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Old 07-09-2016, 03:19 AM   #1
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Help with what to see in Canada!

We are looking forward to the Quebec rally. We are coming from the Black Hills in South Dakota, straight north to Saskatchewan then across to the rally. I'm shooting for only about 300 miles (483 K) per day. Would like to get some suggestions on routes, and interesting stops. Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-09-2016, 06:56 PM   #2
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Cool, looking forward to meeting you. Sask. And Manitoba are very flat prairie provinces and not a lot to see. After Brandon Manitoba and as you get into Ontario going around the lake head, it gets much more scenic. I have only travelled that area twice so hopefully others can chim in with more info. Ontario is a very large Provence and will take about 24 to ride through. Once you are past Toronto if you travel the 401, Kingston is a very nice city, very old and historic. Just east is Gananoque, home of the Thousand Island tourist area. Very scenic and things to do. Right after Gananoque rather than continue on the 401 I would take the Thousand Island parkway. It follows the river and is a beautiful ride with picnic stops etc. It ends at Brockville but you could continue along the river by staying on old highway2, or go back on the 401 for quickness. Either way, I would take highway 34 north at Lancaster and follow it up through Alexandria, Vankleek Hill and into Hawkesbury on the Ottawa River . Crossing the bridge at Hawkesbury brings you into Quebec. You are at that point about a 2 hr ride from Mount Tremblant and the hotel. Most direct route is take the 148 to just past Montebello then the 323 to the 117. The base hotel is just a few miles north up the 117 on your right either via chemin ( means road) lac Duhamel or a short driveway directly of the 117 probably less than 1/2 mile further.
Did you get accommodations yet?
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Old 07-10-2016, 01:36 AM   #3
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We are looking forward to the Quebec rally. We are coming from the Black Hills in South Dakota, straight north to Saskatchewan then across to the rally. I'm shooting for only about 300 miles (483 K) per day. Would like to get some suggestions on routes, and interesting stops. Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
You have two options for your route to Quebec, stay in the US travelling south of Lake Michigan and entering Canada at Port Huron, MI / Sarina, ON, OR as you suggested, crossing into Canada in Saskatchewan and traveling through Manitoba and Ontario. Crossing into Canada at Port Huron, MI / Sarnia, ON would defiantly be the quicker route.

As the previous poster stated, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are Prairie Provinces with little to no scenery to see (have driven both many times). Things pick up considerably one you enter Ontario. You will drive through some gorgeous area while in Ontario. Just keep in mind it is a HUGE province. I live near Toronto and can drive to Florida quicker than I can drive to Manitoba.

If you'd like to PM me, I would be more then happy to give you some ideas regarding your route and some areas to avoid.
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Cool, looking forward to meeting you. Sask. And Manitoba are very flat prairie provinces and not a lot to see. After Brandon Manitoba and as you get into Ontario going around the lake head, it gets much more scenic. I have only travelled that area twice so hopefully others can chim in with more info. Ontario is a very large Provence and will take about 24 to ride through. Once you are past Toronto if you travel the 401, Kingston is a very nice city, very old and historic. Just east is Gananoque, home of the Thousand Island tourist area. Very scenic and things to do. Right after Gananoque rather than continue on the 401 I would take the Thousand Island parkway. It follows the river and is a beautiful ride with picnic stops etc. It ends at Brockville but you could continue along the river by staying on old highway2, or go back on the 401 for quickness. Either way, I would take highway 34 north at Lancaster and follow it up through Alexandria, Vankleek Hill and into Hawkesbury on the Ottawa River . Crossing the bridge at Hawkesbury brings you into Quebec. You are at that point about a 2 hr ride from Mount Tremblant and the hotel. Most direct route is take the 148 to just past Montebello then the 323 to the 117. The base hotel is just a few miles north up the 117 on your right either via chemin ( means road) lac Duhamel or a short driveway directly of the 117 probably less than 1/2 mile further.
Did you get accommodations yet?
Hope this helps,
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Thank you Norm! Yes, we have reservations (for months actually). I appreciate your input and am also looking forward to meeting you.
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You have two options for your route to Quebec, stay in the US travelling south of Lake Michigan and entering Canada at Port Huron, MI / Sarina, ON, OR as you suggested, crossing into Canada in Saskatchewan and traveling through Manitoba and Ontario. Crossing into Canada at Port Huron, MI / Sarnia, ON would defiantly be the quicker route.

As the previous poster stated, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are Prairie Provinces with little to no scenery to see (have driven both many times). Things pick up considerably one you enter Ontario. You will drive through some gorgeous area while in Ontario. Just keep in mind it is a HUGE province. I live near Toronto and can drive to Florida quicker than I can drive to Manitoba.

If you'd like to PM me, I would be more then happy to give you some ideas regarding your route and some areas to avoid.
Thank you Keith! We appreciate your comments. We will be taking the northern route to fill out my ride map for Canada. We spent several days in British Columbia and Alberta in '09 and would like to pick up the rest of the southern provinces. After the rally we will be riding on to New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia and then try to pick up the missing states for our map. Luckily we are retired and can take our time. You may be getting a PM for more information. Thanks again.

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Old 07-10-2016, 10:40 AM   #6
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Noel sorry I had a senior moment and didn't remember you were on the list. Going to Nova Scotia after, then put Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail on the must do list.
My sig pic was taken there.
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Old 07-10-2016, 01:00 PM   #7
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Noel sorry I had a senior moment and didn't remember you were on the list. Going to Nova Scotia after, then put Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail on the must do list.
My sig pic was taken there.
As CNC says, if you're going to Nova Scotia you MUST do Cape Breton Island. My father is born and raised there, again, PM me if you want any additional information.
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Old 07-10-2016, 06:57 PM   #8
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Not sure when your planning to be in Nova Scotia but there is a rally going on from Aug 31 to Sept.4th, http://www.wharfratrally.com/

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Noel, you can also have a talk with Patriot ( Pete ). He lives in Nova Scotia, Yarmouth I think and he will be riding up for the rally.
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Not sure when your planning to be in Nova Scotia but there is a rally going on from Aug 31 to Sept.4th, http://www.wharfratrally.com/
Thanks for the info but we will be about a week ahead of that.
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Noel, you can also have a talk with Patriot ( Pete ). He lives in Nova Scotia, Yarmouth I think and he will be riding up for the rally.
Great idea! Looking forward to talking with him (and every one else).
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