Lake Ontario loop ?

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  1. JoeFab

    JoeFab Been here awhile

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    Is this a worthwhile trip ? Thinking of starting the season off with this little run whenever the sun comes back. Anyone care to offer ideas ?...j.f.
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  2. MiltonHog

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    The trip from Niagara along the lake through the GTA is a pretty congested route. Once you head past Coburg Hwy 2 through to 1000 Islands area it is not too bad but nothing challenging. Kingston is a beautiful town with all kinds of good stuff to see and do. If you have some time the Kingston Pen tour is well worth the time. Kingston has pretty pricey rooms but Ganonoque is more reasonable. You might want to visit Amherst and Wolfe Island from Hwy 33 the Loyalist Parkway with the ferry from Picton to Bath . Ferry's are free but you will get pretty sick of all the wind turbines. They have defaced huge swaths of rural Ontario with little regard to the unwilling local community feelings.

    You can cross into the US from Wolfe Island a great little diversion that will be a little quicker than crossing at 1000 Islands. I think the toll is about $10.00 for that ferry. Great little diversion have lunch on the Island .

    The ride along the US side is a nice quiet ride in the country with plenty of great little towns to enjoy. I have done the loop a few times and find plenty to enjoy other than the traffic of the GTA. I suggest blast past all the congestion and brutal traffic use the 401 and be done with it.

    I would plan on at least one night . Explore the Kingston area it has so much of Canada's history. There are some great wineries along Prince Edward County . There is a lot to enjoy on a bike in the area. Don't rush .
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  3. emidyl

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    skip the hamilton to GTA area as MH says. Better in east end and dip around. PE county is pretty and if wineries are your thing should visit.
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    Thanks 'Milton', exactly what I was looking for. The GTA traffic is the only dark spot I could see in the trip. Fancy the 'Pen' tour as well ! Thanks sir...j.f.
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    Clockwise or Counter CW?
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  7. GiddyThump

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    Skip the Lake Ontario and loop all the great lakes.
    Takes longer but worthwhile!
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    Haven't made up my mind yet but thinking c.w. to get the G.T.A. over and done with quickly...j.f.
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  9. MiltonHog

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    I am glad you liked the suggestions I made. I saw you lived in Niagara Falls so I thought the north side would make most sense but it really does not matter . If you left early morning on a weekend blasting through the GTA is not so bad. Weekdays are horrible unless you come through after 10 am.

    I like rural roads and it is nice to ride by working farms and the vineyards in Prince Edward County. Take Hwy 33 east from Trenton . I like it in the spring and fall and always leave some extra time to explore the areas you are going to see. You can not see it all in one trip but it will entice you to visit again.
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    As an incentive while you plan your trip during this cold spell. Here's some shots that I took this past summer from my ride along Hwy 33 near Picton. On the Glenora to Adolphustown ferry , and one roadside .....
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  12. PFD023

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    My wife and I stayed in Sacket's Harbor NY on the bike a few years back. It falls in nicely with a Lake Ontario loop. You camping or hotelling? We ended up in Cape Vincent and took the ferry over to Point Alexandria on Wolfe Island. You may have to take the long way around the lake if you want some interesting roads. The shortest route might bore/scare the crap out of you.
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  14. woodgrain

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    Amherst Island ferry is not free.
    MH can tell you there are really no facilities there either.

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    Sorry I have not been on Amherst Island for many years and it was a free ferry at that time. It had no real services either. Wolfe Island has a couple of small pub type places . The Wolfe Island Ferry is at the foot of Princess St. Kingston . There is Fort Henry , Royal Military College and 1000 Island boat tours . Lots of good stuff if you walk about the area.
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    Back to the Sacket's Harbor recommendation. We stayed at Harbor House in....huge rooms and right downtown ($125US). Bike was safe. Best part was that across the parking lot was a restaurant called Goodfello's. Ate, drank...and drank some more. Here's a copy of the bar/food bill. My wife's glasses of wine were the largest I've ever seen. We still joke about the cost of her wine. Tourist town with quite abit of history.

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    If you are travelling east through the GTA exit the 401 at Newcastle and take Mill st. south staying left at the weird four way stop just past the railway bridge. Proceed down to the waterfront and follow the road all the way to Port Hope, Cobourg, and Hwy 2 beyond. If you feel you are travelling north, always take the first right ie. just after the Bailey Bridge. A beautiful ride and sure as hell beats the 401, enjoy.
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    That is a nice route. Gorgeous views along Lakeshore Rd..... Mill St is the first exit on the 401 heading east after the Hwy 35/115 ramp. It's one of my 'go to' targets when I tell my wife that I'm going out for a little ride.

    I'm often tempted to gas it and get a jump going up that wooden bridge that crosses over the railroad tracks. (Assuming no other traffic around , of course) :-)
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    I hadn't rode that route in a while, and forgot how steep that bridge is...had the GF on the back a little scared when the GS decided to take flight.

    I agree with the above, definitely turn off at Mill st. and ride Lakeshore. It is more time consuming, but the ride is 10x nicer and you can stop for a quick coffee in Port Hope/Cobourg before deciding to follow the same road or highway blast to Kingston.
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