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Old 03-20-2015, 03:59 PM   #1
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Trans Canada Hwy 17 - Best direction?

I'm thinking about riding Hwy 17 and I'd like the opinion of anyone who has ridden it, which direction to go. Thunder Bay to Sault St. Marie, or vice versa? It would probably be in July or August. I'm on a HD FLHTC. So no off road suggestions, please. Thanks for any insight.
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Old 03-20-2015, 11:20 PM   #2
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Direction does not really matter. You should look into doing the circle tour around Superior. Great ride.
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Old 03-21-2015, 04:25 AM   #3
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If there was a factor for the direction, it would be the weather.
go east if you have clear sky to follow and try ing to escape rain behind you.
go east if you have strong or cold wind to ride with not against.
go west if you can reach good weather sooner (if the day would start in rain).
go east to finish a hot day on east side of lake which is cooler.

Sault ste marie to wawa is ok ride, some nice views.
Wawa to thunderbay is boring, no twisties little views until thunderbay to duluth (if you go there)

PS: the US side of lake superior: sorry but that is 100% boring and completely skippable, not worth it at all.
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Old 03-21-2015, 05:48 AM   #4
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Good one DDDD. That captures my fair weather street ride thinking too.
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Old 03-21-2015, 06:49 AM   #5
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thunder bay to the soo

you have to go from thunder bay to the soo. this way the lake is on your right. the ride from wawa to the soo is a great ride. did it last year at the end of sept and the leaves were turning .


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Old 03-21-2015, 11:08 AM   #6
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From Thunder Bay to Blind River you have some of the best views of the big lake. Nice little towns and rest areas.
Either way is good.
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Old 03-21-2015, 12:20 PM   #7
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I've done it both ways and prefer West to East. the lake is on your right, and you can pull off to the scenic lookouts. I saw my first moose on that Wawa/Soo stretch.
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Old 03-21-2015, 07:22 PM   #8
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I've always preferred the east to west direction on 17, but that's very likely because I live in the Toronto area, so I'm just starting my trip and feeling that infinite potential awesomeness.
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Old 03-22-2015, 08:06 AM   #9
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If you ride west have some really good/strong sun glasses. As the sun sets you will be looking right into it for several hours.
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Old 03-22-2015, 08:33 AM   #10
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West to East, keep the sun on your back, though either way is a great ride.
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Old 03-22-2015, 02:51 PM   #11
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North shore of Superior

Hi, direction does not matter, views are world class both ways, I have travelled it numerous times.
Weather could be used as a factor or route home from either terminus.
Both cities have lots to offer as a start or stop point, do not miss lunch or dinner at the Mad House in Thunder Bay, owner is a bike crazy restauranteur and a great guy.
Route passes through many small towns with each one having some interesting points, ancient rock paintings, small sand beaches and big water falls are all right along road and easily accessed. Camping spots or nice small mom and pop motels are in good supply.
Lots of other riders on roads to share a bevy with or a few miles of road.
There is though a good wildlife population so ride alert and off the road before dark.
North shore is a UNESCO world heritage site and there are some very unique plants,animals,aquatic sites, aquatic species, geographical faults and formations.
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Old 03-22-2015, 05:09 PM   #12
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Hi, direction does not matter, views are world class both ways, I have travelled it numerous times.
Weather could be used as a factor or route home from either terminus.
Both cities have lots to offer as a start or stop point, do not miss lunch or dinner at the Mad House in Thunder Bay, owner is a bike crazy restauranteur and a great guy.
Route passes through many small towns with each one having some interesting points, ancient rock paintings, small sand beaches and big water falls are all right along road and easily accessed. Camping spots or nice small mom and pop motels are in good supply.
Lots of other riders on roads to share a bevy with or a few miles of road.
There is though a good wildlife population so ride alert and off the road before dark.
North shore is a UNESCO world heritage site and there are some very unique plants,animals,aquatic sites, aquatic species, geographical faults and formations.
Why not ride it both ways. The perspective is different whether facing East or West but beautiful either way.
You won't waste you time riding it twice.
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Old 03-23-2015, 05:52 AM   #13
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Why not ride it both ways. The perspective is different whether facing East or West but beautiful either way.
You won't waste you time riding it twice.
What OldSilverFox said ^^^

Different views in both directions. I've done it so many times I've lost count.
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Old 03-23-2015, 02:22 PM   #14
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Good idea to bring warm clothes. The big lake can be powerful cold if the wind is coming off the lake.
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Old Yesterday, 03:38 PM   #15
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I've done that route a number of times and agree that both directions are great. If you have time shoot up and down 129, that's a nice ride also. State side is more populated, you need to hug the lake, there are less views but I would certainly not call route 58 boring, I enjoyed it more then the tail of the dragon.
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