The Route

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The routes we have planned across the provinces can be found below. As we all know, nothing is written in stone and routes may be changed due to weather, local information, unforeseen situations and/or opportunities and getting lost!

Ontario (166.7 kms) for a detailed map click here
We will start our trip from Downtown Ottawa and follow the Ottawa River to Hawkesbury, making a couple of family stops along the way.

Ontario Route overview

Québec (884.8 km) for a detailed map click here
We will also be making a family stop in Laval to visit with Daniel's mother. The plan is to follow the North shore of the St Lawrence and take le chemin du Roy between Montréal and Québec city. After Québec city, we will continue on Hwy 138 (sometimes called l'avenue Royale), to the ferry at Saint-Siméon. Once across at Rivière-du-Loup, we had initially planned to follow the bike trail to Edmunston, New Brunswick.  

We decided instead to head farther down the road to Sainte Flavie and head East to Amqui, Matapédia and then into New Brunswick. This route will take us along 'la cote acadienne'. This adds roughly 70 km to the Québec/New Brunswick route.

Québec Route overview

New Brunswick (510.1 km) for a detailed map click here
In New Brunswick, the plan is to follow secondary road Hwy 144, 105 and 112 to Moncton. Leaving Moncton, the 134, 133, 950, 955 and 16 to Cape Jourimain to catch the shuttle across Confederation Bridge. As noted above, we chose to cycle along the ocean vice down the St John River in New Brunswick. 
New Brunswick Route overview

Prince Edward Island (350.9 km) for a detailed map click here
The route in PEI is loaded with places to visit. First off the Tax Centre in Summerside, then Kensington, North Rustico, Dalvay, Charlottetown where it all started, Souris and then to the ferry at Wood Islands. Funny how we chose to pedal that much in Canada's smallest province. 

Prince Edward Island Route overview

Nova Scotia (298 km) for a detailed map click here
A pretty quick ride over the mainland of Nova Scotia and on to Cape Breton Island to catch the ferry to Port-aux-Basques. We are taking Hwy 4, so that we can stop for tea and crumpets at Rita MacNeil's tea room in Big Pond.  If you have never heard Rita sing click here.
Nova Scotia Route overview

Newfoundland and Labrador (1,040.6 km) - for a detailed map click here
This is pretty straight forward, as we get off the ferry in Port-aux-Basques we stay on the Trans-Canada Highway through to St John's, with a slight detour to Gros Morne National Park. We have to take advantage of the free pass to our National Park during this anniversary year
Newfoundland and Labrador Route overview

Our Cross-Canada Trip
Below you will find the routes as they were planned on RideWithGPS and in the comfort of our home. The blue line is the Vancouver to Ottawa route  in 2015 and the red one is Ottawa to St-John's. If you want to view one route at a time, click on the route below the map. To return to the whole map of Canada, click on 'Show All'.  

There is a feature in RideWithGPS that enables you to superimpose the actual (pedaled) route over the planned route. We knew we had made an unplanned detour in Saskatchewan but it came as a surprise to discover that we had wandered off a few times before that as well. Once the trip is over, we will show you how closely we followed the planned route this time!.  

1 comment:

  1. How exciting!! Your route looks really interesting - I look forward to reading about your adventures and the places and people you will meet along the way. I loved your Vancouver-to-Ottawa cycling blog - looks like this one will be equally interesting and amusing, I suspect even more so. Your motivation and determination is admirable. Bravo. Claire