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Old 10-27-2014, 09:06 AM   #1
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Whale watching Gulf of St. Lawrence

Hello Friends,

I am thinking of riding my MC from Mid-Michigan area to Tadousaac. This is planned either around May 10th 2015 OR around June 8th 2015. The current plan is to stay one day in Tadousaac to do some whale watching. Who knows? I may get lucky and get to see a blue!

The distance each way from home to destination is about 950 Miles. The route will follow the St. Lawrence River as much as possible.

Please provide suggestions and PM me if you wish to join anywhere along the way.

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Old 10-27-2014, 09:21 AM   #2
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Your route takes you through both Toronto and Montreal - both can be really unpleasant to ride through.
If you have an extra 4-5 hours each way, I'd suggest the following variations:
- skirt just Northwest of Toronto to avoid that mess
- head North to Huntsville, then on Hwy 60 through Algonquin Park
- stay just North of Montreal, then hug the North Shore the rest of the way

Alternately (for a different experience on the way back), I'd consider:
- hugging the South shore to just before Montreal, then heading SW
- hug the South shore of Lake Ontario, maybe even the same for Lake Erie

I've spent enough time on the 401 to know it's not much fun. Perhaps, less annoying on something really big (your Goldwing?), I guess. I've also ridden much of the various shoreline mentioned above, and if you have the time, it's my preference over slab.

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Old 10-27-2014, 10:45 AM   #3
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Your route takes you through both Toronto and Montreal - both can be really unpleasant to ride through.
If you have an extra 4-5 hours each way, I'd suggest the following variations:
- skirt just Northwest of Toronto to avoid that mess
- head North to Huntsville, then on Hwy 60 through Algonquin Park
- stay just North of Montreal, then hug the North Shore the rest of the way

Alternately (for a different experience on the way back), I'd consider:
- hugging the South shore to just before Montreal, then heading SW
- hug the South shore of Lake Ontario, maybe even the same for Lake Erie

I've spent enough time on the 401 to know it's not much fun. Perhaps, less annoying on something really big (your Goldwing?), I guess. I've also ridden much of the various shoreline mentioned above, and if you have the time, it's my preference over slab.

Cheers
Thanks for the reply and suggestions.
Most likely I will be on my fully touring outfitted KLR650 or my touring outfitted Burgman 650. I plan to hotel it and may have a buddy or two on their own bikes. Thanks about the suggestions of avoiding Toronto and Montreal. Coming back via Southern shore of St. Lawrence R is also a good idea. Thanks.

This is an open invite for any other rider to join in at any point on the Route once it is finalized.

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Old 10-27-2014, 10:53 AM   #4
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Hey Simba!
You're welcome here anytime.
I may not be able to ride with you and RRR in Utah, but I should be able to show you some good riding in this area.
When you have the dates firmed up - let me know!

I definitely recommend riding north of Toronto through Bancroft and over towards Calabogie area.
From there you can decide if you'd prefer to take the northern route past Montreal or drop down to ride along the St Lawrence and visit my little piece of paradise.
Hopefully I'll have a chance to ride with you on this trip.
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Old 10-27-2014, 11:03 AM   #5
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Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve

If you are up for a few extra miles:

I havent been myself but I am told that this parc is very sweet and that you can watch the whales from the shore there and you can camp right on the beach. I am told very few tourists as well.

The folks that have gone are planning to go back. I plan to go there sometime in the futur.

http://goo.gl/maps/rV5Rp

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com...o-canada-park/
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Old 10-27-2014, 11:13 AM   #6
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Hey Simba!
You're welcome here anytime.
I may not be able to ride with you and RRR in Utah, but I should be able to show you some good riding in this area.
When you have the dates firmed up - let me know!

I definitely recommend riding north of Toronto through Bancroft and over towards Calabogie area.
From there you can decide if you'd prefer to take the northern route past Montreal or drop down to ride along the St Lawrence and visit my little piece of paradise.
Hopefully I'll have a chance to ride with you on this trip.
Thanks Friend.
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And this detour as well: well worth the extra miles

Parc de la Mauricie

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Old 10-27-2014, 11:15 AM   #8
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BTW: if you need a bed in Montreal, you can crash at my place.
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BTW: if you need a bed in Montreal, you can crash at my place.
Thank you, friend.
Need to form a group of riders wishing to join me.
Please join if you can.
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Old 10-29-2014, 02:21 PM   #10
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I've been whale watching in Saguenay and it was better than in the Caribbean! Saw many whales; humback, sei, belugas.

Across from the whale watching boat dock was a steep dirt road leading up a hill. We hiked up (you can ride) and there is a tiny church up top called Notre Dame D'Espace - (Our Lady of Space) Rocketship included. Really intersting.
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Old 10-29-2014, 03:19 PM   #11
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I've been whale watching in Saguenay and it was better than in the Caribbean! Saw many whales; humback, sei, belugas.

Across from the whale watching boat dock was a steep dirt road leading up a hill. We hiked up (you can ride) and there is a tiny church up top called Notre Dame D'Espace - (Our Lady of Space) Rocketship included. Really intersting.
Very Good--I am looking forward to it. I hope the weather cooperates in May 2015. If time permits, i will look for the church. For some reason I am drawn to old churches and even older cemeteries. Go figure.

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I'm in Toronto and planning on heading up the north shore next season as well. Just not sure when I'll be leaving. Please keep me posted and if I'm good to go in May, will try to join you guys for at least part of the trip.

As someone else mentioned, avoid Toronto unless you wish to sightsee in the city. Take the toll road (hwy 407) if cutting across the city or if you're not slabbing it, go past orangeville, highway 9 through to highway 31 and across to Uxbridge. If you're not stressed for time, I'd recommend checking out the towns on the way across Ontario. Stop in Goodwood and look for Annina's bakeshop if you can for a spot to eat. Lovely place. From there, Highway 7 to Perth is a decent ride but others may have better suggestions. I love my province but if I'm being honest, I don't find Eastern Ontario all that scenic so it's no loss if you buzzed straight through to la belle province
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For those travelling the area - this is from the local forum

http://www.gtamotorcycle.com/vbforum...rio-Quebec-U-S
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Try a variation of this

https://goo.gl/maps/YLgbd

If you are not in a honking great hurry



401 has the highest amount of commericial truck traffic in North America...



it's 16 plus lanes wide at spots and is mind numbing to drive through....

Montreal is worse.
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:10 PM   #15
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I'm in Toronto and planning on heading up the north shore next season as well. Just not sure when I'll be leaving. Please keep me posted and if I'm good to go in May, will try to join you guys for at least part of the trip.

As someone else mentioned, avoid Toronto unless you wish to sightsee in the city. Take the toll road (hwy 407) if cutting across the city or if you're not slabbing it, go past orangeville, highway 9 through to highway 31 and across to Uxbridge. If you're not stressed for time, I'd recommend checking out the towns on the way across Ontario. Stop in Goodwood and look for Annina's bakeshop if you can for a spot to eat. Lovely place. From there, Highway 7 to Perth is a decent ride but others may have better suggestions. I love my province but if I'm being honest, I don't find Eastern Ontario all that scenic so it's no loss if you buzzed straight through to la belle province
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Try a variation of this

If you are not in a honking great hurry

401 has the highest amount of commericial truck traffic in North America...

it's 16 plus lanes wide at spots and is mind numbing to drive through....

Montreal is worse.
Thanks You friends--these are great suggestions. I prefer riding through 'rural' areas. I am hoping my riding companions (whoever they turn out to be) have at least 5 days.

Thanks,
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