Our 2020 overland trip…?

Our Bedslide!

Where to even begin…..

Since we are all experiencing social distancing with covid-19 our plans have to be put on hold until all of this is under control!

We are feeling disappointed but have to follow protocol and make sure everyone stays safe, that is our main priority.

Should August roll around and covid-19 has taken a back seat we will reassess our plans, until then we all wait and watch and hope for this to be over soon.

In the meantime we are prepping our F150 for future trips, we now have a slide installed, which is awesome! Next we have to analyze the space and see what we want to put where!

We will have battery packs, inverter and solar panels set up for the Bundutec and fridge to run off , we will have more details on that coming up.

We are considering putting in a low profile snomaster instead of the regular one, so we can access the inside of the fridge a little easier.

We have a water tank we used in our trailer which i think we may move over to the truck. It holds a good amount of water for our needs. Eco temp will be hooked up for instant hot water. These units are an absolute god send!

Then the stove i think for now we will keep as a separate unit, ie. not attach to the truck on a swivel as previously thought, this way we can literally move it anywhere.

Our bundutec roof top tent stores all our sleeping gear inside when closed so no need to worry about space for bedding and pillows, easy breezy!

The rest of the gear we still have to decide how to stash neatly and efficiently.

That is about it to date, now when we will actually get out to use the gear is another story 🙂

So lets get rid of the virus, stay safe everyone and keep social distancing so we can hit the trails once more!

Newfoundland for 2020

Another upcoming overland trip to Newfoundland!

Our plan for 2020 is a overland trip to Newfoundland , details to come but we are taking two weeks in August to explore as much as we can of the areas we have not yet been to. Plan is to find as many off grid spots to explore as possible! We are not taking a trailer this year, but rigging out our F150’S instead thus enabling us to get to areas we would otherwise not be able to explore with trailers in tow!.

If any of you know of or have explored NFL extensively and can give us some trails of interest please share… We are really wanting to stay of major roads, and see uncommon places 🙂

Stay tuned for changes to the rigs and more detailed info

Thank you to you all for following our adventures and lets make 2020 the best year ever!

Bereg Canada

Lets talk about the Universal Tents

Universal tent with a vestibule attached

These tents are made in Russian with the best fabrics for extreme winter camping. Perfect for our North American extreme winter camper.

These tents can tolerate cold to -50c with a stove and an arctic cap.

Arctic Cap Bereg Tents

You will not get cold in these tents, they are double walled and have two chimney exits for a stove, one in the outer and one in the inner tent.

At this time these tents only come in the reed colour as it has proven to hold up better in climate tests better than the other color fabrics they have tried.

Even better these tents pop up in a matter of seconds, yes, seconds! Literally you put them up as you do an umbrella! this makes this tent ideal for a cold climate, as you do not need to take off winter gloves to put up this tent!

The outer tent of tents UP Oxford 300 with moisture-repellent impregnation PU 4000 mm. Taped seams of the outer tent awning fall will create additional protection from rain.

The inner layer of tents UP Oxford 210 with moisture-repellent impregnation PU 2000. Completely duplicates the outer layer of the tent has mosquito nets on all windows, doors and is equipped with a floor that zips in. It also includes a hard door for your tent.

Solid Door
Bereg UP 2

Elements of the tent frame UP made of aluminum rod 10 mm alloy B95T1 (In USA analogue AA7075, in EU ENAW 7075). B95T1 is the most durable of the known aluminum alloys

The alloy has a long life, has high resistance to wind and is not subject to deformation for many years.

All the tents have a chimney with a diameter of 90 mm (3.543 in.), which allows the use of a tent with a wood stoves

These tents will survive any climate thrown at them in Canada or USA, check them out you may just have met the best extreme winter camping tent yet!

Bereg Tents – UP2

Extreme winter tents – These tents can be put up in a matter of minutes which is ideal especially when it is bitter cold outside. These tents allow the user to camp at temperatures from +30 as a single layer tent or to -50 degrees Celsius, when used with the three layers and a stove.

Perfect 4 season tents

 The outer tent of tents UP Oxford 300 with moisture-repellent impregnation PU 4000 mm. Taped seams of the outer tent awning fall will create additional protection from rain.

The inner layer of tents UP Oxford 210 with moisture-repellent impregnation PU 2000. Completely duplicates the outer layer of the tent has mosquito nets on all windows, doors and is equipped with a bottom with a zipper.

Elements of the tent frame UP made of aluminum rod 10 mm alloy B95T1 (In USA analogue AA7075, in EU ENAW 7075). B95T1 is the most durable of the known aluminum alloys

The alloy has a long life, has high resistance to wind and is not subject to deformation for many years.

