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Old 02-06-2014, 02:39 PM   #1
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Trans Canada highway at Vermilion Bay

Has anyone driven a big rig through the Vermilion Bay area on Canada hwy 1/17 as the road is supposed to be very sharp turns, no shoulders, and sometimes impassable. We are trying to plan our route from Calgary to the FROG Rally in Goshen this coming summer. Any suggestions would be welcomed
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Old 02-06-2014, 03:15 PM   #2
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I'll admit I'm not that familiar with the area, but why would you run on the trans-can? Why not run straight down to Montana and the run cross country from there?

Many moons ago when I did the trip from Ontario to Calgary we did the reverse of that. Crossed at Detroit, ran up I-75 to the upper peninsula, then hopped on highway 2 (I think?). Crossed that in a couple of days until we were just south of Calgary (somewhere in Montana, don't remember exactly where) and turned north.

If you take the same route south that we took north, there should be a variety of options for getting you east and under Lake Michigan.
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Old 02-06-2014, 05:18 PM   #3
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I wouldn't say the turns are very sharp...but lots of semi truck traffic, lots of wildlife, and pretty much all 2 lane traffic...if there is an accident o that highway you can be stuck there for hours. Not a great route, and many of us Canadians will high tail it State side in order to avoid it....
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Old 02-06-2014, 05:21 PM   #4
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My brother drives semi and he will only drive that highway as a last resort. Much prefer the US interstate system.

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Old 02-06-2014, 06:00 PM   #5
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The best way to drive across Canada is through the US.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:27 PM   #6
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My brother drives semi and he will only drive that highway as a last resort. Much prefer the US interstate system.

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Is it true that there is no safe haven/place/rest areas to stop on?
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:36 PM   #7
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I have pulled a 32' 5er from Sask. through that area 3 times and back 2 times and 1 time back through the U.S. the U.S. route seems to be a more relaxing drive. You can spend a long time on that road for many reasons ( road const., accidents and so on) lots of trees to look at. Not many rest stops on the no.1 either, sure would like to join you, only problem is we take our holidays in Late Sept. or Oct. some day we are going there to.

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Old 02-06-2014, 07:40 PM   #8
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Drove that route from Calgary to Ottawa last summer. The road east of Kenora is only 2 lanes, that I recall, and there's a chance that an accident or road work can slow your trip. That being said, it's a beautiful drive, and we had no issues last August.
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:37 PM   #9
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It is beautiful country...lots of lakes, lots of forest and lots of rock...not a heavily populated area, but a lot of cottagers so there is traffic...It is often referred to as the abandoned area of Ontario with regards to government, highway infrastructure and the like...rest areas and areas to pull off are few and far between....and don't be running low on fuel in that area either.

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Old 02-07-2014, 08:10 AM   #10
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I'd also suggest the US route if for no other reason than paying 20 - 25% less for fuel!

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Old 02-07-2014, 08:27 AM   #11
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I have traveled that area pulling a 34' TT. Had no problem, it is hilly and a lot of turns but doable. I have also taken the route through the US. The south road has less hill and a lot less turns. They have done a lot of work in northern Ontario by making some of the turns not as sharp and trying to lower some of the hills by blasting away the hill tops. I also carry a spare tank of gas because the first year we traveled west ran out of gas 20k from Wawa.
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:25 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the valuable inputs. As a result of all your information we will NOT be traveling that route instead we will be cutting across North Dakota and route south around Lake Michigan to finally wind up at the International Rally in Goshen. Thanks again
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:47 PM   #13
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Just a quick note about N.D. lots of oil const. going on so watch your c.g. as most are not c.g. anymore. We drive N.D. every year.

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Old 02-07-2014, 11:43 PM   #14
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Its almost impossible to find a campground/rv park with open sites in western ND and eastern MT due to oil workers taking it all up...even Walmarts have had to kick campers out because too many were taking up residence in the lot and making a filthy mess.
You should be ok around the Grand Forks, ND(you likely wont be that far north though) and Fargo, ND areas.
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Turn South on Hwy71 east of Kenora and go through Sioux Narrows, Nestor Falls, Fort Frances and Atikokan then to Shabqua 40 miles west of Thunder Bay. It's more scenic and you miss a lot of the Transcanada highway and it's not much further
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