Shopping Trip Itnerary Portland, Maine and North Conway, New Hampshire

Hello all excited bus tour participants and those who wish you could be with us. Vivienne here to post the most current itinerary. Try to contain yourselves while you count sleeps!

See you Friday!



**** Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Day 1 – Friday, October 25, 2013

6:00 A.M. – Depart from Port Elgin Regional School.  Vehicles can be left at back of parking lot by the hiking trail.  The school would not be responsible for vehicles left there over the weekend..

6:30 A.M. – Depart from the Sackville Home Hardware parking lot.  Home Hardware is not responsible for left vehicles.

8:45 A.M. – Arrive at Irving Big Stop, Lincoln NB for ½ hour rest stop.

11:30 A.M. – Woodstock Tax and Duty Free Shop. Located at Atlantic Travel Centre,
1412 Route 95, Belleville, New Brunswick, Canada, E7M 4Z8
 (1-800-463-3030, 1-506-328-8888). PLEASE DO NOT SPRAY PERFUMES DUE TO ALLERGIES.

12:00 A.M. – Customs – Please have your passports ready. The customs officer will be coming onto the bus for a random check.  **PEDVAC FOUNDATION INC. IS NOT.  **PEDVAC FOUNDATION INC. IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYONE WHO IS DENIED ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES

12:30 P.M. – We will depart for Bangor. You can set your watches back one hour as we are now on Eastern time.

1:30 P.M. – Dysart’s Truck Stop for Lunch – 207-942-4878.

2:30 P.M. – The Bus will depart for Portland.

4:30 P.M. – We will be arriving at our hotel, Super 8, Westbrook, Maine 1 207-774-5861.  PLEASE REMAIN ON THE BUS UNTIL THE TOUR GUIDE RETURNS WITH THE KEYS AND CALLS YOUR NAME.

5:15 P.M. – The Bus will depart for the Burlington Coat Factory.

6:45 P.M. The Bus will depart for the Maine Mall – 517 Maine Mall Road – Supper and Shopping.

9:15 P.M. The Bus will return to the Hotel.

Day 2 – Saturday, October 26, 2013

6:30 A.M. – Wake-up call at hotel.   Complimentary continental breakfast provided.

8:00 A.M. – The bus will depart for shopping at Settlers’ Green Outlet Village, North Conway, New Hampshire – TAX FREE SHOPPING at over 60 factory outlet stores.

9:30 A.M. – Arrive at Settlers’ Green.  If you wish to take the optional one hour trip to the Christmas Tree Shop remain on the bus.  The bus will be open from 1:00 to 1:30 to put your parcels on.

3:00 P.M. – The bus will depart for the Look Out for photo opportunities.

3:30 P.M. – The bus will depart for the Christmas Loft.

4:00 P.M. – Arrive at the Christmas Loft.

5:00 P.M. – The bus will depart for the hotel.

6:30 P.M. – The bus will take us to our hotel to drop off our parcels.

7:30 P.M. – Departing hotel and going to Kohl’s at 17 Main Street, Westbrook, Maine.

8:45 P.M – The Bus will return to the Hotel.

Day 3 – Sunday, October 27, 2013

6:15 A.M. – Wake-up call.  Complimentary continental breakfast provided.

7:45 A.M. – The Bus will depart hotel for Bangor- Please make sure you have your entire luggage. Please leave the hotel keys in the Room.

10:15 A.M. – The bus will arrive at  Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts. 

11:15 – The bus will arrive at Bangor Mall.  If you wish to take the optional one hour trip to Walmart where groceries are available remain on the bus.   This is a lunch stop so you may eat at the mall or get something to take on the bus.

1:15 P.M. – Bus will depart for Houlton. We will complete our customs forms along the way. Do not fill out the bottom if you are planning on shopping at the Duty Free. Please keep your receipts! 

3:00 P.M. – Arrive at Duty Free Shop, 4 Airport Dr  Houlton, ME 04730 (1 207-532-6540)


3:45 P.M. – Customs

5:15 P.M. – The bus will depart.  You may now set your watch ahead an hour as you are in Atlantic time.

6: 45P.M. – We will arrive at the Irving Big Stop in Lincoln NB for a rest stop.  This is your chance to get something take out for supper.

7:15 – The bus will depart for the next stop.

8:35 –  We will arrive at the Irvin Big Stop at Salisbury NB for a rest stop.

9:00 – We will depart for Sackville.

9:45 P.M. Sackville     10:15 P.M. – Port Elgin


Not only is this a chance for you to have a great shopping get-away but in doing so you are supporting a great charity. 




