11 Unforgettable RV Camp Spots on the East Coast of Canada


Once you’ve got your RV and are ready to go on some adventures, a great place to stop is the East Coast of Canada, where the people are kind, and the fishing is great.

What are the most unforgettable RV camp spots on the East Coast of Canada?

  1. Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean
  2. Cavendish Campground in Prince Edward Island National Park
  3. Newman Sound Campground in Terra Nova National Park
  4. Whycocomagh Provincial Park
  5. Kouchibouguac National Park
  6. Twin Shores Camping Area
  7. Fundy National Park
  8. Northumberland Provincial Park
  9. Pinware River Provincial Park
  10. New River Beach Provincial Park
  11. Cedar Dunes Provincial Park

1. Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean

Photo Courtesy of: Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean

This RV spot is located just an hour east of Halifax, Nova Scotia, so you get the best of both worlds: a nice quiet place to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of life while still only a quick trip away from the store when you realize you’ve forgotten to pack your toothbrush.

Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean is a family owned and family oriented campground that stays true to its name by offering dozens of secluded sites right on the ocean front.

You can bring in your RV and park it in a fully serviced RV site complete with all of the hookups, or you could rough it and reserve a bare campground to try out your new tent in.

The campground itself offers a lot of activities to do during the day with your family. Every night the campground hosts “Communal Campfires & Mussel Boils.”

There is ample opportunity for kayaking and the owners offer regular scheduled scenic boat tours (you can schedule a private one as well). They will even drop you off at the nearest of the 100 Wild Islands Wilderness if you ask them to.

The 100 Wild Islands Coastal Wilderness are a fairly popular attraction on the East Coast of Canada, but because there are 100 of them, you don’t have to worry about them getting too crowded.

They are one of the last ecologically rich island groups left in North America, allowing you to explore and enjoy pristine, untouched, white sandy beaches and pure turquoise water.

You can even camp on the islands for a night. Because they are a wilderness, there aren’t any buildings or “things to do” per se, but they are great places to go hiking, swimming, kayaking, or beach strolling.

If you want to experience the 100 Wild Islands Wilderness by proxy for yourself, check out this video, which features the owner of Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean driving the boat to drop off the lucky travelers.

Just an hour to the east, you have Halifax, which also has a lot of cool things to do. The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is an old fort that sits on top of a hill that offers daily tours. Visit their site here for more information.

Then there are the Halifax Public Gardens (which are exactly what they sound like), Point Pleasant Park (with a historical fort and swimming beach), Halifax Harbor (one of the largest natural harbors), and Peggy’s Point Lighthouse (yes, the one from the iconic shot).

Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean allows you close access to a lot of cool activities while still offering the out of the way, quiet, RV campground you’ve been searching for.

Visit Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean’s website here to make a reservation.

2. Cavendish Campground in Prince Edward Island National Park

Cavendish Campground is located in the Green Gables Shore (like Anne of Green Gables) of Prince Edward Island.

Because it’s right smack in the middle of Prince Edward Island National Park, this RV camp spot is nestled in some beautiful land without all of the commercial noise that accompanies some campgrounds.

In Cavendish Campground, you have the option of camping in tents, hooking up your RV to serviced campsites (electricity, water, and sewer), or reserving one of the camp cabins.

There is Wi-Fi, washrooms facilities, and room for large rigs (and access to 50 amp power). Below is a table that details the prices and accommodations (all prices exclude any daily parking fee for additional vehicles):

Number of
Sites
PriceDates of Operation
Unserviced54$22 – $27 dailyJune to September
2 Way
Hookups
132$26 – $32 dailyJune to September
3 Way
Hookups
90$28 – $35 dailyJune to September
Camping Tents
(oTEN Tiks)
6$120 dailyJune to September

Cavendish Campground offers supervised swimming at Cavendish Beach, close proximity to hiking, biking, and walking trails, daily campground activities, a playground with constantly upgraded equipment, and employees speaking other languages.

