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post #1 of 16 Old 03-09-2008, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Planning to travel from PEI to Toronto to visit my Son late this summer. Do not want to travel the main highway for obvious reasons and would like to take an alternate scenic route when I hit the Quebec border.

Planning to camp along the way, have loads of time and would consider travelling in the US if the roads are worth it. Anyone out there in Strom world have any suggestions.
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By all means, take the US route. More interesting roads and fuel will be cheaper if the current dollar exchange situation stays the same. Of course if you prefer the Gaspe and southern shore of the St. Lawrence thats up to you. If time is no issue you could do a little of both.
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Sounds like the potential for a great trip!
If I were to do it, I'd be looking hard at heading northeast and pick up a ferry to the north shore of the St. Lawrence. Never been further east than Tadoussac, but it is a gorgeous route back along through Charleviox to Quebec city and very popular with bikes. There is a ferry at least as far east as Matane and also further west at or near Rimouski. Take a break to ride the ferry that goes up the Saguenay, or time permiting ride to Chicoutimi. Discover that you don't have to go quite as far east as Grosse Morne in Canada to see a fjord. We even saw whales in there a few years ago.
From Quebec to Montreal, someone else will have to contribute. Drove it once staying off the highway and following the river, but to be honest, I don't remember much of it. I think we ended up heading north a fair ways to find a place to stay and found the route more enjoyable "up there", wherever we were. Might be worth dodging down into the "Eastern Townships", Centre-du-Québec", for that stretch if time allows.
The underside of lake Ontario isn't exactly jaw-dropping if you are hugging the shore. We did a loop around the lake a year or two ago. Stateside, I think you need to be further south to find the interesting routes. Something I plan to explore a bit myself this season. Someone else might be able to elaborate on this area if you plan on cutting thru that side to come back in at Niagara Falls.
North Shore of Lake Ontario, back in to Toronto can be fun if you stay off Hwy 401 as much as possible. I will usually stick to Hwy #2. Not very fast and goes through all the little towns that developed as Ontario was being populated. Kind of a history lesson as you go along and generally scenic with good riding. Also lots of B&B's to stay in as required. At Kingston, lose #2 in favour of #33 "Loyalist Parkway as you head west. Then you get to take the short, (free), ferry to cut through Prince Edward County. Some great food to be enjoyed here, and camping at Sandbanks Provincial Park.
Pick up #2 again either at Trenton or Brighton. (Trenton if you are interested in the air museum at the base where the recently restored, only complete example of a Handley Page Halifax exists. The U.K. has one in York, but I'm told it was cobbled together from a few machines and would probaly shake apart if the engines were started...but that's another topic.)
Eventually , around Port Hope, the benefit of staying south of the 401 is lost. Either cave in to the urge to just get into the city & see your son, or you have to head north of the highway and follow your nose in the rest of the way.
Check this link for some more route suggestions once you get into Ontario: http://bikeroads.atspace.com/

Hope this helps a bit, and again, "two thumbs up" for the north shore of the St. Lawrence!

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If you have lots of time and don't mind running some extra mileage here is an entertaining section you might add to your route.

http://tinyurl.com/2spjjq

I have not run the road that leads up to Calaboogie although it looks interesting. I have run the direct route from Ottawa to Calaboogie and it is fairly boring. The road from Calaboogie is pretty entertaining

From the end of this segment there are a lot of ways to get to Toronto. Most are fairly boring but you can get fairly close to the outskirts of Toronto without getting into heavy traffic or using the 400 series highways.

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WOW....thanks for all the info folks. The route along the west side of the St. Lawrence sure sounds like a blast. I was up that way many many years ago in a car with my parents. Had my girlfriend with me but that's a story for another time....so I don't remember much of the trip outside the car.

The trip to Matane is a blast. Was up that way a couple years ago and drove the Matapieda Valley route. Excellent drive and highly recommended.

I've always wondered what the drive along the lake was like but from what you've describe it sounds like a "must do" event. Like I said in my original post I won't be pressed for time so I would like to explore this area. By the soounds of things, I won't be disappointed. Being from the east coast, I always try to keep large bodies of water in my sights...

