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Help needed for trip from Wisconsin to Halifax Nova Scotia
« on: January 07, 2019, 09:25:28 pm »
Planning on a trip in late July to Nova Scotia from Wisconsin.  Planning on going on the north side of the great lakes to get there. I have yet to see Niagara Falls and even though its such a popular destination it is one thing planned to see.  If anyone has any nuggets, hidden gems or great roads not to miss along the way, please let me know.  Your input would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Help needed for trip from Wisconsin to Halifax Nova Scotia
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2019, 12:51:31 am »
Cabot Trail, Meat Cove.

When you first get on Breton Island hit the very informative tourist info centre.

Beer is crazy expensive.

Coming to or from NB if you are hitting Maine, go see Campobello, Franklin Roosevelt's summer get away. A decent provincial park is very close to the park and a couple of ferry rides are involved. A very cool place, awesome scenery, and a fun thing to do and see.
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Re: Help needed for trip from Wisconsin to Halifax Nova Scotia
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2019, 01:15:04 am »
Well, if you live in Wisconsin you're an inland person.  I'd probably follow the St Lawrence River east from Lake Ontario to the Gaspe' Penninsula and then around to Nova Scotia.  This would get a lot of sea coast views, kinda small fishing villages as well as seeing sea going freighter traffic.  Temperatures, moderated by the water, should be nice in July.  Presumably you'll be returning also, so you'll end up making a loop of some kind I'm guessing. 

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Re: Help needed for trip from Wisconsin to Halifax Nova Scotia
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2019, 11:47:27 am »
Gaspe' is quite wonderful. If workable, do it.

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Re: Help needed for trip from Wisconsin to Halifax Nova Scotia
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2019, 03:04:17 pm »
Thank you guys for your input.  I would say this is one of the best parts of being a member of COG.  Some of the coolest things I have seen the past couple of years have been from recommendations from this group.  Appreciate it.

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Re: Help needed for trip from Wisconsin to Halifax Nova Scotia
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2019, 06:04:15 pm »
When in Maine... I feel Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are must see. For more local nuggets I suggest you reach out to the COG Northeast AAD Claude Doucet, who lives in NS.  He is on here as: "Claude aka MotorcycleClaude"
 

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Re: Help needed for trip from Wisconsin to Halifax Nova Scotia
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2019, 02:46:32 pm »
Remember your passport. Niagara Falls has pay to park only, unless you park a few streets inland, I think its $15CD. RESIST THE URGE TO PARK OR STOP ALONG THE CURB FACING THE FALLS. To say the Canadian side is glitzy, touristy, overdeveloped, gaudy, sad, may be a bit of an understatement, especially Clifford Hill. Its crowded and there is a lot of traffic, its a major world famous landmark. Ride the Niagara Parkway to the little town of Niagara on the Lake, about 10 miles, but if its summer, AVOID IT ALL COSTS as the Shaw Festival will be in full swing and you won't find a parking space to save your life much less even get into the town, especially on the weekends, visit one of the many wineries in the area or Wayne Gretsky's winery/distillery near the traffic circle outside of Virgil instead, I think its on Rt. 55 or Niagara Stone Rd? Make sure to check out the falls after dark for the light show.  In December, gas was around $4.20USD/gal. There are 2 casinos there. The QEW from Niagara Falls to Toronto is in my opinion the busiest, most dangerous, most crowded and biggest road I've ever traveled on and would avoid it if possible at anytime of day or night in a car or on a bike.
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Re: Help needed for trip from Wisconsin to Halifax Nova Scotia
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2019, 01:35:50 pm »
Thanks again for all your help.  I have taken notes on all the stuff to do on the east coast.  I have been looking at tons of pictures on the internet.  It looks amazing.  Is there anything I should see on my way around lake superior, heron, and Ontario?  As of right now I am planning taking HWY 17 most of the way.  Wondering if I should head south at Sudbury on hwy 64 or just continue east on 17.  Some info on my personal traveling preferences. I detest traffic and cities and love backroads, seclusion and natural beauty.  Also, what would be the easiest way to cross Newfoundland & Labrador off my map list?  Can I ferry over the island north of Nova Scotia or is there no easy way to do this.  Again thanks for all your tips.

