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    Quest for route Nova Scotia-New Foundland-Quebec-Montreal

    My plan is to start ride from Halifax and around New foundland, down to Quebec and end up in Montreal.
    If somebody have any input on this it will help me a lot because i know very little about Canada.
    I plan to go in August-September to avoid traffic, insects and expensive beds.

    -Is it best to bicycle on the north of Nova Scotia or south. If i go north i will bike thru the highland natural park and probably less traffic but it will be a longer trip than compared to bike the south of the island?

    -Does it matter if i start my trip around New foundland from Channel Port-aux-Basques or from Placentia Bay?, ups and downs will probably be the same?, and what about wind directions?

    -Someone on the forum said that following the railway from Moncton and down to Quebec is a easy way with little traffic, after studying the map it looks like it is.

    -From Quebec to Montreal it seem to me that its best to ride thru Ste Croix and down to Sorel.

    -Does it exist bears in this areas?

    -Is it enough to only carry a summer sleeping-bag in August - September in this part of Canada?

    -How long time should a average tourer that have plenty of time calculate for this trip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LitePacking View Post
    My plan is to start ride from Halifax and around Newfoundland (fixed), down to Quebec and end up in Montreal.
    If somebody have any input on this it will help me a lot because i know very little about Canada.
    I plan to go in August-September to avoid traffic, insects and expensive beds.

    -Is it best to bicycle on the north of Nova Scotia or south. If i go north i will bike thru the highland natural park and probably less traffic but it will be a longer trip than compared to bike the south of the island?
    You mean Cape Breton? Just go straight through and hit up Sydney.

    -Does it matter if i start my trip around Newfoundland (fixed) from Channel Port-aux-Basques or from Placentia Bay?, ups and downs will probably be the same?, and what about wind directions?
    Port-Aux-Basques would be best, and is "flatter".

    -Someone on the forum said that following the railway from Moncton and down to Quebec is a easy way with little traffic, after studying the map it looks like it is.
    Either the rail OR the old highways that follow the Trans-Canada highway.

    -From Quebec to Montreal it seem to me that its best to ride thru Ste Croix and down to Sorel.
    Same thing as above.

    -Does it exist bears in this areas?
    Yes. Lots of wildlife, especially in Labrador. The roads are barren. There is just rock.

    -Is it enough to only carry a summer sleeping-bag in August - September in this part of Canada?
    Absolutely not! NFLD-Lab is a COLD place, especially with the wind.

    -How long time should a average tourer that have plenty of time calculate for this trip?
    ah. I don't know that... but I know it takes a good week to take the highways across Labrador. Ferries, on the other hand, make your life easier.

    Halifax-->North Sydney: about 500KM. First Quarter of the route.

    Port-Aux-Basques-->L'Anse au Clair: about 600KM. Second Quarter of the route.

    L'anse au Clair-->Sept-Iles is kinda up in the air. the ferry's are your best bet.

    Sept-Iles-->Montreal: about 900KM. This is the last quarter of the route.


    Soo... all I can say is GOOD LUCK. Northern Quebec and NFLD is very cold and very windy.

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    Evan is very knowledgable... I did this ride on my Honda Goldwing 3 years ago... 3700 miles in one week... it was a great ride but if you are going up as far as Newfoundland you may want to be concerned with the temperatures... the morning I was coming back south and stayed in Moncton (my normal stay) it snowed... and was 26 degrees... this was in early September... keep that in mind while planning..
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    I'm going around the same place around the same time this summer.

    That's quite a trip and I'm not sure where you plan to ride exactly. Labrador is VERY remote. Another option (better IMO) is the Relais Nordik from Blanc-Sablon to Natashquan or Havre-St-Pierre, or even Rimouski on the south shore. It does not stop in Sept-Îles when going up-river.

    Dominant winds on the St-Lawrence are from the west or southwest so that means a headwind. From the stats, you should have a tailwind goin up Newfoundland's west coast.

    From Quebec to Montréal, take highway 138. It IS the Route Verte (bike route). Highway 132 between Sorel ferry and Montréal has nice spots but also a horrible stretch with no shoulder and bad asphalt but it's a tiny part of your big trip. Charlevoix (east of Quebec City to Tadoussac) is very hilly, same between Baie-Comeau and Franklin. Highway 138 is the only road on the north shore so expect some traffic.

    If you're planning on riding back to Nova Scotia, New-Brunswick and Quebec south shore, I can't help much but to point at the Route Verte in the Matapédia valley or the rail-trail between Edmunston and Rivière-du-Loup (Same trail on the Route Verte site).
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    If time is not a concern, you could ride more or less along this road:

    – Halifax to Canso, then to North Sydney via highways 105-223.

    – Take the ferry to Port-aux-Basques and coss Newfoundland on TCH, using some local roads along the west coast. Worthy detours are Corner Brook to Blow Me Down, Gros Morne National Park and the peninsulas around St. John's (use highways on the north coast (ex. highway 60) in the Avalon Peninsula: better scenery and much less wind.

    – Back to Placentia and take the long ferry back to North Sydney

    – Around Cabot Train

    – North to Moncton via roads that parallel TCH, then to Fredericton and Edmunston.

    – Edmunston to Rivière-du-Loup via the Petit Témis trail (between Cabano and km 125 in R-D-L)

    – Either south coast to Lévis (lots of headwinds) or take the ferry to Saint-Siméon and ride highway 138 - 362 - 138 to Québec City (less wind, gorgeous, but really hilly).

    – Québec City to Trois-Rivières to Montréal via highway 138
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