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What Qualifies as a Cross-Canada Tour?

Old 06-11-06, 03:24 PM
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What Qualifies as a Cross-Canada Tour?

I'm curious about something...if you want to say that you've crossed Canada from Vancouver to St. John's do you have to do it in one shot or can you break it up? Say from Vancouver to Thunder Bay one year...and , then another year, Thunder Bay to Quebec City and so on until you get to St. John's?

I'd like to do the trip once in my lifetime but I can't foresee ever getting a job that will allow me the requisite two-three months.

So, I'd like to hear everyone's opinion.
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Old 06-11-06, 05:19 PM
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Are you doing the tour because of something you will be able to say later? Or to have the experience? Does it matter what anyone else thinks? It's *your* tour, make what you want of it.

That said, I start settling into the touring experience after a couple of weeks, both physically and mentally. If you do really short legs, you won't get a chance to settle in, and you will miss out on some important parts of the experience. Also, I like to have a reasonably flexible schedule, so I can take extra time when I find cool stuff I want to do.

As for what you can say afterwards... again you have to answer that for yourself. I think you know your answer already.

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Old 06-11-06, 05:29 PM
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Hey IM:

I am slightly prejudiced here - I think it's legitimate to break it up into bite size portions -- I did it in 2 summers (Calgary to Ottawa then Ottawa to Calgary via St John's and Victoria). It's still a huge undertaking....I know a guy who's doing it in 2 week segments starting at Halifax and is now up to Winnipeg. Most people can't get enough free time to go all the way across in one trip, especially if they are unsupported.

Hope you get to live out your dream - it's an incredible trip!

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Old 06-11-06, 05:49 PM
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It's semantics:

"I did a cross-canada tour". (to me that would be continuous)

"I cycled across canada". (to me that is more open ended)

If the idea is that the tour is some kind of achievement, then I think the continuous tour is more impressive. On the other hand a friend of mine did it in one go last summer on racing bikes credit card style. I'm not as impressed by that as I am by a friend who started late one summer and only made it to manitoba by the end of the year so did the rest the following year. He was going solo and was carrying his own gear.

There are a lot of different ways to do it.
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Old 06-11-06, 07:00 PM
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What about from - say Vancouver to Inuvik? Is that Cross-Canada, too?
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Old 06-11-06, 08:19 PM
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Jamawani:

Good question - I've wondered about that too....Seems to me we need to coin a new term for a north/south tour. "Cross Canada" is pretty well set in our minds as east/west. I'm starting my final phase of a south/north route in 10 days. Just 2,000 kms to go to Inuvik.....but what can I call it??

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Old 06-11-06, 08:42 PM
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".....but what can I call it??"

BugFest, or BugOthon?


I think if you go border to border in any direction that goes through the meat of the thing, it's cross country. Like Cross Country Check up on the CBC.
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" a cross-canada tour "

that's "A" tour, which means 1, a singular event, which is why something like that is so impressive. it's misleading to call a series of trips " a tour".

if you went to europe 5 years ago, went around turkey and egypt 3 years ago, hit india last year, are going to southeast asia this year, and plan on going to chile and argentina next year, would that qualify as "an around-the-world tour"?
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"What qualifies?" is one question; "What should you do?" is, in my mind, a more valid one.

There are quite a few arguments in favour of the split-up tour. Time is certainly an issue, but using the best time of the year for touring through each region and not getting "fed up" by a long tour are also very valid reasons. Spending more time in some regions and "forgetting" others is also a good idea, although it's less of cross-Canada tour(s) by then.

Since you live in Toronto, you might cut down on the logistics by finishing your tours at home. You could ride Vancouver to Toronto one year and Toronto to St. John's another year, for example.
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Old 06-12-06, 07:05 PM
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Good question,

I've created a list of all the 'Cross Canada Tours' that i could find online at: https://xcanada.roosmachine.com

I 've asked myself that question a few times. I'm easy really.. there are trips over a number of years on the site, although most are in one segment. I've met one guy last year that is doing it over 4-5 segments, and is finishing this year. A few trips dont go coast to coast, a there's even one that was aborted early.

I think to me its mostly about wanting to see the country from end to end or sea to sea or even just a big portion of the country. Do you limit the term to those that only hit all 10 provinces, what about the Territories? or those that dip into the USA to avoid the traffic of Northern Ontario? Heading up north adds a twist. Perhaps its "Across Canada' when you can claim the trip was more than just a regional trip (Just The rockies, or just Quebec) and it spans most of the major regions of Canada. The Mountains, the prairies, Ontario, La Belle Province, and the Maritimes.

But in the end, even if someone doesn't consider that 'Across Canada' it doesnt take away from the accomplishment and enjoyment of anyone's trip.

BTW: there are 7-8 trips currently on the go that are linked on that site and a few more that I need to add soon.
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I would only count a North/south or s/N If it included the US border with the 48 states and Inuvik. And was done within one calendar year.
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Roos! Good site!
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Originally Posted by IronMac
I'm curious about something...if you want to say that you've crossed Canada from Vancouver to St. John's do you have to do it in one shot or can you break it up? Say from Vancouver to Thunder Bay one year...and , then another year, Thunder Bay to Quebec City and so on until you get to St. John's?

I'd like to do the trip once in my lifetime but I can't foresee ever getting a job that will allow me the requisite two-three months.

So, I'd like to hear everyone's opinion.
Well as long as you moved from one end of the country to the other entirely through cycling I think it counts. So let's say ride from BC to Alberta, then stay in Alberta for a year, then cross over to Saskatchewan and rest up for a few months, etc...
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It only counts if you canoe your bike across the hudson bay. In winter. Left handed.
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Old 11-10-10, 10:13 PM
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hey Posi, us Canucks do that all the time, aint nuttin special. Along with the making love in a canoe and not making it tip over, its all part of getting the "I am Canadian" card that we all (mostly) have in our wallets.

as for the OP....who cares. I had a friend who did it once many moons ago, and while I had the romantic urge of doing it at one point in my life, I realized after touring other places that it wasnt the experience I wanted (to be frank, too much open areas with few towns etc and great distances between population-I have done it in a car, but on a bike, nope) He was a nutbar, doing 200-300 klicks per day, incredibly impressive (racing bike, very, very lightly loaded) but not my kettle of fish.

I actually think your way is a much saner way! (but do agree with two weeks being a bit short, you just start getting "into" a tour at two weeks, in my experience as well.
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