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GoSlow2GoFast
07-07-2009, 06:32 PM
I'm planning a road trip from north eastern United States into south eastern Canada this summer and wonder if people have any good Canada travel tips to share?

~gs2gf

napoleon
07-09-2009, 09:06 AM
When is the road trip?

GoSlow2GoFast
07-09-2009, 09:53 AM
August.

Lummer535i
07-20-2009, 08:31 AM
Sent you a more detailed reply under the Canada Forum (ONT/QUE/NB/PE/NS/NL).

NS - You can cross the border on the CAT ferry from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth, NS. I usually cross over at Calais, ME to St. Stephen's, NB. Good golfing at St. Andrews.

NL - Quite a hike from NS by ferry.

Cheers!

:)

napoleon
07-20-2009, 08:34 AM
That would be a fun trip!

GoSlow2GoFast
07-20-2009, 10:59 AM
Sent you a more detailed reply under the Canada Forum (ONT/QUE/NB/PE/NS/NL).

NS - You can cross the border on the CAT ferry from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth, NS. I usually cross over at Calais, ME to St. Stephen's, NB. Good golfing at St. Andrews.

NL - Quite a hike from NS by ferry.

Cheers!

:)
Appreciate the info. I have decided to skip the CAT this trip and stick to the land route. I've been thinking about stopping over the first night in Saint John, and was looking at the St. Stephens border crossing. Have been watching the delay times at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/general/times/menu-e.html and while it seems to be a little slower than the route 95 crossing out of Maine, it looks like a nicer drive. Anything interesting about that crossing worth note, or do I just follow the signs? Do you stay in the car, or have to leave it?

We won't be in Saint John but a night, but anything not to be missed there?

~gs2gf

Lummer535i
07-22-2009, 08:20 AM
Appreciate the info. I have decided to skip the CAT this trip and stick to the land route. I've been thinking about stopping over the first night in Saint John, and was looking at the St. Stephens border crossing. Have been watching the delay times at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/general/times/menu-e.html and while it seems to be a little slower than the route 95 crossing out of Maine, it looks like a nicer drive. Anything interesting about that crossing worth note, or do I just follow the signs? Do you stay in the car, or have to leave it?

We won't be in Saint John but a night, but anything not to be missed there?

~gs2gf

St. Stephens is home to Ganong Chocolates if you have a sweet tooth.

Saint John has the Reversing Falls and speed boat rides through the mouth of the river. Saint John is also home to Moosehead Breweries and Irving Oil. They offer tours but check to see what is available.

Saint John is located on the Bay of Fundy where they have the highest tides in the world. Check the tide tables. You can also see them from the NS side of the Bay of Fundy in Digby, NS (known for their scallops).

I would fill-up in Calais, ME before crossing over to /st. Stephens, NB. Irving is the largest gas retailer in ME and NB and has a station just before the border. Shell use to have a station on the outskirts of Calais as you head toward the border from Bangor, ME. The line-ups are usually better at this crossing. Just follow the signs. You have to stay in your vehicle as you cross at the Canadian side of the border.

I believe that as of June 1st, a passport is required to re-enter the USA from Canada.

I agree that the drive is more scenic and shorter to Saint John when you cross at St. Stephens, NB.

Cheers! :)

GoSlow2GoFast
07-22-2009, 11:00 AM
Thanks. :thumbup:

napoleon
07-22-2009, 12:15 PM
:clap:St. Stephens is home to Ganong Chocolates if you have a sweet tooth.

Saint John has the Reversing Falls and speed boat rides through the mouth of the river. Saint John is also home to Moosehead Breweries and Irving Oil. They offer tours but check to see what is available.

Saint John is located on the Bay of Fundy where they have the highest tides in the world. Check the tide tables. You can also see them from the NS side of the Bay of Fundy in Digby, NS (known for their scallops).

I would fill-up in Calais, ME before crossing over to /st. Stephens, NB. Irving is the largest gas retailer in ME and NB and has a station just before the border. Shell use to have a station on the outskirts of Calais as you head toward the border from Bangor, ME. The line-ups are usually better at this crossing. Just follow the signs. You have to stay in your vehicle as you cross at the Canadian side of the border.

I believe that as of June 1st, a passport is required to re-enter the USA from Canada.

I agree that the drive is more scenic and shorter to Saint John when you cross at St. Stephens, NB.

Cheers! :)

I also want to thank you for the information. I might also be taking a drive in August to NB or Nova Scotia. If I go I need to pick up some Rappee pie. :thumbup:

Lummer535i
07-22-2009, 01:25 PM
Napoleon,

Glad I could help. I believe that BMW has recently opened a dealership in Moncton, NB and has had one in Halifax for many years.

Cheers! :)

napoleon
09-01-2009, 11:26 AM
I'm planning a road trip from north eastern United States into south eastern Canada this summer and wonder if people have any good Canada travel tips to share?

~gs2gf

Just wondering how the road trip to Canada went?

GoSlow2GoFast
09-01-2009, 12:54 PM
Road trip went great! Ended up covering just under 3600 miles in 14 days. Sounds worse than it was, we had some days at 8 hours driving, and others with little to no driving. Car ran like a champ, and no issues with the law or crossing the borders.

Without bogging this down with too much detail, here's a real rough summary of the trip:

Providence, RI to Saint John, NB

crossed into Canada at Calais, ME


Saint John, NB to outside of Halifax, NS

followed the coast a bit in NB, checked out Fundy Park, etc


Days trips to:

Annapolis Royal, NS
Lunenburg, NS
Mahone Bay, NS
Peggy's Cove, NS
Halifax, NS including the Citadel


Outside Halifax, NS to Baddeck, NS
Drove the Cabot Trail and then on to Moncton, NB
Moncton, NB to Quebec City, QC

stayed in the Frontenac, definitely the right choice
did Old Quebec, Citadel, other sites


Quebec City, QC to Montreal, QC

stayed in Old Montreal


Montreal, QC to Niagara Falls, ON

stayed in between the new casino area and the older Clifton Hills area
typical site-seeing plus a trip to Niagara on the Lake, nice town


Niagara Falls, ON to Providence, RI

the run home with a side trip to my alma mater in Troy, NY



All in all a very successful. Didn't make it to PEI, Ottawa or Toronto this trip, so have a good excuse to head back. I typically kept it around 20kph over the posted limit and never attracted any attention. Was getting about 28mpg on the highway, and averaged 26mpg for the entire trip so was satisfied with that.

Quebec City and Niagara on the Lake were high points, Nova Scotia had some great coastlines including the Cabot Trail.

http://goslow2gofast.googlepages.com/cabot.jpg

~gs2gf

napoleon
09-03-2009, 07:44 AM
Great picture! Thanks for some of the details. We might do part of that next year. What was the weather like? temp?

GoSlow2GoFast
09-03-2009, 11:06 AM
Great picture! Thanks for some of the details. We might do part of that next year. What was the weather like? temp?
Weather was good, a few soggy days but in general considering two weeks, and the wet time we've had in New England this summer it was good. Temps were only slightly cooler than the Boston area, and a bit less humidity. We did have a couple of 90 degree days, but other than that I'd say mid 70s to mid 80s. A bit cooler along the coast of Nova Scotia.

~gs2gf

335iinnh
09-03-2009, 06:25 PM
We drive MINIs but see:

http://www.arcticmini.com/potentialtrips.htm