All the tents have a chimney with a diameter of 90 mm (3.543 in.), which allows the use of a tent with a wood stoves 

Installation of a wood stove in a tent allows you to use the up in any condition, whether it be hunting, ice fishing or general camping

Removable hinged door for easy access to the tent.

The UP tents come in three zizes

UP mini, UP2 and UP4

Day 10-it feels like home!

We left early and stopped for coffee and goodbyes before going our separate ways home! Last official day on the road,it was a misty cool morning at 5 C.

We picked up our Rotties who were as always delighted to see us as we were them, headed off home and thankfully no puppy puke on the way 😂

Finally arriving back there really is nothing like home, it is always good to get back..However we will miss our many laughs, daily drives and evening fires together!

Now the unpacking begins and catching up on work!

Herewith with the stats and the map of where we went on this trip, nowhere near as impressive as our Labrador trip, but this one was definitely more relaxed!

Sandy & Barb’s Rig

Peter and Trish’s Rig

We planted our flag in Kegashka saw many impressive sights and ate some incredibly good shrimps, saw whales from the shore, rock hunted on the beach, saw sandstone monoliths and puffins! Yes, this was a great time with the greatest of friends!

Thank you to all who followed us on our adventure we sure do appreciate each and everyone of you.

Until next time……

……check into our blog every now and again you never know what story might peak your interest next 😂

….2020 is bound to get us drooling over another epic trip!

Day 9…. back to Godbout!

After a great dinner with great friends we headed back for an early night.

Woke up early had breakfast and headed straight to Godbout to get on the ferry at 11, weather looks good so hopefully no more cancellations!

We have to be back in Grand Pre tomorrow before 12 to pick up our beloved 4 legged friends! So come on weather play fair!

Back through the construction paying great attention to our speed limit as those sneaky cops wait on the other side of the construction… sneaky sneaky!

We finally boarded the ferry and had a bumpy 2hr ride to Matane.

When we finally left Matane it was about 2 pm. With a decent amount of driving still ahead of us still we booted it out of there!

We drove through beautiful valleys and rolling hills of Quebec, stunning countryside

Finally we made it to New Brunswick!

However this was not the end of our adventure …as we arrived in Moncton it was about 8pm and we thought we would settle for a hotel instead of setting up camp, this was not to be though all the hotels AND campsites were fully booked! Unbeknownst to us there was a cfl game in Moncton and everything was booked up right up to Amherst! Now this is why we have a rigs for overlanding!

So once again we scoured the maps and found a spot eventually on iOverlander at Haute-du-Ruisseau Nature Park! Just a parking lot off the road but very clean and believe it or not a pit toilet that was very clean! We lucked out 😂

We literally setup our roof top tents and crawled into bed! By this time it was after 10 and we were all exhausted from a very long day!

Chilly night dropped down to 5 degrees and very damp, lots of owls calling all night, tomorrow homeward bound!

Day 8 …Baie-Comeau

Our campsite last night was spectacular, breathtaking scenery! We lucked out and were able to camp right on the lake.

This morning we woke up to loon calls nothing nicer than that! We had our coffee and showers and headed out for a lovely kayak paddle on this stunning lake! The water was so calm and not a soul stirred!

After our paddle we loaded up and packed up camp and headed out again. Along the windy dirt road we came across a lovely waterfall!

Finally hit civilization again uploaded the blog from yesterday and grabbed another much needed coffee.

We then headed out once again pointing our nose in the Baie-Comeau direction, more construction and more rain!

As we passed our last ferry point Godbout I had said to Peter that it looked quite windy and rough on the water and hoped I did not get motion sickness, not even five mins later the radio cracked and Sandy told us the ferry had just been canceled due to rough weather!!

So the rush was on to try and get re-booked for tomorrow morning which means we now have to back track to Godbout!

So we treat ourselves to a nice comfy bed tonight with flush loos and lots of hot water 🤣 Catch up on a bit of work and missed calls and a nice dinner 😊

An early drive back to catch ferry in Godbout tomorrow fingers crossed that the weather cooperates for us

…..over and out!

Day 7-Minganie-Port Cartier

We were up at 4:30 this morning way before we should’ve been up. The rain came pouring down just as we started packing up. We went to the excursion building paid for the trip and had a last loo run

We were all decked out in beautiful big red life jackets., that are definitely not boob friendly 😂 and as you sit down the jackets slide up and you feel like a turtle struggling to come out of your shell!

We were shuttled into a little red spreed boat with two other people and a captain. The captain did not speak much English so with our broken, very broken bits of French and his broken English and a passenger in the boat that became our translator-by free will we managed to figure it out!

We were taken out to the first island where we saw many many puffins including, razorbills, guillemots, terns, and kittiwakes

We got to spend an hour on the island where there is an old lighthouse, the puffins nest in the banks and only lay one egg each season. They usually keep the same mate every season and use the same burrow as in previous years, and believe or not they can fly up to 55mph. Very cool little guys!