Super 8 Portland/Westbrook Area

208 Larrabee Rd, Westbrook, ME, 04092, US

Phone: (207) 854-1881

Fax: (207) 854-0078


 Make yourself at home in one of the 105 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Conveniences include desks and coffee/tea makers, and you can also request irons/ironing boards.  Enjoy recreational amenities such as an indoor pool and a spa tub.  A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily.  We also provide a 24 hour front desk.

 The hotel does not have a restaurant but the following are within walking distance:  Ruby Tuesday, Chopotle, Panara Bread, Pizza Hut, Burger King, McDonald’s, Denny’s, Season Grill and The Egg & I.  However, each room does have a microwave and a refrigerator. 




Maine Mall

Settlers Green Outlet Village

Burlington Coat Factory

Christmas Tree Store

Bangor Mall


Pedvac Foundation Ltd. acts only as an Agent for the Passengers with Respect to the Dining, Attractions, Admissions, Transportation, and therefore, cannot accept any responsibility for missed connections, delayed departures, or arrivals, loss, damage or injury to persons or property. Pedvac Foundation Ltd., cannot accept responsibility for itinerary changes, changes in accommodations, transportation, attractions, Pedvac Foundation reserves the right to substitute. (arrangements of equal value).

Pedvac Foundation Ltd. is not responsible for stolen or damaged vehicles left in parking lots while away.


  •  Travel insurance is not included in your tour package
  •  Please have your US Travel Insurance and Proper Medical coverage.
  •  Passports are a requirement.
  •  Children traveling without both parents, need a consent form.
  •  If you take medications, it must be in the original bottles.
  •  Please have your name, address and phone number on all luggage.  One carry-on per person and one large suitcase only.
  • Please do not wear strong scents due to allergies.
  • No smoking or drinking on the Motor Coach.
  • $800 (Canadian) Spending Limit includes your duty free – 1.5L of wine or 1.14L of liquor or 24X355 ML cans or bottles of beer or ale. 200 cigarettes, 200 tobacco sticks, 50 cigars or cigarillos and 200 grams of manufactured tobacco.


Please keep all Receipts for Customs.


Please keep all receipts in one place for Customs on return to Canada.

We recommend that you take photocopies of credit cards and important documents with 1-800#’s. It is also recommended that you contact your credit card company to advise them that you will be traveling throughout the United States.


Do not try to cross the border with any citrus fruit.  It will be confiscated by the border officers and you could be denied entry into the country.


*** Pedvac will be providing large plastic bags with name tags for everyone to put their purchases into in the luggage hold.

Looking forward to a fun and bargain-filled weekend with you all.

See you on the bus,


PEDVAC Gets 2013 Agent of Change Award By United Way

Hello Everyone, Vivienne Edwards here to share with you the honour of UnitedWay_Idealsbeing invited to the United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick’s Annual Fundraising Campaign Kick-Off Luncheon with our PEDVAC Executive Director, Val MacDermid. Normally, Val would have been accompanied by Cathy Consentino, President of PEDVAC, but she happens to be out of town. Board members were asked if one of us would like to attend in Cathy’s place. How fortunate for me that I happened to be free and was the first to respond to Val’s invitation.

As a result of generous funding from the United Way to PEDVAC, we have been able to increase our staff and hours to do more as a social agency to provide for the needs of the underprivileged with enhancements to our many programs and services, including running the local food bank (see Programs and Services link at the top of this page). United Way Director of Community Development, Micha Fardy was somewhat persistent with her email invitations to the luncheon and when Val and I arrived, we were introduced for the first time, she kept repeating my full name. I kept nodding while thinking she must have trouble hearing me over the roar of the arrivals in the lobby for the luncheon check-in. We were seated at table number 16 (I like that number for personal reasons), which happened to almost be front and centre. Very impressive!

Val said she should have realized something was up when our lunch companions were the leader of the opposition, Brian Gallant, his ED, Kevin Lavigne, MLA for Memramcook/Lakeville/Dieppe, Bernard LeBlanc, MLA for Dieppe, Roger Melanson. In addition to the government officials we were also seated with Camp Centennial Director, John Savage and camp counselors, Regan Haley and Sarah Martell.

Val_Micah_VivThe luncheon began with awards while we were invited to begin eating and enjoy the meal. After the second award, Executive Director, Debbie McInnis and Micha were at the mic both wearing PEDVAC mittens they had asked Val to bring to purchase for volunteers and we realized they were talking about PEDVAC programs (see the Programs and Services link at the top of this page). Before we knew it they were calling Val to come up on stage. I quickly pulled my cell phone out to capture the “kodak moment” and realized they were then calling my name too. Thank goodness for the kind Kevin Lavigne, sitting to my right who offered to take the photo of us both. We were summoned to the stage to receive the 2013 Agent of Change Award on behalf of PEDVAC and to say it was an honour for me is a huge understatement. It is a beautiful plaque and we will hang it on the wall with our other awards.