Once you get out of the campground there is so much to do on Prince Edward Island. There are sand dunes and a floating bridge (the better to see cute duck swimming in a line with).

You can tour the place where the Confederation of Canada was first formed (guided around by actors dressed in period clothing and a wealth of Canadian language), or you can tour the house that inspired Anne of Green Gables. When you get bored with that, there are so many restaurants that cook and serve authentic food the way it was cooked and served 150 years ago.

For more information on Cavendish Campground in Prince Edward Island National Park, visit their site here. You can make reservations or just explore a little more.

3. Newman Sound Campground in Terra Nova National Park

Newman Sound Campground is located in Terra Nova National Park in Newfoundland just a few miles off of the Trans Canada Highway. So it’s a great place to just stop off at and spend the night on your adventure across Canada.

One of the biggest selling points for the Newman Sound Campground, and really for Terra Nova National Park as a whole, is the fact that it is pretty out of the way. Besides the Trans Canada Highway, all you around you for miles is the park. No major cities and no major noise.

This campground offers an outdoor theater, a communal campfire circle, an activity center, and a playground for when the kids get sick of the RV.

There are sites designed for people who prefer extended generator use and sites reserved for people who don’t use generators at all, kind of like a smoking and a nonsmoking area in a restaurant.

When it comes to actually camping and hooking up your RV, these are the amenities you can expect from the Newman Sound Campground:

  • 212 Service site, 76 unserviced sites, plus 20 oTENTiks and 2 Oasis Units
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Drinking Water
  • Dumping Station
  • Electrical Hookup
  • Food Services Onsite
  • French Language
  • Hiking and Walking Trails
  • Internet and WIFI
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Laundry Services
  • Unserviced Sites

Nearby, there are a few historical sites you can visit for a day trip. Signal Hill National Historic Site is an old fort that does live musical and military performances as well as some fantastic hiking trails. In Southwest Arm, just a bit away, you can camp right at the ocean shore for the night (tent pads included).

At Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site you can watch whales and porpoises. You can tour the Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site, the home of the Arctic explorer Captain Bob Bartlett (I don’t know why they didn’t name the cottage after him).

Besides historical sites, Newman Sound Campground and Terra Nova National Park offers extensive kayaking places, hiking trails, swimming beaches, and walking nature trails.

For more information visit their site here to make reservations. You can also visit Terra Nova National Park’s website here to learn more.

4. Whycocomagh Provencial Park

Whycocomagh Provencial Park is located on one of the many peninsulas that jut out from Nova Scotia, giving you a fantastic view overlooking the Skye River Valley and access to Bras d’ Or Lake.

It is open from June to October every year but reservations for a campsite can be made as early as April.

Whycocomagh has a large Native American (although I assume in this case they would really be called Native Candian) and Scottish influence. Whycocomagh actually means “head of the waters” in the native language of the Mi’Kmaq First Nations people.

The Mi’Kmaq First Nations people still have a large community in the town next to Whycocomagh, called Waycobah. Their culture still thrives and you can buy traditional handcrafts from their local shops as well as attend powwows and other cultural events.

There is also a large Scottish influence, dating all the way back to 1821 when the first Highlanders settled in Nova Scotia. There are many events you can attend that include Gaelic language, songs, dances, and traditional Celtic fiddle music.

There are a lot of community events such as these throughout the whole summer in and around Whycocomagh.

There are a few park rules, the most important of which are:

  • Leave all plants, rocks, and animals where and how you find them (excluding things like pebbles and walking sticks, of course, just use your common sense and proper judgment)
  • The park is friendly to pets, but keep your pet on a leash
  • No firearms (not even for personal protection, even if you have a license and permit)

The amenities you can expect include:

  • Parking
  • Park Office
  • Washrooms and Showers
  • Vault Toilets
  • Playground
  • Picnic Area
  • Walking Trail
  • Lookoff
  • Campground (62 sites)
  • Group Campsite (available by reservation)
  • Fire Grill
  • Water
  • Firewood
  • Convenience (Dishwashing and Laundry
  • Dumping Station

Along with sites with RV hookups and sites for tent camping, there are also yurts available to reserve. The yurts cost $59.95 a night for four people. You can add additional people for an additional $10 per person per night.

