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post #1 of 14 Old 04-16-2007, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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How far north can you ride in Ontario (Keith Falkner)?

Keith Falkner.. you mentioned in another thread elsewhere that you wanted to ride to a salt water beach in Ontario.

I didn't think you could ride up to James Bay. Were you going to take your bike up on the train or is there a way to ride up there?

If you can't ride to James bay how far north can you ride?

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post #2 of 14 Old 04-16-2007, 12:44 AM
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A few years ago I travelled across Northern Ontario and wanted to see James Bay. Bummer, no road, there is a train to Moosonee or Moose Factory though. Can't remember the departure location but it would probably be a town along Highway #11. The train did not travel daily and accommodation at the Northern end was a bit iffy so plan ahead. And of course I rarely plan ahead so I missed out.
A bit foggy in the memory access today but I am sure you can look up Moose Factory and get some info. Or Moosonee maybe.

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I've look at maps in the past, I think the farthest north you can ride in Ontario is Pickle Lake, that's NW of Thunder Bay.

You can get to James Bay on the Quebec side, check out http://jamesbayroad.com/ for all the details on that.

You can take the VIA north from Union Station on the CN Newmarket Sub to North Bay. You'd then travel on ONR track upto Cochrane. I think it's the last place the train stops that you can drive to before leaving for Moosenee.

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I've look at maps in the past, I think the farthest north you can ride in Ontario is Pickle Lake, that's NW of Thunder Bay.

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You can actually ride a couple hours north of Pickle Lake if you want to, but I don't know why you would. All there is north of Pickle, besides a lot of bush and mosquitos and black flies big enough to carry your bike away, are a couple of old DC 3 hulks at an old airstrip known as Wiebenville, long since abandoned.

I lived in Pickle Lake for a short while. We used to blast around on dirt bikes. If you were unfortunate enough to bury your bike in one of the muskeg patches scattered through the bush you were in for a real treat. As soon as you stopped moving the black flies were on you thick as smoke, helmet on or off. They were absolutely relentless. Big incentive not to get bogged down.

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You can actually make it up to James Bay but you have to travel through Quebec.
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The maps say Ray is correct, and here's the gen.

http://jamesbayroad.com/travel/motorcycle.html

Well, I don't see any way for a V-Strom to reach Ontario's salt water without hitching a ride. I read the account of a biker who enjoyed much of his ride to James Bay through Quebec.

In his book Aurora to Ariel, author Bill Snelling recounts the life of Manx biker J. W. Graham Oates. Oates became the first person to cross Canada on a rubber tyred motor vehicle. He rode from Atlantic to Pacific in the summer of 1928. Yes, 1928, long before there were highways or indeed roads of any kind from coast to coast. Oates rode along railway tracks, and seldom used third gear or top. I think anyone who tried to ride a bike from Fraserdale to Moosonee along the tracks would be mad, and would probably not make it.

I am nowhere near mad enough to tackle anything remotely like that.

My quandary just now concerns Newfoundland and Labrador. While I am visiting Newfoundland in early July, I will decide whether to ride the 800 kilometers of gravel that link Goose Bay to Baie Comeau.

So James Bay can wait. A final note: the map of the northeast corner of James Bay depicts the westernmost part of Québec. Did you know that part of Québec is actually west of Oakville Ontario?

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Wow! 381km between gas stops along the James Bay Road... that would make watching the fuel gauge on the Wee way more exciting than usual...

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Found the diary of the guy who rode to James Bay

http://www.themcdonalds.net/richard/...nfo/jb-2.shtml

It's fun to read!
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Hi Keith,

What started this thread was a comment you made elsewhere about riding to Ontario's salt water beaches. I hoped you knew of a secret way to get there by bike!

Still, Ontario really is a BIG place! I can be in Florida in less time than it takes to drive/ride from the Toronto area to Thunder Bay.. and there is still lots of Ontario left to go!

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Well, I don't see any way for a V-Strom to reach Ontario's salt water without hitching a ride. I read the account of a biker who enjoyed much of his ride to James Bay through Quebec.
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Hello all .

I lived north of timmins in the late 90s . as small town called Smooth rock falls . there a back road thats paved . that go's to a hydo dame ( the train to moosonee pases buy there ), thats only 60 km north of Hwy 11 . there still 240km to go befor moosonee.
i was there. ok of a ride . not much to see .
thay tell me that there was a old road that was used back in the day , to go to moosonee. i never did find it .
thay were going to build a road all the way up there back in the late 60s . there was a Army base ( Norad ) that plan was scraped .( coldwar ended to soon )
but if you did make it all the way there , there's not much to see . it all bush . a big bay , a small town .

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