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Hi all, I want to start planning a trip down east and do the cabot trail. I live in St Catharines. For those of you who have done it and live in the vicinity of me, approx. how many days would I need. Also how many Km's per day Thanks
 

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I am also planning to ride there in June with a few friends this summer so it will be interesting to read what advice is given.I think we are planning the better part of two weeks. One way through the states and possibly return through Quebec north side of the St Lawrence. In any case it should be a great trip.:thumbup:
 

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I'm planning going through the states too. I only have a week so I don't know if that is enough time. I don't mind riding all day is I have to
 

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That sounds like a pretty long haul for a week.
A rough calculation puts it at over 4,400k in 7 days. -Over 600 k/day. And that's of highway kilometers.
If all goes well, its doable, but I think you will get back, having seen little except pavement with only time to glance at the trees on either side of the road.
I've been out that way a handful of times. (by car), and still never had time to go to Louisbourg, which leaves me with a certain regret. In fact, my habit has usually been to overestimate how far I can cover, and although I might make the distance, there is little satisfaction if you haven't left any time to stop and smell the roses and soak up some of the flavour of the country along the way.
Why not plan a shorter trip where you have time to stop and spend half a day here and there along the way?
 

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A week is scarcely enough time.

I made it from North Sydney NS, up to Bay Saint Lawrence and around the west side of the island, and all the way to Toronto in two days, and indeed I enjoyed both those days, but I would have appreciated more time for that ride. Cape Breton Island has so many attractions that it deserves more time.

For example, the fortress at Louisbourg NS is very entertaining and very educational. Canada has put great effort into that fortress, and it now operates as a small town, simulating as well as it can the business it did in the eighteenth century. If you do not spend a full day there, you will feel you have cheated yourself and will want to come back to REALLY experience it.

For another example, Alexander Graham Bell's museum at Baddeck is worth a visit, but I didn't see it. Again I feel as if I need to return to Cape Breton Island. Imagine me riding from Florida to St. Catharines and not seeing Niagara Falls.

But if you have only a week, you will need to use efficient routes and skip some of the attractions. I have no suggestions until you reach Lake Champlain between New York and Vermont. By the way, Vermont may require you to put some red reflective tape on your helmet, so either do that or look it up and discover I am wrong. US-2 is a nice ride across Vermont and New Hampshire and Maine to ME-9 or all the way to ME-6. Those are fine routes across Maine, with wide clear-cut areas so deer can't easily hide near the pavement.

Make contact with New England Stromtroopers, and with others in the
Maritimes, and you may get some companionship on your ride. Good luck!
 

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Sounds like I'm cutting myself short of time. I'II start planning a route and figure out times and distances. Doing the Cabot Trail is a definite must. I'II try to scrounge up a few extra days, Thanks for the advise on the reflective tape, I'II buy some just in case
 

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good luck doing that in June. it's so thick with tourists and cagers you are going to get frustrated.

from experience: do it in the fall after labour day.
 

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There's a handfull of us here on Stromtrroopers and from over on dualsport.ns that ride out of the area. There's some pics of a Cape Breton ride from a couple years ago here. Check out some of the more recent galleries for other amazing rides in and around the province and give us the heads up before you head East, I'm sure there'll be lots of guys looking to give you a tour of our beautiful province and possible join you for part of the Cabot Trail.
 

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This summer I left on July 23rd for a ride East,. I went though Lake Placid, down to visit Black Lab near Bar Harbor, Maine. Up the cost to ride Cape Breton, did a quick stop in PEI, then rode the Gaspe. I was home the following Saturday night. I rode 5,300 km in the seven days.

Now, I like to ride a lot, was riding alone and 1,000 km days for me are no biggy at all (I had get-home-itis on the last day and rode 1,200 km).

I would think that you could easily do Cape Breton and back to St Kitts in a week, especially if you have weekends at both ends of the vacation making it 9 days in all.

From St Kitts I would head down the USA and head east that way. (no point riding though the hell that is the GTA.) It should be a leasurely ride with some nice places to see (Finger Lakes area, Lake Placid, Vermont Mount Washington and area, and up to Cape Breton. Depending on the time you have you could see the Gaspe, or head back though Quebec and maybe stay north of the GTA and head home that way.

