Plan your road trip now and check out these Special Deals.

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Plan your road trip and save money using these special offers and discounts on campervan and motorhome rental.

The first and probably the most expensive part of your next road trip will be getting flights booked.  It makes a lot of sense to book early.  Airlines often use a flex-rate system to fill their planes. So early bookers get the best deals.  Here is a list from Money Supermarket showing when airlines release their flight deals.

Flight release dates for best rates.

We also encourage you to book early for campervan, motorhome and rv rental.  Here are the direct links for early booking special offers:

Australia Australia Campervan Hire Discounts. Book Now.

Belgium Belgium Campervan and Motorhome Hire Discounts. Book Now.

Botswana Botswana 4×4 Campervan Early Booking Discounts. Book Now.

Canada Canada RV Rental. Book Early for Cheap Rentals.

Croatia Croatia Campervan and Motorhome Rental Special Discounts for Early Booking.


Estonia Estonia Special Discounts for Early Booking. Rent a campervan for next year’s road trip.

Finland Finland Discounts on Camper van, Motorhome and RV Rental. Book Early for the best rental deals.

Check Out the Archiplago Trail Finland The Archipelago Trail

France France campervan and Motorhome Rental Discounts for Early booking. Book Now for the best rental deals.

Germany Discounts on Campervan and Motorhome Rental in Germany for Early booking. Book Now for the Best Rates.

Holland/Netherlands  Find the best rates here for campervan and motorhome rental in the Netherlands. Book early. Save money.

Hungary Discounts on Camper van and Motorhome Rental in Hungary. Book Early and Save Money.

Iceland Discounts for Early Booking. Book a Campervan or Motorhome to Tour Iceland. Discounts for Early booking. Book Now.

Ireland Tour Ireland in a Campervan. Book Early for the best rates. Book Now.

Italy Book a campervan to tour Italy next year. Book early and save. The best rates online.

Japan Try something Different. Save on campervan and motorhome rental in Japan.

Mozambique Put Mozambique on your list to tour in a 4×4 camper next year. Book now for the best rates.

Namibia Namibia discounts on 4×4 camper rental.

Netherlands Find the best rates here for campervan and motorhome rental in the Netherlands. Book early. Save money.

New Zealand Top of the Bucket List? Make it happen next year. Book early and find out that it is cheaper than you think with these great deals.

Norway Early bookings get the deals. Book here for great discounts on campervan and motorhome rental in Norway.

Portugal Summer in Portugal and at a great price. See here for discounts on long term hire and early booking.

South Africa Book campervan and motorhome rental in South Africa. Great discounts for early booking.

Spain Tour Spain in a campervan or motorhome. Save with our early booking special discounts.

Sudan Experience Sudan in a 4×4 camper. Book early and save.

Sweden Book now for early booking discounts. See Sweden by road.

Switzerland Switzerland Road Trip. Book Early for great deals.

Tanzania Tanzania 4×4 Camper Rental. Discounts.

UK Tour the UK in a campervan. We are open all year around Book early to get great rates on motorhome rental.

USA RV Rental, Campervan and Motorhome hire. Explore the Country that invented the Road Trip. Book Early for the best rates.

Family Holidays in a Motorhome

Family Holidays in a Motorhome

Zambia Tour Zambia in a 4×4 Camper. Book Now for the best rates.

Zimbabwe Tour Zimbabwe in a 4×4 Camper. Book Now.

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Top 10 Campervan and Motorhome Holiday Destinations

Top 10 Campervan and Motorhome Holiday Destinations

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On the road – freedom to dream.

I have been looking at the top ten holiday destinations online, in the newspapers and from discussing the options with friends.  Everybody has a different view.

Trip Advisor publishes their traveller’s choice awards based on reviews from the Trip Advisor website.  The UK is tops here.  It is great for visitors from outside of the UK as our pound is very cheap if you are buying it from the USA, Europe and Australia and New Zealand.  There is incredibly good value in holidays here.

The best offers for renting a campervan or motorhome in the UK can be found here: Best offers on campervan and motorhome rental in the UK

France is listed third on the Trip Advisor list but it would come higher on mine.  Travelling through France in a motorhome is so well accepted that there are free places to camp overnight.  There are thousands of campsites that are everywhere and they are of a very high standard.

Many people take their own motorhomes to France but if you are further afield or, you want to have a taster and don’t own your own, then take the train, a car or fly to one of the main towns in France and you will find that we offer rentals from these centres.

There are pick up points in the following places in France: Ajaccio, Angers, Bordeaux, Caen, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Metz, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Poitiers, Rouen, Toulouse and Tours.

The vehicles in France range from small two berth campers:



to 4-berth campervans with shower and toilet on board.

France-4-berth campervan rental.

France-4-berth campervan rental.

The larger 6-berth motorhomes are great for family holidays.

6 berth motorhome with bike racks for rental in France.

6 berth motorhome with bike racks for rental in France.

The next country in Trip Advisor’s best places to travel is Italy.  We rent out here too.  In fact, you can pick up in any of these cities:

Milan, Rome, Bologna, Florence, Turin, Pomezia, Albenga, Alghero, Bari, Golfo Aranci, Grosseto, Massa Carrara, Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa, Naples, Olbia, Padova, Palermo, Parma, Pisa, Pomezia, Pordenone, Porto Torres, Reggio Calabria,Rimini, Rome, Rome Ciampino airport, Rome Fiumicino airport, San Giovanni La Punta, Santa Teresa Gallura Port, Siena-Ampugnano, Trapani, Treviso, Trieste, Turin, Venice, Verona, Vicenza.

Of course, you may be able to take your own camper to Europe, but if you are from Australia, the exchange rate is brilliant!  If we want to go to Australia or New Zealand then our pound may not go as far but if we book early, then the rates are a lot cheaper.  Now is the time to book for next down under summer.  Or, if you don’t mind a cooler trip in the winter of New Zealand, then the rates are great.

Australia has a winterless north so book now for July and August as you won’t regret taking the kids to the Barrier Reef, or the Kimberleys or just the beach on one of Australia’s great stretches of golden sands.

If you are looking for an adventure that will get the adrenalin running then we also offer 4×4 campers for hire in Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Namibia on the road!

This is a great way to experience the African bush.  Stay in campsites and explore the game parks and really get close to the wild life.  Take a good camera, and steady nerves!

If you haven’t thought of it before, the USA and Canada are second to none in providing the most amazing and spectacular scenery and experiences that will make your motorhome holiday the best.  Campsites are everywhere and kitted out with bbq areas, almost as much as the Ozzies!  The roads are big and wide as are the campers.  RV rental is on a different scale.  Loads of room and miles and miles of roads to explore and so family friendly.