Congratulations to everyone for your hard work.  The plaque says Pedvac, Val MacDermid, Staff and Board.  My camera screen burned out and so all I had was my cell phone which, as luck would have it, I actually remembered to charge before leaving the house. Forgive the quality of the photos, but the moment was captured, thanks to Kevin who was a charming companion. Val gave a really good speech thanking all the staff and volunteers of PEDVAC in spite of being caught by surprise. Well done, Val!

BrianGallant_CampCentennialSettling back into our seats after all the excitement, we heard them talking over the microphone about Camp Viv_BrianGallant_ValCentennial. John Savage began nudging Regan and Haley, saying, “They’re calling you up there”. Well, how exciting for them to be representing all the counselors at Camp Centennial in receiving the Kim Halliday Asset Builder Award for their dedication to the campers! The caption on their Facebook page said, “Maybe you won’t recognize us without our hoodies and T-shirts but you best believe, that’s three Camp Centennial folks with Liberal MLA Brian Gallant at the United Way kick off Luncheon! Congratulations to all the Camp Centennial Counselors”. May I say how inspiring it is to be in the presence of young people who personify generosity and foster hope in us all for a better world.

Everyone who was not an MLA at table number 16 had now received an award so Brian Gallant joked that Kevin Lavigne should receive one. I say we vote him most supportive and accommodating luncheon companion for taking photos for us and providing me with all the names and titles of the esteemed guests of the United Way and Delta Beausejour Hotel in Moncton. Thank you so much Kevin. It was our pleasure to have met you, all the MLAs and the great young folks of Camp Centennial.

After the luncheon, Val and I had a minute to chat to Debbie McInnis and for me to make her acquaintance. It turns out we’ve met at PEDVAC when she was there measuring for shelves. What a small world and what a pleasure to have met both Debbie and Micah.

On behalf of Val, myself, all the board members, staff and volunteers of PEDVAC, thank you to the United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick for this honour.

Congratulations to PEDVAC on a well deserved award.


Maine & New Hampshire Bus Trip Still Has Spaces



Pedvac’s October 25 – 27 cross border shopping trip still has spaces.  Registration will be taken until September 20 and must be paid in full by then.


$265 per Double Occupancy

$240 per Triple Occupancy

$225 per Quad Occupancy

$305 for Single Occupancy





October 25 – 27, 2013

We will be shopping at the Maine Mall, Burlington Coat Factory and Kohl’s in Portland.  There will be TAX FREE SHOPPING at over 60 factory outlet stores at the Settlers’ Green Outlet Village in North Conway, the Christmas Tree Shop and the Christmas Shop.  We will also be shopping at the Bangor Mall and Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts.  Duty Free shopping at the border is included both ways. 



$265 Per Person Double Occupancy

$240 Per Person Triple Occupancy

$225 Per Person Quad Occupancy

$305 Single

Not only is this a chance for you to have a great shopping get-away but in doing so you are supporting a great charity. 

Upon booking your trip a $50 nonrefundable deposit is required.  All bookings must be made by June 21st.  First come, first serve.  Pedvac must receive full payment by September 20th.  Cancellations are non-refundable unless your seat can be refilled due to contractual obligations with hotels and buses.  Trip cancellation insurance is very important.

To reserve your seats and for further information contact Anne at 506-538-7638 or

PEDVAC First Annual Shopping Bus Tour Great Fun Great Bargains


Back Row left to right: Jean Trenholm, Chris Morrison, Heather Walton, Sarah LeBlanc, Shirley MacPherson, Natalie MacQuarrie, Joyce Cummins, Dianne Allen, Susan Allen, Cheryl MacGregor, Joyce Baxter, Roz Antcil, Lynne Brander
Middle Row, left to right: Judy Scott, Rita Cosgrove, Nita Conrad, Marilyn Prescott, Shirley Wall, Pat Legere, Heather Hastings, Dianna Baxter, Sally Scott, Wanda Wood, Edith Helm
Kneeling, left to right: Bert White, Annette Carter, Vivienne Edwards, Jan Legere, Carlene Patterson, Heather Murray

Hello All, Vivienne here to share with you the fun we had on the First Annual PEDVAC Shopping Tour. PEDVAC, a non-profit social agency is always looking for new and fun ways to raise funds for the very important work and social support needed in our region, thus the shopping bus tour was born. To learn more please see “All about PEDVAC” and “What’s Happening”.

28 shoppers from Sydney and Amherst, NS, Port Elgin, Sackville and Moncton, NB, boarded the bus at 6:00 a.m. and with our strong Canadian dollar, it was the perfect time for some cross-border shopping; and shop we did! Bargains were so plentiful that a couple of us even went over the $800 limit for duty free.

