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Nova Scotia Trip

We have four bikes/6 people doing a 2 week trip to and from Nova Scotia from northern WI. I personally have done several trips in and around Ontario (as far east as Ottawa), but haven't been east of Ottawa for 20 years or more. We'll be going around Montreal from the Ottawa area and heading towards Quebec.

Can anyone give me any tips on the best route to take around Montreal? I'm not looking for the most scenic, and I'm not looking for places to see in and around Montreal. I'm looking only for the easiest way around from west to east and out of town. If memory serves me (I once drove a motorhome around Montreal in the early 90s), most signage is in French?

I'm thinking that we want to pick up Hy. 20 east of Montreal on our way to Quebec. From Quebec, I'm thinking of heading to Cabano to pick up Hy. 2 down into New Brunswick.

Question #2: On my numerous trips to Ontario, I have found that U.S. money spends almost everywhere. Is that true of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick too? Or are we better off carrying Canadian dollars for incidental purchases? I realize that exchange rates play a role and I'm not asking that question. Only wish to know whether U.S. dollars are generally accepted in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

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US Dollar accepted everywhere in Canada. We love tourism and they especially love tourists in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Dollar is close to par at the moment but be wary of tourist traps where it could get discounted.

Dreamrider will probably be your best bet for advice in skirting Montreal.

Enjoy the trip, make sure you stop in Quebec City to see the "old city", cobblestone, narrow streets and great cafes and pubs. Last time I was there was in '04 and can't wait to get back.

In Halifax, make sure to go downtown to the brewery and pubs along the waterfront. My favourite is the "www.LowerDeck.ca". The pubs will have entertainment in the evenings and everybody sings along. Next to Disney, I think Halifax is the most friendly place on earth.

If you have the time, take the Cabot Trail around Cape Breton, again fantastic scenery.

Have fun, keep the rubber side down and take lots of pictures!


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Me and a few buddies were planning a trip there this year too until 1 of them found out hes not allowed into canada. He had a DWI a few years ago (in CT) and he found out that canada treats it as a felony and will arrest him if hes found in canada. We told him we would leave him at the border and come back for him when we were done. He wouldnt go for that

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Me and a few buddies were planning a trip there this year too until 1 of them found out hes not allowed into canada. He had a DWI a few years ago (in CT) and he found out that canada treats it as a felony and will arrest him if hes found in canada. We told him we would leave him at the border and come back for him when we were done. He wouldnt go for that
rlaf75....I've been taking trips to Canada more times than I can count, and I had an OWI back in '91. I've been detained and searched a couple of those times (randomly picked out), but never had the OWI come up as an issue. I think there's a statute of limitations in CA for that stuff (or whatever they call it there). Ironically...I'm a recovering alcoholic these days (sobriety date: 3/22/03).

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US Dollar accepted everywhere in Canada. We love tourism and they especially love tourists in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Dollar is close to par at the moment but be wary of tourist traps where it could get discounted.

Dreamrider will probably be your best bet for advice in skirting Montreal.

Enjoy the trip, make sure you stop in Quebec City to see the "old city", cobblestone, narrow streets and great cafes and pubs. Last time I was there was in '04 and can't wait to get back.

In Halifax, make sure to go downtown to the brewery and pubs along the waterfront. My favourite is the "www.LowerDeck.ca". The pubs will have entertainment in the evenings and everybody sings along. Next to Disney, I think Halifax is the most friendly place on earth.

If you have the time, take the Cabot Trail around Cape Breton, again fantastic scenery.

Have fun, keep the rubber side down and take lots of pictures!
CG...thanks for the info. I'll share it with my group (I'm the only RG rider). I'll also check with DreamRider if he doesn't find this thread.

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rlaf75....I've been taking trips to Canada more times than I can count, and I had an OWI back in '91. I've been detained and searched a couple of those times (randomly picked out), but never had the OWI come up as an issue. I think there's a statute of limitations in CA for that stuff (or whatever they call it there). Ironically...I'm a recovering alcoholic these days (sobriety date: 3/22/03).
Glad to hear of your sobriety man, congrats. I think he was told he could enter canada in a few more years but its all good. We are planning something different now. We wont leave a brother behind

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Glad to hear of your sobriety man, congrats. I think he was told he could enter canada in a few more years but its all good. We are planning something different now. We wont leave a brother behind
Thanks rlaf75. Here's something I googled that's interesting regarding the DWI/entering CA thing. Check out #2:

http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc...canada-and-dui

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US Dollar accepted everywhere in Canada. We love tourism and they especially love tourists in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Dollar is close to par at the moment but be wary of tourist traps where it could get discounted.
I looped the Gaspe for 4 days last summer, took $200 cash in, brought $185 out. Only place that would take greenbacks in Quebec was the gate into Forillon park.
Tried to pay cash at some restaurants and you would think I was trying to pay them in rubles or something. Asked 3 different ppl in diff places why they wouldnt take US cash, just got shrugs and a lot of French.
No prob, got plastic and debit, just lots of service charges when you reconcile the checkbook. . I would get 2-3 hundred Canadian if I go again to buy lunch and stuff, use a card for rooms. Dunno if its just Quebec or not. They werent that fussy about taking US dollars in Campbellton NB either, but it's right on the Quebec border. The ex-pat from New Brunswick I work with says no prob in Moncton, but who knows.

Cant speak about Montreal, I'd think Transcanada, grit your teeth, and push thru.

The Old City in Quebec City is a neat place, like being in Europe. Been there a couple times. Once on a honeymoon. Only 4 hrs from here, I should go up more.

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What I have learned (have not gone yet, but see blog in signature).
From what I have researched is:

The ferry from NB to Digby is 3 hours. Leaves at 12:00 noon from Saint John, gets in at 3:00pm.

The ideal Cabot Trail route is counterclockwise(debatable of course). Stay somewhere southwest of the trail and book two nights. One full day on the Trail and end at the same motel, etc. I found Baddeck a good 'jumping off' point for the trail. Don't take the first entrance to the Cabot trail, it will take you clockwise and many of the campers follow that way. go down the road a couple of more miles and enter the Trail then, going counterclockwise. don't enter the Trail before 10:00am. Give time for the overnight fog to lift and daylight to brighten the day.

Stop at Coastal Waters restaurant, for the only Cabot Trail motorcycle t-shirt.

Tidal Bores, happen around 12:30 PM in the ideal spots. There are posted schedules on the internet when and what towns where you can best view them from.

I'm sure there is more, but that is what I found.
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