Check out the deals here for this summer RV Rental in USA discounts and special offers.

Good luck planning your road trip but if you need any help, drop us an email and we’ll get you the best rates ever!

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Australia campervan and motorhome hire FAQ’s

Australia campervan and motorhome hire FAQ’s

Have I missed anything?

Faq’s Australia for camper van and motor home hire for Campervan Hire in Australia

Insurance options:

All campervan and motorhome rentals are covered by insurance. The level of liability varies depending on the age and size of the vehicle.

The insurance excess (liability) can be as high as AU$7500.00. If you don’t have your own insurance to cover this excess then
you will have to leave security to cover this. The hire company will take security by a credit card payment. You must have
a credit card with a high enough credit to cover this.

There are options to reduce the level of liability.

You can reduce the amount of liability by buying another insurance cover and the cost of this is calculated by each day hired. There
is usually a maximum amount that you have to pay eg 50 days cover will usually cover you for the duration of your hire if you hire
for longer than this.

You can reduce your liability to nil by buying additional insurance cover. This can often be included in the “all-inclusive” rates.

You will still have to pay a bond. This can range from $150.00 to $250.00. This is refundable when the vehicle is returned in a good
and clean condition to the correct location.

Each company has different terms and conditions relating to insurance cover. Contact us for full details and if you have
any questions at all.

We also have the Drive-Easy insurance cover available to select when you make your booking request. This will cover your insurance
liability too.


Australia Freedom of the Road in a Mighty Camper Double Down.

Can I rent from one city to another in Australia?

Yes, you can generally hire from one city to another, no matter where in Australia.
There are sometimes additional costs.
1. A one-way fee or “drop fee”. This can sometimes be waived if you hire for longer than 14 days.
2. Darwin and Broome surcharges. These are in addition to one-way fees due to their remote location.

The Best Time To Tour and Travel around Australia.

Shoulder season in Australia is October–November and March-April

Peak season in Australia is December to February

Peak season in Cairns, Darwin, Alice Springs, Broome and Perth – June and July

Avoid the wet season in the northern half of Australia between November and March

In Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth,  the average temperatures are: Summer minimum 16C and Summer maximum 26C and Winter minimum 6C and Winter maximum 14C.

In the sub-tropic and tropical cities the average minimum temperatures are: Brisbane 16C and Darwin 23C with the average maximums: Brisbane 25C and Darwin 32C, Alice Springs, minimum 20 and average maximum 32.

Rent an Awning to Enjoy the Outdoors

Rent an Awning to Enjoy the Outdoors

Where can we camp at night?

Campsites and Caravan Parks

We strongly recommend you stay in a campsite (caravan (RV) park). Australia has an extensive network of caravan parks in all major
tourist centres and most towns.

You can also stay in National Parks. The facilities are not as good but they are all in spectacular locations.

Powered sites enable you to connect your vehicle to electricity. The approximate cost is AU$25-30 per night.
Some companies provide discounts on campsites in Australia.

National Parks

Most national parks have areas set aside for camping. There are often showers, toilets, barbecues and picnic areas. National parks
are also beautiful and peaceful locations to stay overnight. However, national parks do not usually offer powered sites.
Useful link:

Roadside Camping

Council laws prohibit camping on the side of the road near towns and cities. However, outside towns and in country areas it is
generally permitted. Check with the locals is you are unsure.

Tour the Real Australia by Motorhome

Australia Out Back by Campervan.

Are there heaters?

Yes, most vehicles have onboard heating.

How do I cook?

All campervans have some form of cooking. These are gas powered bench top cookers. There are not usually ovens. However, many are
equipped with microwaves that will operate when you are “plugged in” to a mains electricity supply.


Even the small low-tops or sleeper cars have cool boxes. Larger vehicles have fully functioning fridges that are powered by battery
or gas or the mains. (Three way fridges)

Low-tops and Hi-top campervans.

You can sleep and eat in these. Some have solar showers that you can hang off the back and others offer portaloos. But you are not
able to free-camp in these.

2,3,4,5,6 and 7 berth campervans and motorhomes have built in toilets and showers.

The cassette toilets are clean and easy to use. Empty them regularly by disposing of the contents at “dump stations” on campsites or
in public toilets. Hose out each time and replace the blue liquid to keep the odours to a minimum.
Keep the water tank topped up.

Australia Uluru by camper.

Australia Uluru by camper.

Water tanks:

There are two tanks.
Clean water tank. Fill this with the water from taps. Boil it for drinking. This provides water for the shower and for the sink for
washing up.
Waste water from the shower and the sink is collected in a grey water tank. You must empty this at a dump station on a campsite or
at a public dump station.

Some vehicles have on board displays to show how much water is in the tanks.

Note: If you are in an area where the temperature drops below zero, the water tanks will automatically empty to prevent pipes


Vehicles are not usually winterised in Australia.
Winterising is the process of draining all water from the tanks and pipes when vehicles are taken to areas where the temperature
drops below zero to prevent damage to pipes and tanks. This means that you are not able to use the shower,toilet or sinks.



How long does the battery system last?

The battery system will provide power for between 12 – 20 hours when fully charged depending on use. There are two sets of batteries
in a campervan or motorhome. One is standard that runs the engine and the other set provides you with electricity (power) for all
the lights, pumps, shower, fridge etc
These batteries re-charge when you are driving the campervan. They will also re-charge when you are plugged in on a powered
campsite. Idling the engine won’t provide enough power to recharge the house battery.

When you are connected, all equipment automatically runs on mains power rather than the battery. Appliances such as the television,
microwave, rear air-conditioning and power points only run on mains power.

For the 12 Volt system to work, the 12 Volt main switch must be in the ‘on’ position. All vehicles can be connected to 240 Volt mains
power via the supplied 15 Amp extension lead with large earth pin. All approved caravan park circuits are rated at 15 amps in

How does the shower work in a campervan or motorhome?

Each shower pump uses the battery system on board the campervan. The water is heated via the gas supply from a bottle stored in an
outside compartment of the campervan. You will be shown this when you collect your campervan.
Please ensure that your water tanks and gas bottles are kept full. There is fresh water on all campsites and parks. Gas bottles can
be re-fuelled at most garages, petrol stations.



What is supplied with the vehicle when I rent a campervan or motorhome in Australia?

This varies from company to company. The more expensive the campervan the more that is included. You will usually have bedding and
living equipment such as bedding, cooking equipment, eating utensils, bath and tea towels included. If there are any extra charges
for these, you will see them listed when you make your booking request.

Child restraints/seats.

You will need to ensure that you have child seats booked before hiring. Some companies do not supply these. Please check.


When you are driving a low-top or hi-top campervan it is just like driving a large car. Don’t take the corners quickly and don’t try
to drive as fast as a car. You are carrying your sleeping and cooking equipment.