Besides access to hiking, walking, and swimming (Bras d’ Or Lake is actually an inland offshoot of the Atlantic ocean and is the site of some fantastic nature phenomena), there are some pretty great opportunities for sightseeing and “touristy” stuff while you stay at Whycocomagh.

Orangedale Railway Station Museum is only 12 kilometers away from the campsite and one of the oldest IRC railway stations (built in 1886). It is wheelchair accessible and features railway artifacts, the station master’s quarters, waiting rooms, and the station master’s office.

There is a storytelling day in October as well as other special local events posted that you can attend (get it, “posted”).

The Orangedale Railway Station Museum is open from July to September (as well as the odd days that they are open during the year for special local and community events).

They offer bus tours, a gift shop, a large parking lot, and picnic tables for after the tour. Admission prices are through donations on your part. For more information on the Orangedale Railway Station Museum, visit their site here.

The Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site is located in Baddeck just 35 kilometers from the campsite. It is open from May to October and offers a hands-on experience to explore the famous inventor’s life and journey to discovery.

There is a store, a lookout area, a cafe, and a picnic area as well as workshops for the kids. Other things to do include:

  • White Glove Tour
  • Take a Seat and Take a Tour
  • Alec & I
  • Come Fly a Kite!
  • Race the HD-4
  • The Bell Family Album
  • Tetrahedral Kite Workshop
  • Experiments
  • Parks Canada Xplorers
  • Learning Experiences

For more information on the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site can be found here on their website.

The Inverness Raceway is located just 40 kilometers from the campsite. Because of the strong Scottish influence in Nova Scotia, there are actually quite a few race tracks you can find. Races are usually hosted on Sundays and Wednesdays. For more information, visit their site here.

Another piece of evidence of the intense Scottish influence is the Highland Village Museum located in Iona just 40 kilometers away from the campsite. They are open seven days a week from June to October and admission for adults is $11.

You can take a tour of the village, book a wedding, research the history of Gaelic Nova Scotia, or take some hands-on classes. For information about the Highland Village Museum, visit their site here.

The Canso Causeway is located just 50 kilometers from the campsite and is a way to drive across the Strait of Canso to the Nova Scotia Peninsula.

For more information on Whycocomagh Provencial Park and the surrounding area, or to make a reservation, visit their site here. You can also check out the campsite’s brochure here to learn more.

5. Kouchibouguac National Park


Kouchibouguag National Park is settled on the coast of New Brunswick and offers a more wilderness-based experienced than some of the other RV campgrounds on this list, as well as an appeal to more campers who like to rough it.

This national park is a type of national park known as a dark sky preserve, meaning that it restricts all forms of light pollution and treats you to the most breathtaking view of the Milky Way each night.

You’ll love to camp out under the stars here. They are also one of the few places open to camp in during the winter as well, so if you like the snow, this is the place to go.

As well as front country camping, backcountry camping, sites with RV hookups, and Parks Canada oTENTik tents, you can find the following available services at Kouchibouguag National Park:

  • Friendly With Pets (dog needs to be on a leash)
  • Lookout
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Rentals
  • Restrooms
  • Beach Access
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • WiFi
  • Bus Parking
  • Picnic Table Area
  • Restaurant and Cafe

The fees are as follows:

Price Per Night
Adults$7.80 per night
Seniors$6.80 per night
Youthfree
Family and Group Rates$15.70 per night

At the Kouchibouguag, you can paddle a Voyageur Canoe in the saltwater lagoon, swim in the warm waters, go fishing (for fish and for clams), bike year round (they have fat bicycle routes for the winter as well), take tours, and go hiking and geocaching.

