid door and the premium version that has a glass viewing piece and a thermometer so all depending how fancy you want to be ๐Ÿ™‚

More info on the Gstove or to purchase.

We have been trying out different recipes in the oven and so far we have had so much success. We have made lasagna which is to die for, apple pie… YES nothing better than having luxury food while camping YAY…ย  We have done quiche and pizza rolls. So much still to try and we keep you all updated as we go along.

Check out this video below too!

Honestly we have used our Gstove now for a couple of years and it still works as beautifully as ever not to mention the quality of this stove is second to none!

A few accesorries for the stove in pics here. Go to http://www.wildcoasttents.com for more info and to purchase if you are in Canada or USA

The ease of the awning!

Heading out to the beach for the day or weekend the awning is easy to use and so convenient for those scorching days when you just want a little shade. Can be used on its own as in the photos below, or in conjunction with a roof top tent for additional space. Perfect for picnics or family outings. The awning literally sets up in about 2 mins

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Kupilka cups, Karesuando Axe, Helle Knife and Emberlit stove!

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Awning

To add to the awning you can get fabric wall or netting walls which can serve as an outdoor space away from bugs or as an additional sleeping area,kitchen area, change room, playroom or whatever you chose

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Bug Screen netting walls

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Roof Top Tent and fabric walls with roll down windows and door for complete privacy.

Exploring Nova Scotia

We tend to forget every now and then just how beautiful our little province is! It is not hard to find beauty a stones throw away, no need to travel for miles, or get on a plane or ship… there are so many unexplored places close to home it is just a matter of getting out there and finding them!

We spent a fabulous time out on the bay of Fundy, the weather was perfect, tons of birds and seals and not a soul other than ourselves. Beautiful weather and stunning sunsets to boot it couldn’t have been more perfect. We used our roof top tent on our trailer took our kayak’s and just did not but enjoy the gorgeous scenery.. come on a photo journey with us for a few minutes ๐Ÿ™‚
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Are you ready for Roof Top Tent season!

For those of you that brave the cold and snow in your roof top tents, you are all fabulous in my book ๐Ÿ™‚ I prefer the winter camping in a tipi with a wood stove, we have yet to figure out a wood stove heating solution for roof top tents ๐Ÿ™‚

Our new shipment is here do drop on by to see the new outpost and sandpiper.

Our outpost and Sandpiper models have a few changes, like fabulous sky lights, shoe pockets and more.

Theย Papillion and Hideout are new models based on the same size as the outpost and sandpiper. However the fabric on the tent is poly oxford and not poly cotton. Much lighter fabric.

The rain fly has a different shape as do the windows which can roll right back to allow more air flow into the tent. The annex rooms are different too as the have the ladder on the outside of the annex room as opposed to the Outpost and Sandpiper which have the extension and therefore the ladder inside the Annex room.
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Varanger Dome Tents from Helsport!

Varanger Dome is suitable for larger groups or as a base camp tent.
Because of the dome shape, the walls get very steep and that creates large space and height inside.

The tent has three large entrance doors in the front where two of the have a window that gives you the feeling of inviting the nature into the tent and gives you a feeling of protection against wind and weather.

Mosquito net in the inner tent and In the front door ensures together with adjustable vents and top hat a good indoor air quality.

It is possible to light fire with an oven or burner because of the flame retardant treated material of the fabric.

Extra equipment: Inner tent Ground sheet

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Inside View of Top Hat

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Nitinat Lake, Vancouver Island.

Nitinat Lake, Vancouver Island.

“Nitinat Lake – is connected to the wild Pacific Ocean by a channel and this connection gives the lake “ocean-like” characteristics. For example, the lake is about 40% salt water; it is tidal – rising and falling about 5 feet during our visit (See the tideline in the second photo); it also has an abundance of Dungeness crabs, salmon, seals, sea otters, eagles, etc.

