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Old 03-15-2007, 03:30 PM   #1
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Default Summer road trip to CANADA!!!!

Hey guys. I posted this in OT, but could use some advice of some Canadians that might not go to OT a lot.

My wife and I are doing this road trip this summer:


I have a thread on it here:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...1217787&page=2

Do any of you know anything about the trans labrador highway? Gas octane? Other details? Thanks for any specifics. I tried to join
http://www.subaruclub.ca/
to ask there, but never got an email back...

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Old 03-15-2007, 07:08 PM   #2
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thats a huge trip!! no PEI though?

just to hit all the provences in the area i'd take the bridge over here, then hop on the boat to NS and contine on
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Old 03-16-2007, 08:56 AM   #3
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thats a huge trip!! no PEI though?

just to hit all the provences in the area i'd take the bridge over here, then hop on the boat to NS and contine on
Yeah, I know. It was on the list of things to do/places to go, but we have a very limited timeline (1 week) so it got cut in favor of slowing the pace and saving $$$ (it's a $30 toll or a more expensive ferry)...

Also we are going to Quebec -> Labrador -> Newfoundland FIRST becuase the ferry we need to take from Goose Bay to Cartwright only goes twice a week in either direction. The only time that works out including drive time to get there is the Tuesday night ferry from Goose Bay to Cartwright. Also that gets us to the farthest north point early in the trip, so we can slow down the trip once we catch the ferry to newfoundland and enjoy it for longer (skipping later stops) if we really want to....

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Old 03-16-2007, 09:25 AM   #4
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Yeah I'd have to say thats an obscene amount of driving to do in a week but hey, to each their own.

Try Subaruclub.ca again, other people don't seem to be having a problem registering. I.e. someone joined yesterday.
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Old 03-16-2007, 09:40 AM   #5
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That's a crazy drive! I like it!

To tell you the truth, I didn't even know there was a road that went through Northern Qc, and Labrador. One of our employees services machines in northern Quebec, out from Forestville. I will ask him questions for gas, meals, etc.

One fellow drove in Labrador, you can find his post on the subaruclub.ca site, in the NFLD & Labrador section.
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Old 03-16-2007, 11:33 AM   #6
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WOW!!! That's a lot of driving in one week! I go to the east coast every month on business and love the scenery and the people, very friendly. You can get 91 almost everywhere, I don't recall seeing many Sunoco stations, they are only people selling 94 in Canada. If you manage to cover the route you intend, all you will be doing is driving! You will use up the better part of a day just taking the ferry to Nfld. I agree with 'DO', I didn't know there was a road in N. Que, I would guess it is summer truckers route at best! There won't be much to see other than bush and rock! The rest of your route will be great.
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Old 03-16-2007, 12:40 PM   #7
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Ok, I just spoke to our technician... He said that the road for northern QC (where you'll be turning to go North) is a nice gravel road. You can travel at 100-120km/h. You'll be passing hydro electric dams, (Manic 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5). There are small communities along the way, but they only have the bare minimum. He didn't remember if they had higher then 89 Octane in northern QC. Bring lots of fuel, and a full size spare would be a good idea. The roads are used by logging trucks, chances are you'll be hit by flying rocks (just so you know ).

Definetly an interesting trip, but that's alot of driving for 1 week.
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Old 03-16-2007, 02:05 PM   #8
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That's a crazy drive! I like it!
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Yeah I'd have to say thats an obscene amount of driving to do in a week but hey, to each their own.
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WOW!!! That's a lot of driving in one week!
Yeah, I know, but it's where we want to go and we only have a week... We've also done a 5,500 8 day US tour before and had a blast (again, would have loved more time, but we were pleased with what we got to see and the car time to walking around ratio.... Check the other thread as I posted the other trip info in there...

