Trying to get to the Artic Circle...from Quebec??

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Alaska & Canada' started by OUTLAND MOTO, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. OUTLAND MOTO

    OUTLAND MOTO And then suddenly....

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    I need help here. I am trying to do something that seems to be quite difficult (logistically anyway).

    I am trying to find a route that will allow me to touch the arctic circle from Quebec. I cannot seem to find any "roads" that will get me there. Myabe there is just no easy way to do this, but if anyone has a route that they think might work, I would LOVE to see it. Any aid here is appreciated!! Thanks all!!
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  2. Exurban

    Exurban Been here awhile

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    If I'm not mistaken no roads go that far north in Quebec. James Bay road will take you to somewhere in the mid/hi 50 degrees or or so to Radisson.
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  3. Skippii

    Skippii Milkshakes, my lad.

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    Isn't Canada just a big block of ice up there? Can't you just...you know...ride North?
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  4. OUTLAND MOTO

    OUTLAND MOTO And then suddenly....

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    I am just looking into the possibility. The trip I am planning is far off in the future. I have looked at the Garmin software and found nothing. I just thought I would try here and see if anyone knew anything more about it.

    Seems that there is not a way to do it (easily or safely). And I am also finding that, apparently, my question was a bit stupid. :huh Oh well. Thanks for the help.
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  5. sonicapollo

    sonicapollo Adventure Addict

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    Go to Alaska
    =D
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  6. Exurban

    Exurban Been here awhile

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    Easily and safely are relative terms. As far as I know, there are two roads that go that far north in North America, the Dempster Highway and Dalton Highway in Northwest Territories and Alaska respectively. There are loads and loads of info on this site on both. Not a stupid question in the least.
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  7. OneWheelDrive

    OneWheelDrive Been here awhile

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  8. OUTLAND MOTO

    OUTLAND MOTO And then suddenly....

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    Thanks everyone!!! Maybe I will make this trip a bit longer and head west!! :clap
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  9. OneWheelDrive

    OneWheelDrive Been here awhile

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    I can only recommend the Dempster! It was gorgeous.
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  10. VladM

    VladM Adventurer

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    You can't get to arctic circle in Quebec, but you can still get pretty far north and enjoy some amazing roads and scenery. James Bay Road if pavement only is your thing and you want to get as far North as possible, Trans-Taiga if you fancy gravel and extreme remoteness. Both if you are up to a real adventure.

    My JBR album

    Good info for JBR and TT

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  11. chaztor

    chaztor KLR tank commander

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    Thanks OP for the original question and VladM for the follow-up. I think I will make a new thread to avoid a highjacking.

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  12. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    My sig line has a ride report of a trip we did last year up the Trans Taiga. To get further north in Quebec involves some odd logistics and doesn't get you much further. A town called Scheverville has roads that go a bit further but your options to get there are to fly from the end of the Trans Taiga or ride a railine from the Trans Lab Highway. Another Northern point that we are heading to this July is above Churchill Falls, there is a road that goes North up and around the Smallwood resorvoir. Rumour has it that there are some seldom used atv-hunters trails that push North from the end of the road. Time will tell how far these go or what condition they are in :). Have fun exploring, be prepared there isn't much up there if things go wrong.
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  13. K2ride

    K2ride Single track mind!

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    You're talking hardcore enduro on cariboo paths no more than 30 km north of Schefferville; how to cross all the water bodies from there in summer is the million dollar question to go any further north towards Ugava Bay.
    &...
    From Caniapisco réservoir at the eastern end of the Trans Taïga to reach Shefferville, 4 years of research has only produced a 120 miles eastbound bushplane ride to achieve it for the same reasons.
    &...
    The Churchill Falls/Esker section is a hoot from its TransLab Hiway jct
    But...
    The catch22 rail section from Esker to Schefferville will require for you to carry a WD40/strong rope travelling kit to pull the rail spikes out of your tires & a considerable amount of bug repellent if the train doesn't catch up to you first.
    &...,
    If you the survive the train encounter,
    you'll then most likely be out of bug repellent before being allowed to head back home with legal procedure ''souvenirs''.

    Can't wait to see the pics in your ride repport! ...:lol3
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  14. dblacknj

    dblacknj Master of the Obvious

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    I too have spent numerous nights with Garmin North America, google maps
    and google earth examining our northern comrades. All are very limited.

    Then I came across this company: http://www.toporider.com . They sell
    very a wide range of software and topo maps of Quebec and Ontario.
    I purchased the Ontario topo maps for my Mac/Garmin setup. The maps
    are light years ahead of anything else I've seen. Incredible detail.
    Can't speak for the Quebec maps, but the Ontario maps are well worth the $$.
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  15. LabradorBoy

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    You are referring to the Orma Lake Road, it's about 170km's long and is located on the Eastern side of the Smallwood Reservoir, great ride but the flies can be very bad up there.
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  16. mbklr63

    mbklr63 Adventurer

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    You are out of luck, if you were to investigate further Quebec does not extend far enough north to be bisected by the Arctic Circle.
    Sorry
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