East Coast road trip on a budget
I am fortunate enough to have the summer off but unfortunately that means I am on a tight budget. Regardless, we do not let that stop us from going on adventures. It just means we have to be cheap about it.
We decided on a whim to take a road trip out east so Mike could check out Prince Edwards Island. I have been before and love the maritimes but it was Mike’s first time there so I was excited to take him to explore another beautiful part of our country. We started off by having to trade vehicles with my mom. We both own trucks and given the price of gas it would end up being a very expensive trip. Luckily my mom was willing to do the trade and let us take her car which would make a huge difference in the cost of gas, and it did.
We decided to drive as far as we could the first day until we got tired or came across a good place to camp. We stopped at the border of New Brunswick and got a map from the tourist information center.
We decided to take the Acadian coastal highway through New Brunswick so we would have a bit more scenic drive and so it would be new scenery for me too. Along the way we stopped at Grand Falls which also offers zip lining but due to our budget we had to enjoy it without the harness. I am sure it is beautiful anyway you look at it!
Having a comfy pair of shoes/sandals for a road trip is mandatory. My KEEN Emerald City Sandals were easy to take on and off so I could relax barefoot in the car but slip them on quick when a photo opportunity came by. Like this one…
The lady working at the information center told us to avoid the 108 at all possible because it is a logging road and it is apparently not as scenic. So we did exactly what she told us not to do. The logging road was paved and may not have been “scenic” but we got to see a moose as well as finding our first campsite of the trip.
We kept our eyes peeled while driving for moose and for what looked like a possible camping area. 33km before Miramichi we spotted a turn off with a river which is what caught my eye. It was along the Renous River and there were many campsites. It is not marked or labelled though. A perfect spot for a fire and a morning swim.
We woke up early and headed for the coast. New Brunswick is a beautiful province that is very proud of their heritage. You will notice red, white and blue flags painted on houses, chairs, poles, etc with a star on it. This represents their Acadian heritage. We stopped along the ocean to eat lunch which is probably my second suggestion for doing a road tour on a budget. The first would be taking a vehicle that is good on gas. The second would be packing food to eat or cook along the way. Eating out can add up and cost a lot. Bringing food from home will not only help your pocket but it will allow you to be outside and enjoy the scenery a bit more.
New Brunswick has many beautiful beaches along the coast. Beaches are (usually) free and some of the best memories and moments can be captured here.
We reached the Confederation Bridge the following day which is always exciting to see and drive on if it is your first time. PEI is such a unique little island. It makes me happy and proud that it is part of Canada.
We drove to the North side of the Island and decided to camp at Cavendish Provincial Park. This was a paid campsite which I could do a whole other blog on paid camping vs. free camping because I am not the biggest fan of paid camping. It was a beautiful area but there was no privacy. People were even watching TV in their RVs… Besides the lack of privacy it was still beautiful and we got to spend some time watching this little guy
With only a couple days left of our trip we checked the map and debated where to go next.
Due to our budget we decided to stick to beaches as they are free and beautiful! We also explored any harbours we drove by. We did splurge and enjoy a meal of sea food one evening. Oh, and can’t forget about the light houses! They are everywhere!
After being all over the maritimes as a kid (minus NFLD) I was always drawn to PEI’s beautiful red sandy beaches.
With it’s many sea creatures crawling all over the ocean floor and hidden sea shells underneath the sand, I was happy to be wearing my KEEN Clearwater CNX Sandals.
My Fiance and I both agree that the KEEN Clearwater CNX sandals really are a star choice!
During our week stay on the East Coast we enjoyed many sunsets which are one of the most beautiful things in life that are absolutely free.
Road touring on a budget isn’t all that bad.
Some of the best things in life are free:
Moose sightings (if you’re lucky)
Waking up in a tent
The smell of the ocean
The feeling of sand in between your toes
And making memories with someone you love
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