In a potential act of ludicracy, my wife has agreed to load up the infant and camping gear into the Cherokee and head from Squamish to Halifax, VFR. Planning about 5-6 flying days to get there, and the same coming back. I am seeking any hot tips on good welcoming strips to stop at for overnights. Beside-wing tenting is the target, or campgrounds nearby, but some sort of accessible bathroom is the target. Planning to stick north of the border for the trip, ('cause patriotism) except for the Maine shortcut to the Maritimes.
Suggestions, comments and "you're fuggin crazy mate" are all welcome.
CEM4 (Innisfail, AB, just SW of Red Deer) is camping friendly. The clubhouse is being rebuilt over the next 2 months but should have bathroom/shower facilities. When are you planning to go?
If you decide to stop in YQF (not camping friendly), PM me I'll find you some space in my hangar.
Pitt Meadows BC; easy going place, restaurant. Golden BC, pretty; and close to town, Wetaskiwin Alberta; quiet, with a great museum close by, Selkirk Manitoba; quiet, camping would probably be fine, closet to the river and town, Terrace bay, Ontario; quiet and easy going, Wawa Ontario; Not too many choices in that area, Gore Bay Ontario, fuel stop, quiet and easy going, though not too much around, Killarny Ontario; easy going, camping should be okay, quick walk to town, which is very quaint, Parry Sound Ontario; camping probably okay, though not close to town, follow the east shore of Georgian Bay south, it's very pretty, Orillia Lake St John Ontario; great restaurant, and camping probably okay, follow the St Lawrence river east from Kingston, it's just pretty, a few airports along the way, Ottawa, Rockcliffe; pretty, museum right there, Gatinaeu Quebec, easy going airport, antique aircraft, Lac A la Tortue Quebec, pretty, close to town, nice people, and camping probably okay, Montmagny Quebec, very pretty, camping probably okay, though can be quite windy, Digby Nova Scotia is okay, I'm sure they'd allow camping, always attended, not close to town though.
There are, of course lots of other suitable airports, and I can't think I've ever landed at an airport I would never want to return to, just those airports are top of my mind for being nice places to stop along the way.
If the family is ready for a little luxury by the time you hit Ontario, have a look at the Elmhirst Resort on Rice Lake. If you book it ahead, you can get a float rating while you are there for a couple of days! The Sunday brunch is amazing! Book accommodations ahead of time; it is busy in the summer.
I forgot to mention that departure is the first good weather window for the Rockies in June. First stop is Golden for a rest and then my wife wants two nights in Drumheller to do the dino thing.
Going to try and stagger the overnight stops on the way back (MB east bound, SK west bound) which means getting a little further west than Thunder Bay on the way back. Terrace Bay is a great suggestion for east bound.
Also, how is the route through Val'd'Or/Timmins for the return trip (planning south to Rockcliffe eastbound)?
Sundridge/South River Airpark, ON (CPE6) is a perfect spot for you to stop and camp. Some of the smoothest grass runways you will ever find plus The “Terminal” building has showers and fuel is available.
CKG8 Kakabeka with prior permission might be good. And you can check out Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park. You are close but I will need to research the logistics of getting you there from the airfield. I would be happy to help if i am available (fellow Cherokee owner and all...). PM me if this might be a stop for you.
Dryden is a good stop for GA. Douglas fuels gives a discount to COPA members and is cheaper than CYQT. Douglas fuels also has a courtesy car if you buy fuel. They are a ways from town so you will need the car. I was stranded there for a couple days last winter bringing the Warrior home from Winnipeg and the guys were great! Thumbs up to them.
CYQT will be your most expensive fuel and tie downs, I think but lots to see and do in the area.
Marathon is interesting, self serve fuel, There was a restaurant walking distance, down the high way, but I have not been there for a decade or more. The runway is beside the highway. A couple nice parks in the area, but you might want to call taxis in the area ahead of time to see about getting to the parks.
Kenora has landing fees, expensive fuel, and not near civilization, iirc.
Fort Frances is well serviced I think. Sioux Lookout is a busy hub but I don't know much about the airport.
PM me if you want more info about Northern Ontario. I have a cross country coming up for the CPL so I can check into things for you, maybe.
Sounds like a fun trip, if you have the flexibility.
Yes, 100ll.ca is a go to, but it seems like the further I look east, the longer it is between price updates. Not everyone seems to be as on top of giving you updated prices it as I am Rob
The puppy-mill I attended for flight training wouldn't rent out their aircraft for days/weeks to facilitate these types of trips. Some of the best trips of my flying career have been last minute rescue (AOG, medevac, fly a part to a factory/mill/mine, etc) across the country. Although planning those trips is much easier IFR in a twin turbo-prop using the boss' mastercard.