Trans-Canada alt rte suggestions

Discussion in 'Americas' started by svahadean, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. svahadean

    svahadean und i.m. vandaring

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    Day 7 alt rte suggestion

    I can most definitely take your route suggestion -- only adding 75mi -- totally worth it for chasing that Bliss! Merci beaucoup.
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  2. JutSeguin

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    Your route is coming along well.

    I really hope someone can chime in with something interesting to do between Medicine Hat and Moose Jaw. I have looked over google maps and just don't see anything interesting. Not being a native prairie dweller I don't know the area well.

    I just remembered, the most exciting part of the day I drove through was when a guy at a gas station telling me my licence plate was falling off. It literally broke off in to my hand. Luckily being in Alberta still, I went and got a new one before leaving the province. Now I am getting the itch. Go away -20 weather with so little snow I am putting the sled away and ready for motorcycle season.
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  3. Vikingtazz

    Vikingtazz Will ride for food.

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    I guess it's still a treat for me when traversing the prairies.
    I love the wide open skies - the horizon is just so far away and the roads disappear into forever.
    For me that's an awesome sight and I enjoy it while it lasts - perhaps it could last a wee bit less.

    A friend in Saskatchewan says - we don't have a lack of hills, we have an abundance of sky.
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    Once in Kenora, there is not much to see on the highway 11 and I like to go through Fort Frances. If you enjoy fishing, it's a must. There is an awsome hostal few miles east of thunderbay. There is a great national park on an island of lake superior, I think giant head, it's a must visiting. Thunderbay to Sault-st-marie, that's the trick. That's the most chalenging part of northern Ontario. Very few small villages, not much scenery, lots of OPP's to enforce the speed limit, and this region Marathon, White River and Wawa is known to be one of the coldest in Canada.

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  6. RG1984

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    Halifax is a rad city- I totally recommend that.
    My addition would be to get up on Prince Edward Island. There is a ferry that runs from Caribou Nova Scotia to Wood Islands PEI.
    Virtually all of PEI is really scenic, but there are lighthouses all over the coast that are awesome.
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  7. svahadean

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    Day 4-5 alt rte suggestion: includes side day trip off the bike to Isle Royale NP, USA
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  8. Sjoerd Bakker

    Sjoerd Bakker Long timer

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    Yet again we read an opinion that " there is not much to see "

    Really now, Stop it ! The bush is nothing to see, the prairies are nothing to see , south Ontario is nothing to see , the deserts of America are nothing to see , ,,,, on and on each region will be found to be lacking in some manner and not worth visiting . What gives ? Jaded by the movie compression of scenery and fantasy? Reality won't conform to the hoped for fantasy ?

    If you can't find anything to see it is because you aren't looking .
    Stop the bike occasionally , turn it off and go for a short walk , look at details listen , take in the scents .
    Take the side trip to Red Lake and you will be surprised by what you find .
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  9. svahadean

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    The opinion these Riders are providing is exactly what I'm looking for when it relates to alternative route suggestions deviating from my basic maps.

    Thanks for your Red Lake suggestion, that's the spirit; but, all the grief you keep expressing on my two "alt rte" threads have no place.

    Start your own thread to discuss the Art of Motorcycle-Touring. I think you'd be happier and more helpful by expressing your opinion there.

    Comprende?
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  10. statsman

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    I don't know how your bike performs but Premium gas at Shell stations in Canada is ethanol free.
    Handguns are prohibited in Canada.
    If you are riding at night between towns don't be surprised if the LEOs stop you and entertain you with stories of the collisions between animals and vehicles at night.
    They can't stop you, but they will strongly discourage you.
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  11. statsman

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    I forgot one.
    If you haven't been to Canada for awhile, the banknotes are no longer printed on paper.
    They are printed on a sort of hybrid plastic strip. This can throw you if you're not used to it.
    Next visit to the bank see if they have a Canadian bill (any denomination will do).
    The lowest bill is $5. One and two dollars are coins.
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  12. svahadean

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    Ride Times according to Bing and Google Map planning:
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    For entertainment purposes only.
    Days, hours and mileage may vary at the whimsy of the Rider and/or Mother Nature.

