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post #1 of 22 Old 08-17-2006, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Help going from Connecticut to Nova Scotia

I'm going to Nova Scotia next week, as a first timer I have no clue about what to use outside US maps or GPS? If maps are good, can I trust online maps like mapquest or google?
If you guys have any advice to be given about this trip, I'm accepting.

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post #2 of 22 Old 08-17-2006, 12:39 PM
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Hello,

I have found Mapquest very reliable in Canada. It does not, however, show you tourist attractions. I suggest you stop at any information center once you enter Canada and they will provide you with very good (and usually FREE) maps of any area you wish to visit as well as things to do/see.

I know that the tourist information centers near Halifax even have motorcycle-specific informational maps!

The "Cabot Trail" is a MUST if the weather permits. One of the most beautiful sea-side twisty roads in Eastern Canada!

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+1 for the Cabot Trail.

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+1 for the Cabot Trail.
Yep, it's nice if the weather cooperates, as it did for us a few years ago.

We got fog when we went to Peggy's Cove though; couldn't see much.

IIRC, we launched our Cabot Trail drive from Glenora Inn & Distillery (http://www.glenoradistillery.com/). Nice quiet place with good food and drink (it is a working distillery after all). I still have an unopened bottle of their single-malt whiskey (can't legally call it Scotch, but that's what it is).

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although GPS's are pretty cool toys, I find using good ol' maps is all i ever need.

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Re: Help going from Connecticut to Nova Scotia

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I'm going to Nova Scotia next week, as a first timer I have no clue about what to use outside US maps or GPS? If maps are good, can I trust online maps like mapquest or google?
If you guys have any advice to be given about this trip, I'm accepting.

Thank you
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I have heard the the ride to Nova Scotia is really fun and beautiful. If you don't mind, how about a trip report and pictures when you get back.

Have a blast!

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Maps to use in Canada

I rode several thousand miles in western U.S.A. and Canada, and the only map I used was a coil-bound book available in great quantities and variety at any Canadian Tire Store. If you enter Canada from Calais Maine, the closest Canadian Tire Store is
ST. STEPHEN, NB
250 KING STREET
HWY 1 & 3
506-466-4110

The map book I used had hundreds of pages, each showing about 60x60 miles of territory. I kept the book in my jacket, open to the part of the continent I was in at the time. Any road that is not shown on these maps is probably gravel and not for me.

You probably have a Road Atlas showing American highways but not much detail in Canada. Trace the route I took from Point of Rocks WY to Kemmerer WY to Laketown UT to Paris ID to Arco ID. It was dead simple to trace a route from Vancouver British Columbia to Edmonton Alberta using this book, and I had a wonderful ride through the interior of BC, camping at a rest area near Blue River BC.

If you want maps of individual provinces, you may have to buy them, even at government operated information centers (centres in Canada, s'il vous plait). I found it ironic that an information centre in Saskatchewan offered to sell me a map of Saskatchewan, but gave me free a map of Idaho because represntatives of Idaho had dropped off a large carton of maps and brochures.

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Another option is your local CAA or AAA office. They will actually plan the route for you, with options on side trips, best roads, shortest route, etc. Whatever you want. If you dont want it "planned", they will just provided the maps you require too. They will provide a "trip tix" book, bound with small pages including segments of your trip. They point out right on the page where there is construction, detours, poor sections, all sorts of information.
Here in Canada (and I assume in the US) they also provide very detailed books of each province or region which includes hotels, restaraunts, points of interest, etc.
A heck of a deal.

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Amazing return...

That's amazing... I just posted it...
Thank you all and the ones to come for the nice reply

You bet I'll have a blast, rain or shine, even on fog (fog lights are now up and running)
Iíll be posting pictures and reports soon

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See I know many who will call it Scotch and it is apparently the only distillery outside of Scotland where that can be done

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+1 for the Cabot Trail.
IIRC, we launched our Cabot Trail drive from Glenora Inn & Distillery (http://www.glenoradistillery.com/). Nice quiet place with good food and drink (it is a working distillery after all). I still have an unopened bottle of their single-malt whiskey (can't legally call it Scotch, but that's what it is).

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