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I’m 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. I’m looking for advice or suggestions from anybody that has done this.



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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/Huntsville,+ON/Kipawa,+QC/4+Avenue+Gagnon,+Rouyn-Noranda,+QC+J0Z/@46.7871683,-81.4543249,7z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m20!4m19!1m5!1m1!1s0x4d2a722da13ab7e9:0x8bf6ace2df93b679!2m2!1d-79.2167539!2d45.3269323!1m5!1m1!1s0x4d28720c241ca6ef:0x538a91135a8908e6!2m2!1d-78.984257!2d46.783861!1m5!1m1!1s0x4d2136b46151e7fb:0x553fcc1e1c7ce67a!2m2!1d-79.0248915!2d48.2917598!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/AF1QipODuBuxZs33hyiOboPnhfDG22ronyNHVyjASJ3n

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. I’m going to google some of these places as mentioned above and come the new year start making serious plans and reservations. I’m 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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It's not a long ride, but the ride out of Halifax to Bridgewater along the shore is very scenic and has some fun roads, too, many big sections of which were recently repaved (a few years ago). Use a GPS and stay close to the shore. After Bridgewater (heading south), the roads nearest to the coast get rougher, although still very scenic.

Going north(ish) from Halifax along the coast, the ride from Halifax to Musquodoboit (MUSK-a-DOB-it) Harbour is also fun (if shortish) and has many interesting side roads you can take down to the shore, although most dead-end there. From Musquodoboit the ride up the 357 inland is nice, although last time I was there the pavement was atrocious.

The 245/337 through Merigomish, Malignant Cove and Cape George is spectacular, and good roads.

If in Cape Breton, I think the Celidh Trail is a great ride, if not particularly scenic (shore is usually a little out of sight) - miles and miles of sweepers - watch out for cops and gravel. Will take you near Fortress Louisburg, which I consider a must-see if you have any interest in the history of this continent. Note there is not a ton of accommodation in the immediate area, but Sydney is not that far away. Plan to eat a meal in one of the restaurants in the fort - authentic food in the style they ate there 350 years ago (fish soup was great), and quite reasonably priced. You might want to reserve a whole day for it.

If you have time, I'd actually suggest doing the Cabot Trail in both directions, to get the full benefit of the more interesting bits of road (twisties more fun uphill than down) and the views, but if not, as the poster above said, I'd recommend counter-clockwise. What I've personally done a couple times is take the Celidh trail (247) and 327 as far as Marion Bridge, and then head back towards the coast and/or Louisburg from there. It's all quite scenic. From there I'd keep working my way around the coast to Englishtown, and take the ferry across there to pick up the Cabot trail. Although, last time I was there, I kept going down along the Bras d'or shore to Baddeck for a motel for the night (Cabot Trail motel, clean and cheap last time I was there - 2011). Then I headed back up the trail from there (by car, with my girlfriend at the time). Good hike and views at Middle Head, near Keltic Lodge. There's a bog hiking trail near the end of the highlands part of the trail where you can see two kinds of carnivorous plants (sundews and pitcher plants) growing naturally. It was seriously chilly the last time I was up there, despite it being the height of summer.
 

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Last time on the trail we took a break from the road and hiked the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. A good walk down to the sea. We stopped to watch a moose munching away not far off the trail. Those things are big.
 

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Hey everyone.

I’m 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. I’m looking for advice or suggestions from anybody that has done this.



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I've done this trip several times. If you have the time which I think you do with 2 weeks you do not want to miss riding the Gaspe Penisula. I much prefer it to the Cabot trail. The trail is amazing, and worth riding both ways, but when heading home riding through Gaspe is always the highlight for me.
 

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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.
I second the Bell Museum it was very eye opening to see everything he was involved in besides the obvious.
 

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Since so many have recommended the gaspe peninsula I’ve googled it. It looks like a fantastic route. My biggest concern is I don’t speak French not since high school which was a long time ago. Was that an issue for any of you?

I like the idea of going through main on the way out east and doing the doing the northern route on the way back. I may have to talk to my HR dept and see if I can make it a 3 week trip😊
 

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I don't know a single word in French and it was no problem at all. People are very friendly and helpful. Many speak English or at list understand.
Yep, that's been my experience, too. If you make the small effort to try and use even just a smattering of French - bonjour, merci, combien? (how much), oui, non - it goes a long way. You may run into people, particularly in rural areas, that speak no English and don't understand it much better. Generally people working in touristy areas or jobs are bilingual. You'll figure it out.
 
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