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post #1 of 17 Old 12-04-2018, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Roads less adventured

Hey everyone.

Im in the early stages and thinking this summer I would like to take two weeks off work and head east. I live in the Barrie area (ont) and would like to go see the Bay of Fundy/ magnetic hill / do the large bridge to PEI and of course the Cabot trail. Looking for some great routes/ attractions along the way. I would prefer to stay off the super slab. Im looking for advice or suggestions from anybody that has done this.



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post #2 of 17 Old 12-04-2018, 11:52 AM
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These are just rough suggestions and some highlights I remember:
From Barrie, I would cross through Algonquin, then stay north, go through Ottawa to Montreal, pass through Sherbrooke, and head across to NB through Maine to the Bay of Fundy, it's a LOT nicer than crossing NB from Quebec. The riding in Maine is really nice. Camp at the Bay of Fundy National Park, check out the Bay of Fundy and don't miss Flower Pot Rocks. Stay in a train car Tatamagouche, do the Cabot Trail counter clockwise, and camp in the middle at Meat Cove. Loop the Gaspe Peninsula and stop to check out Perce rock at the tip. Cross on a ferry to head up the Saguenay fjord and if you have time head north and take the North Road across to the James Bay Road if you want adventure. Otherwise take 175, 169 or 155 any choice is a great ride. Camping in those ZECs and Sepaqs are great in that area.


This is a fun ride, and I hope you have a great time.
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Might be a good idea to also ask at Cruising / Touring

and our trip in 2016
East Coast and Newfoundland in June 3 weeks

there are more Canucks there and lots that have done that route.

Two weeks is tight especially off slab but certainly doable.

We went north initially ....easy for you up to Rouyn Noranda crossing over to Quebec east of North Bay -

https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Hunts...7598!3e0?hl=en

there are some very nice roads there.

Then the TransCanada across and south. Mind your fuel tho with a Vstrom should not be an issue.

Do catch the road in Parc national de la Mauricie ....absolutely wonderful but try to avoid it on the weekend.
https://goo.gl/maps/GroPWzjFQwm

Then we stayed north


https://goo.gl/maps/Q2p6c2a7HVx

https://goo.gl/maps/QYEKRiFE4Yx

across to Saguenay and crossed by ferry at Baie- Comeau - loop Lake Saint-Jean - both sides of the Saguenayare nice but the east side is best

The weather can be very cold and nasty on the north shore like 12 and raining so have an alternative tp the south.

Then do Gaspe loop ....the rest is easy.

https://goo.gl/maps/6fdSsazBGox

I would do the entire loop around the coast.

https://photos.google.com/album/AF1Q...ronyNHVyjASJ3n

We got lucky and came in late to Perce Rock having no idea what was outside the door - reservations suggested

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If going round the Cabot Trail, make sure to plan a hike or two and leave the bike behind. It goes too fast otherwise. Did it on a bicycle two years ago. Lot's of good camping options in Cape Breton. I'd highly suggest a stop at Baddeck to see the Bell Museum and a stop at Glace Bay to get a tour of the coal mine... Drives home the point that Canada had Irish slaves not that long ago.
I like the North shore of Quebec. Great food, the Charlevoix is great , Fantastic hotel at Pointe au Pic. Tadoussac is also a great stop. Whales everywhere in the summer by the mouth of the Saguenay.
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Also the tourist season is short and accommodations in short supply so you might want to book ahead.


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My brother and I go out east every year to visit family. And my wife is from port Elgin so I've traveled that direction too. From Barrie I would head up to orillia and then back road it over to ottawa through Bancroft (you can look it up on Google maps, you'll hit towns like gooderham, denbigh, try to get to calabogie and take 511 south, it's a motorcycle mecca).

After ottawa, you might as well slab it towards Montreal but be sure to take the 30 around the big city, then the 10 into the townships. You are looking at 3 1/2 to 4 hours of slab work, but it's pretty much unavoidable. Resist the temptation to backroad it through the townships, it is just too populated and slow to be enjoyable.

Take the 55 south for a couple of exits, to Ayers cliff. Then back road it to the border. We usually cross at Hereford, which is a quiet little border crossing. Then we cobble together a route using highways 26, 16 and 6 (easy to remember), which take you across the northern part of Maine to the new Brunswick border.

Now you're in the maritimes and it's up to you where you want to go. We often slab it across to moncton to meet our family commitments 🙂, but I prefer nova Scotia, it is more scenic and the roads are more fun. You might want to cross over the bay of fundy at St. John, by ferry.

We have taken so many different routes... coming back through gaspe is fantastic, as is the north shore of the st Lawrence. It's a wonderful area of the country to explore.
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Wow. This is awesome information. Thanks all. Im going to google some of these places as mentioned above and come the new year start making serious plans and reservations. Im looking forward to this trip.
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Going for 2 weeks you will have enough time to make a loop around Gaspe Penninsula. Do it! it is great (counter clocwise). I f you do it in first half of July definitely stop for day or two in Quebec City and enjoy Festival of Quebec. Absolutely amazing event!
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Cabot Trail, Meat Cove for sure, Magnetic Hill ........

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I strongly suggest doing both the gaspe and cabot trail counter clockwise, so you are in the outside lane. Otherwise you miss most of the ocean views.

A taste of the Cabot trail from my trip there in 2017:
https://youtu.be/L7Z2izseI5I
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