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Old 10-14-2010, 06:27 PM   #1
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Questions about Nunavut

I live in Chicago, last year I visited Alaska and it was truly an amazing experiance.

In 2011, I would like to visit more of Canada. I own a Yamaha FJR and was wondering if it manageble to ride to Nunavut area, how are the roads up in Nunavut and to there from Chicago?
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Old 10-14-2010, 06:45 PM   #2
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Roads In Nunavut ???

There aren't any.
The farthest north on a paved road in Ontario is to Pickle Lake and then about 200km further on gravel to Windigo Lake. In Quebec you can get as far as James Bay but still short of Nunavut. I think the Trans Lab may take you to about the same latitude north but still a far cry from Nunavut. The furthest north you can get is in the Northwest Territories to Inuvik unless you wait for the ice highway and go to Tuktoyaktuk.
I think Prudhome Bay in Alaska is a little further north but that is in USA.
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Old 10-14-2010, 06:54 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

I'm just looking for a great place to visit in Canada. I loved Alaska, the roads, hiking, it was great. I was hoping to find something similar in Canada.
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Old 10-14-2010, 07:12 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply.

I'm just looking for a great place to visit in Canada. I loved Alaska, the roads, hiking, it was great. I was hoping to find something similar in Canada.
I just returned from Iqaluit, Nunavut last week. Surprised to see that anyone else even knows about that area. And as mentioned, there ARE no roads up there except in the villages. Everyone waits for Winter to visit the other villages by snowmobile.

However, if anyone here knows "Frostbite", otherwise known as "40belowbiker" on You Tube, he may be the only person up that way riding off-road motorcycles. He has recently switched to riding a Gas Gas Trials Bike and now can get around in the Summer to places that were too difficult on his 450 Yamaha.

And since last week, I might just be the second person ever to ride cross-country through the Tundra and rock slabs ups there... It's Trials Heaven as long as you ride when the bugs are not flying.. Had a great time!

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Old 10-15-2010, 06:02 AM   #5
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I'm just looking for a great place to visit in Canada. I loved Alaska, the roads, hiking, it was great. I was hoping to find something similar in Canada.
Go ride the Trans-Labrador Highway before they get too far with paving it. I wouldn't take the FJR though.

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Old 10-15-2010, 08:15 AM   #6
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There are lots of wonderful places to ride in Canada. Deciding where to go is probably the hardest. From Chicago on an FJR I would suggest a trip up and around Lake Superior. Loop up through the west side to Thunder Bay over the top of Superior and down the east side of Lake Michigan. The roads are great and the scenery wonderful. Lots of places to stop for rests, food, and accomodation.
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:28 AM   #7
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Your suggestion is great. Thank you. How about the Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, NewFoundland? Anyone been there?
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Old 10-15-2010, 02:06 PM   #8
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Your suggestion is great. Thank you. How about the Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, NewFoundland? Anyone been there?
Yes. Check out the two Trans-Labrador/Newfoundland ride reports linked in my sig (below).

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Old 10-15-2010, 08:17 PM   #9
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Here are some questions. Since I own a FJR, Im looking for quality roads/paved.

So, here is my plan, let me know what you think and if the roads are paved.

Chicago to Baie Comeau
Baie-Comeau North on 389 to Labrador City which turns to 500 to Happy Valley-Goose Bay,take ferry to Cartwright (510) to L'Anse-Au-Clair take ferry to St. Barbe (430) to Deer Lake (1) ride (1) in NewFoundland and Labrador and ferry to Nova Scotia.
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:56 PM   #10
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You can pick up the Dempster Highway in Dawson YT and take it all the way to Inuvik in Northwest Territories.
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:34 AM   #11
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Here are some questions. Since I own a FJR, Im looking for quality roads/paved.

So, here is my plan, let me know what you think and if the roads are paved.

Chicago to Baie Comeau
Baie-Comeau North on 389 to Labrador City which turns to 500 to Happy Valley-Goose Bay,take ferry to Cartwright (510) to L'Anse-Au-Clair take ferry to St. Barbe (430) to Deer Lake (1) ride (1) in NewFoundland and Labrador and ferry to Nova Scotia.
389 is only paved up to Manic 5. Then it's 400+ miles of loose gravel to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, with a few relatively short sections of pavement interspersed totaling another 150 miles or so. For that matter, the pavement from Baie-Comeau to Manic 5 is hardly what I'd call "quality." It's rough, potholed, and frost-heaved.

Cartwright to Blanc-Sablon is another 200 miles of gravel plus 50ish miles of rough pavement.

Also, don't waste your time on Highway 1 in Newfoundland except to connect secondary roads -- the good riding is on the smaller roads along the coast and bays and heading up the northern peninsula.

Given the bike you're on, I'd suggest taking the ferry from Baie-Comeau to Matane, riding around the Gaspé peninsula, then heading over to Cape Breton and taking the ferry from there up to Newfoundland.

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Old 10-18-2010, 07:48 PM   #12
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There's a guy in Cambridge Bay with a Ural I met up there. And when I was in Taloyoak (as far north as you can go and still be on the continental mainland and not an island) a few years ago there were a few dirt bikes there that kids would zip around town and out on the Land with.

But riding up there? Not going to happen.
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I live in Chicago, last year I visited Alaska and it was truly an amazing experiance.

In 2011, I would like to visit more of Canada. I own a Yamaha FJR and was wondering if it manageble to ride to Nunavut area, how are the roads up in Nunavut and to there from Chicago?

FJR_ski,

I am wondering if you ever did make the trip?

(To NFLD, not Nunavut :)

If you scooted east to the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, one of the worlds most scenic roads, and then

explored NFLD, a kind of Irish-Canadian hybrid w/ some of the best people

and honest, down-home, honest-to-goodness partying on the entire planet, you can't go wrong.

Be sure to smuggle some screech home to Chicago, continuing an age old tradition...


(TBH, I'd advise going through the US to,Halifax, as the Canadian side is predominantly the Trans-Canada,

which is a hell of a lot less glamorous than it sounds.

Of course, you may prefer to make time, rather than meet people for that portion of the trip.)


Investigate visas and ferries to St. Pierre and Miquelon, a couple of tiny French (as in France, not Quebec)

islands, and I'd say you'd have a pretty epic journey on your hands.

Not as remote as Alaska, but pretty damned awesome in its own way.

Let us know how your '11 tour went!
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