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Driving from Montreal to Regina this weekend

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Driving from Montreal to Regina this weekend

We have 4 days, but we're trying to make the best roads and time we can. Anyone have any ideas on which route is the best to take? We're considering going north from Montreal, up #117, or taking the south routes, mainly #17.

We have no idea of the typical road conditions or what are considered better roads. Google Maps directed us north through Kapuskasing, but we're considering the south routes, through North Bay and SSMarie and up to Thunder Bay. Are these southern roads very twisty/windy, or can you make pretty good time? Likewise, are the north roads desolate and potholed?

Looks like the weather is going to be lousy as well, making road conditions more important.

If ANYONE has any thoughts, it would be greatly appreciated.

Ross

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1. Re: Driving from Montreal to Regina this weekend

Hi DocRoss,

I have only driven the Southern Route via Montral - Ottawa - North Bay etc. But being a gal from Montreal originally I can tell you that as much as the "Southern Route" is small townish, and not very well populated, the "Northern Route" is more so, the route will cross thru Quebec & Ontario's Mining Region.

So in addition to the road issue, you may have a difficult time finding services like hotels, food and even gas.

All good reasons why I would opt for the Southern Route.

As for timing here is the info from GOOGLE MAPS (usually pretty accurate)

Montreal to Ottawa = 200 Kms (about 2 Hours Driving Time)

Ottawa to North Bay = 360 Kms (about 4-1/4 Hours)

North Bay to Sudbury = 125 Kms (about 1-1/2 Hours)

Sudbury to Sault Ste Marie = 300 Kms (about 4 Hours)

Sault Ste Marie to Wawa = 225 Kms (about 2-3/4 Hours)

Wawa to Thunder Bay = 475 Kms (about 5-1/2 Hours)

T-Bay to Dryden = 350 Kms (about 4-1/2 Hours)

Dryden to Kenora = 140 Kms (about 1-3/4 Hours)

Kenora to Winnipeg = 200 Kms (about 2-1/4 Hours)

The Peg to Regina = 575 Kms (about 6-1/2 Hours)

TOTAL for Montreal to Regina = 3,000 Kms (about 35 Hours of Driving Time)*

*Driving Time is just that straight driving time... the numbers don't account for breaks, construction, traffic or road conditions / weather.

GOOGLE MAPS is showing the Northerly Route thru Quebec as 2,850 Kms (33 Hours Driving Time).

Also, Please note I have indicated which are the most popular stops enroute... these will have the most conveniences... including gas. It is wise to keep an eye on your gas guage as gas stations can be few and far between (as can Tim Hortons unfortunately).

This route can be very very tiring... it requires a fair bit of concentration because of the terrain, weather conditions, truck traffic and it is one-on-one highway. Make frequent stops, get some air, stay alert.

That said the route itself is a fantastic example of Canadian Shield georgraphy... lots for forests, rocks, trees and rivers. And of course views of Lake Superior.

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

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2. Re: Driving from Montreal to Regina this weekend

Thanks so much for your informative and thorough reply. We are en route currently on the south route, and enjoying the drive immensely. We'll take heed of your notes regarding gas stations as well.

Once again, thank you so much for taking the time to detail all the route distances and for your friendly words.

Ross

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3. Re: Driving from Montreal to Regina this weekend

Hi DocRoss,

You are very welcome!

When you finish your journey if you could come back to the ONTARIO FORUM and write up a TripReport (just a few notes on the voyage) that would be helpful to many of us DEs from various places along the route... these types of Questions come up frequently enough and it is always good to have another point of view to offer...

Especially one that is "new to the route" and has done it recently.

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

PS... When around T-Bay you might want to check out the Terry Fox Memorial / Monument... right along the highway (very very moving experience for any Cdn).

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