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Old 09-29-21, 12:10 PM
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Thunder Bay to Toronto

I was thinking of riding from Thunder Bay to Toronto... Next spring.
I was wondering if anyone knew of the best way of going about it avoiding highways where possible.
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There is no way to avoid Hwy 17 for long stretches. After Sault Ste Marie there starts to be off-highway portions, but even then you are on 17 for some hair-raising kilometers.

Highway 11 from Nipigon-North Bay might be safer than 17, even a tiny bit shorter, but likely much less pleasant - very long stretches without any towns, mostly dead flat and straight in places.
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Get all the high visibility gear you can fit and take Hwy 17.
Hwy 11 is booooring.

Taking Hwy 17 take the detour via Manitoulin Island and the ferry. Then follow Hwy 6/7/10 to Toronto there is selection.
I drove TB to TO in one day back in '70 ~1400 km on two lane highway without getting a speeding ticket. Started out at 04:00 and got an overnight station out of Chicago with some really nice music for a lot of the way down to the Soo. Them were the days.
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Originally Posted by ClydeClydeson
There is no way to avoid Hwy 17 for long stretches. After Sault Ste Marie there starts to be off-highway portions, but even then you are on 17 for some hair-raising kilometers.

Highway 11 from Nipigon-North Bay might be safer than 17, even a tiny bit shorter, but likely much less pleasant - very long stretches without any towns, mostly dead flat and straight in places.
11 is actually a bit longer, but not nearly as many hills. I have never cycled the entire route, but I was a long haul trucker for decades running both routes, and all the cross country cyclists were on 17, almost never encountered them on 11. I would think the main reason for that is it is much more desolate with huge stretches between centres of civilization.
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