Also the Carmanah Walbran Valley (Home to ancient old growth Stika Spruce and Cedar trees some estimated to be over 1,000 years old) is about 20 minutes away and has great trails for hiking (3rd picture). The 4th picture is looking up between three ancient Sitka Spruce trees called the Three Sisters.

Loving the Tent. Regards, George”

Thank you George and Dawn for the fabulous photos of our beautiful Canada!

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Time out at Thomas Raddall Provincial Park Nova Scotia

At last we managed to have a weekend away with some family and do some “civilized camping” with the Varanger Camp and the Finmark.

We set off to Thomas Raddall provincial park in Nova Scotia, We packed up the M101 military trailer that we restored with all our gear, what a pleasure to be able to pack up whatever we liked and have the room for it all! This trailer tracked so well behind us we almost forgot it was there!!

Packed up and ready to roll

Packed up and ready to roll

Since we have not yet had the top made for the trailer we used a roof top tent cover from the outpost which fit beautifully just to keep the dust out of our gear!

We arrived at our site and set up camp, with the tipi tents it is very quick to set up so in no time at all we were all up and running. the Finmark is on the left of the photo below and has the inner and floor attached together as one piece. It has two entrances one on either side which is perfect for very hot nights!ย The Finmark can also be used without the inner/floor combination.

The varanger camp has a “porch” area and this one we set up is the 8-10 nice size and big enough for a family to comfortably camp.The varanger camp has a inner tent and floor that are separate to each other so either can be used or neither ๐Ÿ™‚

We always use the inner tents no matter what the weather.

 

Our home for the weekend!

Our home for the weekend!

Inside the Varanger Camp

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Fire and Tipi Tents

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Really a beautiful campground and lovely sites! ย Once unpack and sorted we took a walk to one of the many beaches, superb and not at all crowded it almost felt like we were in a tropical location except for the ice cold ocean water!

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Yes we were spoiled with our highland beef, nothing tastes better than campfire food! ย And there is nothing more divine than the smell of a camp fire!

Steaks from our grassfed highlandsย Camp made burgers Yum!

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Roasting Marshmallows

And… of course roasting marshmallows!

Exploring the beaches we saw many crabs and jelly fish that had washed up on the beaches. Lots of animal tracks too, pretty amazing how fresh the tracks were each time yet we never spotted a deer on the beach, i swear they were in stealth mode ๐Ÿ™‚

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The evening sunsets were indescribably gorgeous! how can one even put words to such tranquility

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The weekend was lovely we did lots of trails and beach walks, nothing better for the soul than a weekend with family and nature!

Packing up is always a breeze with the tipi tents,and using the M101 to haul our stuff just made light work of packing up!

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Cover on and almost ready to head home

Cover on and almost ready to head home

Next time….will be a weekend away doing our most favorite camping and that is simply back country camping where there is not another soul around, these are my favorite times!

Project M101 has begun…

Well dust has started to fly and drill and sanders are working overtime…

Before photos..

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This is how it arrived to us, a wooden lid and lots of work ahead of us, but so cool never the less!

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  • ย  We removed the wooden lid and wooden compartments inside turned it over and started to strip off parts
  • ย  We then started sanding and stripping of flaky paint and rust, we were surprised at how little rust there was, the base had been undercoated so that was just dirty but rust free.

 

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Still a lot more cleaning up to do of rust and old paint but i think this is going to look pretty spectacular when done… then we have another two, in the pot below, to do… ๐Ÿ™‚ looks like we are suckers for punishment!

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Today we did some painting of the parts below, we also painted the rims on the tires still have to post photos of those.
Tomorrow the fun job of undercoating begins ๐Ÿ™
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Today June 19 – we started to paint a first coat on the axle and the springs

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Put the tires back on and have decided to do the undercoating once all the wiring is redone.

This is shaping up nicely and is super solid!

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Undercoating is done and now it is off to get painted and re-wired!

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Painted and re-wired looking absolutely awesome! Next step is to get the cover on and a roof top tent..

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