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Trying to plan a moto trip to Sault St. Marie

Hello Canada,
I'm trying to plan a weekend or long weekend moto trip with my wife. We are looking at the Saul St. Marie area, and I'm looking for suggestions on where to stay, things to do, and most of all RIDES. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Re: Trying to plan a moto trip to Sault Ste. Marie

If you’re going that far, continue north to Wawa, beautiful ride along the Superior coast. Then go from Wawa to Chalpleau then south on Hwy 129 back to Hwy 17 east of the Sault. Also a great ride.

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Lots of great riding up there. You'll run out of time before you run out of roads if you only have a weekend. I stayed at a bed and breakfast that I would highly recommend just outside of Wawa, right on the shore of Lake Superior. It is recently constructed, log lodge style, with a deck and sand beach on the shore of the lake. While it is a B&B, it is sometimes possible to arrange for dinner as well at an extra charge. The dinner and the breakfast I had were worthy of any restaurant I have been to in recent memory. It does involve a few km of gravel road once you get off the highway, but I was there twice last year on my K1200LT without any issues. LONG BEACH B&B 705-856-4286 Call for details, pricing, directions and reservations if you are interested.

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Re: Trying to plan a moto trip to Sault Ste. Marie

Thanks Gents! That's the kind of info I'm looking for. Any suggestions on when to head that way?


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Ed's suggestion is a great weekend ride. 129 is probably the best motorcycle road in the north. Only thing I can add is before heading south on 129 from Chapleau check your gas. I think the next gas station is near Thessalon on HWY 17. If you wanted to go further, take 101 from Chapleau to Timmins. Lot's of accommodations there. Then take 144 into Sudbury. (a nice ride with lots of sweepers.) Then 17 back to the Saulte. ( 144 south - The Watershed restaurant is the last place to get gas and food until Cartier for gas or Chelmsford for both. They were building new towers so cell phone will probably work all along 144 don't know about 129. I was too busy enjoying the curves. ) Depending on time of year bring "fly dope" and watch out for moose as it starts to get dark. They can move surprisingly fast. Don't let the locals talk your ear off about the Albino Moose.

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I find for riding two up, my wife's seasonal comfort level is a lot more important than mine. I'm usually OK if water won't freeze on the road. She usually likes it a bit better when I start to find the mesh gear on the warm side. On that front, everyone is different. Are you camping or motel/hotel/B&B? I haven't checked the maps, but I would guess you are maybe 1 day away from this area. Maybe just keep an eye on the one week forecast and decide that way. I use www.weatheroffice.gc.ca to get an idea what I might encounter and what I may need to pack.

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Anytime after May until end of September, it can get pretty cool up there due to lake effect. When I went by 2 years ago in early June the temps dipped to below 0 deg c at night. Conditions along the coast of Superior can change from clear and sunny to dense fog in just a few kilometers.
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Re: Trying to plan a moto trip to Sault Ste. Marie

The weather changes all the time ( on a daily bases!!!).

Nice riding area, with a lot to see!!

Wife and I took that ride in 2008 on the way to CCR in Rapid City.

WaWa is the place to see, and nice cost effective place to stay.

Have fun!!

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Sometime I would kile to ride from the Soo to Wawa without rain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hello Canada,
I'm trying to plan a weekend or long weekend moto trip with my wife. We are looking at the Saul St. Marie area, and I'm looking for suggestions on where to stay, things to do, and most of all RIDES. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Hello, I have family in The Soo. I must tell you there is not much to do there, but Hwy !7 west is a Great ride all the way to Perry sound. If you have a passport the trip to Wasaga Beach Ontario on the top side of Ontario Collingwood) is wonder full in the summer.


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Re: Trying to plan a moto trip to Sault Ste. Marie

If you slip into the Canada side, you gotta do the Agawa (spelling?) Canyon Train tour. We ate breakfast in the dinning car and when you reach the canyon, you stop for about an hour and have lunch. Breakfast was extra but I think lunch was included in your ticket.This is an all day excursion

You can also take a tour around the Soo Locks, even take a dinner cruise.