The campervans that have onboard showers and toilets are easy to drive. They have big mirrors for good visibility. Get someone to
watch you reverse. The vehicles are longer than cars and you can’t always see bollards etc.

Motorhomes with “lutons” the bed that is above the cab, are also easy to drive. These vehicles are easy to manoeuvre but you will
find that they are slower than cars and you need to take corners slower than you would in a car. Watch out when driving close to
hedges that you don’t bump the overhang above the cab. Also, get someone to watch when you are reversing.

These vehicles all have power assisted steering. The seating position is higher than in a car but you do have great visibility.

Normal rules apply when driving and watch your speed limit.

Useful link: Driving rules in Australia can be found here:




Some companies provide complimentary supplies such as dishwashing liquid, dishcloth, coffee, tea and sugar. However, we recommend
stocking up soon after you collect your campervan. Ask at the desk where your nearest supermarket/shop is. Don’t forget the
essentials such as cooking oil, salt, pepper, butter, milk, bread.

Can I access the internet whilst travelling?

Check with your phone provider. Turn off roaming so that you don’t incur charges. It may be cheaper to hire a phone or buy a local
sim card for your own phone while you are travelling. There is an abundance of internet hot spots and most campsites offer this

What storage is there?

We strongly recommend you use soft bags instead of suitcases for your luggage. Soft bags take up less room and fit more easily into
the storage cupboards and lockers in the vehicle.
Some larger vehicles have “garages” big enough for bikes, surf gear etc.

Do I need a special driver’s licence?

A valid, current car driver’s licence must be produced for everyone intending to drive a rental vehicle. State, overseas or
international licences are acceptable. However, the licence must be in English characters for our staff to read.

Is there a spare tyre and will I be able to change it if I need to?

All vehicles come with a spare tyre and equipment needed in the event of a tyre change. You should make sure you have a roadside
assistance number when you collect your campervan in the rare event you need help.

Road Trip Australia in a budget camper.

This could be the view on your road trip around Australia this year.

What is the Cost of Fuel?

Petrol (Gasoline) in Australia comes in unleaded and leaded grades, and is sold by the litre. Petrol and diesel fuel costs between
$1.30 AUD and $1.60 AUD per litre and can be higher, particularly in country and remote outback areas.
Useful link:

Where can I drive my campervan or motorhome in Australia?

Two Wheel Drive Vehicles can only be driven on sealed/bitumen roads. The only exception to this is the last remaining kilometres of
loose road surface on recognised campground access. Please check when you collect your campervan that there are no roads you are not
permitted to drive on.

Four Wheel Drive Vehicles can also be driven on recognized unsealed tracks, but some remote areas are restricted as specified in our
Terms and Conditions. Some companies occasionally have to restrict vehicle movements in certain areas due to adverse road or weather

Is there an iPod, mP3, cd player in the motorhomes and campervans?

Most campervans and motorhomes can play MP3 and CDs. Newer vehicles have usb connections.

Digital travel.

Most cameras are now digital. You can store your photos on the cloud when travelling or buy extra sd cards.
Travelling with a small lap top or notebook can enhance your journey by searching information on your destination.

Terms and conditions for renting a campervan or motorhome in Australia.

These are full and comprehensive. They are listed on the booking page when you make your booking and there is a link at the bottom
of the page where you put in your payment. Please ask if you need anything explained further.

Are there cancellation fees?

Some fees may apply if you cancel your rental booking.

What are toll roads, and do I have to pay to use them?

Toll roads are roads which charge a fee in exchange for access through to your destination. You will likely pass through toll roads
if you are driving your campervan through metropolitan Queensland, New South Wales or Victoria. Watch out for the toll on the Sydney
Harbour Bridge and also around Melbourne.

Useful link: Toll_roads_in_Australia
You are responsible for paying toll fees, so it is important to be aware of these roads before you travel.

Will someone show me how to use everything in the campervan?

Yes. You will have a dedicated staff member take you on a personal tour of the vehicle when you arrive at the branch. They will
ensure that you are familiar with all of the features before you leave. For some basic information about operating the vehicle, please read the rental guide.

Is there internet at the collection branches?

Most campervan and motorhome hire suppliers provides free internet at most of the branches.



Are there bike racks?

It is unlikely in Australia that bike racks are provided. They get damaged by the bull dust and storing them inside the vehicle also causes damage. Many campsites hire them out. If you take your own bikes then store them in bike bags or in the garage area of the

Mileage options:

Vehicles are hired with unlimited mileage included in the hire.

Extra driver fee:

Check to make sure that if there is more than one driver that you have additional insurance to cover additional drivers.

Driver age:

Most companies will not hire to drivers under 21 but there are some exceptions. There is not usually an upper age limit as long as the driver has a valid driving licence.

Local taxes:

Taxes are included in all quotes for campervan and motorhome rental in Australia.

Bedding and kitchen equipment are listed as extra charges where they are not included in the daily rate. Most companies include them in the costs of the rental.


This is sometimes offered as an additional hire option. You can take your own GPS device and download the appropriate regional maps.

Outback Fee:

This is an extra charge on the daily rate if you are travelling to remote areas of Australia. Not all companies charge this.

Outdoor Tables and Chairs:

These can be hired but it is often cheaper to buy them at a local store.

Tyre Waiver:

You need to check that your insurance covers tyre replacement. You can pay additional insurance to cover windscreen and tyre
coverage. This is because many of the roads that you can travel on in Australia are not “sealed” or tarmac.


Most campervans and motorhomes have air-conditioning in the driver’s cab that operates when driving. Additional air-conditioning in the rear of the vehicle is offered in some cases at an additional charge. This will not operate until you are on a mains electrical supply. So, an electrical hook up in a campsite or connected to the mains supply at a house or hotel.

Check out the rates on this perfect camper for 4 people in Australia. Find cheap rentals on

How do I save money on my hire?

Take your own bedding! (there are sometimes extra charges for this)
Book early. Some companies put the prices up the nearer you get to pick up date. Book early and those prices are fixed.
Book for longer. Check out the over 21 day rate and the over 35 day rate. It is always worth having a look before you book as you
may be able to go for longer for the same amount of money.

Older vehicles are cheaper than newer ones.
Larger vehicles are more expensive than smaller ones.

Avoid one-way hires that are less than 14 days in length.

Watch out for our special discounts.

Travel out of high season.

Book early ( I think I said that before, but it’s the best way!)

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Safety tips for a motorhome holiday in New Zealand

Safety tips for a motorhome holiday

By Courtney Whitaker

Courtney Whitaker’s tips on how to have a safe and comfortable motorhome holiday. From the New Zealand Herald.
Motorhomes give you the ultimate freedom - but you still need to know the ground rules.
Motorhomes give you the ultimate freedom – but you still need to know the ground rules.