Again, thanks for the great info. This will be my first long long ride on a Wee so I want to make it a good one for sure.....
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You're absolutely correct JStrom....I'm thinking that the US route would be a blast for my route home. A little of both as you say!! Always like to pay a visit to our Southern neighbours. Planning to make the run in the latter part of August, first of Sept so the weather should be AOK.
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Some thoughts about your route.

PEIKIM,

Here are two important things to do to prepare for visiting Vermont.

(1) Put 4 square inches of reflective tape on the left and the same on the right side of your helmet. I understand Vermont's law requires that.

(2) Make contact with Jackpiner57 of New England, and have a meal and a ride with him and whoever else shows up. He suggested a restaurant in the capital, Montepelier. It was a fine break from riding, then a fine ride.

Montpelier is West of Jackpiner57's home, so this plan works best on your eastbound journey, but a restaurant in Lancaster NH would work if you meet up with him while westbound. I found him and another fellow to be excellent company.

Highways in New England:

US2 is great. I used it a whole bunch, in both directions. If you go west on it, leave it about an hour before crossing at Cornwall Ontario. US2 through Lake Champlain is really fun, with plenty of curves and scenery.

Me-6 and ME-9 are fine ways to cross Maine. The road from Fredericton to Macadam and then ME-6 was very pleasant. ME-6 has wide shoulders that may give you plenty of time to see and avoid deer. ME-9 is busier and has more towns. The crossing from St Stephen NB to Calais ME is cordial.

Thoughts about Ontario:

Take a break from 401 and use the parkway east of Kingston and highway 33 west of Kingston. There is a free ferry west of Napanee, so bring along a couple of ratchet-straps, which will only be necessary if wind is high.

If you go through Wellington Ont, stop and salute the flag of Newfoundland at the tall white house with the green roof. You can say hello to Eric if you get a chance - he is from Cornerbrook.

If your plans include Ottawa, let them also include highway 7. Parts of it may have new names nowadays, but it's still fun to ride.

I am sure other Ontario riders will have suggestions for you. I understand that some of them eat donuts, even if they are not LEOs.

Best of luck, and I hope to ride with you while you are in Ontario.

Keith

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Tom, I rode that route last year on my way to/from Quebec. Very enjoyable but he's probably better off coming across the States.

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If you have lots of time and don't mind running some extra mileage here is an entertaining section you might add to your route.

http://tinyurl.com/2spjjq

I have not run the road that leads up to Calaboogie although it looks interesting. I have run the direct route from Ottawa to Calaboogie and it is fairly boring. The road from Calaboogie is pretty entertaining

From the end of this segment there are a lot of ways to get to Toronto. Most are fairly boring but you can get fairly close to the outskirts of Toronto without getting into heavy traffic or using the 400 series highways.

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I did that route a few years ago and, if I may suggest, going through The States is a very nice ride. Lots of quieter, secondary roads and you get to ride through a few different mountain ranges. Be sure to take the ferry across Lake Champlain so you can view the Vermont mountains behind you and the New York mountains in front. Then be sure to ride through the Adirondack Park. I'm hoping to retrace that journey again before too long.

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Planning to travel from PEI to Toronto to visit my Son late this summer. Do not want to travel the main highway for obvious reasons and would like to take an alternate scenic route when I hit the Quebec border.

Planning to camp along the way, have loads of time and would consider travelling in the US if the roads are worth it. Anyone out there in Strom world have any suggestions.

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Let me know when you are going! Looks like a great ride!

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I did that route a few years ago and, if I may suggest, going through The States is a very nice ride. Lots of quieter, secondary roads and you get to ride through a few different mountain ranges. Be sure to take the ferry across Lake Champlain so you can view the Vermont mountains behind you and the New York mountains in front. Then be sure to ride through the Adirondack Park. I'm hoping to retrace that journey again before too long.

http://tinyurl.com/2lhprr

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