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Old 08-30-2013, 06:21 AM   #1
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Sight seeing across Canada.

Hi
I am planning a trip across Canada, And i was hoping for some input on some must see destinations.

I am planning on heading east from my home in Alberta, and going all the way to Newfoundland. Im planning about 5 to 6 weeks round trip, starting about the second week of June 2014. I plan on getting off of the #1, and picking my way across secondary highways whenever possible. I will be making a route up as i go, but i don't want to be traveling and find out i missed some sort of fantastic event that i would have loved to see.

I may be riding solo, or with a female friend of mine, each on our own bike. We are not too sure if our schedules will line up.

I am hoping to get some input on some places across this great country, that i just have to visit. So far the list is short, but includes:

Niagara Falls
Bay of Fundy
Many places on the rock.
Possibly the Just for laughs festival in Montreal (if dates work out)
Old Quebec city
Winnipeg

I am kind of a history freak, and never pass up the chance to see some significant historical sights. i am also fairly young, and do like to hit up a good party. so any suggestion of a "must see" would be appreciated, and researched further.

Your town have a Fair in late June? Tell me about it.
You have an old RCMP fort? I want to see it.
Any war of 1812 stuff? Defiantly want to see that!

I am leaving myself plenty of time to travel, And if the trip lasts longer than 6 weeks, Oh well. I might leave my bike in storage, and fly back to work, and continue the trip when my shift ends. I think donating a summer to travel would be well worth it.
Thanks in advance.

PS i posted this same thread on Trip Planning, and got very little response. I am hoping to have better luck here.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:15 AM   #2
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If you are a history buff you shouldn't miss the Fortress of Louisbourg here in Cape Breton.

http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ns/l...urg/index.aspx

You could also run the Cabot Trail while you are here.

http://www.cbisland.com/regions/cabot-trail#

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Old 08-30-2013, 09:23 AM   #3
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Fort Henry in Kingston Ont. Fully staffed, re-enactments.
The craftsmanship on the waterway and it's locks from Kingston to Ottawa are something to see.
Once your east of Toronto hug the lake and stop at everything with a sign.

south of the St Lawrence is really beautiful but I'm not sure what you'll find historically but it is much nicer than fighting the traffic north of the river.
The citadel in Halifax, the dockyards. last time I was there I got a tour of both US and Canadian destroyers.
Across the prairies there will be some railway history if you are into more recent stuff.
I'm trying to make the best out of my current location and looking for Hudson's bay company forts and Riel rebellion locations.
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:42 AM   #4
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if you're coming along the St. Lawrence river, id drink beer and party with you.

I do like riding along hwy 2 from Kinston through Brockville and on to the Quebec border. Nice scenery over looking the river and some historic sites along the way.
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:12 PM   #5
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Fort Henry in Kingston Ont. Fully staffed, re-enactments.
The craftsmanship on the waterway and it's locks from Kingston to Ottawa are something to see.
Once your east of Toronto hug the lake and stop at everything with a sign.

south of the St Lawrence is really beautiful but I'm not sure what you'll find historically but it is much nicer than fighting the traffic north of the river.
The citadel in Halifax, the dockyards. last time I was there I got a tour of both US and Canadian destroyers.
Across the prairies there will be some railway history if you are into more recent stuff.
I'm trying to make the best out of my current location and looking for Hudson's bay company forts and Riel rebellion locations.






These are great suggestions. I would love the opportunity to get a tour of some destroyers.
Kingson ON is now on my list.
Cape Bretton is on the list. Cabot Trail.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:22 PM   #6
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Consider Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. It's one of the oldest towns in the country and boasts Fort Anne and across the river, the French Fort of Port Royal. There is also a small battlefield memorial between Bridgetown and Annapolis Royal where the English turned the Creek red with Aboriginal Blood.

There's also Tidal Bore rafting on the Shubenacadie River.