1 Road rules: Most road rules in New Zealand for motorhomes are similar to those for cars. But though the rural speed limit is 100km per hour, if you are travelling in a motorhome with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GMV) of more than 3500kg, this speed limit is reduced to 90km per hour. Don’t fret if your motorhome won’t fit on the bathroom scales though, your rental company will be able to confirm whether your vehicle fits this criteria or not.

2 Insurance: Make sure you have insurance to cover your trip. Most motorhome rental outlets will offer some form of accident liability cover when you hire the vehicle, though it pays to shop around. Some will offer roadside assistance.

3 Dump stations: Only dispose of your waste water in designated dump stations. These are usually located at camping grounds, holiday parks, or on the outskirts of a town or city. You can find maps of the dump stations located around the country on websites such as AA Traveller: If, like me, you’re not well-versed in the intricacies of motorhome waste management, check out camper for a handy “how-to” video.

5 Safety: To make sure you and your passengers are as safe as possible in your portable hotel, check it complies with road rules. Seatbelts must be fitted in motorhomes manufactured on or after October 1, 2003. If your camper is a “vintage” model, pad sharp edges and objects that could fall or move. The number of safety belts in newer campervans must also match the number of lists the requirements your motorhome must meet.

6 Motorhome sites: If you’ve done your dash with freedom camping and are looking for something a little more upmarket, try can specify the area you want to stay in and amenities you require.

7 Rest: There are rest stops dotted along most open roads in New Zealand, and it’s important to use them if even slightly fatigued. If you’re niftier with technology, use a time and distance calculator to estimate how long your trip will take before you leave. Driving in NZ can take longer than expected because of winding roads or weather conditions. has a useful map for planning siestas ahead of time.

NZ Herald

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Gadgets to take on your campervan road trip.

Gadgets to take on your campervan and motorhome holiday.

The gadgets that you take on your campervan road trip are meant to make your holiday easier and more successful.

What do you need so that your holiday is made better?  I have listed below some of my favourites in no particular order but ones that I have used successfully. I’ve also included links to Amazon if you want to check out the prices. Some of these links will earn us a small commission should you purchase anything from them.

Portable speaker

A portable speaker is a handy item if you have loads of music on your phone or ipad or iPod. And while your campervan probably has a sound system, a portable speaker is just what you need once you’ve parked up for the day.

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Camp chairs

It sounds stupid to even mention these, but honestly they make a world of difference. You don’t want to be stuck inside your camper when you can be soaking up the serenity of the great outdoors. Bringing along a couple of compact, folding camp chairs ensures that you don’t have to resort to cobbling together some crude perch from whatever’s around. They don’t take much space, they’re not too expensive and they boost your comfort level through the roof.

E reader

While you may be the old fashioned sort who believes that if it’s not on paper, it’s not a real book, the fact is that there’s only so much room in a campervan and you need to be smart about what you bring. Sitting down and relaxing with a good novel can be one of the greatest joys of holidaying, but books are surprisingly heavy and take up a lot of space. Bring all the books you like along with you in one slim gadget that weighs just a fraction of your average paperback.

Handheld vacuum cleaner

It’s not very sexy, but one of those little handheld hoovers will save you a load of time and hassle. A broom is fine, or a mop if you like, but everyone knows that there are times when a broom just doesn’t cut it. Having a little vacuum cleaner along for the ride makes keeping your campervan rental tidy an absolute breeze.

French press (Stainless steel, insulated)

Rely on your morning fix to get you going for the day? A French press is compact, low-tech and ridiculously easy to use. Glass isn’t a great option for your travel press, for obvious reasons. Opt instead for a stainless steel version – it’ll brew just as fine a cup of coffee and it’s virtually indestructible. Getting an insulated model is a nice plus, ensuring that the second and third cup is as hot as the first.

Portable solar charger

There’s a few different models on the market, but the idea remains the same: a device that captures solar energy for use on your USB powered devices. This will keep your phone, e reader, tablet and other small gadgets alive and running even when you’re a long way from traditional power sources. Chargers that work off your vehicle battery are only good as long as you’re on the move – the shift to solar gives you that much more flexibility.

GoPro Action Camera.

I recently took a go-pro on holiday and was impressed by how easy it was to use even the voice controls.  It was compact enough to slip into my pocket so I could pull it out and start recording knowing that it was not going to clog up my phone’s memory.  I had quite a large miniature sd card in place which I downloaded every evening onto my laptop.

The other main advantage over using your phone for photos and videos while on holiday is that the go-pro is waterproof.  It doesn’t matter if it’s pouring with rain or you want to record the excitement while bungy jumping or white-water rafting.

Out on a boat trying to find whales or dolphins and you have the flotation attachment then no need to worry about damaging your camera.

Also, when you are travelling in a campervan or motorhome and you are moving about the go-pro is just robust.  You can drop it and it’s ok. It can get stuffed in a pocket or bag and the dust doesn’t seem to bother it.

It is a camera that has its uses outside of those surfers, skiers, mountain bike riders or thrill seekers. It certainly is great for those purposes but with the newer lenses and a wide angle option it is great for still shots as well as making movies.

GoPro 6 Action Camera

GoPro 6 Action Camera from Amazon.

Go Pro at the beach.

Go Pro at the beach.


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I am keen to know if anybody has tried out any of these services.  It is an ongoing challenge to stay in touch while on the road.

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Route 66 book stores.

66 Bookshops on Route 66

66 Bookshops on Route 66

I t’s arguably the most famous road in the world. Route 66 – just saying those words makes you want to hit the road. But did you know there are many wonderful used bookshops along the way from Chicago to Los Angeles? We have plotted the ultimate bibliophile’s road trip where you can visit 66 bricks and mortar used bookshops – who all sell on the AbeBooks marketplace – while driving from the shores of Lake Michigan to the beaches of Santa Monica. We are talking about two thousand miles and hundreds of thousands of books. It’s a booklover’s paradise – and worth the trip for that alone. Some folks travel for culinary adventures, some travel for landmarks and museums, but bibliophiles travel for the finest in literary offerings. It’s called Bookstore Tourism, and yes – there’s a book about it.

The bookshops we’ve featured vary in size, and range from quintessential neighborhood used bookshops to specialists dedicated to subjects like children’s books, history, mysteries, architecture, theology, alternative religions and cooking. Get your motor running, head out on the highway and discover some amazing used and rare bookshops in America’s heartland.

