Plotting A Summer 2012 Trip To Anticosti

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  1. Deadly99

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    I had planned on doing a similar trip but decided to switch mynplans due to limited riding being available. Therefor basically one road and it can be done (across and back) in a day. If memory serves, 5 days is the minimum you can spend there because ofvthe ferry schedule.

    Looks like some cool hikes and the paddling appears to be outstanding. Next year is booked up but someday i'dblike to go and do a bike slash sea kayak trip.

    Enjoy your trip, look forward to seeing some pics and hearing about your experience :freaky
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  2. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Actually, there's a fairly large network of roads. The Route Henri Menir (aka Trans-Anticosti) is the primary one, but there's others. I estimate there's over 500 miles on the island. Obviously, one wouldn't ride all day, but there's plenty to explore. Keep you posted.
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  4. markbvt

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    I see this thread's nearly a year old. Did the trip ever happen?

    --mark
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  5. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Nope, but it's still on the menu. This summer will feature a run to Newfoundland, but I'm still convinced that Anticosti would be a jewel in the crown. A few of the people on the Newfoundland are potential riders to Anticosti. I could have done the trip, but I was very reluctant to do it solo.
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  6. TOTim

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    I am planning an east coast trip this summer. Toronto through the NE US to NB then into Nova Scotia, over to NL then back to QC and up to Gaspe. Is it still possible to sail from the island to Harve- St- Pierre? This island sounds like it could be worth the effort.
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  7. Canuman

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    So far as I know, unless you make special and very expensive arrangements, the Relais Nordik ferry is about the only way to get a vehicle onto the island. It leaves from Sept Isles PQ and stops at Port Menir on one leg, and stops again one week later at Port Menir and lands at Rumouski, PQ.

    I suspect there would be a way to get a bike in by air, but the cost could be prohibitive. There is commercial air service three times a week to the island. You can have about anything brought in via freight charter, I suspect.
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  8. TOTim

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    I was trying to make sense of the sail schedule. I see it leaves Rimouski to Sept Iles to Port Menier then all the way east
    stopping at ports along the way till Blanc Sabion where it turns around to do the same ports in reverse.
    So you could sail from the Island to Havre St Pierre but you would have to wait for the boat to make one complete cycle.

    I wonder if the cost for the bikes would be less per bike if there were more of them. A one way for a 3000kg car is $445
    for the full trip. 10 bikes weigh less, although the costly part may be hoisting on and off the boat.
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  9. Canuman

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    I was quoted approximately the same for one bike. I think that the bulk of the charge is to hoist the bike on and off. I don't know about group rates.
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  10. Canuman

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    I think I've figured out the rates for vehicles on Relais Nordik. The vessel is not a roll-on-roll-off ship. Autos and bikes are containerized and hoisted from and to the deck by derricks. The effort for offloading a single vehicle is pretty much the same as dropping a full container, thus the similarity in cost for a bike or an auto. I think this may give some negotiating room on if there are a number of riders that want to visit the island at the same time.
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    I sent the company a note asking about prices and schedules, I received the following:

    Hello Mr X,
    You can leave from Havre St-Pierre and it takes 6 hours to get to Port-Menier on Anticosti Island. The cost for a passenger is around 55.00 and for the bike around 125.00.

    The follow up for the way back was:

    Hello,
    I don’t know if the schedule is going to stay the same for next season, if it does you leave Havre St-Pierre Sunday around 6 PM and leave Port-Menier on Wednesday afternoon.

    Hope this helps. I received a pdf of the upstream and downstream schedules if anyone wants it. The company is Relais Nodic.

    I have done James Bay, North Road, and Trans Lab. Anticosti would be nice.
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  12. 2brnut2b

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    So the return trip on Wednesday would be back to Havre-St-Pierre?
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  14. Canuman

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    No, the return is to Rimouski. The Relais Nordik is on the "upstream" leg at that point.
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    I thought after the boat drops you off it makes it's return to Rimouski, then turns back for another cycle to pick you up on the island and return to Havre-St-pierre.
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  16. Canuman

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    I think some of the confusion may be because the vessel appears to have a different summer and winter schedule. Initially, I had looked at embarking from Sept-Isles to Port Menier, and returning from Port Menier to Rimouski. I think this is consistent with the summer schedule, and minimizes time aboard. There are likely other ways to schedule things.
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    The government is talking more and more these days about gas explotation on Anticosti Island...I think it's a bad rather than a good news, but cash rules ! Anyway, if ever the exploitation begin, it sould be easier to get on the island but the recreational side will also be affected I think...
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  18. jfman

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    I wanna check this place out as well. I will have to be careful with the deers; I think its the place in the world that has the most deer per square mile. No predators and no road traffic so they multiply like crazy.

    If they tear into it for shale gas it will be changed forever and will be full of industrial equipment and more paved roads.


    Heres a vid report of a motorcycle trip tp Anticosti

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CLgg-Y6sd5E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  19. jfman

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    Here is a Vice News piece on the island. Still thinking about it.




    Who wants to go :)
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  20. 2brnut2b

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    Thanks for the video jfman...I wish they never discorered petrol on Anticosti :(
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