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Old 07-20-2018, 08:29 AM   #1
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ON17 North of Lake Superior

Has anyone traveled ON-17 going around the northern side of Lake Superior? Wondered how the roads are for a big coach? Also, are there any pull offs for a big coach? We are thinking about going from Thunder Bay to Wawa. Our plan is to stop at the Petro/Esso about 65 miles north of Thunder Bay to fuel up for the drive.

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We drove that section last year as part of an extended trip we took. We were travelling west to east, similar to what you are planning if heading from Thunder Bay to Wawa.

The drive was excellent. In fact, we regarded the stretch across the top of Lake Superior as one of the most enjoyable of our trip. While there were some sections where road work was being done, it was not problematic.

There are plenty of places to gas up so you will have no problems in that regard. There are plenty of places to stay also, but depending on your travel dates you may find them quite busy in the summer months.

We were in a 37 foot rig flat towing a small car and had no problems navigating the drive. We found the roads in good shape and enjoyable. Some of the views of Lake Superior are spectacular.

Our stops were; Nipigon, Marathon and Agawa Bay for the section you referenced.

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About 40 years ago, I drove that highway every week for 2 years while working, and never really stopped to enjoy the scenery.
We went back 2 years ago (now retired) and it was like the first time I had ever seen it.
The views over Lake Superior are spectacular.
The roads are good and there are scenic view areas to pull off the highway and take in the scenery.
We found a great RV park in Thunder Bay (at Fort William) and the Terry Fox Memorial just outside of Thunder Day is a beautiful attraction.
We also stayed at Pancake Bay Provincial Park north of Sault Ste, Marie.
There is an excellent family run grocery store in Terrace Bay ON for provisioning.
Enjoy your trip and be sure to take your camera.
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DW and I did the Lake Superior "Circle Tour" a few years ago in a 37' MH. It was a great trip. 4 years ago we traveled the north side of Superior on our way to Vancouver and back in our 40' DP and Toad. No major problems with roads or finding fuel and campsites.
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It is a great drive, in any vehicle! Have driven it dozens of times, by car and pulling large 5er. Fair amount of lookout pull offs for a 40'ft. Fuel available every 60 miles. About 7 1/2 hour drive. Enjoy!
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We drove that section last year as part of an extended trip we took. We were travelling west to east, similar to what you are planning if heading from Thunder Bay to Wawa.

The drive was excellent. In fact, we regarded the stretch across the top of Lake Superior as one of the most enjoyable of our trip. While there were some sections where road work was being done, it was not problematic.

There are plenty of places to gas up so you will have no problems in that regard. There are plenty of places to stay also, but depending on your travel dates you may find them quite busy in the summer months.

We were in a 37 foot rig flat towing a small car and had no problems navigating the drive. We found the roads in good shape and enjoyable. Some of the views of Lake Superior are spectacular.

Our stops were; Nipigon, Marathon and Agawa Bay for the section you referenced.

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Where did you stay in Agawa bay?

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The is an Ontario Parks campground right in Agawa Bay. It can be busy, but planning ahead can usually get you a spot.

http://www.lakesuperiorpark.ca/index...awa-campground
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Thanks for that.

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