Plus, you can stop at inmate FredGreen's house and drink some of his excellent, homemade beer.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:08 PM   #7
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HISTORY BASED MUSEUMS

Pointe a Calliere Museum in Montreal and Musée d histoire de Montreal.(these come with free lodging nearby)

Also

Village d'antan in Drummondville

Musée du Fort in Quebec City
Mus.e de l Amerique francaise in Quebec city
Musee Naval de Quebec
Musee du 22e regiment in Quebec city


Music festivals:
Festival de Jazz de Montreal
Osheaga
Festival d été de Québec
Woodstock en Beauce

Experiences:
Grand Prix de Montreal (F1)
Dinner on a weeknight at house off Jazz (but not during the festival)
Sunday evenning at Bistro a Jojo (if you like blues of blues-ish rock a must)
Bungee jumping near Ottawa (great canadian bungee jumping)
Edge walk at CN tower (I wanna do this one)
Caverne du trou de la fee in the Saguenay region
Rent a kayak in Parc de la Mauricie
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:00 PM   #8
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I had to check locally, but Old Fort William will be open. Of course, no tour through here would be complete without a quick visit to the Terry Fox lookout.(I'm going with historical Canadiana here)

Also, despite the fact it's about 2 hours more travel, I have to recommend taking HWY 17 versus HWY 11 right after Nipigon.

As many others have mentioned in the past, speed limits here are usually
about 90k/hr, however, I have never been bothered cruising at 105 on the GPS.

You don't want to rush this area, anyway. Good luck on your trip. Lots of ADVRiders here, if you need any help along the way.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:28 PM   #9
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Ride the 5 islands near Parsboro, NS. Pretty nice road and scenery.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:38 PM   #10
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There are a ton of War of 1812 sites around Windsor, Ontario but the area absolutely sucks donkey balls. Skip it.

As for Niagara Falls, to truly appreciate it you must do the Maid of The Mist boat ride. Affordable and mind-blowing.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:04 AM   #11
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A scoot to Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg is a nice couple hr ride from Halifax. In NF, Signal Hill and Cape Spear are cool.
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:16 AM   #12
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Ride the 5 islands near Parsboro, NS. Pretty nice road and scenery.
Second this. The run around Advocate Harbor is well worth the time.
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:30 PM   #13
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HISTORY BASED MUSEUMS

Pointe a Calliere Museum in Montreal and Musée d histoire de Montreal.(these come with free lodging nearby)

Also

Village d'antan in Drummondville

Musée du Fort in Quebec City
Mus.e de l Amerique francaise in Quebec city
Musee Naval de Quebec
Musee du 22e regiment in Quebec city


Music festivals:
Festival de Jazz de Montreal
Osheaga
Festival d été de Québec
Woodstock en Beauce

Experiences:
Grand Prix de Montreal (F1)
Dinner on a weeknight at house off Jazz (but not during the festival)
Sunday evenning at Bistro a Jojo (if you like blues of blues-ish rock a must)
Bungee jumping near Ottawa (great canadian bungee jumping)
Edge walk at CN tower (I wanna do this one)
Caverne du trou de la fee in the Saguenay region
Rent a kayak in Parc de la Mauricie



Wow thats a great list, Thanks.


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Consider Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. It's one of the oldest towns in the country and boasts Fort Anne and across the river, the French Fort of Port Royal. There is also a small battlefield memorial between Bridgetown and Annapolis Royal where the English turned the Creek red with Aboriginal Blood.

These forts sound like a must see.
Thanks for the great suggestions, to every one who replied. Keep em coming!
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:31 AM   #14
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Wow thats a great list, Thanks.

These forts sound like a must see.
Thanks for the great suggestions, to every one who replied. Keep em coming!
Some other good Forts to check out -
St, Marie Among the Hurons off of Georgian Bay in Ontario: http://goo.gl/g4OWAO
Fort William in Thunder Bay (if you are heading in from the Praries you basically have to go to Thunder Bay - its not a bad city, and the ride from there to the Sault along highway 17 is WAY nicer for scenery and interesting riding than highway 11 to the North) http://goo.gl/bNy4oa

Otherwise, Cypress Hills interprovincial park between Alberta and Saskatchewan is stunning. Sibley provincial park outside Thunder Bay, also fantastic. Pukasaw National park along highway 17 closer to the Sault is one of the most beautiful places I have seen.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:13 AM   #15
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Every June there's a re-enactment of The Battle of Stoney Creek that's really pretty neat to see near Hamilton, Ontario.

Hamilton's Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is pretty great if you're even mildly interested in historic aeroplanes. Time it for the Father's Day Weekend and catch one of Canada's best air shows.

The Tobermory region on the tip of the Bruce Penninsula is one of Ontario's most spectacular natural wonders, imho. Park the bike at Emmett Lake Road and go hiking along the cliffs high above the Georgian Bay shoreline. Fantastic scenery.

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