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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?
Flying there ?

We flew our bikes to Vancouver as my son only had 3 weeks.
 

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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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Also Ran,

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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Start early and end early
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?:grin2:
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.:grin2: 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.:smile2:
 

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I tend to agree on the wingit strategy especially as there are AirBnB as well as motels and campgrounds.

That said - having a couple of anchor points THAT CAN BE CANCELLED is a good idea. Booking.com has cheap motel options that most often allow cancellation very late.
The long daylight is useful but the next place to stay might be 300 km and nada in between.

Campgrounds can fill up very quickly in high season but if you are sleeping rough that's not a issue.

If you get into a bad front in Alaska you can see 2 weeks of rain .....my VERY experienced buddy who camps and rides to Alaska regularly got nailed two years in a row with two weeks of rain.

2015 tho we did three weeks in June in Northern BC and Van island and only one day of very cold and miserable rain along the coast.
You really need to take cold weather gear as well...and hot weather ....we cooked in the Northern BC valleys then very cold and wet around the Cassiar and Stewart. Hypothermia is a real threat as my kid found out......there are huge stretches with no place to get warm.
There are pull offs but no facilities.
June in particular you are vulnerable even further south at elevation.
 

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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?
Flying there ?

We flew our bikes to Vancouver as my son only had 3 weeks.
Nah, we're good for the drive and look forward to the parks and motels, camp for 2, motel for one, etc.etc. Just picked up some more gear at Cabella's. So far with sales and Kijiji we've really lucked out.
 

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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.


..Tom
Yep I drove from Edmonton to Kitchener mid winter. Straight through in a 73 Cuda. I was hallucinating by the time I got there. Seemed like a good idea at the time but it was over 30 years ago. Young and bullet proof.
 

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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.
3rd week in July is the most likely. The 18th we think. Not planning a marathon just takin it all in.
 

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Also Ran,

I would be wary of making reservations. Your trip is long, and will prove to be full of surprises.

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

Keith
Been thinking about that too. May just write all the #'s down and call a day ahead just to make sure. A friend of mine just bought 42 acres in Nova Scotia so after the west trip we're going to do the east next. If that doesn't cure the wanderer we'll start doing the state side but first Canada. Thanks for the advice.
 

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Thanks for all the advice peoples. Looking forward to it. Haulin the clutch out next week to get it werked so it will be ready for a long run. Cheers
 

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I'm very jealous! I'd love to have the time to do a trip like this but my kids are still way to young. Some day though, i'll be doing this trip!
 

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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.
It's a chance you take, you never know if there's a special event where all the hotels and motels have been booked solid weeks to months in advance.

However, i've never cut my day that early (5pm), i guess it wouldn't be that much of a hassle to ride to the next big town in that case.
 

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Jealous here as well! I hope you share the details of your trip with pics etc.!

I'd have to take unpaid time off to do that right now. Born and bred Canadian, I'd travelled to every province and territory by the time I was 17 ... but that was a long time ago, and I want to catch up. Want to take the new road to Tuktoyaktuk (I've been to Inuvik and Tuk before but only by air), see more of the Yukon, visit my hometown of Yellowknife, then go back to Nova Scotia to visit extended family etc., get to Newfoundland for the first time (only ever been to Labrador) ... I think I'll need more like 60 days to do all I want to do!
 
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