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Riding the “Other Vermont”: Quebec by Motorcycle

The rolling hills near Bedford support numerous wineries.

The popularity of Vermont as a motorcycle touring destination is well deserved: it offers great roads, world-class food and interesting things to see. Yet one can expand this adventure a step further by experiencing the joie de vivre found in the “other” Vermont. Heading north from Burlington, Vermont, it’s a gentle cruise through the bucolic Lake Champlain Islands on U.S. ...

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Riding The Shuswap Area of British Columbia, Canada

Group shot with Brian, Merridy, Nadine and Ben at the Salmon Arm Wharf, downtown Salmon Arm.

I am waiting at the border between the U.S. and Canada, mentally patting myself on the back. For one thing, despite the fact that I am in the Pacific Northwest, it is warm, the sky is blue and there is no rain in the forecast. For another, there is only one car between Customs and me. Most people crossover at ...

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The Best of the Canadian Rockies on the Icefields Parkway

One can easily see why this is named the Valley of Ten Peaks; of course you need a clear day to find all of them.

You’ve heard of the legendary pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Well, the Icefields Parkway, aka Highway 93 north in Alberta, Canada, is it. The scenery is so awesome between Lake Louise and Jasper you will do a double take at every turn. Riding my Moto Guzzi Breva with my friend, Andy, on his Yamaha Super Ténéré, ...

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Québec Adventure: Striking Gold in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

The T.E. Draper operated from 1929-1979 and is the last surviving boat used for log drives.

Unpainted asphalt with the texture of a Parmesan cheese grater twists and undulates through the mist-shrouded spruce forest. This is prime moose country, and we’d seen only one sign of human habitation since turning off the Trans-Canada Highway in Mattawa, Ontario, Canada onto Route 533. Our destination is the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Québec, a vast territory owned by the Hudson ...

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Riding Zero Avenue in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland

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I was riding my Kawasaki KLR650 on a cool, sunny March day. Mount Baker, in northern Washington State, was continuing to be elusive. The inactive volcano in all its snowcapped glory presented a great photo opportunity, but just when I cleared another high ridge, the tree line would appear on the right, blocking my view. I kept the faith, knowing ...

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Touring Southern British Columbia on a Honda CBR1100XX

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The airport security agent lingered on my helmet bag. “I’m just trying to decide whether to hassle you,” she said without smiling. “You rode here on a motorcycle?” “No, ma’am, but I’ll need gear at my destination.” “You’re flying somewhere to ride a motorcycle? Where?” “British Columbia.” “Right. Please remove all objects from your pockets….” My helmet and I passed ...

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The Kingdom of Saguenay

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It was the French El Dorado. Iroquois legend spoke of blond men rich with gold and furs who lived north of the Saint Lawrence River. Whether it was based on early Norse settlers who arrived in Newfoundland centuries before, or a fabrication created to appease early French explorers is unknown, but in 1535 Jacques Cartier discovered the entrance to a ...

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Border Run: Montorcycle Travel in Washington and Canada

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(The article Border Run was printed in the August 2012 issue of Rider.) Story and photos by Ben Getz Good things come in threes, they say…or is that disasters? Well, maybe it’s not that important, since both descriptions have been applied to my friends and me. One hot August weekend my disparate friends Chuck and Tim and I decided to ...

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Great Motorcycle Riding and Camaraderie in Québec, Canada

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(This article was published in the June 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) Story and photos by Scott A. Williams Heading north from the U.S. into the Canadian province of Québec requires crossing an international border. It also involves crossing a cultural border. Experiencing some of that culture firsthand can enhance a tour on two wheels. An inescapable element of Québec’s ...

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