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Re: Help needed for trip from Wisconsin to Halifax Nova Scotia
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2019, 05:18:15 pm »
Well, if you live in Wisconsin you're an inland person.  I'd probably follow the St Lawrence River east from Lake Ontario to the Gaspe' Penninsula and then around to Nova Scotia.  This would get a lot of sea coast views, kinda small fishing villages as well as seeing sea going freighter traffic.  Temperatures, moderated by the water, should be nice in July.  Presumably you'll be returning also, so you'll end up making a loop of some kind I'm guessing. 

Have fun, take pictures and post some up on the forum!

If you are going in July, please check for the construction holidays in Quebec, should you follow the St-Lawrence/Gaspé route. The RV traffic is horrible during the two weeks of the construction holidays. I lived in the Gaspé for 5 years and do my pilgrimage to the Gaspé and the Maritimes every few years with the C14, and second week of August, you pretty much have the road to yourself along the coast. A bit cooler (mid-60s, lower 70s) during the day, but you'll have a more enjoyable trip. You COULD go all around the peninsula (and hit some of the famed "eternal" road work spots), but the Matapedia River valley road (132 through to the New-Brunswick border) is a fantastic ride - the pavement is new, lots of sweeps and the scenery is amazing.

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Re: Help needed for trip from Wisconsin to Halifax Nova Scotia
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2019, 05:18:18 pm »
Going south from Sudbury work your way to Hwy60. It goes through Algonquin park. As long as you are in the neighborhood check out Ottawa.

How much time is the trip planned for? Newfoundland/Labrador will add a lot of time and kilometers.

You can hook a ferry out of Sydney, NS to Nfld then take another off the north point of Nfld to get to Labrador/far eastern QC. There is also a ferry to the EU, a couple of islands off the SE coast of Nfld. They are part of France.
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Re: Help needed for trip from Wisconsin to Halifax Nova Scotia
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2019, 11:02:01 pm »
Right now I am planning a minimum of 9 Days. Might be a couple more because I want to hit a handful of North East states on my way back to cross them off my list.  I will make good time getting to Nova Scotia because I will be solo. Wife is flying out east.  Trip back will be slower because she is riding back with me.  Although she is a trooper.  Last summer we were close to the Mexican border in Arizona.  Left Saturday morning and we were home in Wisconsin about 7 pm Sunday night.  860 miles the first day and 930 miles the second.  I was impressed.  Thanks again for some more info on roads and sites.  I will add them to my list.  Please keep it coming!

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Re: Help needed for trip from Wisconsin to Halifax Nova Scotia
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2019, 12:27:25 pm »
Old Town Lunenburg in Nova Scotia, about an hour from Halifax.

It's an UNESCO site. You'll understand why when you get there. Plan a walk about if you can.

I've also heard that Peggy's Cove is cool but have never been there.

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With only nine days or so Newfoundland would be tight and the Trans Lab would be pretty much out. It can be done but you would miss some prime "smell the roses" stops.

Examples: Half a day with a lingering lunch at Lunenburg or a two hour lingering lunch at Meat Cove, just abosorbing the beauty that is there. Touring Campbello is most of a day including the two ferry rides. Another good chunk of a day touring the Cabot trail and enjoying the coastal views with a stop now and then to get immersed in the scenery.

If it were me, and obviously it is not, I would blow off the stuff on the way, at least outbound. Save for another trip. You can always hit those in transit areas on the return trip. This would allow a more complete exploration of the farther flung regions of your trip with the option of more exploring on the return trip from The Maritimes if time allowed. This general way of travelling worked well when I had time constraints.

Regardless, do have a wonderful trip.
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