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Discussion in 'Canada' started by pgods, Jun 1, 2016.
Fun! I did Mt Washington a few years ago.
I've decided to spend my vacation close to home this year. Leaving Sunday (16th) from Hali and plan on roaming the coast to Canso then up to Cabot Trail for a couple days then follow the coast to Amherst. Figure I should find out what all you people travel to NS for.
I did that exact trek (except the Amherst coast) last week, and NS has awesome coastal roads. No shame in spending some vacation time touring around an area where many threads are started with info on visiting here.
Have a good run.
Each year I tend to be focussed on getting out of NS. This year decided to change it up. I haven't been to CB, except to blast through to the ferry, in about 10yrs and have never followed the coastal section from Sheet Harbour to Canso. Really looking forward to it.
What was condition of the 216 into Canso? I've heard that it's rather potholed but this was from someone who hadn't been on it in a few years.
Great thread. I'll be in Nova Scotia around the end of July for ~ a week. Riding from Toronto via Gaspe Peninsular.
Maybe I'll bump into some of you :)
Roads were ok with their share of cracks and potholes. I was 2 up loaded with camping gear in pouring rain. Don't recall any drama, so it couldn't have been too bad.
Very low traffic, lots of twisted, and a nice riding pace were had.
The Trail has some construction and a few kms of dirt. Could be slick if wet.
I didn't have any in front of me from just outside sheet harbour all the way to Canso (including country harbour ferry). Other than a few rough sections where I slowed down it was a blast ripping along.
My buddies and I did that route on the way back from Cape Breton, we found it awful until shortly after the Country Harbor Ferry . Mind you we were all fully loaded and two of us were on bikes with relatively stiff suspension. I don't know if your side of the road was just that much better compared to coming from the other direction but holy lord, it was the roughest part of the trip for us. Lol.
I just realized that I made it sound completely horrid; there is actually some really nice riding in spots along that route, which helps make the butt massacre worth it.
In Salmon Cove now... had a wonderful trek in Gros Morne and Western Pond. Visited Twillingate, now home. Brought a kayak and the Vstrom in the back to entertain myself while here.
Let me know when you're around and the other FF's are planning to drop by, and I'll make the run over. Got a few Halifax craft beers to share with you.
Only an hour or less from my house, I land YYT the 26th and the boys are scheduled to show up on the 27th I think. It looks like RTWPaul and Egle are showing up close to the same time.
If my flight gets in early enough I'll be out same evening if it gets in too late I'll be out the next morning. I need to pick up a bike at the Toy Box so need to land within business hours.
WE rough camp here in NS all the time. Really depends on the area. I find this crown land map useful.
Depending on the area, I can point out a few spots. I know a lot around Digby area and the Cobequid shore area.
Are you able to mark those sites on Google maps and share the link for easy GPS importing? I'm heading up the Cobequid shore in a couple weeks and will need a place to camp!
I have created a Google map of the area that is shared in another thread, https://drive.google.com/open?id=1cizzmv1TELpbUCMostCVIyIyJhg&usp=sharing
On the map there are several layers, trails, points of interest, services, camping, etc. most of these camping spots I have used over thae years.
I actually already had that map but didn't
realize you had mapped out POI's as well.
Great. If you downloaded it, you might want to update it as I have recently added a few things, including a lot of camping spots
That was brilliant, thank you! I will definitely be using 1-2 of them when I ride in October out that way. Woo FREEdom!
Crazy. I just created a thread recapping THIS EXACT TRIP!
Canso>Cape Breton>Amherst Shore
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Looks like you had a great time. Nothing against the Amherst Shore but next time swing a little south to Truro and take in the Cobequid shore. Quite a bit different for being so close together. Lots of things to see. Masstown Market and fish and chip boat, Great Village Antiques, That @#@$ Dutchmans Cheese, Highest tides in the world. five Islands, Parrsboro, Cape D'Or, Etc. The road from Parrsboro to Advocate is an awesome drive, kind of a mini Cabot Trail. You can loop back up to Amherst at the end. Might take a couple more hours than the north Shore route but still not a long trip.[/QUOTE]
Thanks for the tip, that area is quite close to home and I've been wanting to explore it.
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I stayed a night at the Provincial Park in Amherst Shore. Very large wooded sites and very quiet. Temps were high 20s (low 30s w/ humidex), zero breeze, and around 7 quadrillion mosquitos. The section from Tatamagouche through to Amherst is rather boring but also very little traffic.