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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-24-2019, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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NY to Newfoundland

I am planning a two week trip from Saratoga Springs, NY to Saint John's, Newfoundland this summer or early fall. Any suggestions as to routes or particular things to see would be appreciated.

Generally I avoid freeways unless I need to make time, or the two lane blacktops are not fun.

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Congratulations! Great destination, you will love it.
I've been there 3 times and honestly don't know where to begin. Of course, there are almost more route options getting there than there are once you're there.
Here are highlights once on the Rock.
I recommend taking the shorter ferry to Port aux Basque, and with you're time frame, I might just do the northern peninsula. Gros Morne is a UNESCO heritage site with dramatic inland ocean views of Bonne Bay from many spots. Lomond campground has better facilities than Trout River. Stop and linger in Woody Point. The campground just north of Cow Head has a nice beach. Be sure and visit the Viking settlement and museum at Lanse aux Meadows. Check out "the Arches" on the way. Before you leave, the lighthouse at Rose Blanche about an hour east of POB is worth the ride out. I stayed at the Lighthouse Inn" there due to rain - nice, clean place and reasonable. If you want to take a day, the boat ride in to Western Brook Pond has amazing views of waterfalls and fjords.

On my trips to the Maritimes/Quebec I take 3 weeks and average just over 200 miles/day. I know, sitting here in front of our screens, that doesn't like much. I'll spend the better part of a day exploring when I get somewhere interesting. Other days I may do 400 miles but that's seldom. I'm in W. Mass so I enjoy the ride through the Whites and some of the Maine coast on my way. So, for me that's easily a week.
You'll need the other week getting there and back. And that's not even mentioning Funny Bay or Cape Breton...

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Sorry, meant to say that's a 7 or 8 days on the Rock. With the Ferry each way, you'll need the rest of the time getting there and back.

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Thanks and great information. I will spend more time on Newfoundland than had originally planned. Maybe I will finally see a moose.

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Iíve never been to New Foundland, but my wife is from Quebec City, so we travel there quite a bit. You should have some beautiful roads to travel, and Iíve heard many times that the people of New Foundland are some of the nicest people youíll ever meet. Sounds like a great trip to me.
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Thanks - have driven to Quebec City before and would like to go there on the bike. I found drive from about Plattsburgh north on freeways to be a bit tedious.
Especially Montreal to Quebec City. Freeway pretty much a straight line.

Any route suggestions from upstate NY or VT to Quebec City that are windy?

That would definitely be a summer only trip. People there say it's got longer colder winters than any other populated part of Canada. Which is saying something.

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Rte 9 north along Lake Champlain up to Rouse Point, NY, is a very nice road to ride, and you can cross into Canada at Rouse Point.
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yes the highway , the 20, is very boring, but once at quebec city stay on the 132 or 138 you ll love it. im planning a trip to newfoundland via the 138 in what we call the ďcote nordĒ region, in a year or two.
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Thanks very much - am planning to leave second week in September.

I have driven in a car from Saratoga to Montreal multiple times and to Quebec City once (Rolling Stones.) And just recall that once out of the Adirondacks it's long stretches of flat terrain and roads that are more or less straight. Which made the two or three hours from Montreal to Quebec City seem like 7 or 8 hours.

As I was born in Canada seem to have gotten call that all late middle aged Canadians seem to get to spend some time in the Maritimes. Except late middle aged people from the Maritimes, who presumably go visit Vancouver Island.

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Don't underestimate how far away Newfoundland is, and how big the island is. I just got back from a trip to Cape St George on the west coast (flew to Deer Lake and rented a car), and noticed that it's over 700km from there to St John's, even farther from Port Aux Basques, where you'll get off the ferry from North Sydney. There's only the one road that goes across the island, and it's not straight across.

On a motorcycle, you might have to plan ahead where you'll be able to get fuel.

And yes, the Newfoundlanders are nice people, and they warned me repeatedly about the moose menace, especially at dusk, although I didn't see any in my few days there.

The tourism offices in various strategic places issue a fine map of Labrador and Newfoundland, although there don't seem to be many roads in Labrador other than the Labrador Highway (gravel road) from Quebec. A nice couple from Quebec City told me that it was a long, rough ride by that route.
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