..Tom
 

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I havn't done the Cabot trail by bike, but in October 2010 we did a maritime tour by airline and rental car,,, first I too recommend seeing Louisburg, if you get there early in the day you can still ride most of the cabot trail in the afternoon, we did it counterclockwise, so you're on the side facing the ocean. Depending on when you arrive in the area, you may want to tour about a bit inland by bras dór lake etc. There are some small motels right by Louisburg, so you can stay close to the site . We did it early in the day , and after 4-1/2 hours we hit the road, and ended the day at mountain view motel in Pleasant bay, it's got a restaurant where the tour busses stop, and while we were there the food was great. This village is about halfway around the trail, and has whale and seal watching tour operators as well as several motels and B+B's, for us it was a welcome stop before continuing our trip. hope the info helps a bit.
 

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Myself and three of my four brothers did Cabot in 2010.
I would recommend doing the trail in each direction as well. Totally different ride.
 

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It all depends on what you want to see enroute to Nova Scotia. I've done Kingston, ON to Saint John, NB in a day. Mind you, it was a long day but usually, Ontario to Home is a two day trip for me. This summer I did Home to Otthawa and Ottawa to Home in two days. Not hard riding, but not wasting any time. The Gaspe is a definitely and place to experience.

The Cabot Trail, if starting IN Cape Breton is an easy day ride. A couplue of us went up in October and did the 1000+ Km on a mixture of secondary roads, highway and dirt roads in two and a half days. The Cabot Trail portion was a single day of that.

Ping me when you're coming, I may have a few days off.
 

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Meat Cove

Definitely go to Meat Cove. I think that it's the most scenic place on Cape Breton Island.
You must call ahead to one of the McLellan family members if you want to camp there because of very limited space. Small rudimentary cabins are also available. 902 383-2379 A small restaurant is sometimes open.
 

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Ahhh, Meat Cove...

...the clinic was called Joey's Hospital and Grill

...long distance calls are delayed when the area code is busy

...the town Lady of the Evening stands under a flashlight

...in order to paint traffic lines, the road had to be widened

...instead of hoses, the Fire Department uses water pistols

...you had to make a reservation to use the parking meter

...during snowstorms, salt was spread using a salad shooter

...the local Motel 6 sleeps six

...during a boxing match, both men have to sit in the same corner

...the class valedictorian had both the highest & lowest averages

...the Mayor was also the Sheriff, Town Council & street sweeper

...they have no porn movie house; once a week someone leaves the shades up

...the municipal water system's pump was supplied by Water Pik

...before you visited, you could look out a window & see who was home

...there is no town idiot -- everybody had to take turns
 

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I went to the cabot trail in 2011 August, back and forth from Quebec City. 3000km in 6 days.

I strongly suggested staying at the Cabot Trail Motorcycle Retreat Cabot Trail Motorcycle Retreat | Accommodations for motorcyclistsCabot Trail Motorcycle Retreat | Accommodations for motorcyclists We stayed there for 3 nights. It's close to the center of the island, few minutes from the cabot trail. The atmosphere is magic, and the owners make you feel at home.

According to google maps, it's 2000km and 22-23hr drive between St.Catharines, ON and Baddeck, I'd definately plan 3 days to get there, and 3 to get back, and you could do some secondaries roads were there's interesting things to see or road to ride. If you use the transcanadian highway (ON-401, QC-20, NB-2 and NS-104), stop only for food,fuel and stretch, It easily done in 2 days.

I use google maps a lot in my ride planning, and the driving time is very helpful. If I want a tourist day, I'll plan 6hrs. For a travel day on the secondary roads, I'll plan 8hr drive. For a get o the highway in order to get far,fast, I'll plan 10 hrs. I try not to plan riding after sunset, except on large highway
 

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On Memorial Day Weekend, 2010, I rode from Mount Desert Island, Maine, to Cape Breton Island, to Miscou Island, New Brunswick, then back to Mount Desert Island. I covered about 1,740 miles during the four day trip.

I rode up the west side of Cape Breton, and into the Highlands at the tip. I visited Meat Cove too. It is a nice area, and I would like to go back and explore more. However, I am MORE partial to the Gaspé Peninsula. I have ridden to the tip four times, and through the Chic Chocs once.

I have posted this video before about my Memorial Day trip. It is a photo montage of some of the sights and people I met.

 
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