Ok I’ve tweaked the route quite a bit from what I had last time, and I think that this will work out better. Going to be in the bigger cities on nights when hopefully we can get together with the local MS Society chapters. The distance is about 500km shorter on this plan, but it still covers off everything nicely. The links below will bring up google maps with the route. Google broke it into 3 parts…
Total Distance: 11,940km
I’ve thrown together the first rough draft of the route, which will likely be modified as I look at it more. Right now I’ve just picked a basic route, and I’ll tweak it after discussing with dad and a few others who’s input I value. As the route stands, its 12136km give or take a bit. Anyway, have a look if you have some time, and let me know if you have any suggestions! Continue reading
What trip across Canada would be complete without a visit to the nations capital and Parliament Hill? Quickly having a look at google images I’ve seen some people have managed to get their vehicles up onto the grounds to snap a photo… I wonder if this would be possible? Might have to obtain some kind of permit, etc? I’ll have to look into this. Anyway, let’s add it to the map…
Parliament Hill, colloquially known as The Hill, is an area of Crown land on the southern banks of the Ottawa River in downtownOttawa, Ontario. Its Gothic revival suite of buildings—the parliament buildings—serves as the home of the Parliament of Canada and contains a number of architectural elements of national symbolic importance. Parliament Hill attracts approximately 3 million visitors each year.
Originally the site of a military base in the 18th and early 19th centuries, development of the site into a governmental precinct began in 1859, after Bytown was chosen by Queen Victoria as the capital of the Province of Canada. Following a number of extensions to the parliament and departmental buildings and a fire in 1916 that destroyed the Centre Block, Parliament Hill took on its present form with the completion of the Peace Tower in 1927. Since 2002, an extensive $1 billion renovation and rehabilitation project has been underway throughout all of the precinct’s buildings; work is not expected to be complete until after 2020.
The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick is a place that I’ve heard of many times, but really had no idea what it was all about until now. Well, I still really don’t know what it’s all about, but it looks like an unreal place that must be seen.
There appear to be a plethora of sights and activities, most interestingly the high and low tides, which are 6 hours and 13 minutes apart from each other. Imagine the image above without the water and kayakers…
I’ve come across varying opinions of where the best places in the bay are, so if you have a personal account that you’d like to share, I’d love to hear it. It’s obviously a massive area, so I definitely need some guidance as to where to go and what to see.
Apparently there is something called The Big Nickel in Sudbury, ON. The Big Nickel monument is Sudbury’s famous nine-metre high tribute to nickel and Sudbury’s significance as a world mining centre. First opened on July 27, 1964, it has been dismantled for refurbishing once, and has since been moved onto a plain pedestal with the original rocks being disposed of.
Might be something interesting to see?
As I’ve been planning the route, I’ve come across a few interesting places that I’d like to stop off at along the way. I’ll be making additions to this list slowly, and will be filing them under the places to see category.
Anyway, the first place that I’m going to mention, not necessarily the first place that I’m going to stop off at will be the Terry Fox Monument in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
The monument isn’t far from where Terry Fox ended his 5,373 km run on August 31, 1980. I’m sure every Canadian is familiar with who Terry Fox is, but if you’re not, here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:
Terrance Stanley “Terry” Fox (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981) was a Canadian humanitarian, athlete, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$500 million has been raised in his name.
The monument is located on the Trans Canada Highway, just east of Thunder Bay, ON. I will definitely be stopping at the Terry Fox Monument.
I’ve connected with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, and they have set me up with a personal donation page! Through this page, you’ll be able to make a donation to the MS Society of Canada and help me reach my goal of $10,000!
Looking forward to your contributions towards putting an end to Multiple Sclerosis.
So how far is it across Canada? I know my starting point is in Edmonton, but let’s figure out how far it is from end to end on the Trans Canada Highway.
From the mile 0 monument in Victoria, BC to mile 1 in St. John’s, NL, it appears to be approximately 7,300km. It also looks like there are different variations of what is considered to be the actual highway, according to this Wikipedia map.
I don’t know which route that I’ll end up taking, but it’s still a good indicator of how far it is from coast to coast. Currently I have 35 days (which very well could be shortened) to make the trip, so if I’m just riding that portion, I can estimate approximately 208km per day. In another week or so I’ll have a pretty good idea as to how many days I’ll actually have. If I do end up having the whole 35, riding the whole country and back again at 416km/day is pretty realistic.
At this point I’m unsure if this will actually happen, but right now I’m brainstorming the idea of riding my motorcycle across Canada in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. The goal will be to ride coast to coast, between July 16 to August 20, 2012. Things are still in the early planning stages because I’m not 100% sure I’ll be able to get away during those dates. Regardless, if this is going to happen, I better start planning now.
Man that looks far…