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Country Inn Motel & RV Park, near Gander, Newfoundland

Country Inn Motel & RV Park, near Gander, Newfoundland

A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

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I spent six days at Country Inn Motel & RV Park, near Gander, Newfoundland. I chose Gander as a stop between Gros Morne National Park anb St. John&squo;s mainly to see the airport, which hosted hundreds of passengers of planes held up from blocked American airports during the 9/11 crisis. Sadly, the town and the campground were dreary, as the environments of major airports are wont to be; and I found no commemoration of the 9/11 event at all at the airport.

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Id Flights_GFT_2018_0712
Title Country Inn Motel & RV Park, near Gander, Newfoundland
Subtitle A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour
Keywords Gander, Newfoundland, Country Inn Motel & RV Park, Gander International Airpor
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL https://fenixnest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2018
Status Published: 2018/8/29
Last Revised 2018-09-05

Gander, Newfoundland

Arrived 2018/7/12
Day of Tour 355
Nights Stayed 5
Departed 2018/7/17
Map miles from last stop 231
Mileage on arrival 40,242
Actual miles from last stop 542
Accumulated miles for trip 21,725

I stopped at Gander not only to break up my drive from Gros Morne to St. John's, but also because the airport at Gander is the site of a remarkable act of compassion on the part of the whole community.Phoenix

Sadly, Gander has the dismal look-and-feel of most of the towns that grow up to provide services to large airports. Imagine Seatac, plucked up and plunked down in the middle of “nowhere”, all by itself, without any of the connections to the cultural richness of Seattle.

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The Journey to Gander

I drove half way across Newfoundland to the town of Gander. I hate to say it, but an unvaried diet of winding roads, over forested mountains, along deep blue lakes, is becoming same ol', same ol'.

I was greeted in Gander by dark clouds and sprinkles on the way into town. That night it rained heavily for a long time. Fortunately, it let up while I was setting up the trailer. Seems that a cyclone, a tropical storm, that had been hanging off the coast of Maine, finally broke loose and headed straight for the Newfoundland south coast. I had been tracking that storm on my weather app, but I lost track during my stay in Gros Morne, because the wifi was too poor to get a connection.

Map of Journey to Gander

Map to Gander
Route of Journey to Gander, Newfoundland, from Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland

Country Inn Motel & RV Park

The Country Inn Motel & RV Park, where I stayed for the week, partakes of the same dismal look-and-feel that besets Gander and many other towns that grow up to provide services to large airports. The word that rushed to my mind the moment I arrived was ‘dreary’. The lanes were abundantly scattered with potholes, filled with the muddy water of the day’s rain, making any speed bumps irrelevant and unrecognizable. The camping area was a graveled knoll, with sites narrowly spaced and barely long enough for my 38’ trailer plus pickup. My recommendation to any camping visitors to the Gander area: look elsewhere.

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Country Inn Motel & RV Park
Country Inn Motel & RV Park
Address 315 Magee Rd
GanderNewfoundland A1V 1W6
Home Page https://www.countryinngander.ca/lodging
Phone 1‑877‑956‑4005
Associations
  • none
Rate (net US$) $27
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 7.1 Good 10
Good Sam n/a 10
KOA n/r 5
Tripadvisor 4 5
Phoenix 3 10
Attractiveness 2 10
Tree Cover 4 10: Dense - 1: Treeless
Site Size 4 10
Ease of Access 5 10
WiFiPhoenix 3 10
Pros
  • Near Gander International Airport
Cons
  • Dreary
  • Lanes pocked with potholes

Gander International Airport

There was a time when Gander International Airport was familiar to many travelers. Before the development of airplanes capable of long-range travel, Gander was a refueling stop for flights between Europe and the United States.

Then In 2001, when the infamous attacks of 9/11 occurred in the US, American airports were for a time quarantined. Planes destined for those airports diverted to alternative airports, many to Gander, which found itselt playing unplanned host to 39 stranded airplanes and over 6000 upset passengers.Phoenix The town provided housing, food, and other support until the airplanes could move on. This episode is brilliantly depicted in the musical Come From Away. My son Greg played guitar in an early production of this play.

The photos below show the airport as it is today. I could find no memorial of the help they provide to 9/11 travelers, an act of compassion of which Gander can justly be proud.

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Gander International Airport
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Gander International Airport

Onward

My next stop after leaving Gander was St. John's, Newfoundland, from which I will visit many of the geological wonders of Newfoundland, including Mistaken Point, which has some of the oldest fossils to be found in North America, and Fortune Head, which is the official boundary being the Cambrian and Precambrian Ages.

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