2017-01-13 15:03:39+0000 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

by Paul Fenn

Contributing Editor

We, the dwellers of the north, have entered moto-hibernation. This is a solemn period of stillness, reflection, high frustration and thus creativity. It is when we reimagine our rides, what we might do on, and to, them in the new season. It’s when we funnel in all our hard-gained wisdom and hooliganistic energy into a smoky, thunderous, ultra-elaborate fantasy that will keep us alive and optimistic until spring.

(Photo by Paul Fenn)

It's time to make love to this nation

This is the time we think possibilities, places and people. It's about willing into being higher and longer wheelies, more sweeping drifts and bouncing stoppies. It's finding that perfectly unhinged-sounding exhaust crack. Yes, now’s the time we gather all that we hope will unfold next season, pour it into a doublewide Persian carpet-print rolling paper, roll it up, seal it with a lick and spark it up off a heap of spent tires.

It's already springtime at ESR

We at EatSleepRIDE have formed a partnership with Harley-Davidson Canada, who are celebrating their 100th year in our nation. Together, we figured that with our audience in lockdown, the least we could do was drop some napalm on your pilot lights… in the form of Canada’s Top 20 Motorcycle Routes.

(Photo by Paul Fenn)

If you use the ESR app all of these routes will be awaiting you the next time you fire up your beastie. If you don’t use it, get it. It sweetens any rider’s life and has a magical feature that has saved more than a few of our members’ gluteus maximi.

It doesn’t matter what you ride

We’ve opted to make these routes applicable to all classes of bike, from cruise ships to dualsport shredders, for men, women, squids, ATGATTed safety chiefs and nature lovers alike. Mostly quite paved, they will take you through this giant and savage land on roads that wind and bend like Christmas ribbons through Canada’s most outrageous beauty spots.

We begin on the eastern-most edge of the eastern-most island in the vast and barely-known nation called Canada...

Newfoundland

The Irish Loop - Newfoundland #HD100

The Irish Loop - Newfoundland #HD100

Whales Trails and Blarney Tales Once upon a time I arrived in St John’s to start a nine-week project. I was put to work straightaway but come Sunday with nothing to do I got me a rental car and ...
Port-au-Port Peninsula Franglais Loop - Newfoundland #HD100

Port-au-Port Peninsula Franglais Loop - Newfoundland #HD100

Also called the French Ancestor's Route this ride around the Peninsula is classic Western Rock fare. Until 1904 the area was called the French Shore that being the year France relinquished its ex ...

Nova Scotia

The Let’s Get Lost Loop - Nova Scotia #HD100

The Let’s Get Lost Loop - Nova Scotia #HD100

Rum Sodomy the Lash and Severely Twisty Tar - Nova Scotia New Scotland was seemingly 3D-printed by Mother Nature for riders. With wild country coasts mountains gnarly dualsport trails a deep mari ...
Cabot Trail of Non-Stop Perfection - Nova Scotia #HD100

Cabot Trail of Non-Stop Perfection - Nova Scotia #HD100

They come from other planets to drive this stretch of coast road. Such is the pristinery that is Cape Breton Island’s Cabot Trail. I’ve done it and can attest that it set my heart astir. It ...

Prince Edward Island

In and Out and Fast - Prince Edward Island #HD100

In and Out and Fast - Prince Edward Island #HD100

Prince Edward Island: Martian Potatoes in Disneyland If you adore slightly precocious hyper-giggly Japanese girls tottering about in sailor suits red nylon braids and doily socks waving selfie st ...

New Brunswick

Lobster Chase – New Brunswick #HD100

Lobster Chase – New Brunswick #HD100

New Brunswick: East of ordinary (hear that Quebec?) New Brunswick has everything but coconut palms – meaning beaches ocean mountains rivers cities small towns top-notch grub and tides three flo ...

Quebec

From the River to the Sea - Quebec #HD100

From the River to the Sea - Quebec #HD100

Explore the other Canada: Quebec Ultra-equipped Quebec has most of everything the rest of Canada has but en français. And it’s not just the lingo; it’s packing an effervescent Eurovibe plus ...
Baie-Comeau to that Huge Crater - Quebec #HD100

Baie-Comeau to that Huge Crater - Quebec #HD100

This is a bit of a geo-nerdist's ride. Our second Quebec route is how you get to the Trans-Labrador Hwy from the Quebec side. Hwy 389 is wild well-forested and decidedly lacking in malls. (Photo ...