You can also go on a hunt for the famous red chairs that are spread all around the area in hidden places and take a picture to upload to the website.

With the Native American presence so strong in that area, you can also attend a powwow or go to events put on by the natives there and stay in wigwams.

For more information on Kouchibouguac National Park, visit their site here.

6. Twin Shores Camping Area

The Twin Shores Camping Area is the most beach oriented of the Canadian RV camping spot destinations on our list. This camping spot is located on Prince Edward Island in Green Gables, around the same area that Cavendish Campground from our lists is also located.

Twin Shores Camping Area offers beachfront campsites and beach swimming on one of the longest and best swimming beaches on the island. The rates and sites are detailed below.

The rates are for two adults and up to four children, though the prices may vary depending on the size of the campsite that you reserve as well as the current seasonal prices and rates.

Number of Available SitesPrice Per Night
Unserviced59$51
Two Way Hookup126$53
Three Way Hookup491$58 – $70
Campsite CabinsVariable$160 – $175

There are red and white sand beaches to swim at with options to dig for clams, canoe, kayak, beach comb, and sunbathe. There are open from June to October and you can reserve over the telephone or online.

There are over 200 acres on this campsite and over 700 campsites to choose from, ranging from RV hookup sites to sites to pitch your tent to sites to rent a cottage or cabin.

This is honestly a bit more like a resort and less like a campground because there are so many things to do and so many available services. You might not even have to leave the campsite at all in order to get a good fulfilling vacation in. Here is a short list of the available services:

  • General Store
  • Cafe
  • Daily Activities and Events
  • Shuffleboard
  • Tennis
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa
  • Arcade
  • Playground
  • Fitness Centre
  • Golf Driving Range
  • Cottage Rentals

There is also 24-hour security so you and your rig are safe, but that also means that you have to follow the rules at this campsite. This campsite is a little more public and crowded than some other sites on this list, so if you are looking for a little bit more privacy, then this one might not be the one for you.

For more information on the Twin Shores Camping Area, you can visit their official website here or you can visit the Prince Edward Island site’s page on the Twin Shores Camping Area here for a more succinct version.

7. Fundy National Park

Fundy National Park is located in New Brunswick and arguably has the most famous high tides in the entire world. The waters rise and recede over 12 meters twice a day.

You can experience these tides in a kayak during the high tide cycles and then walk on what used to be covered by water on the ocean floor during the low tide cycles.

There is front country camping as well as backcountry camping and options to spend the night camping in yurts and cabins right on the beach shore. There are four main campsites in Fundy National Park:

  • Headquarters
  • Cannontown
  • Chignecto
  • Point Wolfe

Each site has different amenities and prices. However, here is a list of the average available services you will find in Fundy National Park:

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Friendly to Pets (keep dogs on a leash)
  • Lookout Point
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Rentals (boats and bikes)
  • Beach Swimming
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Bus Parking
  • WiFi

The fees for Fundy National Park are on average something like this:

QualificationsPrice Per Night
Adult18-64$ 7.80
Senior65+$ 6.80
Youth6-17free
Family or Groupseven people in one car$ 15.70
Commercial Group
(per person)
businesses$ 6.80

Specific fees for the most popular amenities and campgrounds are as follows:

Price
Chignecto North – Serviced with electricity, water, and
sewer
$ 35.30
Chignecto North – Serviced with electricity and water$ 32.30
Chignecto North – Unserviced with toilets and showers$ 25.50
Headquarters – Serviced with electricity, water, and sewer$ 35.30
Headquarters – Unserviced with toilets and showers$ 25.50
Headquarters – Serviced with electricity $ 23.50
Headquarters – Unserviced with toilets and showers $ 15.70
Point Wolfe – Unserviced with toilets and showers$ 25.50
Rustic Cabins$ 70.00
oTENTik Tents$ 100.00
Yurt$ 115.00

Fundy Park is another all year round park, so there are winter and summer activities to do here. You can hike, snowshoe, bike (fat bike trails are available in the winter), swim, kayak, golf, volunteer at community events, or go geocaching.

