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Hey all.....

need some veteran advice on the good bad and ugly motorcycling thru Canada....I'm doing the Hoka Hey motorcycle challange in June and I'm pretty sure we will be riding coming in thru Ontario and heading west to at least Winnapeg......they send us on the backroads,,,,,,,what I'm looking for is the basics.....gas stations...do they stay open 24 hours.do they have super unleaded gas???....do they take credit cards at the pumps..... how are the roads.....cops???? Weather in June they said something about heading to the artic watershed.....
Can't wait to go and see some beautiful country .....anything will help so send it my way....knowledge is power....

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Don't stop at Winnipeg. Beautiful riding just past the prairies. Rocky Mountain way!!


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June in Canada, you can expect anything weather wise. It could be 80f or it could be 50f. You can get high winds on the prairies, scorching sun, also 'big' bugs in the north country. You will see some of the most beautiful country imaginable. The north is full of animals so extra caution is warranted at dusk and dawn. A lot of gas stations are open 24 hrs in larger centres, and you can get super unleaded everywhere. Most of the police are good folks so just give em the wave and watch your speed, if you go about 8 mph over the limit you should be OK but much more and you're going to be in ticket country.
Take a good camera, warm sweater and enjoy the sights.
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Once you get the route down there are a lot of us Canucks that can step in to help you out with more info. This is such a large country that info for one area doesn't apply to others especially if you are way up north....Arctic Watershed Region! Wow that is getting up there

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Once you get the route down there are a lot of us Canucks that can step in to help you out with more info. This is such a large country that info for one area doesn't apply to others especially if you are way up north....Arctic Watershed Region! Wow that is getting up there

Keep us informed...I have subscribed to this thread and will keep an eye open for your updates.
I won't know the route until right before I leave on the challange...that's what makes it fun......been researching the whole "artic watershed" thing and jsut can't get a good read on what and where it is????? I'm guessing this is a area in Ontario province???? My theory is they are going to run us up in the province and head us down to Thunder bay then out to some areaaround Winnapeg........never know the routes till jsut minutes before we leave.....I am sure we are heading to some lonely and desolate roads taht Canada has to offer.....thanks for the info

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June in Canada, you can expect anything weather wise. It could be 80f or it could be 50f. You can get high winds on the prairies, scorching sun, also 'big' bugs in the north country. You will see some of the most beautiful country imaginable. The north is full of animals so extra caution is warranted at dusk and dawn. A lot of gas stations are open 24 hrs in larger centres, and you can get super unleaded everywhere. Most of the police are good folks so just give em the wave and watch your speed, if you go about 8 mph over the limit you should be OK but much more and you're going to be in ticket country.
Take a good camera, warm sweater and enjoy the sights.
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thanks Mike for the info

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if you're hitting the Arctic watershed in Ontario it will be Hwy 11 through the north. This is the major truck route as it is somewhat flatter than the 17 (Trans Canada) that skirts along Lake Superior for a ways. Both 11 and 17 meet at Thunder Bay.

From Thunder Bay west there are 2 choices, Trans Canada hwy will take you to Winnipeg through Dryden and Kenora in a northwesterly direction through more of the Arctic watershed.

Option 2 is west and sw from Thunder Bay over to Duluth, MN.

Highway 11 through the north should have good services in all the major centres as for fuel I can't really say if they will have high test or not. Check out www.gasbuddy.com, you may be able to find current pricing for high test up that way by checking places such as Kapuskasing, Cochrane, Longlac and my favorite Beardmore.

All of your travel through Northern Ontario from North Bay either North or West is on the Canadian Shield. Beautiful country but as other have said watch out for deer and moose at dawn and dusk.

The shield ends about 100km east of Winnipeg and you pop out onto baldass prairie that is so flat you can see your dog running away for 3 days.

Keep us posted when you leave and know the route and we can update you along the way.

Your Visa and Mastercard will work in all the gas pumps, there may be places off the beaten track where you can fill up without even inserting a card first, imagine that eh! Your insurance is good too. Don't bring a handgun into Canada and make sure you have a passport to get back into the US.

Good luck and have fun up here!


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if you're hitting the Arctic watershed in Ontario it will be Hwy 11 through the north. This is the major truck route as it is somewhat flatter than the 17 (Trans Canada) that skirts along Lake Superior for a ways. Both 11 and 17 meet at Thunder Bay.

From Thunder Bay west there are 2 choices, Trans Canada hwy will take you to Winnipeg through Dryden and Kenora in a northwesterly direction through more of the Arctic watershed.

Option 2 is west and sw from Thunder Bay over to Duluth, MN.

Highway 11 through the north should have good services in all the major centres as for fuel I can't really say if they will have high test or not. Check out www.gasbuddy.com, you may be able to find current pricing for high test up that way by checking places such as Kapuskasing, Cochrane, Longlac and my favorite Beardmore.

All of your travel through Northern Ontario from North Bay either North or West is on the Canadian Shield. Beautiful country but as other have said watch out for deer and moose at dawn and dusk.

The shield ends about 100km east of Winnipeg and you pop out onto baldass prairie that is so flat you can see your dog running away for 3 days.

Keep us posted when you leave and know the route and we can update you along the way.

Your Visa and Mastercard will work in all the gas pumps, there may be places off the beaten track where you can fill up without even inserting a card first, imagine that eh! Your insurance is good too. Don't bring a handgun into Canada and make sure you have a passport to get back into the US.

Good luck and have fun up here!
great info ...thanks so much

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If you get caught 50 kmh or 30 mph over the limit you will lose your bike on the spot for 7 days. (Or car or truck). The stunk diving law is very broad if they think your raceing it also applys

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In BC its 40 kmh over the speed limit and say good bye for 7 days. That is why i like riding south of the border




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