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post #1 of 15 Old 03-10-2016, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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Toronto to Vancouver BC and back. Let's go?

Stromtroopers of Toronto and area. I'm planning an epic journey to the west. More precisely Vancouver BC. My current plan is to leave TO Saturday July 30th and ride for about 3 weeks. Planning to visit Chicago, Mount Rushmore, Seattle, BC, before heading home via central Canada. If you are planning similar adventure and is looking for a riding buddy, give me a shout. (xcape2xplore[email protected]).

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My son and I are in the beginning stages of planning our summer ride. Possibly riding to St. Johns NF by way of Canada. The time frame is about right. Could hook up on your way home to TO as we head east.
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Possibly riding to St. Johns NF by way of Canada.
...you do understand there is a 6 hour ferry ride to NF at Port Aux Basques then 900 km to St. Johns.....or 14 hours plus 130 km via Argentia

Welcome to Newfoundland :: Getting there
Then you have to do the return.

How much time do you have ??

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This time question actually applies to the OP as well.

Son and I opted to fly our bikes from Toronto to Vancouver to cut out the arduous against the prevailing wind trip going west. ( it should be available again this year ..cost us $700 each )
Bike on the plane, no special prep other than 1/3 gas full. Get to Van, 5 minute taxi to Air Cargo ..we arrived 10 am,,,on the bikes by 11 and a wonderful first day riding up Sea and Sky and 99.

With that - 3 weeks was a comfortable trip time then giving us a good run in BC north to just touch Alaska at Hyder/Steward ( not to be missed )
We skipped Banff and Jasper tho could have used a spare day we charted out for Jasper,...instead it was needed for a rain day

Then across to Vancouver Island for a few days, Port Alberni etc ( what hoot that highway is ) Then ferry across from Nanaimo, then through Vancouver and along the border via The Crow's nest pass to Glacier National Park ( excellent but be prepared for wild weather )

Then Yellowstone ( mind the bison ...seriously..mind the bison), the Beartooth ( must do ) ...the Chief Josephs and slabbed home via South Dakota which was gorgeous in spring and very fast HWY speeds - 85 mph plus.

Chicago traffic sucked but slid through with good timing and stayed on the eastern edge , then home the next day 22 out of the 24 we allocated.
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Macdoc, That's great info !! I figured there was a ferry but have no details. It might be a bit much, but that's part of the fun of planning. I spent a day going back and forth over Beartooth Pass a few years ago. Fantastic ride. Cook City to Red Lodge.
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GF and I have been trying to fit NL into our travel plans for years and it's just hard to do given the time and distance.
Cape Breton and Nove Scotia all worthwhile but it's a fairly narrow riding season in Cape Breton without risking difficult weather.
http://www.cbisland.com
The road up to where I took this photo from the bridge below is terrific...there were sports bike guys going up and down.

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lovely loop through three distinct cultures


For your Canadian jaunt - suggest you join up here
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There are a number of cross over members including me but mainly a lot of East Coast Canada experience to draw on.

For something different you could consider coming in from the top of Ontario and driving
Driving the James Bay Road
Thrill was a caribou running along in the bush beside me....you have to book the tour of the giant hydro site ...I've not done it but others have recommended it.

on the way to a visit to Ottawa which has lots of museums etc if that's your thing....or some excellent warm water, big water rafting for a days diversion.
Whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing with OWL Rafting and MKC on the Ottawa and Madawaska Rivers.

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...you do understand there is a 6 hour ferry ride to NF at Port Aux Basques then 900 km to St. Johns.....or 14 hours plus 130 km via Argentia.
I'm thinking about doing a trip to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland as well. Next year possibly including the Labrador leg that ends in Baie-Comeau, Quebec. I'm coming from Massachusetts so it's not that far to the ferry.
As an alternative for this year, I may visit the the Gaspé Peninsula and take a side trip by ferry to Baie-Comeau and then scout out the beginning of a reverse trip to Newfoundland via Labrador.
They say not to start too early in the season up there.

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Thanks for mentioning Gaspe....all reprts gorgeous - on our bucket list too. ....yeah for sure not to early.

Nova Scotia tho the Annapolis Valley is warmer due to it's geography and it is lovely area..Wolfesville in particular.
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Thanks for mentioning Gaspe....all reprts gorgeous - on our bucket list too. ....yeah for sure not to early.



Nova Scotia tho the Annapolis Valley is warmer due to it's geography and it is lovely area..Wolfesville in particular.

I did the Gaspé last summer. 2400 km in 3 days from Nova Scotia around the peninsula and back. It's one of the best trips I've ever been on


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Thanks for mentioning Gaspe....all reprts gorgeous - on our bucket list too. ....yeah for sure not to early.

Nova Scotia tho the Annapolis Valley is warmer due to it's geography and it is lovely area..Wolfesville in particular.
Last year I was reading about the Annapolis Valley in a bicycle touring book. Sounds like a wonderful area with a good choice of B&B's and other accommodations.

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I did the Gaspé last summer. 2400 km in 3 days from Nova Scotia around the peninsula and back. It's one of the best trips I've ever been on

Cool! Really looking forward to seeing that area. Those cases in the picture look like Givi Outback Trekkers? I've got the same thing in black, haven't actually used them yet, hopefully will be using the heck out of them this year

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