Nearby, you can visit the Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site, a fort built during the War of 1812 with interactive exhibits and restored barracks.

You can also visit Fort Beausejour at the Fort Cumberland National Historic Site that remembers the time that Britain and France fought over the right to control Acadie. There, you can hear the stories of soldiers and settlers from the time.

For more information about camping in Fundy National Park, visit their website here.

8. Northumberland Provincial Park

Northumberland Provincial Park is located on Prince Edward Island to the east of Green Gables and the Wood Islands ferry that could take to the other islands.

They are open from June to September (though you can start reserving campsites in April) and the fees and available campsites are as listed below:

Available SitesPrice Per NightPrice Per Week
Unserviced14$28 – $30n/a
Two Way
Hookup
11$32 – $34n/a
Three Way
Hookup
20$35 – $37n/a
Campsite
Cabins
7$57 (for 4
people)
$364 (for 4 people)

The available amenities and services include:

  • Lifeguards on Duty
  • Laundromat
  • Playground
  • Kitchen Shelter
  • Dumping Station
  • Friendly with Pets (keep dogs on a leash)

You can go bird watching, swimming, digging for clams, beach combing, hiking, kayaking, or biking during your stay in Northumberland Provincial Park.

Because they are so close to the Wood Islands Ferry, this park is pretty busy and a lot of people chose to stay here for a night or two when they first arrive on Prince Edward Island.

You can do quite a few things on Prince Edward Island close to Northumberland Provincial Park, including:

  • The Northumberland Ferry- transport yourself and your vehicle between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
  • Rossignol Estate Winery– it’s exactly what it sounds like. Treat yourself, after all, you are on vacation. Learn more at their site here.
  • Cape Bear Lighthouse and Marconi Museum– you can take a tour and buy a little something from the gift shop. Learn more at their site here.
  • The Plough the Waves Lighthouse and Interpretive Center– here is a little spot for scenic driving and a little more touring.

For more information on staying in Northumberland Provincial Park, visit their website here or visit the Prince Edward Island site here that gives a more succinct page of information.

9. Pinware River Provincial Park

Pinware River Provincial Park is located at Pinware in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is just over 168 acres of bedrock that is over 150 million years old and full of diverse vegetation and terrain.

Here, you’ll find bogs, clean lakes and rivers, paper birch and balsam poplar trees, and a variety of berries you can pick as you hike.

Pinware River Provincial Park is open from early June to the middle of September, which is the best camping weather for the season. The amenities you will find offered there include:

  • 22 Campsites
  • 25 Picnic Spots (all with tables, toilets, and drinking water taps)
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Serviced and Unserviced Sites
  • A Comfort Station
  • Drinking Water
  • A Dumping Station
  • A Fire Pit and Barbecue Pit
  • Laundry Services
  • Friendly to Pets
  • Discounts for Seniors

This camping spot is right on the borders of some fantastic salmon and trout fishing rivers. Besides fishing, you can go on hikes, take a swim, visit the lookout point, and take the ferry from St. Barbe on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland to Southern Labrador.

Besides all of the active things you can do, you could also relax and try a spot of whale watching or seabird watching to pass the time. You’re in a remote location, so it’s quieter and more animals are sure to visit.

This area is a smaller camping area, so there are sure to be fewer people to crowd out your vacation. You can park you rig in one place for a few days without being bothered. You can use that time now to relax, go swimming, and have an adventure.

For more information on camping in Pinware River Provincial Park, visit the overview website here or their site here to make reservations.

10. New River Beach Provincial Park

New River Beach Provincial Park is located in Lepreau in New Brunswick. You can look over the water of the Bay of Fundy towards Nova Scotia as you swim in the beaches there.