Ontario

Calabogie Boogaloo - Ontario #HD100

Calabogie Boogaloo - Ontario #HD100

Ontario: Carve up her clear lakes rivers and craft breweries If there’s one thing Ontario has it’s endless tar-infused ribbons of transport just waiting for the moto adventurer. It's doubly f ...
Conquerin' Algonquin - Ontario #HD100

Conquerin' Algonquin - Ontario #HD100

This route runs you through the fabulous Ontario Highlands from Dorset to Barry's Bay. It’ll reveal to you some of the best of Ontario’s scenery without having to drive the dreariest of highw ...

Manitoba

Three Geographies in One - Manitoba

Three Geographies in One - Manitoba

Manitoba: Flat out fun Manitoba is an enormous and sparsely populated prairie province whose skies are as wide as the smiles of its welcoming citizens. The riding season here is short so best pla ...
This Will Get Dusty - Manitoba #HD100

This Will Get Dusty - Manitoba #HD100

This is a more adventurous Manitoba route with gravel and bumpy stuff but it can allegedly be ridden on a cruiser so have at it. (Photo by rivercityrides.ca) You'll get a great look at the Red Ri ...

Saskatchewan

Moose Jaw and Aging Wives - Saskatchewan #HD100

Moose Jaw and Aging Wives - Saskatchewan #HD100

This great Sask route starts in Moose Jaw taking you out of town via Hwy 2 towards 15 Wing AF Base where you might catch the Snowbird jets doing aerobatics. (Photo by http://www.ec.gc.ca/) From H ...
Farm, Forest & Sticky Buns - Saskatchewan #HD100

Farm, Forest & Sticky Buns - Saskatchewan #HD100

Saskatchewan: Canada’s largest rectangle The Canadian prairies present interesting challenges to motorcyclists. The truly madly wildly scenic ride can be hard to find. Long stretches of flat pr ...

Alberta

The Glacier Trail - Alberta #HD100

The Glacier Trail - Alberta #HD100

Alberta's exceptional variety of options for experience-hungry riders regardless of bike type is legendary. As any proud Albertan will tell you a must-do is the Icefields Parkway along Hwy 93 bet ...
Go Bad or Go Home - Alberta HD#100

Go Bad or Go Home - Alberta HD#100

As tempting as it is to mountain you to death here we choose the badlands for our second Alberta route. This classic prairie ride through miles and miles of farmland over straight and flat roads ...

British Columbia

Vancouver-Hundred Mile House Mountain Jam - BC #HD100

Vancouver-Hundred Mile House Mountain Jam - BC #HD100

This is the sweet one the ride that’ll make you want to give up whatever you’re doing and ship your entire life to BC. (Photo by lebeaver.com) You could make it last weeks a summer or approxi ...
Monster Inland Eye-Opener - BC #HD100

Monster Inland Eye-Opener - BC #HD100

British Columbia: Province o' plenty There are no two BC routes that can be classified as truly above all – mainly because almost all of them are. However many BC riders agree that the western ...

Yukon

Whitehorse-Skagway Streak of Epicness - Yukon #HD100

Whitehorse-Skagway Streak of Epicness - Yukon #HD100

Yukon: Boundless frontiers incomparable wilderness Yukon is supposed to be the best kept secret in travel so we’ll try not to give away any more than necessary here. This awe-inspiring mountain ...

Northwest Territories

King of the Wild Frontier - Northwest Territories #HD100

King of the Wild Frontier - Northwest Territories #HD100

Northwest Territories: Dial in your difficulty If you wanna ride your beast in the NWT you can now just point it north up toward Hwy 35/1 out of Edmonton Alberta and keep going till you or your b ...

Nunavut

One small problem - Nunavut #HD100

One small problem - Nunavut #HD100

The fledgling territory of Nunavut (it means “our land” in Inuktitut) offers a considerable challenge to the adventurous rider with bank. You can ride there but you cannot ride to there. You ...

Paul Fenn is a frequent contributor to EatSleepRIDE. Read all his bike reviews, moto news and semi-informed opinions on many matters motorcycle here: eatsleepride.com/rider/champers

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@Dave103 Two here but you can find 20+ motorcycle routes in Ontario in this article by EatSleepRIDE ;) http://esr.cc/2nbMQjL

 
  • Dave103
  • 2017-03-26T17:41:07-04:00

Are there only 2 rides on this for Ontario?

 
  • marina
  • 2017-03-07T20:22:33-05:00

@Champers I've been asked if we can change the route for Conquern' Algonquin to keep the ride out of the park and out of park traffic. Any ideas? 

 

@mondragon Thanks for the kind words. It was a great education and researching it got my motor revving.

 

Great article. Love how you have segregated the routes as per provinces. Looking forward to try some this coming summer.