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Old 05-07-2015, 09:56 AM   #1
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Trans Canada Highway

I have a trip planed to the UP of Michigan. Going out I want to head north out of MA. up through VT on I 89 crossing into Canada and head west towards Sault ste Marie MI. Has anyone traveled that route via the trans Canada highway ? Is most of it 2 lane , what kind of time can you make on it ? Basically looking for general info.

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Trans Canada through Southern Ontario ( 401 & 7 ) , go through the most heavily populated area in Canada , some sections are 8+ lane. JMHO: A white knuckle drive in an RV.
Were you considering the northern route, 417 & 17 up the Ottawa River Valley, to North Bay ?
The 4 ( 40 ) in the highway numbers indicates multi-lane freeway in Canada.

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The northern route is correct. Actually looking at North Bay as a stop over point before proceeding to Sault ste Marie.
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Fuel will be more expensive in Canada. I'd travel across the U.S. to Montana and head up.
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I guess I should have mentioned that my final destination is the UP of Michigan.
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Fuel will be more expensive in Canada. I'd travel across the U.S. to Montana and head up.
Fuel in Ottawa, Ontario Canada went up 2 cents to $1.02 a litre. It has been hovering around the dollar for about the last four weeks. If I calculate this to a US gallon and use a .82 exchange because of the weak Canadian dollar, that equates to $3.16 The price of gas today in Syracuse NY was $3.21 a gallon. Diesel in Ottawa has been around $1.08 a litre for the last 4 weeks.

If I was coming up 89 in VT, I would exit just past Burlington to go across Lake Champlain (on Grand Isle), then head towards Malone on US11 then US 37 to Massena and cross into Canada at Cornwall. Go up 138 to hit the TransCanada 417. This way you bypass Montreal.

If you stay on the US side to go South of the Lakes, the interstates in this direction through NY and Ohio are toll roads.

The 417 in the east end of Ottawa is under construction, thus you would want to avoid it during the rush hours. There is no bypass. The highway stays multi lane until just past Arnprior, where it goes to two lanes. The two lanes have passing lanes and there are speed reductions as it goes through towns. It is quite the different drive then just being on a divided highway. Your not going to set any speed/time records but your going to have a very scenic route.

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