Now this might be very dry reading so I've added visual aids using MapMy Ride.com with my intended route mapped out. Click on the link for each province. When the map appears you can enlarge it by clicking on the "Full Screen" button at the top right corner of the map. When you've got the full screen map up you can then zoom in or out using the slider control on the upper left corner of the map. Or just skip this and see where I end up each day on the trip.
In planning this route I've tried to avoid the Trans Canada Highway (TCH or Hwy1) and large cities as much as possible.
I gleaned a lot of information from online journals at www.crazyguyonabike.com ,
www.blogger.com , www.adamk.ca, independent sites and the"Canadian Cycling Association's Guide to Bicycle Touring in Canada" written by Elliott Katz.
Google Street View was handy too. But over time this information could be obsolete as roads become better, not likely, or worse, most likely.
Actually this page should be entitled "Intended Route". My intention is to travel this route but there could be obstacles along the way that divert my plans. Motto; "Be Flexible"
Reminds me of a joke. "What are the two seasons in Canada called?"
Answer: "Winter and Construction"
I'll make my way from the house here in Sooke to the ferry in Sidney. From Tsawwassen I'll follow the route laid out by Adam K. on his web site through the Lower Mainland (Vancouver) and heading east through the Fraser Valley to Hope. Instead of typing out the route you can see it here http://www.adamk.ca/cross_can_page1.html . It's at the bottom of the page. I might deviate from the route only slightly and that would be at Chilliwack. Instead of getting on Highway 1 I might head north to Hwy 7 and then to Hope.
From Hope I'll be taking Hwy. 3 to Castlegar. Hwy 3A to Nelson to visit friends. Continue on 3A to Creston and back on Hwy 3 all the way to Medicine Hat.
Now this is where I didn't have much choice but to get on the TCH from Medicine Hat to Moose Jaw.
Roads in Saskatchewan don't sound like they are in very good shape, even the TCH, so this will have to do. After bypassing Moose Jaw I'll head South-East on Hwy39 to Weyburn and East on Hwy 13 (Red Coat Trail) until I cross the Manitoba border where the Hwy becomes the #2.
Following that to Souris. Then South on Hwy22 to Hwy23 and East to La Rochelle. North on Hwy59 to Hwy52 and East to Steinbach. This might seem to be a bit longer but Hwy 23 looked to be in better shape than Hwy2 which is usually the chosen cycling route. Hwy23 looks like it has more campsites also.
I don't have a time schedule so getting this journey done as quick as possible is not my intention. Being comfortable is.
From Steinbach head North on Hwy12 to Ste. Anne and back on the TCH. Head East (where else would I go?) into Ontario where the TCH becomes also known as Hwy17.
Passed Kenora head South on Hwy71 to Hwy11 and East to Shabaqua Corners where I meet Hwy17 again and continue on to Espanola. Now I'll head South on Hwy6 all the way to Owen Sound. East on Hwy26 to Country Road 11 and Country Road 45 just South of Orillia. I'll stay on the 45 until Kinmount where it changes to the 503, 118 and then the 28 at Bancroft. Then the 41, 132, 20, 1 and Country Road 5 to Ottawa. Leaving the Capital I'll take the 179 to the 9 heading South to the 20, 18 and then Hwy325 into Quebec.
Hwy338 crosses the Saint Lawrence at the city of Salalberry-de-Valleyfield and on to Hwy132 which will take me along the South side of the Saint Lawrence River and through Quebec to Campbellton, New Brunswick.
I took this route so I could ride along the Atlantic Coast as much as possible.
From Campbellton I'll head South on Hwy134 to Bathurst. Hwy330 and Hwy11 to Miramichi. Hwy17 to Richibucto and then numerous highways and byways (too numerous to mention, to the Confederation Bridge and into Prince Edward Island, Canada's smallest province.
Prince Edward Island
After being transported across the bridge, as cyclists and pedestrians can not cross on their own, I'll either take the TCH to Charlottetown or take Hwy13 and Hwy 235 into Charlottetown. Birth of Confederation. I do remember some of my history from school.
Leaving Charlottetown on the TCH I'll meet Hwy23 and head South to Wood Islands and take the ferry to Nova Scotia and Hwy106 New Glasgow and Hwy 245, Hwy4 and Hwy105 to North Sydney and the ferry terminal for the 14 hour trip to Newfoundland. Canada's youngest province... and the furthest out to sea would be my guess.
When I land in Newfoundland in the town of Argentia at something like 9 or 10 o'clock at night I'll probably start out on Hwy100 for a bit until I find a place to stay. When it becomes brighter outside, also known as the morning, I'll continue on the 100 and head North to the TCH, Hwy1, and East to St. John's.
But I want to head as far East as possible on the North American continent and that will be 15 kilometres further to Cape Spear.
Then I will be done.
Pack up the bike and gear. Val is planning on meeting me in St. John's so we might spend some time exploring Newfoundland.
Then we'll fly home.
You still awake?
Good as there will be more to read, and certainly see as I will be posting lots of photos when this journey gets under way.
Don't sweat it either. You get to sit in a chair in front of your computer. I get to ride on my bike for almost 8ooo kilometres.