Last minute trip to Northern Ontario

Discussion in 'Canada' started by tennyis, May 15, 2018.

  1. tennyis

    tennyis Been here awhile

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    Hey Folks,

    I'm leaving tomorrow on a 5 night trip around Northern Ontario. My original plan was to head south to Virgina but the weather is looking awful!

    With it being the 125th anniversary of ontario parks I thought it would be cool to spend some time at them!

    1. Algonquin Park
    2. agawa bay
    3. Sleeping Giant


    I knew I wanted to travel on 17 and 129 so I just made a trip based off that. I'm a bit worried now about gas/food as these look to be very remote areas! I know 129 when I did it before almost caused me to run out of gas. Any other areas to watch out for? Typically i'll buy some food later in the day to cook but I'm not seeing a ton of options for nights 3 and 4 in particular. I'm thinking i'll bring a couple freeze dried mountain house meals.

    Any last minute advice would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Check that those parks are still open. Last time I looked Wakami had been closed; possibly Nagagamisis too. We no longer spend tax dollars as wisely as we used to.
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  3. tennyis

    tennyis Been here awhile

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    all our open, i've reserved sites.

    i actually changed up the trip a bit and am going to do sleeping giant now instead of wakami.

    leaving kingston tomorrow about 4:30pm if you want to join! will be about 800km a day with a 1 day break at sleeping giant, 5 nights total return monday. I changed my original post around to better reflect the trip as i've made even more changes :)
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  4. tennyis

    tennyis Been here awhile

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    setting up email notify for thread.
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  5. klondike1

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    When you go to sleeping giant make sure you have everything you need before you leave the hwy. Only one small general store just off hwy and then nothing after that. NO cell coverage down at the park. Try the Hoito restaurant in Tbay. Has a bit of history to it. Enjoy
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    nick949eldo Long timer

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    That's good to hear - especially about Wakami. I've spent a lot of time there in the past. Thanks for the offer but I'll be heading north in Quebec on Saturday for a few days. Have a great trip.
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  7. tennyis

    tennyis Been here awhile

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    Thank you that's very helpful!

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  8. Vikingtazz

    Vikingtazz Will ride for food.

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    +1 for Hoito Restaurant - you gotta try the Finnish Pancakes (think Crepes - only much better).
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  9. LoboR1

    LoboR1 n00b

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    Make sure you have fuel leaving Sault Ste Marie...there's a couple little places just past there, but nothing again until Wawa, which is about 220 km. The highway from the Soo to Thunder Bay is fantastic and twisty with many elevation changes! Dress warm...it's still relatively cold bike weather up here along the north shore of Lake Superior!!
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  10. tennyis

    tennyis Been here awhile

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    I dont normally eat out on trips but I do have an entire day in Thunder bay so it sounds like I should make an exception for breakfast!

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  11. tennyis

    tennyis Been here awhile

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    Awesome thank you! My vstrom has a range of 350 so I'll need to be full to be safe. I do remember a spot in thessalon before 129.

    Are the black flies and mosquitoes bad yet?

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  12. LoboR1

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    The bugs aren't too bad where I am since it is pretty cool still...the moose however are out in full force! The bugs could be bad around the Soo and Thunder Bay since those two places are always much warmer than where I am. Maybe someone from there could weigh in. :)
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  13. tennyis

    tennyis Been here awhile

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    Interesting that it's warmer in Thunder bay it looks to be only slighty less south. If you see a yellow vstrom and concours passing though on Friday give us the adv salute! Haha

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  14. bungie4

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    Their is gas on 129 at the outfitters but it's pricey.
    Bugs are just starting in Sudbury. Not bad yet.

    Oh, Mountain House, stay away from the Beef Stroganoff. I was once ate a double portion at Grundy Provincial Park just south of Sudbury. It was 6am when I bolted from my tent not having a clue where the outhouse was. All I was wearing were my bike boots and my underwear. For some reason, I had the wherewithal to grab a roll of TP. I was running. I made it, but my underwear was down when I jumped backwards well before the threshold onto hole number 1 of a 2 holer.

    I didn't know hole number 2 was occupied.

    It's pretty bad when the smell can cause the emergency evacuation of a provincial park 2 holer.
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  15. tennyis

    tennyis Been here awhile

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    Lmao

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    If you're taking 11 west from T-Bay... there's camping at Quetico Park and the town of Atikokan is about 2km off the highway and has gas, restaurants and 2 small motels... there is also ( or used to be) free camping at the public park on the Atikokan river... Big Falls is quite pretty around behind the golf course!
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  17. tennyis

    tennyis Been here awhile

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    they tasted great, thanks for the tip!

    brought 2 cans of bug spray and never used them once in 5 nights haha

    Thunder Bay lookout and Terry Fox monument was the highlight of a fantastic trip. It was a cold ride into Thunder Bay from sleeping giant at 3c, lots of rain and wind but seeing the monument made me feel like a wimp for complaining about being cold !

    Wish I had more time, 3800km in 5 days was to much :) I'll be back again someday
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    Glad you still want to come back up here after the rain and cold. Lake Superior is a huge, free, air conditioner that keeps things relatively cool near the shoreline. It's a great place once you get used to it! 3800 km in five days is pretty solid riding... congrats on that!


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  19. tennyis

    tennyis Been here awhile

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    Yes it was a bit much haha It was really about 3600 in 4 days because on day 3 all I road was from sleeping giant into thunder bay to see the tourist stuff haha. Fantastic trip but I am finding I am starting to turn my trips into how many km can I do over x number of days. My next one is going to be more of a relaxed pace for sure!
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