As for the ferry, the Goose bay -> Cartwright ferry is 13 hours, but from 5pm to 6am the next day, so it's out "hotel" that night... The ferry from QC to NL is 2 hours and at 5pm. The ferry from NL to NS is the only "killer" as it's like 5.5 hours from 9am to whenever you get there, but we only have a 2 hour drive that day...

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One fellow drove in Labrador, you can find his post on the subaruclub.ca site, in the NFLD & Labrador section.
Yeah, I've read that thread like 4 times, but I need to be able to post in it... I'm going to try to register with a non hotmail account maybe... It sent me the auto reply, just not the confirmation after that....

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Ok, I just spoke to our technician... He said that the road for northern QC (where you'll be turning to go North) is a nice gravel road. You can travel at 100-120km/h. You'll be passing hydro electric dams, (Manic 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5). There are small communities along the way, but they only have the bare minimum. He didn't remember if they had higher then 89 Octane in northern QC. Bring lots of fuel, and a full size spare would be a good idea. The roads are used by logging trucks, chances are you'll be hit by flying rocks (just so you know ).

Definetly an interesting trip, but that's alot of driving for 1 week.
Thanks. I'm trying to contact a few MINI guys and the guy from that thread listed above to find out on the octane for sure. I've found a website dedicated to the road with great pictures and info (just not on the octane's available...). I have roof racks, and 2 sets of tires. Granted one set are the stock 16s, the other summer 17s. I'll have my summer tires on, and bring 1 (maybe 2) of the 16"s winter tires as a full size spare. I know it's not good for the car to have different wheel sizes on it, but it's a hell of a lot better than using the donut for a long distance. I have a roof rack, and I'm considering making/borrowing a basket for the tire and some jerries...

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Old 03-16-2007, 02:21 PM   #9
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OK, I got on subaruclub.ca...
I guess I just never got the confirmation email... I just posted a new topic, it asked my user name/password, I put them in and it was there...

anyway, I started a thread there too:
http://forum.subaruclub.ca/viewtopic.php?p=58870#58870
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Old 03-16-2007, 02:31 PM   #10
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If you search Montreal in this forum you'll find some good threads, or head over to www.montreal-subar-club.com. The Ottawa guys can probably help you out too www.ottawasubaru.com.

I didn't check your dates but will you be hitting the Tattoo in Halifax? Its a pretty crazy time.

Make sure to kiss a cod in Newfoundland

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Old 03-16-2007, 07:07 PM   #11
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I've found a website dedicated to the road with great pictures and info
Ben
Would it be possible to have the link to that site?
Post on the subaruclub.ca the dates when your in NS or NB, we may a meet in the same time.
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Old 03-16-2007, 09:00 PM   #12
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Would it be possible to have the link to that site?
Post on the subaruclub.ca the dates when your in NS or NB, we may a meet in the same time.
Here's the site:
http://tlhwy.com/central/hwy389guide.html

I'd suggest you read through my other thread as I have a ton of info there too about our trip in perticular. I found out that there is only "regular" gas at a few stops along the road. The MINI guys (with 1 STi in the group) just ran it and had no issues... So I'm wondering if I should roll the dice, bring octane boost, or bring jerries....

We're going the first week in July, we'd love to meet you guys!

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Old 03-17-2007, 02:22 PM   #13
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I'm the STi guy that ran with the MINIs.

I think the roads are smoother in winter when they are hard packed snow
and ice. The nimble MINI is great here. For bumpier surfaces I think
the MINI just has too much impact harshness, so winter suits the
MINI better than summer.

Gas wise, all the MINIs this year were the supercharged S, some with
hp mods like supercharger pulley reduction, and we were fine mixing
in tanks of regular and premium.

I carried 2 full size snowtire spares and 5 gal of gas, but did not need any
of these. I heard that a few weeks before our trip, a truck jacknifed
and blocked the highway for two days. We had enough gas to make
it non stop between gas stations, but not enough gas (at least in the
STi) to go 80 % of the way, u-turn at a blocked road, and return to
our previous stop.

