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The wife and I will be riding 2up from Woonsocket RI to Bouctouche, NB in the middle of August for a week of relaxation. Does anyone have any suggestions? We have never ridden in Canada. In fact, I've never even been to Canada. We plan on leaving early in the morning and would like to arrive in the evening. I usually like to knock out a bunch of boring slab miles at the beginning of the day close to home while still in familiar territory. Google Maps puts it at about 577 miles and 10.5 hours of riding if you go directly there.
 

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It's 599 miles between Braintree, MA and Bouctouche highway-direct. GPS track. You can do it in 10 hours if you've really got your wrist into it, but figure 12 if you eat, pee, gas up, etc. 13+ if you're 2up.

NB is officially a bilingual province. Green money usually works everywhere, but I carry Canadian cash as well. US issued credit and debit cards might not work. Gas stations put big holds on every fillup and may not release them for a week. Same for lodging, even after the actual charges go through. Be prepared for it.

You know you need passports, yes? Border crossing is usually quick and uneventful. Canadian agents tend to be more pleasant than US agents.
 

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Thanks for the advice. We were already planning on a very long day. Getting an early (4-5am) start and putting on some miles so that we can can build a little R+R into the day and don't have to iron butt the entire way. Good heads up about cash. Where's the best place to get Canadian currency? I usually prefer credit cards over cash.
Edit: Yes, We both already have passports.
 

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Try your local bank for Canadian cash. Bank of America usually gets it to me in a day or two. You can order online and pick up at your local branch. Other banks also offer this. You can also get it out of an ATM in NB, but be prepared for foreign exchange fees and transaction charges depending on your bank.
 

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This is how I do it. I figure out how much cash I want to take along; some US currency, and some Canadian currency. I walk into the lobby area of my local bank and swipe my debit card through the ATM machine there. I withdrawal the total amount of cash that I want to take with me.

For example, I withdrew $120 for this past weekend's trip to Ontario. I planned on $60 for US currency, and $60 for Canadian currency. With my fist full of fresh money, I walked up to a teller and asked to purchase $60 in Canadian currency. They will have the money either in the teller drawer, or will go back to the safe to get what I need. Usually, it takes 15 to 20 mins.

The other way you can do it is, if you have a major credit card, you can wait until you get over the border, then walk into a bank lobby ATM machine and get a Canadian cash advance that way.

I don't own a credit card. I have a Visa debit card. In the states, it will 99% of the time work as a debit card normally does. In Canada, the transaction is ALWAYS processed as a credit card, but the money still comes out of the same account.

With all of the riding, and refueling that I have done in Canada, I have never had the issue that tmcgee has. I believe it is an isolated case that belongs to that particular gas station.

I have ridden through Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, and just came back from Ontario, and have never experienced what tmcgee has gone through. HOWEVER, his advice is VERY sound about carrying two different credit cards if you can!!!!

I can tell you that in the provinces that I mentioned above, if you stop for fuel using an American Visa debit card, you will have to pump the fuel first, then go inside to have the cashier swipe your card at the register. The pumps WILL NOT accept an American Visa debit card; pump first, then pay inside.

I have a TON of experience with that routine!!!

B.L.
 

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With all of the riding, and refueling that I have done in Canada, I have never had the issue that tmcgee has. I believe it is an isolated case that belongs to that particular gas station.
It's happened twice, once in Moncton, and once in Quebec near Drummondville after jacklpiner57 and I left you and Scott two years ago.

I know the risk of it happening is low, just pointing out the possibilities -- I was living close to the edge of running out of money both times.

I suppose I could have traded one of the spare cameras for gas if necessary. :biggrinjester:
 

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At every major border crossing there is a money exchange office too. Most of them have drive through lanes.

It is much more convenient though to change your money at home, at your own bank, before you cross the border if you can.

You also get a better rate of exchange if you change your money at a bank or border exchange office in the States than if you bring American money into Canada and use it to pay for purchases. It is time consuming and a pain for most businesses to accept currency from another country so they don't encourage it by having a favourable exchange rate.
 

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I appreciate all of the great advice. We will be taking 2 credit cards (1 mastercard, 1 visa) and hopefully that will take care of the bulk of our expenses. We will definitely look into picking up some cash from the local bank before heading out so we don't get stranded. So are there any "must see" places to ride to while we are up there? We will be there for a week and will be relaxing mostly, but will want to get out for a ride now and then I'm sure.
 

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So are there any "must see" places to ride to while we are up there?
Kouchibouguac National Park.

Shippagan and the aquarium located there.

Miscou Island Lighthouse.
 

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In Bouctouche, you should visit the recreated Acadian Village, The Irving Eco-Centre, La Dune de Bouctouche, and there is a chapel in the cemetery near the center of downtown. Coming from the south, there's a large church at the T in the road (can't miss it), turn right and the cemetery is a short distance on the left. Ride (or walk) around in there, it's a nice place, just as much arboretum and garden as boneyard.

Some Bouctouche pictures from my 2008 trip: MobileMe Gallery

A bit further afield, check out the places BlackLab suggests.
 

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Thanks guys. You've made the wife very happy. She loves nature and aquariums. We try to go to one whenever we go on vacation. It was nice to look at your pictures too. I always forget that mobileme lets you host pics.
 

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I always forget that mobileme lets you host pics.
It's ridiculously easy to put them online very quickly. Of course, mobileme is going away, replaced by icloud.
 
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