“The people are in flight, and they come into 66 from the tributary side roads, from the wagon tracks and the rutted country roads. 66 is the mother road, the road of flight.” — John Steinbeck -The Grapes of Wrath

66 Bookshops on Route 66:

1. Howard’s Books – 2000 Maple Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Howard’s Books is the quintessential neighborhood used bookshop close to Northwestern University. If a book has been in the shop for more than a year it’s half price.

2. Amaranth Books – 828 Davis Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Just down the road from Howard’s, this shop also offers CDs and DVDs, and has been around for 20+ years.

3. The Book Den – 1043-B Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202
Small but packed with books. Literature, history, anthropology, women’s studies, books on tattoos and more.

Chicago Rare Book Center 703 Washington Street, Evanston, IL 60202

4. Chicago Rare Book Center – 703 Washington Street, Evanston, IL 60202
A treasure trove of collectable books. You’ll see amazing books priced in four and five figures.

5. The Armadillo’s Pillow – 6753 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60626
Expect the unexpected in this quirky shop. Lots of beautiful but highly uncommon books.

Bookworks 3444 N Clark, Chicago, IL 60657

6. Bookworks – 3444 N Clark, Chicago, IL 60657
A little bit of everything including rare recordings. Parking around the back.

The Route Itself

Route 66 no longer exists but you can still trace the route of the old road, most of which is still drivable. It crosses eight states, three time zones, and covers 2,448 miles (about 4,000 km). John Steinbeck described Route 66 as the “Mother Road” and that stuck as one of its many nicknames.

7. Gallery Bookstore – 923 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
Established in 1927, this general used bookshop offers a hefty dose of rare magazines and ephemera. Check out the specialist section for mystery, science fiction and horror.

8. Booklegger’s Used Books – 2907 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
Walk in and the shelves seem to go on and on. Used books galore from first editions to affordable paperbacks.

Booklegger’s Used Books 2907 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657

9. Round Table Books – 1826 S. Indiana Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616
Offers rare and collectable books, particularly in history, art, Arthurian history and literature, Napoleonic biography and poetry. Closed Sundays.

10. Powell’s Bookstores Chicago – 1501 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
It’s impossible to be in Chicago without visiting Powell’s in Hyde Park where you will find a vast array of scholarly books. They have another shop on the University of Illinois Chicago campus.

11. Hooked on History – 350 W. Kensington Road, #108, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
Established in 1988, the founding principle of this shop is to provide quality collectable history books at affordable prices. Lots of American history with a strong focus on military history

Bobzbay 419 North Main Street, Bloomington, IL 61701

12. Brain Snacks – 5239 Carpenter Street, Downers Grove, IL, 60515
Open on Fridays and also by appointment only. Since 1994, Brain Snacks has specialised in mystery, science fiction and fantasy, and romance.

Inspiring Steinbeck

John Steinbeck was inspired to write The Grapes of Wrath during a 1937 drive along Route 66. The book’s title was suggested by his wife, Carol, taken from the Battle Hymn of the Republic: “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.”

13. Bookhunters Books & Comics – 548 South Route 59, Naperville, IL 60563
Located in a busy shopping center, Bookhunters, which opened in 2012, combines comics and graphic novels with books on religion, theology, philosophy, literature and scholarly subjects.

14. Bobzbay – 419 North Main Street, Bloomington, IL 61701
Used books and quirky media, and lots of science fiction and fantasy. This shop is not dull and look out for the bright yellow Bobzbay van.

Dunaway Books 3111 South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63118

15. Novel Ideas – 480 E Main Street, Decatur, IL, 62523
From Bloomington, take a short detour to Decatur and see Novel Ideas where you will find more than 20,000 books in a shop that’s been open for over 25 years.

16. Prairie Archives – 522 East Adams Springfield, IL 62701
In business since 1973 and at this location since 1992. Approximately 250,000 books, documents, manuscripts, posters, prints, comics, collectables, magazines, postcards and more.

17. Books on the Square – 153 East Jackson, Virden, IL 62690
About 20 miles south of Springfield. They opened in 1993 and today it consists of three buildings full of used and collectable materials.

STL Books 100 W Jefferson Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122

18. The Sly Fox – 123 North Springfield Street, Virden, IL 62690
This independent bookshop specialises in children’s books, mysteries, books about Illinois, and books for reading groups.

19. Hammonds Antiques & Books – 1939 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118
This St. Louis shop has been around for 30 years. Lots of rare, used and out-of-print books plus a huge library of paper articles on subjects from the 1850s to 1960s.

20. Dunaway Books – 3111 South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63118
Housed in a former gallery, Dunaway Books caters for scholars, collectors and readers. Lots of small press titles and local literature.

ABC Books 2109-J N. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65803

Mark Twain National Forest

A possible detour is to visit the Mark Twain National Forest, which is south of the road between St. Louis and Springfield. It was established in 1939 and named after Missouri’s most famous son. The 350-mile Ozark Trail system winds through the forest.

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21. The Book House, Inc. – 7352 Manchester, Maplewood, St. Louis, MO 63143
This shop is housed in an old department store building in the historic business district of downtown Maplewood. You will find an eclectic mix of rare, out-of-print, new, and used books.

22. Patten Books – 10202 Manchester, Kirkwood, MO, 63122
Keith and Nancy Patten offer around 50,000 quality used books. Open Tuesday to Saturday in the suburbs of St. Louis.

23. STL Books – 100 W Jefferson Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122
A small community bookshop dedicated to reading and the literary arts in St. Louis. They specialise in high quality literature for adults and children.

Nixa Book Mark 409-2 Northview Road, Nixa, MO 65714

24. ABC Books – 2109-J N. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65803
Established in 1989, ABC offers more than 100,000 new and used books, including textbooks. Closed on Sundays.

25. Half Price Books of the Ozarks – 1950 S. Glenstone Avenue, Suite O, Springfield, MO 65804
New and used books covering romance, westerns, sci-fi, cookbooks, history, classics, horror and mysteries.

26. Hooked on Books – 2756 S Campbell Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807
Another one in Springfield. More than 100,000 used, rare and out-of-print gems. Located in the Village Shopping Center behind Andy’s Frozen Custard. They have another location in Ozark.

Gardner’s Used Books 4421 South Mingo Road, Tulsa, OK 74146

27. Nixa Book Mark – 409-2 Northview Road, Nixa, MO 65714
A small, friendly shop stocked with over 30,000 books but a strong focus on paperback fiction.

Ernest Hemingway’s Birthplace & Museum

In the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, you can visit Ernest Hemingway’s childhood home and a nearby museum which displays photographs, family artifacts, writings and memorabilia from the great man’s life.

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28. Sleepygirl’s Used Books – 516 N Main, Joplin, MO 64801
In business since 1999, Sleepygirl started out online but expanded to a physical shop in 2003 which was destroyed by a tornado in 2011. Like true survivors, they bounced back with a new shop.

