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Old 01-07-2012, 11:11 PM   #1
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Plotting A Summer 2012 Trip To Anticosti

Someone rated Anticosti as one of the most remote riding places in North America. Larger than PEI, and has 300 full-time residents and many miles of gravel. Shipwrecks, ghost towns, seals, deer, and salmon also figure in the mix.

I have the bug to ride it. I have been doing considerable research.

First thing was to find how to get bikes there. I put an email in to Relais Nordik, who are the primary shipper on and off the island.

It's not cheap.

The boat runs on a weekly basis, and the departure times are at 0-Dark-hundred. However, the good folk in Rimouski, QC gave me the following:

Departure from Sept Isles, QC to Port Menir, Anticosti, QC: 1 motorcycle: $150 CAD. Fare for rider $64.90 CAD. Cabins additional. Fully equipped ship with restaurant and bar.

Return from Anticosti to Rimouski (the boat does not call on Sept Isles in this direction) $235.00 for the bike, $121.00 for the passenger, cabins again extra.

I have an email in to Sepaq, the outfit that runs lodging on Anticosti. They maintain campgrounds and cottages over the island. I think that ADV riders would camp. One fee allows use of any of Sepaq's sites on the island. Private motels (clean but minimal) are $65.00/night in Port Menir.

I will post camping costs when they are available.

Fuel is available in Port Menir, as are groceries. There is a SAQ store.

I think this may be an excellent opportunity to ride one of the more remote places in North America. Form what I've seen, the roads on the island are of a fairly high standard. One video shows deep puddles in the wet season, but a track that could be done on any competent dual-sport.

Who's with me? Looking for a party of four to eight souls. Arrangements need to be made well in advance.
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:08 AM   #2
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..Hmmmm......

I was told that you can get on the ferry in Newfoundland and get off on east side of Anticotsti???
I have no proof of this....just hearsay.
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Canuman, great ground work. That gives me an idea of the cost. We're you able to find accomodations on the island? I wonder if the locals appreciate the tourists, biker tourists!!
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:54 AM   #4
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Isplat and Back Roader,



Yes, there are numerous accommodations on the island. Sepaq's hotel in Port Menir burned to the ground this winter, so the situation there may be a little crazy this summer. A private hotel is $65/night. I am waiting for other information from Sepaq on camping and cottages.

And yes, you can take the ferry from Blanc Sablon to Anticosti. It is slow going, as it stops frequently. 2011 schedule here:
http://www.relaisnordik.com/en/home/244.aspx

They tell me the ferry fills up quickly. I am on the list so they will call when they start taking summer reservations.
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Oh, and furthermore I hear the locals are very friendly. Motorcycles have been to the island, just not many.
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A wad of links:

The boat: The language toggle is at the lower left, for our Francophone brothers. http://www.relaisnordik.com/en/home/24.aspx

Sepaq Anticosti. Sepaq is Quebec's provincial outdoor organization. This gives some idea of available lodging, but the rates are packaged with airfare and truck rental, so I'm trying to get them clarified for just lodging. Language toggle upper right.
http://www.sepaq.com/sepaq-anticosti...?language_id=1

A site with 1,900 photos of the island. This will make you drool. Language button upper right.
http://www.anticostiphotos.com/index-en.html

2007 kayak travelogue on the island. Pretty good. Available in French.
http://www.kayakdemer.net/aventure/a.../index_en.html

General article on the island:
http://www.travelintelligence.com/tr...rd-of-the-gulf

There's more. . .
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I had a telephone message from Sepaq this afternoon. They do not accept non-packaged reservations until their season opens June 29. As the season ends somewhere in the last week of August, there is a narrow window of opportunity. The good news is that camping rates are very reasonable -- $25.00 CAD per campsite, which will hold up to six people. There are numerous campsites all over the island, and I do not see that they would fill to capacity, except in Port Menir.

Cabins, if available, are $250 per night per cabin. These have different rated capacities, from four to eight persons. It may be pleasant to spend a single night in a cottage, but I cannot see scheduling an entire week at these rates.

Lodge/Hotel accommodations are $118/night. It is not exactly clear if these include a meal. I will telephone Sepaq for clarification later this week.

Private lodging in Port Menir, as stated before, can be had for $65 a night.

According to what I see now, one could do the trip for about $125 -- $150 per day, inclusive -- food, fuel, transport, SAQ, and the lot. This may seem on the high end for those who eat rice and beans and slam down a sleeping bag in any convenient open field. For hitting one of the most remote places in North America, I'm finding it pretty reasonable. If you agree, let's plant the ADV flag on the island.
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did you say the boat is drive on or must the bike be in a container?
didn't see any specific info on the boat site
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Old 01-10-2012, 04:30 PM   #9
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did you say the boat is drive on or must the bike be in a container?
didn't see any specific info on the boat site
Does not look like the boat changed much since we took it in 88, Havre St-Pierre to Blanc Sablon.

Back then they loaded the bikes in open containers on the dock and craned them on deck.Because of that they probably want you there for loading a few hours before departure.

My friends just did the north shore of Anticosti by boat, they never saw anyone for a week. Fantastic pics they showed me.
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did you say the boat is drive on or must the bike be in a container?
didn't see any specific info on the boat site
I believe that all automobiles and bikes are containerized. The vessel does not appear to be roll-on roll-off. Photos on Relais Nordik's site show containerized vehicles being unloaded by derrick, and it is described as a container ship here:

http://www.relaisnordik.com/en/home/...xpress_eng.pdf
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Spent the last hour or so doing fly-overs in Google Earth. There is a massive web of roads on the island. Much of it has been logged, from what I can see, However, there are spectacular pictures wherever one clicks. A week would give only a taste of it.
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Nice, I would love to but $$$ is tight and the ferry pushes the trip over the amount I have for this year's trip.
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Logistics

As is probably obvious, logistics are a large part of this trip. Here are some immediate thoughts:

Port Menir appears to be a well-stocked little outpost. There are three gas stations, grocery stores, hotels, a hardware store, and a garage. I don't assume prices on anything are likely to be cheap. Everything comes in by sea or by air, and there's not a ton of competition.

To do the Route Henri Menir, aka the "Trans-Anticosti" is a nearly 300 mile round trip from Port Menir. This appears to be "dirty" dual-sport terrain. Self-supported fuel is necessary. The basic run out and back is nearly 300 miles with no chance for resupply in between. For safety, I'd expect that a rider would have to carry 300 miles of fuel plus a one to-two-gallon reserve. This cuts out much of the highly-strung crowd. A properly large tank and a lean bike would be an advantage.
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Port Menier (), named after Henri Menier the French chocolate maker who first brought the deer there.

Interesting history that Island, altough I never set foot on it I sailed right by many many times.

Putting a bike on the Nordik once again, that's on the list but will have to wait a couple years until retirement. Looks like some of my friends in Quebec may be game for that too.

Good Luck and a safe trip!
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