Whale watching Gulf of St. Lawrence

Discussion in 'Canada' started by simbaboy, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. Kawazacky

    Kawazacky Mad Typist Supporter

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  2. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS Supporter

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    Thanks, I will look into it.
    A friend who will be joining me on this ride has suggested the Fjord Route--I am not sure what that is all about, but I will appreciate any feedback.
    Thanks,
    Simba
    EDIT: found a lot of info. It looks like a must do. I will reread this entire thread again.
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  3. multiphrenic

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    I'm in! Once we've settled, I'll be happy to input waypoints and routes into Basecamp. Gives me something to do while the snow melts...
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  4. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS Supporter

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    Please send me the Basecamp file once you get some ideas.

    My riding buddy from around here in Michigan is on a tighter schedule--so we are thinking of blasting through to Montreal on the superslab. For me, I would rather avoid the interstate and enjoy the small towns.

    The plan is to get to Tadoussac on Saturday evening, spend riding in the area on Sunday and Monday, and depart back for home on Tuesday.

    Most likely I will be on my Burgman 650 but may also consider my KLR650.

    Thanks,
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  5. multiphrenic

    multiphrenic Been here awhile Supporter

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    Here are a couple sample routes. One is scenic (11-12 hrs riding per day), the other is slab (10/8hrs). The nice thing about both days is that you can do pick how much of each route you do.

    In Ontario, Highway 401 (slab) pretty much follows Hwy 2 (scenic) once you pass Toronto and it's very easy to switch from one to the other.

    In Quebec, past Montreal 138 (scenic) follows 40 (slab).

    It really is a preliminary route, and I'll update as I work my way through it but should give you an idea of the kind of hours you're looking at. Either way you are doing about 430 miles a day. Only a couple days, but 430 could easily feel like 660 if you're on the stock seat. ;)

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6TTAo3IDVqFREI0VE1Sbk5xX1E/view?usp=sharing
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  6. fyr

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    Great thread- i need a getaway and was thinking a closer to home (time constraint) ride. This region was on my mind and this thread is full of great ideas! My travel time is late June..
    Cheers
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  7. woodgrain

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    SB,
    In round figures you're looking at a two thousand mile ride to the Saguenay from Flint and return. If you only have a week off it might be a bit tight if you want to do any amount of sight seeing. If the weather doesn't co-operate you can add even more time to your venture. I was living on the Gaspésie in the early '70's and it started to snow when I was mowing the lawn in late June. Be prepared.

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  8. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS Supporter

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    Thanks.
    I am hoping for good weather but will alter plans accordingly.
    My riding buddy from here is a very fast rider whose goals are to get to The Fjord Route as quickly as possible. I wish we could be more leisure riding. I am not into blasting through the journey to get to the destination.
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  9. multiphrenic

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    you could always take the backroads and meet him there in a few hours :D
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  10. bumper1871

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    From Saguenay to Tadoussac, the road on the East side of the Saguenay is a great motorcycle road. Not much traffic, nice curves, great scenery and a salmon river. If you have time, stop in Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, a superb village. http://www.ste-rosedunord.qc.ca/fr/page/attraits_touristiques/
    http://www.saguenaylacsaintjean.ca/en/circuits/quebec-a-moto
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  11. toddbrule

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    Hi Simbaboy,

    Hotel-Motel Le Beluga is a great place to stay in Tadoussac.
    (http://www.le-beluga.qc.ca/)

    I've been on sea kayak tour in town of Les Bergeronnes and did a Zodiac tour from Tadoussac. Both were fantastic!!

    Enjoy your trip

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  12. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS Supporter

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    He is a speed demon. I will hope I can slow him down 'to smell the roses'. But the option of meeting him at the destination is not bad.

    Thanks. Looks like a great suggestion.

    Thanks for the link to the hotel. I will start working on the accommodations soon.

    Appreciate all the help and suggestions, Friends.

    Simba
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  13. simbaboy

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    Preliminary route.
    2 days to get there.
    Thanks,
    Simba

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  14. bumper1871

    bumper1871 Been here awhile

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    Here is a good way to avoid Montréal traffic and get to Autoroute 40 on the north side of the St-Laurence. The short ferry ride is very nice. Hope I can join you for part of the ride.

    https://goo.gl/maps/XvIKq
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  15. 4badboyz

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    St Simeon is a beautiful little town. You can watch the belugas swim up the St lawrence from the hotel balcony :D
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  16. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS Supporter

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    I hope you and others can join along the way. We will be making reservations for hotels/motels soon.

    Thanks,
    Simba
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  17. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS Supporter

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    We are hoping to spend a few hours seeing the sites in Quebec City.
    Are there any buildings or areas or must sees? I know this is not enough time but just need to get a flavor. Any special foods that have to be tried?
    Thanks,
    Simba
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  18. 4badboyz

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  19. simbaboy

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  20. bumper1871

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    If you follow my suggestion in post 94, the ferry lands in the village of Oka, the village where they make the cheese. :1drink