29. Coffee Break Book Store – 322 Buss Lane, Pineville, MO 64856
Used books and a Cuppa Joe. A good place to spend a few hours after touring the nearby Pea Ridge National Military Park. Contains a separate children’s room.

Peace of Mind Bookstore 1401 E. 15th Street, Tulsa, OK, 74120

30. Gardner’s Used Books – 4421 South Mingo Road, Tulsa, OK 74146
Oklahoma’s largest used bookshop, Gardner’s has approximately 23,000 square feet of books, comics, DVDs, CDs/records, video games and collectables.

31. Oak Tree Books – 2812 East 15th Street, Tulsa, OK 74104
Lots of books about Oklahoma, the early days of the American West as well as plenty of first editions.

32. Peace of Mind Bookstore – 1401 E. 15th Street, Tulsa, OK, 74120
One of America’s largest collections of occult, New Age and metaphysical books. Also carries herbs, stones, crystals, incense, runes and tarot cards.

Archives Books Oxford Pointe, 1914 East 2nd Street, Edmond, OK

33. Rod’s Books & Relics – 10 E. 2nd Street, Sand Springs, OK 74063
A cosy little bookshop offering, children’s books, cookbooks, Western Americana, and science fiction and fantasy.

34. Archives Books – Oxford Pointe, 1914 East 2nd Street, Edmond, OK 73034
Established in 1989, Archives is a pioneer of online bookselling. Pop into their shop for a huge array of used book bargains.

35. Second Chance Books & Comics – 3909 North MacArthur, Warr Acres, OK 73122
The largest used bookshop in the Oklahoma City area (250,000 books) and a full service comic book shop, including Manga and graphic novels.

“If you ever plan to motor West, travel my way, take the highway that’s the best. Get your kicks on Route 66. It winds from Chicago to LA. More than 2,000 miles all the way. Get your kicks on Route 66.”

— Bobby Troup, whose 1946 song was first performed by Nat King Cole

36. Tome on the Range – 158 Bridge Street, Las Vegas, NM 87701
New books, modern first editions, children’s books, cookbooks, and mysteries from this picture-perfect small town shop in New Mexico’s Las Vegas.

37. Maya Jones Books – 500 N Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87010
A wide selection of general used and antiquarian books with a specialty in Latin Americana and Western Americana. Located at the Traveler’s Market inside the de Vargas Mall.

38. Gunstock Hill Books – 239 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Located close to the Georgia O’Keefe Museum on the historic Santa Fe Plaza, this is a boutique bookshop specialising in old, rare and collectable books.

39. Big Star Books – 329 Garfield Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
From the outside, this building looks like a storybook house but this small white and blue bookshop is filled with used books.

Second Chance Books & Comics 3909 North MacArthur, Warr Acres, OK 73122

Ernie Pyle House & Library

In Albuquerque, you can visit the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist’s house. Ernie Pyle was famed for his writing about small town America and his reporting from World War II where he died in combat.

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40. op.cit. books – 500 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Located in the Sanbusco Marketplace, op.cit carries new and used books, and modern first editions, and a great selection of remainders. Ideal for early risers, this place opens at 8am.

41. Under Charlie’s Covers – 160 South Camino Del Pueblo, Bernallilo, NM 87004
Forty minutes north of Albuquerque. Lara Harrison named this shop after her father, a journalist who always wanted to open a bookshop. Charlie’s dream never came true but his collection became the basis for Lara’s bookselling business.

42. Bonnie’s Books – 9311 4th Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87114
A small used bookshop with an interesting selection of children’s books.

Gunstock Hill Books 239 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

43. Page 1 Books (aka Page One Too) – 5850 Eubank Blvd. NE, Suite B41, Albuquerque, NM, 87111
Inside the Mountain Run Shopping Center, Page 1 Books is the largest independent bookshop in New Mexico, and offers new and used books.

44. Blue Eagle Metaphysical Emporium – 2422 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112
This bookshop specialises in alternative spiritualties, primarily Wicca and pre-Christian paths, as well as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism. They also offer books on astrology, alternative self-help and health.

45. Title Wave Books – 2318 Wisconsin Street, NE Albuquerque, NM 87110
Title Wave offers everything from literature to cooking, children’s books to political science – 100,000 books in 400 categories. Open Tuesday to Saturday.

Title Wave Books 2318 Wisconsin Street, NE Albuquerque, NM 87110

46. Don’s Book Store – 1013 San Mateo SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
This family-owned bookshop, which opened in 1970, offers more 200,000 paperbacks and hardcovers.

47. Pinon Tree Books – Antique Specialty Mall, 87106 Albuquerque, NM 87106
Located in an antique mall, Pinon Tree Books offers an outstanding selection of books on regional history.

48. Lifeways Books and Gifts – 111 South Cortez Street, Prescott, AZ 86303
A metaphysical and spiritual bookshop located on a busy little street between a burger joint and a clothing shop.

Don’s Book Store 1013 San Mateo SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

49. The Old Sage Bookshop – 110 S Montezuma Street # H, Prescott, AZ 86303
Quality used books and a wide selection of titles on the Southwest ranging from children’s books to natural history.

50. Book Nook (aka Star ‘N Space) – 324 W Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ 86301
A small bookshop next to a yoga studio.

51. The Book Shop – 134 N. Citrus Avenue, Covina, CA 91723
Twenty miles east of LA, Brad and Jen Johnson’s shop has more than 40,000 books covering topics from California and the west to literature, military history, cooking, children’s titles and science.

52. Cook Books (aka cookbookjj) – 1353 N. Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91104
Janet Jarvits’ legendary shop contains more than 30,000 used, rare and out-of-print cookbooks. Chaotic but fascinating, this is a must-stop place for foodies.

53. Book Alley – 1252 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106
Founded in 1992, this is a general used bookshop (offering 50,000 books) with a large selection of art, architecture, and photography books.

54. Archives Bookshop – 509 E Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101
A theological bookshop that carries more than 75,000 new and used theological books covering religious studies, philosophy, theology and biblical studies.

55. The Battery Books & Music – 1005B Mission Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030
This shop offers a wide and eclectic selection of books and music plus clothing and jewelry from local artisans, and live music too. Spanish language books too.

56. Read Books – 4972 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
A small highly organised shop offering used books and new magazines. Also does events and has signed books and first editions.

57. Mystery and Imagination (aka Bookfellows Fine Books) – 238 North Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203
Owned by Malcolm and Christine Bell, this shop has offered books on mystery, detective, science fiction, fantasy and horror since 1975. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

The Old Sage Bookshop 110 S Montezuma Street # H, Prescott, AZ 86303

58. Alias Books East – 3163 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90039
Located in the heart of Atwater Village, Alias Books carries a wide variety of used books with an emphasis on literature, film and the arts.

