Originally Posted by mga60tw
Planning a trip into Canada from Minnesota then over to Maine. are there plenty of campgrounds along HWY11/HWY66 Trans Canada Hwy to chose from?
We (family of 4 and a dog) do just the opposite, Manitoba to Nova Scotia via North Dakota ,Minnesota, Wisconsin then back to Canada via Sault St Marie - then Quebec the New Brunswick to Nova Scotia. This is for 2 things (have done this trip 10+ times).
1. Roads are better and safer in the USA (Hwy 17 - Trans Canada) is a two lane goat track (one way each way - with passing lanes every 16 km or 10 miles or so) - on the side of granite drop offs and cliffs - beautiful - scenic drive. As well the topography is very different, the hills in NW Ontario are legendary - they built a town at the bottom of most - so --- you grind up a big hill at 40 - 50 -60 -70 - 80 finally make it to 90 kph at the summit - now downhill - can't go to fast (its only 90 kph limit and lots of Provincial Police) ... then brake brake brake - theirs a town at the bottom of the hill ..... 50 kph and do it all over again 50 more times that day.
Gets even more fun the closer you get to Wawa. Topography in much easier on the truck through ND,MN, WS - only BIG hill is Duluth ... and your ready for a change by then.
2. Fuel costs ... generally 25% MORE expensive in Ontario.
(3) If your looking for a scenic (side of the moon) ride - go through Ontario - just be aware of the previous notes.
But crazy drivers that are "always in a hurry" - speed limit is 90 kph (55 mph) as well as semi's up your butt. Makes the trip a little more stressful than it needs to be.
Soooooo ... we skirt along the south side of the great lakes.
I won't even get into the BIG --- LLoooooong long hills in New Brunswick (Appalachian Mountains) ... this is the major
reason I'm changing my 3:55 rear end to 4:10's - so I can get up the hills without overheating and at 40 kph (25 mph).
If you would like more anecdotes let me know - been there done that - got the tee shirt.