Since you are close, you can always do Paradise (see the Falls) and Whitefish Pt (see the Shipwreck Museum and Lighthouse), Michigan

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Re: Trying to plan a moto trip to Sault Ste. Marie

We are really looking forward to our 4 or 5 day trip into Canada. We are talking about a couple of options. One of which was circling Lake Superior. I'm thinking of heading N through the Soo to Wawa, then Thunder Bay, S to Duluth, MN.

Does the time frame sound ok?

Should we reserve rooms ahead of time or can we "wing it"?

Thanks for all the help!!! Keep it comming! I'm taking notes.
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Re: Trying to plan a moto trip to Sault Ste. Marie

Reading through the previous posts, I see lots of good advice. The one thing lacking is you have not said what you particularly like to do. If you cross into Canada at the Saulte and head towards TBay, the road is two lane and sometimes busy with trucks. The ride from the Saulte to Wawa is a great scenic ride. Once past Wawa, there are few attractions other than the wooded country. If you are an "outdoors person" and like camping etc.. this is a good area. If not, there are small towns to visit and accommodation is available, at intervals, all along the route. I suspect that most of it is 3 star or less. If your objective is simply to ride around the lake ( and many do) it's not a bad ride at all. When you get close to TBay, the Terry Fox memorial is on your right, there is a tourist information center there. They can suggest and sometimes arrange accommodations for you. They can also give you information on events in the area. If you decide to go east from the Saulte instead. The highway is pretty boring but you do have the option to take the ferry from Manitoulin Island (HWY 6 from Espanola) to the Bruce Peninsula. (its something I liked to do). The ride down the peninsula is a good ride. That would put you close to Wasaga Beach, our "Blue Mountain" area near Collingwood and also close the home of at least one forum member. You could then continue east, head up to Sudbury and then west back to the Saulte.
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The one thing lacking is you have not said what you particularly like to do.
That's an excellent point Peter. Our day will prob consist of riding / sight seeing during the day, and "culture" in the evening. ( Local nightlife, Talking to people we meet, etc...) From the suggestions in the previous posts we will probably stay in the Wawa area. It seams like there is plenty to see and do. Not to mention the excellent riding suggestions. The hwy 129 suggestion looks really fun. On our way up we will definitely have to stop at the falls in Paradise, MI.

As far as lodging goes. I am definitely an outdoor person and could tent it and be happy as an Albino Moose, but the Mrs. wouldn't be so thrilled! Haha! So it will probably be a hotel or something of the sort. I looked for the Long Beach B&B, but only found the Rock Island B&B. I also found High Falls Motel & Cabins. Both look looks really nice.

Oh! Almost forgot. We are planning our trip for July 8 - 11 and maybe the 12th.

Thank You all for the great advice. I will keep you updated.

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Long Beach B&B probably doesn't have a website, so you would have to use the phone # in post #3. While it is a great place for peace and solitude (with a great view of the lake), it might not be the best for socializing. Good luck on your trip.

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For what its worth, avoid the more populated entry points into Canada; instead look for secondary road entry points. I go to QC frequently, avoiding the interstate crossings.

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Long Beach B&B probably doesn't have a website, so you would have to use the phone # in post #3. While it is a great place for peace and solitude (with a great view of the lake), it might not be the best for socializing. Good luck on your trip.
When I couldn't find them on the net. I had the phone in my hand and was dialing the number. When international calling rates popped into my and wasn't sure how much that would cost me. So I decided not to call just to be safe.

Thanks. It should be fun.


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For what its worth, avoid the more populated entry points into Canada; instead look for secondary road entry points. I go to QC frequently, avoiding the interstate crossings.

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Speaking of crossing. Is there anything special paperwork I need for the bike when crossing into / out of Canada? (Other than: License, Registration, Insurance, Passport)


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Nothing special; just what you listed.

If asked about carrying anything, the correct answer is "no". They will ask your business there; be sure to state you are vacationing. They like it when you spend money in Canada.

Also, the speed signs are in kilometers. It is great to see a sign that reads 80, but its not what you may wish for.

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