If you're prepared to survive for a couple of days out of town, this
is a great trip. If you're not prepared, your co-driver might hate you

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Old 03-17-2007, 08:03 PM   #14
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I'm pretty sure petro canada has a 94 octane fuel as well, and this cocktail is ONLY available in quebec. Outside of quebec, all petro cans only have 91 oct. Look for Sunoco, they have 94 oct all all locations. They are the only canada-wide vendor to carry 94.

I hope your french is pretty good, they don't speak much english off the beaten path in quebec. But you're driving a subaru... from what I've seen in quebec, that carries a bit more respect out of a nonfrench person. :P

That's a pretty sweet whirlwind tour of the maritimes, but you're OH so close to ottawa and montreal, 2 of the bigger subaru clubs outside of toronto.


subaruclub.ca are the almalgamated maritimers, so they're pretty spread out over all the maritime provinces.
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Old 03-18-2007, 12:53 PM   #15
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Looks like an INSANE trip!
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Old 03-19-2007, 08:59 AM   #16
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I'm the STi guy that ran with the MINIs.

I think the roads are smoother in winter when they are hard packed snow
and ice. The nimble MINI is great here. For bumpier surfaces I think
the MINI just has too much impact harshness, so winter suits the
MINI better than summer.

Gas wise, all the MINIs this year were the supercharged S, some with
hp mods like supercharger pulley reduction, and we were fine mixing
in tanks of regular and premium.

I carried 2 full size snowtire spares and 5 gal of gas, but did not need any
of these. I heard that a few weeks before our trip, a truck jacknifed
and blocked the highway for two days. We had enough gas to make
it non stop between gas stations, but not enough gas (at least in the
STi) to go 80 % of the way, u-turn at a blocked road, and return to
our previous stop.

If you're prepared to survive for a couple of days out of town, this
is a great trip. If you're not prepared, your co-driver might hate you

Squid, thanks for all your help advice. I hadn't thought of the spare gas incase you have to turn around almost to a station... GREAT point, as that's the first good reason I've seen to bring a jerry, and we now will for sure. As for spares, interesting you point out winter would be easier on the tires. Never thought of that but you're right. Not that it matters though as I was ready for gravel so we should be OK. I'm bringing 2 full sized spares and that goop to patch holes. I'll also bring a pump in case.

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I hope your french is pretty good, they don't speak much english off the beaten path in quebec. But you're driving a subaru... from what I've seen in quebec, that carries a bit more respect out of a nonfrench person. :P
You need to look at the specific roads for the gas octane. I've found people who've driven those exact roads, and there in nothing more than premium for about 200 miles... So I'll have 1/3 of a tank of premium, and then I'll have to put in 2/3 of regular on top of it... I'm trying to contact cobb to see what they say the best map is for that situation.

Thanks for the advice on the english/french. We're looking forward to it, and will be trying to brush up on our french for the next couple of months before we go. We'll also be bringing a few english/french dictionaries so help us out.

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Looks like an INSANE trip!
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Old 07-13-2007, 02:37 PM   #17
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OK, we just got back.
We had an awesome time, and LOVED Canada.
here's the full post trip writeup:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...1#post18706670
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Old 12-11-2007, 10:09 AM   #18
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Nice picture.I love snow and I will love to visit that place one day. Maybe this winter. I see that Canada has great places to visit.This summer I've tried one of those Sedona tours and I had a great time there. This winter I will certainly visit Canada.
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i am from newfoundland, my mother works in the tourist industry. anything you would like to know please let me know if there is anything you would like to know about going to NL!!!!! greatest place on earth!
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i am from newfoundland, my mother works in the tourist industry. anything you would like to know please let me know if there is anything you would like to know about going to NL!!!!! greatest place on earth!
I was in NL for the first time this last summer. Beautiful place. Fabulous roads. Great people.
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yeah its an amazing place, i am sure some of you hardcore drivers would love to do/watch the targa NL
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