Once we returned to the boat to go to the next island we were greeted by our very enthusiastic young captain who had fished out a Sea Urchin with a mop with double handles!! He had cut it open for us to taste. Surprisingly enough they are very sweet not like anything you would expect, not fishy at all. Sadly we discovered we were actually eating the reproductive organs of the sea urchins. The Japanese believe them to be a great aphrodisiac and are highly valued! Peter was trying to convince us that were eating sea urchin poop, before we figured out what our captain was actually saying….although he was the first one to try it and quite enthusiastically too.

We were then shuttled to the next island flying in our little boat, we were hitting all the waves at quite a speed bouncing around all over the place. They should offer kidney belts on the boats not life jackets to survive this trip, a lot of laughter and bouncing.

The next island we went to had the limestone monoliths and we got to spend about half an hour walking around the monoliths and exploring the beach.

Difficult to imagine that these rock formations date back almost 500 million years to a time when a warm, shallow tropical sea covered today’s St. Lawrence Lowlands region.

It was time to get back into the boat and once again we’re bounced back to the mainland this time getting soaked in the process what a hoot!o

Once back in the vehicle we headed out towards sept Iles We stopped at a little town called Riviere-aux-Tonnerre at a grocery store which actually has everything but the kitchen sink. We grabbed much needed coffee and a few munchies and headed back out on the road again

Lots of road works along the way and no cell reception at all!

Lots of rivers, waterfalls and fireweed which is still in bloom here making for a very scenic drive.

Rain again on the drive to Sept Îles hopefully it clears up before we set up camp for the night!

The BunduTop has been a dream to pack up quickly in bad weather though!

We arrived in Sept-Îles for shrimp, yay… the rain stopped and sun shone again. We went to a lovely restaurant which was recommended to us by the campsite owner in Mingan.

The food was divine, the shrimp was amazing, the scallops and snow crab excellent, to top it off we had the best coconut cream pie I have ever had! Delish

Finally reached Port Cartier went into the wildlife reserve, about 30 Kim’s off the main road.. a winding dirt road absolutely stunning scenery!

Camped at Lac Walker Campground for the night..I’ll update with details when I get reception again

Day 6 – Longue-Pointe-de- Minganie

Fantastic day, no driving chilling big time on this stunning beach location.

“Our Canadian Labradorite is considered a magical stone for those who travel and embrace the universe. Inuit peoples claim Labradorite fell from the frozen fire of the Aurora Borealis, transforming to the extraordinary and separating reality from unseen realms. ”

We scored the beach for these stones and found quite a few beautiful ones, almost like gold mining, it is so addictive. The water was ice cold and our fingers and toes were all bright red and frozen yet we continued 😂

We all managed to find a couple and were absolutely thrilled to find such magical blue streaks and flecks in the stones that had washed up onto the beach!

Watched a whale right from our site, hearing the air blowing out very clearly from where we were standing! A few seals curiously watched us from the water as we walked along the beach.

We walked along the boardwalk and booked a trip out early tomorrow to see the puffins and the limestone monoliths and we get to spend time on the Mingan archipelago islands.

We setup the Bereg tent, which is an extreme double walled tent, which has a built in stove jack , we setup the gstove in the tent which turned it into a furnace inside! ( possible use, sweat lodge🤣)

We took a couple of 360 photos of the inside of the tent and as fellow campers saw the setup they were very interested in our gear, so not all play!

Word spread that we were from Nova Scotia and we had a couple friendly visitors come by our fire pit to say hi. The owner is from New Brunswick and comes by on a quad to say hi with his two big dogs sitting on the front as he drives around! Pretty cool!

Tomorrow we are heading out to Sept-Iles where we are going to eat world famous shrimp! Yes, this is the place to come and eat shrimp so all of you who love shrimp take note! Yum, cannot wait to try those little buggers 🤣 we will report back! hopefully we will find a good site for the night with not too many black flies. We have all been so bitten by these nasty suckers on this trip!

Early to bed and early to rise, tomorrow we have a boat ride at 8am so we need our beauty sleep and of course have to make sure we are all packed up and ready to go!

Night night chat again tomorrow!

Below are the links to the 360 images

Inside of the Bereg Tent

https://s.insta360.com/p/8add286da7a4fe845b3e477ce37906b2

Bundutec roof top tent

https://s.insta360.com/p/4a87336fa20f576549e4fd3bec453a1e

And a link for our big sky roof top tent

https://s.insta360.com/p/32a7fa1e1e2bf5fea3529467172503d7

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 😊 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. 😊

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. 🤣

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.😊Stopped 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 😂 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!