59. Bookfinger – 620 Moulton Avenue #113, Los Angeles CA 90031
Located at The Brewery, an artists’ colony, in Lincoln Heights near Chinatown. Used and out-of-print art, photography and design books. Also LPs. Open Thursday to Saturday.

60. Counterpoint Records & Books – 5911 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Below the Hollywood sign. Books on the arts, literature, poetry, film, stage, and philosophy with a wide variety of other categories. Also lots of classical, jazz and rock records.

Book Alley 1252 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

61. Books on the Boulevard – 13551 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles CA 91423
This shop opened in 1995 and offers hard-to-find, out-of-print, used and rare books. Closed Sundays.

62. Mystery Pier Books – 8826 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood CA 90069
World famous and beautiful. This is where celebrities buy their rare books. Pop in and you might be rubbing shoulders with Johnny Depp. Signed, modern firsts, crime and mysteries.

63. Alias Books – 1650 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90025
Near UCLA, Alias Books has been a West LA fixture since 1959 – Alias Books East is its sister shop. Thousands of titles covering art, literature, academic and scholarly books.

Archives Bookshop 509 E Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101

64. Arcana: Books on the Arts – 8675 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
New, rare and out-of-print books on 20th century art, architecture, design, fashion, cinema and photography housed in a modern, sleek shop.

65. Sam: Johnson’s Bookshop – 12310 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90066
Located in a blue building for the past 30 years, this famous bookshop offers a wide selection of used books with plenty of history.

66. Hennessey + Ingalls – 214 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Founded in 1963 and dedicated to the visual arts, this shop is filled with used, rare and out-of-print books about art, architecture, design, fashion and photography.

Hennessy + Ingalls 214 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Nova Scotia Lighthouse driving route

Visit the Lighthouses of Nova Scotia


For centuries Nova Scotia’s lighthouses have helped protect seafaring visitors and our own hard working people who looked to the sea for their living. Standing proudly against the elements, they embody the province’s maritime history and spirit.

Today, lighthouses continue to dot the coastlines of Nova Scotia from Cape Forchu to Louisbourg. The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society maintains a list of lighthouses on their website, including ones that are open to the public.


Peggy’s Point Lighthouse
South Shore
The rugged beauty of the rock formations surrounding Peggy’s Point Lighthouse make it a singular phenomenon. Once a working post office, Peggy’s Point remains one of the most photographed lighthouses in Canada. While visiting the vibrant fishing village of Peggy’s Cove, sit on the rocks surrounding the lighthouse and view the waves lapping at the shore. Walk through the village and explore the shops and boutiques showcasing local arts and crafts. The gingerbread at the Sou’Wester Restaurant is not to be missed.


Fort Point Lighthouse Park
South Shore
Located on the shore of Liverpool Harbour, Fort Point Lighthouse is a rare example of pre-Confederation lighthouses. Since its light was first lit in 1856, the lighthouse has played an integral role in the community, particularly during the nineteenth century when shipbuilding was essential to Liverpool’s economy. This Provincial Heritage Property is open year-round with picnic tables and interpretive panels celebrating the area’s privateer heritage.


Cape Forchu Lightstation
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores
Cape Forchu is home to the first apple core style light station. Enjoy a warm cup of tea at The Mug Up Tea Room, located in the Lightkeeper’s House, while you take in the view of Yarmouth Harbour. Stroll along the scenic walkway and pop into one-of-a-kind shops filled with treasures crafted by local artists.


Brier Island Lighthouse
Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley
This iconic octagonal wooden lighthouse marks the spot where the Bay of Fundy officially begins. The lighthouse is still operational today with a fully automated system. Some of the best whale watching tours in the province depart from ports in the surrounding area.


Masstown Market Lighthouse
Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley
Masstown Market is the perfect stopping-off place in central Nova Scotia. Located just west of Truro, the market features fresh local produce and baked goods as well as a deli, fish market, ice cream shop, gift shop, garden centre, and a restaurant and fish & chip boat. Visit the Masstown Market Lighthouse to peruse the “Catch of the Bay” fresh fish market. After your meal in the restaurant or at the Fish & Chip Boat attached to the lighthouse, meander to the top of the Lighthouse for a birds-eye view of the Bay of Fundy in the distance.


Cape d’Or Lighthouse
Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley
Experience views of both the Bay of Fundy and Minas Channel from the Guest House at the Cape d’Or Lighthouse. Extend your views with the onsite telescopes, grab a meal at the restaurant of head out for a hike along their trails while you’re there.


Cape George Point Lighthouse
Northumberland Shore
On a clear day you can see Cape Breton and Prince Edward Islands at Cape George Point Lighthouse. Overlooking the waters of St. George’s Bay, the original lighthouse, built in 1861, was unfortunately destroyed by fire in 1907. It is the third iteration of the lighthouse that stands there today. Have a picnic in the nearby park and enjoy some natural beauty on their walking trails. After a visit to the Tuna Interpretive Centre, stop by Boyd’s Seafood for fish & chips.


Louisbourg Lighthouse
Cape Breton
Part of the largest historic reconstruction in Canada, the current lighthouse stands at 55 feet tall and was completed in 1923. When visiting the lighthouse stop in to the Fortress of Louisbourg where events are happening all summer long.


Port Bickerton Lighthouse
Eastern Shore
The Port Bickerton Lighthouse provides gorgeous views of the sea and the surrounding community. The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Interpretive Centre, located on site, helps to tell the story of lighthouses in Nova Scotia, and celebrates the mystical place lighthouses hold in our history. As part of the Port Bickerton Lighthouse Beach Park visitors can take advantage of onsite walking trails.

Some Lighthouses are open to the public.

