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post #1 of 94 Old 12-15-2017, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Canada is Huge.

Just finished mapping our route and need to start on camping and motel reservations. I'll have to look at the list of people here offering tent space and see if it's on route. Clutch is getting pulled next week and travel gear is coming through the door pretty regularly. Looks like it's a go. Approx. 10,000 Km of the Great White North and 30 days to do it. Got a free cabin on Vancouver Island for some down time, huge bonus. Will either be one of the greatest or stupidest things I/We've ever done. I'll blame it on the Strom.
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30 days is enough and sounds like you are on a budget but have you considered trucking your bike to Calgary?
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Just an idea of how huge Canada is:

If you and me are in Toronto on our own respective vehicles. I am heading to Florida and you are heading out west, staying in Canada.

I would cross the border to Florida before you leave Ontario.


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Your trip should be fun!!

But aren't you starting from the Ottawa region? there's 1200 km more in the other direction, not to mention the north haha!!

You are almost guaranteed a great time though.

When are you leaving again? I am batting around the idea of riding to Calgary, and meeting a friend from Victoria there and heading up north. Maybe at some point this summer. Possibly won't happen until next year.
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I would be wary of making reservations. Your trip is long, and will prove to be full of surprises. Some will be unwelcome, for example a sudden need for a new tire. Others will be more pleasant, such as an unexpected invitation to stay a few days at a cottage. If you feel that you need to get to a reserved room that is distant, in unpleasant weather, you may wind up riding when you are uncomfortable or fatigued. Such rides are not the stuff of holidays, and can be hazardous.

I rode from Toronto to Vancouver to Toronto, about 10,000 kilometers, in 2006. I often slept in my tent, but when I wanted a motel I looked for one and found it, for example in Coeur D'Alene Idaho or Battleford Saskatchewan, and I never had a problem.

I have made lots of trips (see maps below) and usually knew very little about my route before setting out. I have missed a lot of sights, but I have seen enough of them to make the long rides worthwhile.

I think it's good to have a major objective, and here is one you may consider for a future trip: Louisbourg Nova Scotia. The entire fortress town has been reconstructed, and it goes about its business much the way it did almost three hundred years ago. It is surely worth at least an entire day, but if you try it and don't like it, there is an entire province around you, offering many ways to have fun or learn things.

Whatever plans you make, you will be very lucky to achieve half of them, so do be flexible.

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30 days? I envy you, that's a lot of time to take it easy and enjoy the surroundings!
Friend of mine did that trip, he used mainly koa campgrounds.

Btw, i vote for greatest.
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I'll second the "no reservations" approach. Much more flexible and fun IMO. The trick is try and get off the road relatively early, before hotels have filled up. I'm generally done riding by 5:00pm or so, that gives me time to shower, grab some dinner and relax, or maybe explore the local area a bit.
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I'll second the "no reservations" approach. Much more flexible and fun IMO. The trick is try and get off the road relatively early, before hotels have filled up. I'm generally done riding by 5:00pm or so, that gives me time to shower, grab some dinner and relax, or maybe explore the local area a bit.
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I'll second the "no reservations" approach. Much more flexible and fun IMO. The trick is try and get off the road relatively early, before hotels have filled up. I'm generally done riding by 5:00pm or so, that gives me time to shower, grab some dinner and relax, or maybe explore the local area a bit.
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You will find out just how big Canada is when you cross the prairie.
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Four of us with all stuff on bikes and no chase did Kentucky to DeadHorse and back in 24 and a half days. All camp but the one night in DeadHorse.So many bear alerts that law would not let you camp.You can plan to make it to DeadHorse and back to places you can camp,maybe not legal,in one day.What we should have done. We often just took a side road to dead end then look for signs that ones had camped before. Everyone we saw said any where is ok. Don't know if they owned it or not?
Canada looks big on the map and feels even bigger when going across it. People were nice and seemed to under stand our hilly billy better than U.S. in the North do.We had 0 reservations even in the U.S. .Just stop and ask a local or a cop where camp ground or free camping can be had. Cops told us of free places three times and one even came after set up to tell us it was really not open but he talked to owner and told him since we were old guys would be ok. Have fun is main thing and take lots of warm stuff. The little heat packs are great to put in bottom of sleep bag. It was 28 and snow when we rolled in to DeadHorse first week in June! Allso not about a hour of dark a day so its something else to remember.Good stuff to tell at the home when they put you away.
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