Ontario Advise Please

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Joezeph, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. Darryl's bmw

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    I would and have done the route from Sault St. Marie down through Manitoulin Island & take the Ferry to Tobermory down the 6 to the 403 exit at Branford and take country routes from there to the Niagara area. A must ride is the Niagara Parkway from Niagara on the lake to Fort Erie passing Niagara Falls.
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  2. 1bigrn

    1bigrn Been here awhile

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    Driving through Toronto isn't that bad. Outside of rush hours, it should be about an hour. As the previous gentleman mentioned the 407 Express Toll Route is a rocket lane that takes you around Toronto but the toll is costly. Just throw some mud on your plate and you will not be billed.
    Personally, I don't like driving through Toronto so I would just hold my breath for the hour or pay the 407 toll.
    The good thing is cutting through is pretty straightforward.
    Hwy 400 South to 401 West , 427 South and follow the sign to QEW Niagara Falls.
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  3. 1bigrn

    1bigrn Been here awhile

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    That would be a good route. If not that way, drive from the Sault Ste Marie through Michigan to Sarnia. ts a nice drive and you get to see the Mackinaw bridge.
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  4. Joezeph

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    Thanks guys, but any ride or route no matter how big the diversion should entertain some spectacular scenery & sites, l don't just want "nice!"
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  5. kirbike

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    If you want spectacular, and you're in the Sault, take the 556,aka Ranger lake Rd. to the 129 and then south to Thessalon. Ranger Lake Rd. is gravel, but it's wide and smooth. Lots of twisties on that route and very scenic, especially along the 129. You could also add in another loop by getting on to the 554 before you get to Thessalon, then north on the 546 to the 639 and follow that to Elliot Lake. This whole thing you can do instead of Hwy 17, which isn't that interesting in that section anyway. Make sure you have lots of gas though and fuel up when you can, I think there is only two station along that route and they may not be open certain days.
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  6. Joezeph

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    Good to know, & thanks so far for all the useful info from everyone!!!!:thumb
    Another question because my trip is delayed due to Progressive being slow at mailing my insurance cards for Canada is:
    "What's the weather like now & for the next 2 weeks>?"
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  7. kirbike

    kirbike Been here awhile

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    Just got off the phone with my son who lives in the Sault. He says it's 30C up there now. That's pretty hot for this time of year! It's gonna be hot till Tuesday, then drops down to the mid teens.....stiil comfortable for riding. Peak time to go IMHO.
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  8. Joezeph

    Joezeph Been here awhile

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    Great info, thanks!!!!

    l'm still trying to create a good "once in a lifetime" route, & other than the little side routes to Manitou Island etc how does this look & am l missing much by not going on the Wisconsin side of the lake???
    https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Bra...60da92ac34!2m2!1d-93.2185144!2d36.6436731!3e0
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  9. Joezeph

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    Best 2 day ride route for the start of my trip????? IMG-20170925-WA0002.jpeg
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  10. Joezeph

    Joezeph Been here awhile

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    Maybe this is a better size???...Click on the thumbnail

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  11. Joezeph

    Joezeph Been here awhile

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    Using info from this & other websites l've decided to take 3 days to get to SSM, vi a stopover at sis-in-laws at Peopria IL, then Airbnb at Oshkosh, then onto SSM.
    From SSM l plan on going down Manitoulin lsland then the ferry to Tobermoray, onto Niagra, then 2 more days home.

    Thanks to everyone for sharing your knowledge. :clap
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  12. B10Dave

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    Joezeph; if you have a couple of hours to spare in SSM Ont. you should visit the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Museum. Very interesting place. I think your decision to go to Manitoulin Island and take the ferry is a good one. You won't miss anything by bypassing Toronto traffic and congestion. Toronto is best visited as a destination on it's own and by any means other than on a motorcycle. Safe travels and enjoy your visit to our province. Best views of Niagara Falls are on the Canadian side and the nicest way to enter NF's is on the Niagara Parkway from Niagara on the Lake. The Parkway will then take you south to Fort Erie and the Peace Bridge to Buffalo NY.
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  13. kirbike

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  14. Joezeph

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  15. kirbike

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    Nope. I don't live anywhere near there, I just go north a lot!
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  16. dbrum

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    Depending on where your plate is from, you may or may not have to pay 407 tolls. They only bill to states that have agreements with Ontario Ministry of Transportation - NY, MI, WI, VT.

    I ride my bike/car with Ontario plates in California and never pay a toll or parking ticket. Best system ever.
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