Visit A Lighthouse:

Abbotts Harbour Lighthouse
Yarmouth County Yarmouth & Acadian Shore 43°39’36”N
Annapolis Lighthouse
Annapolis County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 44°44’39.6”N
Baccaro Point Lighthouse
Shelburne County South Shore 43°26’59”N
Belliveau Cove Lighthouse
Digby County Yarmouth & Acadian Shore 44°23’20.3”N
Boars Head Lighthouse (Tiverton)
Digby County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 44°24’14.5”N
Brier Island Lighthouse
Digby County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 44°14’55.0”N
Burntcoat Head Lighthouse
Hants County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 45°18’36”N
Cape dOr Lighthouse
Cumberland County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 45°17’27”N
Cape Forchu Lighthouse
Yarmouth County Yarmouth & Acadian Shore 43°47’38.8”N
Cape George Lighthouse (Northumberland Strait)
Antigonish County Northumberland Shore 45°52’26.8”N
Cape St. Marys Lighthouse
Digby County Yarmouth & Acadian Shore 44°05’09.2”N
Coffin Island Lighthouse
Queens County South Shore 44°02’01.1”N
Five Islands Lighthouse
Colchester County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 45°24’21”N
Fort Point Lighthouse (LaHave River)
Lunenburg County South Shore 44°17’15.84”N
Fort Point Lighthouse (Liverpool)
Queens County South Shore 44°02’36”N
Gilberts Cove Lighthouse
Digby County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 44°29’42”N
Grand Passage Lighthouse
Digby County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 44°17’13.5”N
Grandique Point Lighthouse
Richmond County Cape Breton Island 45°35’38.2”N
Hampton Lighthouse
Annapolis County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 44°54’20.0”N
Kidston Island Lighthouse
Victoria County Cape Breton Island 46°05’53.3”N
Louisbourg Lighthouse
CBRM County Cape Breton Island 45°54’24.0”N
Mabou Harbour Lighthouse Rear Range Light
Inverness County Cape Breton Island 46°05’09.2”N
Margaretsville Lighthouse
Annapolis County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 45°03’00.3”N
Neil Harbour Lighthouse
Victoria County Cape Breton Island 46°48’23.3”N
Northumberland Fisheries Museum
Pictou County Northumberland Shore 45°40’32.5”N
Out Of The Fog Museum Visitor Info
Guysborough County Eastern Shore 45°20’51”N
Peggys Point Lighthouse
HRM County South Shore 44°29’30.4”N
Port Bickerton Lighthouse
Guysborough County Eastern Shore 45°05’24.0”N
Port Greville Lighthouse
Cumberland County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 45°24’52.5”N
Port Medway Lighthouse
Queens County South Shore 44°08’00”N
Prim Point Lighthouse
Digby County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 44°41’28.0”N
Queensport Lighthouse Visitor Info
Guysborough County Eastern Shore 45°20’52.6”N
Sandy Point Lighthouse
Shelburne County South Shore 43°41’30”N
Seal Island Light Museum
Shelburne County South Shore 43°33’50”N
Spencers Island Lighthouse
Cumberland County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 45°21’17.9”N
Walton Harbour Lighthouse
Hants County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 45°14’00”N
Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society
C/O Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
1675 Lower Water Street
Halifax NS, Canada B3J 1S3



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Canadian Badlands interactive map

Travel the Canadian Badlands

The Canadian Badlands Touring Routes offer the best road trips through the badlands. These scenic drives take you through unique landscapes and connect you with authentic adventures. Major attractions like hoodoos at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park and dinosaurs at Dinosaur Provincial Park and the Royal Tyrrell Museum — and some hidden gems are included. Use the information on their websites to customize these tours and create your memorable Canadian Badlands experience.

Think about staying at a historic ranch house, a tepee village, or a campground for a few nights to really get to know this spectacular and vast region.

Need more information? Stop at one of the Canadian Badlands regions’ many visitor information centres to get the scoop from the locals.

The driving times listed below are estimates based on distance and the type of road between destinations. These times may vary based on road condition, weather, and construction. Please check Alberta Motor Association (AMA) Road Reports for up to date road conditions.

Driving Distances

From Calgary

To Distance Time
Brooks 192 kms 2 hrs 10 min
Cluny 111 kms 1 hr 20 min
Drumheller 143 kms 1 hr 30 min
Hanna 220 kms 2 hrs 35 min
Lethbridge 209 kms 2 hrs 30 min
Medicine Hat 295 kms 3 hrs 10 min
Milk River 307 kms 3 hrs 15 min
Oyen 330 kms 3 hrs 45 min
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Self Contained NZS 5465 – what does it mean?

What is Certified Self Containment?

Certified Self Containment is maintaining and certifying your motor caravan in accordance with the New Zealand Standard for Self Containment of Motor Caravans and Caravans, NZS 5465:2001.

The creation of the Standard was spearheaded by the NZMCA to provide a solution to the increasing problems associated with the use of motor caravans and the disposal of waste. The NZMCA encourages all motor home and caravan owners to make their vehicles self contained, and help protect the environment and public health from indiscriminate waste disposal.

A self containment vehicle is designed to completely meet the ablutionary and sanitary needs of the occupants (including water for drinking and cooking) for a minimum of three days without requiring any external services or discharging any waste.

Waste water is collected in holding tanks then disposed of via a dump station. Dump stations are connected to reticulated sewerage or septic tank systems, therefore the treatments used in the waste water must be approved toilet chemicals or treatments that do not affect the operation of these systems.

If you would like to check a vehicle’s self containment certificate, please click here.

The Standard requires sanitary and safe installation of the following:

1. Fresh water supply: 4L per person per day (i.e. minimum 12L per person)
2. A sink
3. Toilet: 1L per person per day (i.e. minimum 3L net holding tank capacity per person)
4. Holding tank: 4L per person per day (i.e. minimum 12L per person ) and monitored if capacity is less than the fresh water tank
5. An evacuation hose
6. A sealable refuse container (with lid)

Why Should I Certify My Vehicle?

A self containment certificate provides local authorities and communities with a way to recognise that a vehicle poses minimal risk to the environment and public health. That way they are able to accommodate motor caravans at reserves and other areas where there are limited or no external facilities.

Without self containment, the environmental and public health problems caused by motor caravans will become unacceptable, and will result in councils and government placing increasing restrictions on the use of motor caravans.

It is also a requirement of joining the NZMCA that new members from 01 July 2009 certify their vehicle within three months of joining, purchasing or completing the modifications to their motor caravan.

How Do I Certify My Vehicle?

Path to Certification

You should first check that your vehicle meets the minimum requirements of the NZ Standard by either refering to our summary or purchasing a full copy of the Standard NZS 5465:2001 from Standards New Zealand (keyword 5465:2001)

When you’re ready to have your vehicle inspected contact one of our Self Containment Officers to arrange a suitable time and date.

If your vehicle passes its inspection, the check-sheet will be sent to the National Office for recording and processing of your certification documents. Please allow up to 5 working days from the receipt of the check-sheet. Certification is valid for 4 years unless the vehicle undergoes modifications or alterations to an item covered by the self containment certificate. In which case, it will need to be rechecked.

How Much Will It Cost?

Members FREE – Certification and Documentation
Commercial Operators $150.00 + GST – Initial Set Up
$15.00 + GST – Vehicle Inspection
$15.00 + GST – Self Containment Certificate
Private Owners (non-members) $55.00 including GST – Inspection and Certification

Other Fees

Mileage (per kilometre) $0.78 + GST
Replacement ‘Responsible Camper’ Sticker $0.30 + GST
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