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Motorcycle Adventures In Northeastern Ontario

Almost every year I make a motorcycle pilgrimage up from the U.S. to Canada, and the reason is simple Ė unbeatable riding. The Eastern United States has some incredible riding, to be sure. Thereís the famous Tail of the Dragon in North Carolina, and also the state-straddling Blue Ridge Parkway. Even in my home state of Ohio we have the infamous and snaky Triple Nickel OH 555. Yet as incredible as each of these roads are, there is a wildness, an openness, and ever-surprising element to Canada, in this case specifically Ontario, that canít be beat.

Let me explain further before you readers from the States call me a traitor and try to revoke my passport. Just across that invisible border north in Ontario there is riding comparable to the roads I mentioned in the previous paragraph, but not just that. On my trip this year I found roads also comparable to those in the western United States. Roads you think you could only find in the Redwoods or Moab or Colorado. Roads that transcend highways to dirt trails.

On this yearís trip I set out from Toronto switching back and forth with my riding partner on two different BMW adventure motorcycles, an F800GS and a G650GS. The bike type is important here because it allowed for both on-road and off-road riding. This gave us twice the road options and twice the fun. This was my first time in Ontario where I got to let a bike off the pavement leash and get a little dirty.

Toronto is an exciting multi-cultural metropolis, but my goal was to get out of it as fast as possible and do some real open-road riding. One thing to know about riding around the Great Lakes area is the weather is entirely unpredictable and only a fool doesnít bring rain gear and layers. We ended up getting doused by sheets of rain in fairly heavy weekend traffic for about 200 miles on our way up to North Bay via ON-400 north and ON-11 north. This is the toll you pay the boatman to get up to paradise.

The next day we headed north roughly 90 miles to Temiskaming on ON-11. This is when the roads started opening up, the weather started clearing, and the traffic started subsiding. You get your first taste of the thousands of lakes and lush scenery in Ontario on this easy rider stretch. This stretch goes by pretty quickly, but there are several surprises waiting for you once you reach Temiskaming Shores.

The Temiskaming area holds more than 250 miles of trails, and having brought adventure motorcycles, we were grinning ear to ear upon arrival. We unloaded at the hotel, picked the first dirt road we saw and started getting dirty. Where the asphalt ends the adventure begins. There is such an abundance of well-kept dirt trails I cannot recommend a single one, but I can tell you there are few feelings like riding through the Canadian wilderness on a dirt trail. This was the riding I was waiting for.

When we were done playing in the mud, we took a ride around part of the massive Lake Temiskaming and worked our way through some campgrounds and down some dirt roads to get to Devilís Rock. After a short hike into the forest you will find a striking cliff face hanging a few hundred yards above the lake. This is Devilís Rock and the big payoff, definitely a place you wonít want to miss.
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We spent two days in Ontario and Quebec last year and I basically agree that there is some decent riding once you get away from the border, though my perception was not nearly as glowing. Basically... you need to be at least 3 hours away from Toronto or the riding is pretty terrible. I found the riding around Algonquin to be fun and very picturesque but relatively flat and relatively straight (which if you look at the pics in the article... that's what they had too)... there were a TON of H-D's, Victory's, Can-Am's... and the roads in that area are ideal cruiser roads. We didn't make it to North Bay, maybe it gets more interesting up there (for ADV riding). We thought taking the far north loop on 117 might have resulted in some great wilderness riding but didn't have enough time for that ride.

We did find some good dirt roads west of Algonquin... but they tended to be short (not as much fun as the complex of great dirt in central PA for instance). The best riding we found on that trip was in Vermont.

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Ontario is beautiful, I did the trip from Sherbrooke Quebec, and thru Ontario all the way back home to Jasper Alberta 2 years ago. The roads were great and lots of interesting rest stops. I was surprised how long it took to get thru Ontario tho, Most of the provinces took a day to go thru, except Ontario, that was a good 3 day trip.
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