Start: Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada
End: St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
What happens in-between? Who knows. Those pesky details can be figured out on the road.
I’ve roughly sketched out my route in my head. The exact roads I take, the borders I cross, and the sights are see are still undetermined – and likely won’t be determined far in advance. I want to maintain a high degree of flexibility so that my travels can adjust to insights and local knowledge that I gain along the way.
I’ll mostly stick to paved roads, but I’ve prepared my bike to handle rough trails as well (the best bike adventures are off the road).
Part 1: Southbound
The first part of my ride will be in the Canadian west: from the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.
From Tuktoyaktuk, in the north of Canada on the Arctic Ocean, I’ll travel through the Northwest Territories along the Dempster Highway into Yukon. At the southern end of the Dempster Highway, I’ll transition to the Alaskan Highway through Whitehorse towards the border with British Columbia. I’ll travel through British Columbia on the Cassiar Highway (no. 37), Trans-Canada Highway 16, and Highway 99. To avoid some highway sections, I plan to take secondary forestry roads.
The end of this segment is Vancouver Island and British Columbia’s capital, Victoria, on the western edge of Canada in the Pacific Ocean.
Part 2: Eastbound
From Victoria, I’ll cross the Canadian prairies to my home province, Ontario, and onwards through Québec to the Atlantic provinces. My eastern journey will end in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, on Canada’s Atlantic coast.
By the time I reach St. John’s, I expect to have cross all ten Canadian provinces along with their capital cities (plus Whitehorse, the capital of Yukon Territory, and Ottawa, the federal capital).
I expect my ride through Canada to be between 12,000 km and 15,000 km. I’m aiming to complete this ride in three to four months.
Talk about an adventure. Anyone want to join me?