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    Maps for Ontario and Quebec

    When visiting a cycling forum, I found a publicity for this company called bike on tours . It seems like they offer special cycling maps for Ontario and Quebec... anyone heard of them? Are their maps reliable or just another pile of badly disguised publicity for B&B and motels? Their selection is not great (yet?) but good maps might save quite some time to prepare short tours.

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    I don't know, I hadn't heard of them. I checekd their route to Quebec border, and from what they say they are covering the same route that is covered on the interenet. A lot of people want to go from B&B to B&B, and for them the tour partners might be a great idea. For self supported stuff, I think youc an find what you need on the net.

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    Have you tried MEC they have some pretty decent maps as far as I can recollect.

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    Don't know about Ontario but Québec has a a tourist guide (booklet) for every region with very detailed information on restaurants, camping, in-house lodging, B&B and hotels. The montérégie has a cycling map and there are maps for most long trails like Le P'tit Train du Nord. Those maps usually includesome info on accomodation, sites of interest, water, etc. This is all free. With that, I use regional maps from Mapart or Cartothèque and I'm set. If you're not sure about a particular road, you can always ask on the net.

    The Vélo-Québec guides are awful and the Route Verte is not always a good indication of where to go. They don't even include a 75km strech on the St-Lawrence side of Gaspésie, one of the most beautiful ride in Québec that is flat with lane-size shoulders, posted with bicycle signs. It's not part of the Route Verte!?!?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erick L
    Don't know about Ontario but Québec has a a tourist guide (booklet) for every region with very detailed information on restaurants, camping, in-house lodging, B&B and hotels. The montérégie has a cycling map and there are maps for most long trails like Le P'tit Train du Nord. Those maps usually includesome info on accomodation, sites of interest, water, etc. This is all free. With that, I use regional maps from Mapart or Cartothèque and I'm set. If you're not sure about a particular road, you can always ask on the net.

    The Vélo-Québec guides are awful and the Route Verte is not always a good indication of where to go. They don't even include a 75km strech on the St-Lawrence side of Gaspésie, one of the most beautiful ride in Québec that is flat with lane-size shoulders, posted with bicycle signs. It's not part of the Route Verte!?!?!
    I know.. don't get me started on some of the bad aspect of the route Verte. It is a very good initiative which should be applauded but the choice of roads can be a bit weird at times. I also appreciate all the free regional guides in Quebec: well designed and easy to use (most of the time). The reason I asked about these maps is that sometimes, I'd like to visit areas I am absolutely not familair with (e.g. northern Ontario) but the idea of having to prepare an itinerary (or just an idea of a possible itinerary) and get the informations I need (maps, B&B guides or camping guides) is not too appealing especially for short tours... on longer tours, its never a problem.

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    The thing is, it would be a really bad idea to put out maps that were horrible to cycle and go to all the trouble to arrange partners for them. My concern about those kind of routes is that they may not go anywhere, just dodle around, but I would be surprised if they were the usual bike trip nonsense where they just shove you down the worst roads in the vicinity. Like the waterfront trail in the Thousand Islands actually goes down a ditch, dangerously corssing all the driveways, out of the view of the water, while the parkways is a beautiful road and not all that busy at many time of the year.

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    The Ontario Trails Council publishes a set of maps with recommended cycle routes.

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