There was lots of room on the bus which was just over half full. Once we were en route to the CANADA/USA border I took the opportunity to tell our shoppers a little bit about PEDVAC and to thank them for their support by joining this tour. On board were some of our board members, including myself, former board members and staff, many of whom sell tickets to our annual Dream Vacation Raffle. A very big thank you to all the shoppers and Bert, our bus driver who bought tickets. Good luck to you all and I sure hope one of you wins first prize!

Calling our numbers to do head count

We learned to make sure we were all aboard with everyone calling out their number after each stop. Next year we’ll definitely have name tags; at least while on the bus so that I can have at least some hope of remembering everyone’s name 🙂

We made stops at Duty Free on the way out at St. Stephen’s NB and on the way back at Houlton, ME and found great deals there too. Both shops managed our group smoothly and we got back on the bus on time to keep to our schedule. The border crossing could have been more pleasant at Calais, ME so we chose to return instead via Woodstock, NB on the return.

Friday was a full day after the long drive with lunch at  Dysart’s Truck Stop & Restaurant in Bangor, Maine where the food was delicious and the service excellent.  On we rolled until the quick check in to the hotel then off to Burlington Coat Factory in South Portland, ME, which as the name may imply is not just a coat factory, but in fact is a clothing, accessories for the whole family and home decor department store. The Maine Mall was our next shopping and dining experience. As you see by their Web site, this is a huge mall with premier shopping, dining and entertainment in Portland, Maine with wonderful little boutiques, mall kiosks, food court, JC Penney, Sears, Best Buy, Macy’s and The Sports Authority among many other top stores,  shops and brands. Back at the hotel we had tons of bags and confusion as we unloaded the bus. Next year we’ll have large bags with our names on them in the luggage hold.

On Saturday and Sunday we rose early for the long days of shopping and dining. The Howard Johnson’s Hotel had an indoor pool, a restaurant and bar, The Season’s Grille which was fine and we were all quite satisfied with our rooms. Some of our ladies opted not to shop at some points, but to dine in instead and even enjoying a karaoke night in the bar/restaurant.

The North Conway, NH Settlers’ Green Outlet Village with TAX FREE SHOPPING at over 60 factory outlet stores was not to disappoint.  We shopped for many hours, taking breaks to eat and have tea in the food court in between. Some ladies even made 3 to 4 trips to some stores, the bargains were that good! There was always one or two of us at the food kiosk where they served Red Rose tea drifting in for breaks and to share our finds.

The Christmas loft

Christmas Loft magical Christmas wonderland

The scenery going through Maine into New Hampshire was breathtaking with the White Mountains as a backdrop and  mist rising over the lakes on either side of the 2-lane road and on through the little town of North Conway with rows of charming little shops. On the way back an unscheduled but very pleasant detour was made to the Christmas Loft  a true Christmas wonderland shop with magical charm, decor and every kind of ornament you could imagine to decorate the tree and home.  Also on the return we went to a scenic lookout point to take this great photo of the group at the foot of the White Mountains.

PEDVAC Shopping Bus Tour

The PEDVAC Shopping Tour group stops to enjoy the breathtaking backdrop of the White Mountains

This day ended with some going to Kohl’s Department Store across the street from the hotel, some staying in and a very few going to Target. Next year we definitely will include Kohl’s and omit Target.

On the way home Sunday we took in the Christmas Tree Shop. The description given  to me was that “it’s like a dollar store but a thousand times better and that much more selection”, and it did not disappoint. Everything from nick knacks to kitchen gadgets, seasonal items for not only Christmas but Halloween and every other holiday in the year. This is certainly not just a Christmas Store.

Lunch at the Happy China Buffet in Bangor, Maine was fast, efficient, and delicious and we were given a group rate for a buffet that was the largest one I’ve ever seen in 12 years of working in the travel industry. The custom stir fry where you pick your own raw ingredients was also included in the buffet price for a tip in the jar at the grill. We had 2 hours here but could have been in and out in one to take in the Joanne Fabrics store across the street for all our crafters on the tour.

On our way to shop some more!

By all accounts this fund raising bus trip was a resounding success. The pace was hectic, the scenery beautiful, the bargains plentiful, the bus driver was helpful and funny, and best of all we had a great group of 28 ladies who made my job as tour escort easy and fun. We already have our tour dates tentatively pencilled in for next year 2013, most of our ladies who went this year have already said they’ll go again next year and some even have additional friends and family committed to join us.

Put your email and name in the “Get Updates To What’s Happening At PEDVAC By Email Each Time We Post” form in the sidebar to subscribe for updates so that when Val posts the confirmed dates and itinerary for next year’s tour, you will get an email notice.

Until next year, save up your pennies and come have some fun for a good cause.

Wishing you all a blessed and safe Christmas Season,