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Paved shoulders on the Trans Canada

Old 06-30-08, 07:41 AM
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Paved shoulders on the Trans Canada

Hey, does anyone have personal experience, or know where I can find information about the condition of roads in Canada? I can find out if a road is a 4 lane or two lane, but a Map doesn't tell me if there is a shoulder. I'll be riding from Winnipeg to Ottawa, and I'm kind of shifty about riding through Ontario.
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Well, seeing as I live in Canada, and cycle in Canada, I've got some idea about the condition of the roads in Canada.

Winnipeg to the Ontario border, on the TransCanada ... gravel shoulders, not paved, lots of traffic. There might be short sections of paved shoulders in there, but they don't last for long. Personally I wouldn't use the TransCanada for that part of the ride. I believe you get small paved shoulders once you reach the Ontario border all the way to Dryden. That's as far east as I've gone on the TransCanada. I've travelled to Quebec, but chose the Michigan Penninsula instead staying in Canada.
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The TransCanada from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie ranges from pleasant to nightmarish. The average was approximately 1 foot of paved shoulder with the other 4-5 feet being soft gravel. Be warned that there are long sections East of Thunder Bay that have no paved shoulder and the highway is in -rough- shape due to being under construction. I managed to find tracks from some sort of machinery that had compacted the soft gravel to the point it was rideable, otherwise, I would have been walking.
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If you were heading west from Winnipeg, you'd have a lot better luck with the paved shoulders, especially as you get into Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Are you from Winnipeg? If so, then you'll know how to get out of the city up toward Bird's Hill Park.

My recommendation would be to get onto Hwy 15 out to Elma. That was a decent road last time I rode it a few years ago, and I suspect it isn't much different now. There usually isn't much traffic on it.

From Elma you could drop down to the Trans Canada, and then you've only got a little ways to go to the Ontario border. Or you could take Hwy 44 down to West Hawk Lake. If I recall correctly, Hwy 44 is more scenic and bit more hilly. I'd recommend riding it during the week though because there can be quite a bit of recreational traffic on the weekends.

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