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Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA, near Cornwall, Prince Edward Island

Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA, near Cornwall, Prince Edward Island

A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

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I spent a week at Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA, near Cornwall, Prince Edward Island. Frankly, I chose this campground in order to check off all ten Canadian provinces from my bucket list, but I'm glad I did: both the campground and the island as a whole were beautiful, basking in the summer sun.

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Id Flights_GFT_2018_0619
Title Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA, near Cornwall, Prince Edward Island
Subtitle A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour
Keywords Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL https://fenixnest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2017
Status Development Began: 2018/2/19
Last Revised 2018-09-07

Cornwall, Prince Edward Island

Arrived 2018/6/19
Day of Tour 332
Nights Stayed 7
Departed 2018/6/26
Map miles from last stop 141
Mileage on arrival 38,796
Actual miles from last stop 198
Accumulated miles for trip 20,279

I spent a week at Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA on Prince Edward Island. Frankly, I chose this campground in order to check off all ten Canadian provinces from my bucket list, but I'm glad I did: both the campground and the island as a whole were beautiful, basking in the summer sun.

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Prince Edward Island

PEI is the smallest of the Canadian Provinces, both in size and population, one of the Maritime Provinces. It is a true island, unlike the state of Rhode Island, which has half its size and ten times is population. Thus I suspect that it is overlooked by many Americans like myself, who tend to think of geography north of the border as some undifferentiated frontier, sparsely populated on its southern border by a strange people who almost speak English. Eh?

Such prejudices are hogwash, of course. One has only to travel through the country to realize its rich, diverse, and (as reflected in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's responses to American DTs) superior culture. Nonetheless, in planning my tour I at first totally neglected to include PEI in my itinerary, and it wasn’t until advised of my omission by a polite Canadian, did I realize my mistake and replan my trip.

The Journey to Prince Edward Island

The drive here continued the scenery that began in Vermont, a thick blanket of forest, gradually diminishing in height, while admitting more frequent fields and gaps, especially as the road approached the coastline.

To get to the island from New Brunswick, I had to cross the Confederation Bridge over the Northumberland Strait, a total of eight miles (I suppose I should say 12.9 km, but that would suggest a level of bi-metricism that I have not achieved), one of the longest continuous-span bridges in the world.

As I mentioned in my last post, I had no access to the internet in New Brunswick, so I was not able to load my GPS to guide me on this leg of the journey. So I did it the old fashioned way: I bought paper maps! Eeewwww! I sat down and studied them intently. And I actually found the campground on the map. Nonetheless, when it came to actually traversing the suburban roads twixt there and here, It became clear that merging the functions of pilot and navigator into one person, was fraught with peril. But after a series of U-turns and at least twenty extra miles, I finally arrived.

Map of Journey to Prince Edward Island

Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA
Route of Journey to Prince Edward Island from Penobsquis, New Brunswick

Around Prince Edward Island

I picked a sunny Thursday to travel around PEI and get out of the immediately environs of Charlottetown, which has the same kind of commercial and industrial trappings as any city, plus the maritime activities of a port.

The land is rolling and hilly like New England and New Brunswick, but the forest is much less pervasive. This is mainly farming country, and many of the fields were just beginning to show the green fuzz of emerging crops. The soil here is dark red, not nearly as bright a red as Georgia clay, and certainly not as Georgia necks.Phoenix

What struck me the most about this province was the high quality of maintenance displayed on houses everywhere. There was none of the grime common to many rural homes in other places I've traveled, none of the occasional dilapidation. Instead, the houses were all well cared for and freshly painted. I asked some campground neighbors from PEI about this, wondering whether it was self-protection against violent winter weather. Their response was that it was just civic pride. Whatever the reason, it was delightful to behold.

Photo Gallery for Prince Edward Island

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East Point, Prince Edward Island
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East Point, Prince Edward Island
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East Point, Prince Edward Island

Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA

A sprawling campground, with spacious sites, edging a huge playground that elsewhere would be laid out in even more sites, all with a gorgeous vista over the multi-river estuary that Charlottetown surrounds - this is Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA. Add to that welcoming and helpful staff, friendly neighbors, private password-protected campground wifi with a strong signal, and ample opportunities for sight-seeing, and you have a camper's dream of an RV park.

With neither GPS nor a competent navigator, using only a paper map of PEI, I had some trouble getting to it the first time. The turn onto Ferry Road from CA1 was easy to miss.

Photo Gallery for Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA

Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA
Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA
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Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA
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Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA
Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA
Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA
Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA
Address 208 Ferry Road
Cornwall PE C0A 1H0
Canada
Home Page https://koa.com/campgrounds/cornwall/
Phone (902) 566-2421
Associations
Rate (net US$) $35
Features
Amenities
Sewer Fire-Ring
Picnic Table   Paved Patio
Pull-through   Back-in
Paved Gravel
 
Site Type
Lane Surface
Site Surface
  Paved Gravel   Grass    
  50 30   20
Playground Swimming   Golf
  Tennis Waterfront Other
Power
Play Areas
 
Reviews (as of 2018/8/16)
Reviewer
 
Rating Out of
(Highest: Best - 1: Worst)
RV Park Reviews 8.2 Good 10
Good Sam 9 10
KOA 4.5 5
Tripadvisor 4 5
Phoenix 9 10
Attractiveness 10 10
Tree Cover 4 10: Dense - 1: Treeless
Site Size 8 10
Ease of Access 8 10
WiFiPhoenix 7 10
Pros
  • Beautiful, spacious grounds
  • Surrounded by river estuary
  • Ample activities
  • Private password-protected wifi
Cons
  • Somewhat difficult to get to without working GPS

Onward

My next stop after leaving Cornwall was Sydney, Nova Scotia, from which to take the ferry to Newfoundland.

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