Marine Dr --> U.B.C
Burris St. --> Hastings (7A)
There is a bike route that parallels Hastings to
I avoided going to North Vancouver over the Lion
Gates bridge. I've heard of few bad stories of
cyclists on that bridge.
Vancouver (Burnaby) to Hope BC
It is fairly busy at times, but there is good
shoulder. You cannot go on Hw 1 until Hope BC.
Hope BC to Keremeos BC
Hw 3 was fairly quiet. But there was two big
summits to climb. There is nothing between Hope and
Manning Park and nothing between Manning Park and
Princeton(both about 70 km).
From what I've hear Hw 1 to Kamloops has a lot
of tunnels but is very scenic. The Coquilhala is
not recommended as it is a difficult climb with few
places to stock up. Also it is not a very scenic
view but is the fastest route.
Some people take Hw 99 from Vancouver and wind
thier way up to Jasper. I don't know much about
that except it would be fairly cold in Jasper.
Keremeos BC to Penticton BC
A short and fairly quiet highway with lots of
Hw 97 + Hw 97A
Penticton to Sicamous
It is fairly busy from Penticton to Vernon but
the Okanogan is beautiful and full of fruit
Sicamous BC to Kenora ON
That's a long way. It is a busy route but has a
great shoulder except in Manitoba where it comes
and goes. In fact, the shoulder was so big two
cyclists could ride side by side without being
bothered by traffic.
Some people take the back roads further south.
Those roads would be quiet but have no shoulder.
Some people went from Edmonton to Saskatoon and
down. Apparently that route is not very good for
At Glacier National Park in BC I suggest
starting your day from Revelstoke, that way you can
get to the next town of Golden in one day.
Longbow Corners ON to Fort Frances ON
This is a quite hilly alternative to going
through Drydon to Thunder Bay. Of course I did not
go to Thunder Bay.
International Falls MN to Duluth MN
I took a route through the states because I
heard bad things about the Northern Ontario trans
Canada highway. Hw 53 had a lot of biting flies and
was kind of bumpy but it had a big shoulder and was
Duluth MN to Wakefield MI
In Duluth there is two bridges. You have to take
the second one(Hw 2 bridge) because it has a
sidewalk. In Duluth Hw 53 turns into an interstate
so you have to take side roads. For a while Hw 2
Wakefield MI to Sault Ste Marie MI
28 will take you to see some nice views of Lake
Superior. The shoulder is a little small in places
but it was never too bad. It was very very flat. In
SSM you have to very briefly get on an interstate
hw to get to the bridge.
Sault Ste Marie ON to Espanola ON
I was told this section was the absolute worst
of the whole trip by other bikers. It was not great
but I didn't mind too much.
Espanola ON to Fergus ON
The beginning of Hw 6 is very hilly with little
or no shoulder. With weekend traffic I think it may
have been worst than Hw 17. Normally it is pretty
quiet. The section after Owen Sound where 6 + 10
are combined I found to be dangerous.
Backroads to Waterloo
Bad air, and no shoulder, and yet a fair amount
Camping + Food
In my opinion there are several levels of bicycle
- Those who camp anywhere and cook their own meals.
This is the least expensive way to go. However, it means
you must carry a lot more gear like a stove and fuel. I'm
not too sure where they camp, in a forest or a farmer's
field I suppose. The roadside picnic area's also seem to
be popular even though there is always a sign saying "No
camping". I have a lot of respect for people who take
- Those who camp in backyards. Some people will come
into a town and chat with the local folk. Eventually
someone will offer you to camp in their backyard or sleep
on their couch. Sometimes they will also cook a meal for
you. It seems like a great way to meet people... but I
would be a little worried myself about staying at an
- Some carry very little gear. Either they have a
support vehicle or they have a lot of money and stay at a
motel every night.
- I was somewhere in the middle. I usually stayed at
private campgrounds or hostels. It would cost my anywhere
from 5 to 20$ a night. A lot of the National or
Provincial parks did not allow tenting due to bear
threats. I preferred the private campgrounds in the town
limits as opposed to the provincial campgrounds. The
provincial campgrounds were often 10 to 20 km off the
highway. Sure it would be quieter but 10 km is a big tour
to take every day. Also I found the closer to town you
are the less mosquitoes there were. I would eat at a fast
food place like subway quite often, but I also ate a lot
of grocery food that did not need to be warmed up. I was
usually carrying food that packed small such as,
Presidents Choice Muslix (in a green box) or Grape Nuts,
pop tarts, granola bars, trail mix, tuna, bananas,
blueberries, raspberries, yogurt, muffins, V8 juice and
candy. I know eating out at a fast food joint is
expensive but I liked to be able to look forward to
something when coming into the next town.
- Some people buy spring water and gatorade. That
gatorade stuff is expensive. I tried it once on my trip.
