I'll be making another signficant detour on this leg, heading down through south-western Ontario rather than continuing eastwards. It will be worth it though, as I'll be able to visit the world famous Niagara Falls! I'll continue in a broad U-shape and end back up at what I hope will become one of my favourite cities - Montréal. I've wanted to visit both these places for a long time!
From Sault Ste. Marie, I'll follow a small section of the Trans-Canada Highway (route #17 here) of about 200km to Espanola. Fortunately, for some of the time, there are alternative local roads (some unpaved?) that I can take running in the same general direction.
Turning at Espanola, I'll ride south onto Manitoulin Island reaching it via the interesting looking single lane Swing Bridge at Little Current. Incidently, Manitoulin Island, in Lake Huron, is the largest island in a freshwater lake anywhere in the world! At the island's southern tip I'll take a short ferry ride (on the MS Chi-Cheemaun or "Big Canoe") to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsular and continue riding SE to Niagara Falls.
After visiting the falls, I've decided to ride across New York State in the US rather than double back somewhat through Ontario. I'll take the #18 which hugs the lower shore of Lake Ontario and then traverse the Adirondacks, a range of rounded mountains contained within the vast Adirondack Park, the largest park and state-protected area in the US. I'll ride north through the park in what is sure to be a scenic couple of days and eventually cross back into Canada again, this time into the province of Québec. From the Québec border, it's just half a day to the city of Montréal.
|Placename or POI||Dir.||Road||Highway Name||Next POI||Total Km|
|Sault Ste. Marie, ON||NE||#17B||27||4,447|
|SE||(+ local roads)||50||4,490|
|Sowerby||S||(+ local roads)||26||4,540|
|Massey||S/E||(+ local roads)||28||4,655|
|Ferry: South Baymouth to Tobermory (1¾ hrs)|
|Teviotdale||SE||Wellington Rd 7||47||4,981|
|Guelph||SE||(+ local roads)||36||5,041|
|Carluke||(+ local roads)||44||5,095|
|Niagara Falls, ON||4||5,172|
|Ontario / New York (USA) State Border|
|Niagara Falls, NY||N||Robert Moses Pkwy||25||5,176|
|Pine||NE||(+ local roads)||63||5,504|
|Redford||(+ local roads)||55||5,776|
|New York / Québec (Canada) Border|