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Grand Codroy RV & Tent Camping, in the Codroy Valley, Newfoundland

Grand Codroy RV & Tent Camping, in the Codroy Valley, Newfoundland

A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

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I spent a couple nights at the Grand Codroy RV & Tent Camping, in the Codroy Valley, on the southwest corner of Newfoundland. I chose this campground because it was well-rated and only a short drive from the ferry terminal at Port aux Basques (important because I was coming off a red-eye, and I knew I wouldn't be up to a long drive), but it turned out to be one of the prettiest campgrounds I've been to, and the Codroy Valley well worth a morning's photo-shoot.

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Id Flights_GFT_2018_0703
Title Grand Codroy RV & Tent Camping, in the Codroy Valley, Newfoundland
Subtitle A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour
Keywords Codroy Valley, Newfoundland, Grand Codroy RV & Tent Camping
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL https://fenixnest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2017
Status Published: 2018/8/29
Last Revised 2018-09-05

Codroy Valley, Newfoundland

Arrived 2018/7/4
Day of Tour 347
Nights Stayed 2
Departed 2018/7/6
Map miles from last stop 113 (ferry)
+ 25 (driving)
Mileage on arrival 39,500
Actual miles from last stop 300
Accumulated miles for trip 20,983

I spent a couple nights at the Grand Codroy RV & Tent Camping, in the Codroy Valley, on the southwest corner of Newfoundland. I chose this campground because it was well-rated and only a short drive from the ferry terminal at Port aux Basques (important because I was coming off a red-eye, and I knew I wouldn't be up to a long drive), but it turned out to be one of the prettiest campgrounds I've been to, and the Codroy Valley well worth a morning's photo-shoot.

Newfoundland has its own pecular time zone: GMT - 2:30, an hour and a half in advance of Eastern Standard Time. It would have been fun to listen in on the debate that resulted in the compromise that led to that half-hour offset: western Newfoundlanders wanting to synchronize with Nova Scotia, easterners (most of the population) wanting an earlier whole-hour offset, and a small group of individualists pushing for the half-hour offset to make Newfoundland different, and winning! I wonder what the conversation was like in the committees and in the bars during that process.

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Codroy Valley, Newfoundland

The Codroy Valley is on the southwest corner of Newfoundland, overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence, into which flows the Codroy River, whose estuary dominates the landscape. My head reminds me that winter, severe winter, dominates the climate here, but my memories will always be of mild, sunny days, bright blue skies, and rocky cliffs falling into the sea.

The Journey to Codroy Valley

Newfoundland is an island. You get there by sea or air, and trailers don't fit in the cargo holds of airplanes. And the traffic on the ferry was far greater than I anticipated (one of my ignorant assumptions, common, I suppose, to many outside the Maritime Provinces). Twenty-some long lanes of cars and trucks and RVs were already lined up when I arrived at the terminal.

I didn’t make ferry reservations in time, so I had to take the red-eye, the overnight ferry, leaving around midnight from North Sydney, Nova Scotia, to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland. So I was packing up the trailer late the last afternoon in Nova Scotia, when I’m normally setting up camp; and I was setting up camp the next morning when I’m normally packing up. I had to be at the ferry terminal by 9:45 PM. I got there at 8:30, and found myself near the back of a very long line of RVs and boat trailers. We were called to our vehicles around 9:30, and I actually boarded an hour later. I got a bit of sleep in a lounge chair (not nearly as comfortable as my own recliner), only to be wakened at 6 AM for a 7 AM docking.

It took about half an hour to get to Grand Codroy RV Park. My head was as fuzzy as it was after taking an overnight flight to New Zealand.

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Route of Journey to Codroy Valley, Newfoundland, from North Sydney, Nova Scotia
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Around Codroy Valley

I spent a morning driving around the valley, enjoying the sun, blue skies, the Codroy estuary, the cliffs and headlands that abut the sea. There's no city here, not even a real town, just a ring of small, well-kempt villages around the valley. There's some farming, some sheepherding (one of the towns, Mill Valley, seems to have been named for an old wool carding mill), and a small but thriving fishing industry.

What I didn't expect was a beach, a nice sandy beach, stretching away to the north of the bridge over the inlet to the estuary. The waves were mild while I was there; this was the west side of the island, and they had only about a hundred miles from New Brunswick to build up. There were no bathers or sunbathers (the temperature was only in the mid-60s fahrenheit, and I hate think what the water temperature might have been), but there was a sole fisherman in the estuary, and another person gather rounded river rocks.

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Grand Codroy RV & Tent Camping

If first impressions define a relationship, this campground is sealed in my memory as one of the most beautiful that I have visited: large, grassy sites, winding lanes, overlooking the dark blue, pristine waters of the Codroy River estuary, all surrounded by low, mountainous ridges. Add to that a friendly, helpful manager, who takes great care to make sure his guests have a good experience, and you have a campground worth boasting about.

The wifi is unsecured and uneven (my tablet and computer connected sometimes; my phone never did). The power went out a couple times, making me reset my clocks and computer. Nonetheless, if the fossils I was seeking had been in this area, I would have stayed for a couple weeks, just for the beauty, but they’re north and east.

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Grand Codroy RV & Tent Camping
Address Route 406
Codroy Valley NL A0N 1J0
Canada
Home Page https://www.grandcodroy.com/
Phone (877) 955-2520
Associations
  • none
Rate (net US$) $28.50
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 9 Excellent 10
Good Sam 5 10
KOA n/a 5
Tripadvisor 5 5
Phoenix 9 10
Attractiveness 7 10
Tree Cover 7 10: Dense - 1: Treeless
Site Size 9 10
Ease of Access 7 10
WiFiPhoenix 3 10
Pros
  • Spacious
  • Beautiful
  • Close to Nova Scotia ferry
Cons
  • Marginal, unprotected wifi

Onwards

My next stop after leaving Codroy Valley was Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland, from which I visited the Gros Morne National ParkWikipedia, which is the location of Green Point, the GSSP for Tremadocian Period.

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