There are over 99 campsites in New River Beach Provincial Park and they include forested campsites, serviced and unserviced sites, campsite cabins, and comfort stations.

This park is open for camping from May to October, so you have quite a few months to plan your stay.

Here is a break down of the fees you can expect when you stay to camp at New River Beach Provincial Park (“group camping” here refers to religious, charitable, educational or youth training organizations):

Entrance
Fees
Price Per
Day
CampsitesPrice Per
Day
Commercial Bus $50Full Service (Electricity,
Water, and Sewage)
$36
Motercycle$6Unserviced$28
All Other
Vehicles
$10Electricity and Water$31
Kitchen Rental$50Group Camping per Tent$14
Boat Storage$290Senior Citizens– 10%
Sewage Dump$10Camp Cabins$43
Wilderness Campsites$17
Back Country Sites$11
Additional Overnight Visitor to a Campsite$6

New River Beach Provincial Park is right on the coast of the Bay of Fundy, which means you get a few perks. You have access to the Fundy Tidal Beach, where you can wade in tidal pools, comb the beach for crabs, periwinkles, whelks, and starfish; swim in the unsupervised saltwater beach, kayak, and fish.

You can also hike the cliffs on Barnaby Head or explore the boardwalk through the bog.

There are quite a few interesting species of plants and animals, including carnivorous plants and dwarfed Black Spruces that are over 90 years old, and gulls, eider ducks, and cormorants.

When you get bored with that, you can always take the kids to the playground, participate in the annual sand sculpture competition, play volleyball, or go eat at the restaurants that dot the park. Pets are allowed in the park, but not on the beach.

If you want to leave the park, all you have to do is drive a few hours north to see the Hopewell Rocks. The Hopewell rocks are rocks that have been carved into fantastic and strange shapes by the abnormal tides that occur twice a day in the Bay of Fundy.

For more information or to reserve your spot for your next adventure, visit the New River Beach Provincial Park website here. You can also see a more thorough break down of the fees and prices by visiting this site here.

11. Cedar Dunes Provincial Park

Cedar Dunes Provincial Park is located in the west of Prince Edward Island on North Cape Coastal Drive near West Point. They are most famous for their famous West Point Lighthouse.

The park is open from June to September and you can start reserving spaces in April. The lifeguard services for the beach last from June all the way to September, but the park recreation programs only last from June to August.

You’ll find the following services provided in Cedar Dunes Provincial Park:

  • Park programs
  • Friendly to pets (dogs must be kept on a leash)
  • Nature trails
  • Playground
  • Laundromat
  • Kitchen shelter
  • Dumping station
  • WiFi

The specifics on the kind of sites they have and the prices for each can be found in the table below:

Number of SitesPrice Per Night
Unserviced11$28 – $30
Two Way Hookup46$32 – $34
Three Way Hookup23$35-$37

Around Cedar Dunes Provincial Park, you can swim, take a walk, visit the lighthouse, or take part in some of the recreation activities that the park puts on.

If you want to leave the park, there are quite a few things you can do there as well. There are quite a few golf courses nearby, including Mill River Golf Course, Dundarave Golf Course, and Andersons Creek Golf Course.

You can also visit the other lighthouses in the area, take a look at the Canadian Potato Museum, or go deep sea fishing.

For more information on Cedar Dunes Provincial Park or to make a reservation, visit their site here.

Related Questions:

How much does it cost to RV camp in Canada? The average price for a night of RV camping in Canada is going to be around $40 with hookups for your RV and everything. The price range is around $25 to $80 a night, and the cost depends on where you’re camping and how many amenities you are paying for.

What is a full hook up at an RV park? A campground that offers hookups for your RV offer water, electricity, and sewage. A partial hook up is just electricity and water, while a full hook up includes sewage as well. The more hookups you have, the more the night is going to cost.

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