I didn't feel any noticeable difference so I stuck with
tap water. The same goes with powerbars. Those powerbars
are about 2$ each. I tried one on my trip. Again I didn't
feel a huge difference so I stuck with bananas and what
not. I would carry V8 juice sometimes, I found it was a
- I merely filled my water bottle at gas station
washrooms and info center fountains. If the gas station
is in the middle of no where you may want to ask if the
tap water is drinkable.
- Try not to drink water from a lake or stream. I was
able to avoid it. I was warned about "Beaver Fever" and
other sicknesses you can get from lake water. You you do
drink from local water sources you should use a filter or
iodine tablets to minimize the risk.
- I had 3 water bottles that hold 750 ml and sometimes
I carried a can of V8 juice. I never used up all three in
the course of the day, but I would refill when I could.
If you are cooking you will need more water.
Just because I have listed a bunch of hills as tough does
not mean I dislike them. Hills don't really bother me when
compared to headwind which can happen anywhere... especially
- Hw 3 BC - Allison Pass (Elevation 1352 m)
- Hw 3 BC - Sunday Summit (Elevation 1282 m)
- Hw 97 BC - Drought Hill Peachland (it's not as high
but it is very busy and has a small shoulder with sewer
- Hw 1 BC - Rogers Pass (Elevation 1330 m)
- Hw 1 BC - Hilly winding road(but beautiful) just
- Hw 1 BC - Lake Louise (Elevation 1539 m). There is a
climb just after the town of Field. There is a little
more of a climb to get from the Lake Louise town to the
- Hw 1 AB + SK + MB - Forget about the hills listed
above. I found the rockies to be much easier than the
prairies. The wind direction in the prairies supposedly
goes from West to East most of the time. However, during
my trip it was perhaps more often from the East. Having
headwinds against you all days makes it feel like you
climbed a mountain all day. Sometimes the wind was so
strong I was moving at 9 km/h or would have to get off
and walk the bike for a while.
- Hw 71 ON - From Kenora to Nestor Falls it was a
series of small hills.
- Hw 71 ON - From Sault Ste Marie to Blind River. I was
told this section was the worst of the trans canada
(although they say around Sudbury is pretty bad too). It
wasn't great due to a small shoulder and lots of traffic.
However, I found that 95% of truckers were very courteous
and gave you room if they could do so. It didn't bother
me too much but there fairly good consensus on this.
- Hw 6 ON - From Espanola to Little Current it was
hilly with no shoulder.
- Kitchener-Waterloo ON - I just like to include this
in my list because I find riding around town where I live
to be more dangerous than any of the highways I took.
People curse and swear at me here, which pretty much
never happened on my trip.
I guess bugs can be found just about anywhere in Canada.
I found that bugs really reduced my enjoyment of my trip but
there were sections that I did not find any.
- I found that Southern BC had no bugs, but northern BC
like Salmon Arm had lots of mosquitoes.
- I also do not remember any biting bugs in the
- Manitoba has large mosquitoes and very large horse
flies. Horse flies harass you all day by spinning around
and colliding with you. However, I never had a horse fly
bite me in that province. I think they are more cautious.
I never encountered this, but apparently near water there
are these tiny black flies that make you all bloody when
they bite. These flies are so small that they can make it
inside your tent through the screen if you have a cheap
- Minnesota had these smaller version of horse flies
that were really irritating because they would bite as
soon as your legs stopped spinning. Also there were a lot
of ticks that found me but luckily none burrowed in.
Walls of stores were often covered from top to bottom in
- Michigan was not as bad but has some mosquitoes and
earwigs. Walls of stores were covered top to bottom in
some sort of flying bug I am not familiar with.
- Ontario had mosquitoes and horse flies. Since I grew
up in Ontario I also know it has deer flies which is a
smaller triangular version of the horse fly. I never saw
any deer flies on my trip and I was glad of it.
Reasons Why You Should Do It
- You are not invisible. You will meet lots of people
who are curious about what you are doing. You will also
meet a lot of other cyclists doing a similar trip.
Driver's will encourage you with friendly honks.
- The scenery is amazing. Sure you could drive on the
same roads and go through the same scenery. However, when
you are biking you can look around and admire the
details, which you cannot do when traveling at 80 km/h. A
cyclists can stop anywhere and take a picture, a car can
only stop at pull over spots.
- You will feel like you did something with your
summer, and have some stories to tell.
- You will lose weight... ok this is not necessarily a
good thing. As a 135 pound male I am always trying to
gain weight. It's amazing how much you will eat in a day
and not gain a thing.
- You will know your Canadian geography much
- You will get a crazy suntan. However, I have a
farmer's tan... and since I had gloves on most the day my
hands are pretty white too.
- Personally I find cycling to be a little more
relaxing than driving, especially if there is a large
shoulder on the road. Some days I would just zone out and
day dream, something that one can not(or should not) do
when driving a car.