    Day 1: 10 hrs
    Day 2: 9 hrs
    Day 3: 9.5 hrs
    Day 4: 13 hrs
    Day 5: off the bike
    Day 6: 10.5 hrs
    Day 7: 12.5 hrs
    Day 8: 11.5 hrs
    Day 9: 7 hrs
    Day 10: 7 hrs
    Day 11: 8.5 hrs

    Hello, my name is Dean and I'm an addict for long days of riding in the Summer time. Sometimes I stop and take pictures. :brow
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  13. statsman

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    It is generally my policy to plan for 8 hour riding days in summer.
    This gives you the chance to add up to 4 hours for stopping and seeing the sights.
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  14. svahadean

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    I hear ya. 400mi/8hr days were my objective the last two years. This year, I'm upping my daily mileage to 500 and, of course, time increases.

    I do stop occasionally, but my primary aim is the ride, sights are secondary. This way-of-travel is contrary to many Riders, so I tour alone, to each our own. Ride on!
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    Update:
    I added three days on the front side of the route - two days extra running to the border and allowing a true Vancouver start location, and one extra running to the middle point, which is my one day off the bike to visit Isle Royale NP. The backside has taken care of itself by virtue of no convenient ferry service to keep me on schedule from the suggested Baie-Comeau town, so I'm aiming straight for Cabot Trail when leaving Ottawa.

    Caveat:
    For entertainment purposes only.
    Days, hours and mileage may vary at the whimsy of the Rider and/or Mother Nature.

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    Day 1: Vancouver > Rossland

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    Day 2: Rossland > Medicine Hat

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    Day 3: Medicine Hat > Brandon

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    Day 4: Brandon > Kenora

    continued below ...
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    ... continued from above:

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    Day 5-6: Kenora > Grand Portage; includes day off-the-bike at Isle Royale, NP.

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    Day 7: Grand Portage > Sault Ste Marie

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    Day 8: Sault Ste Marie > Ottawa

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    Day 9: Ottawa > Riviere-du-loop

    continued below ...
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  17. svahadean

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    ... continued from above:

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    Day 10: Riviere-du-loop > Chatham

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    Day 11: Chatam > Cheticamp

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    Day 12: Cheticamp > Halifax via Cabot Trail

    End of Route.
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  18. lojo

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    Have to agree with Meford13, but I'd like to add a small deviation...
    From Mont Tremblant (really town of St Jovite that changed it's name to bask in the glory $$$ of the real Mt Tremblant village/ski hill) take Chemin Ryan to Mt Tremblant Village, & have lunch at hotel 'Au Coin'. Continue to ski hill, then follow directions to Versant Nord (north side of ski hill) watching out for gazillion bicycles. Try to spot signs for Lac Superier, stop for beverage at Hotel 'Le Rustic'. There get directions to find Chemin Nordet. This road is the alternative to hwy 329 - 30+ kms of no signs, power lines, or any sign of habitation. This ends just north of St Donat, with more great eats & bevvies...
    How do I know this? It's our backyard - we live about 50 km south of St Donat in Rawdon (Lac Gratten, off the 343).
    When you get off the 125 in Notre Dame de la Merci to take the 347 to St Come, you are a half-hour from our house.

    Drop in, camp in our yard, swim at our beach...

    Lorne & Joan
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  19. Marcham

    Marcham Been here awhile

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    Hey, keep em off my streets! Like I need more traffic on the way to the cottage...

    Ottawa to Tremblant is much more interesting than Ottawa to Montreal. 317 312 315 323 is the way to go. Want great local fare? Get a poutine and hot dog at Patate Ben Venue in Tremblant. Their fries are blanched and probably top 5 in Quebec.

    From St Donat take 347 East. St Donat has a great bakery.

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  20. svahadean

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    Thanks for the alt route details for leaving Ottawa. I'm going to try this:

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    Day 9

    The challenge will be to leave Alma early enough to make the 930a ferry from Saint Simeon to Riviere du Loup:
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    Day 10

    :smile6
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