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Jul 16th, 2011, 07:04 AM
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Niagara Falls to Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

In late September we are driving between Niagara Falls and Sault Ste Marie, Ontario Canada. Do you have any suggestions for places to see along the drive?

One route suggests driving through the Ontario Peninsula on Highway 6 to Tobermory (5 hour drive), staying in Toberermory in the evening, and taking the 8:50 AM ferry the second morning, arriving South Baymouth 10:50 AM and then Highway 6 across Manitoulin Island to Espanola and then highway 17 to Sault Ste Marie a 4 3/4 hour drive.

Another option is driving from Niagara Falls to Parry Sound, Ontario (6 hours), stay in Parry sound in the evening, and then driving Parry Sound the next morning to Sault Ste Marie (6 hours).

We could extend the driving time to 3 days if there was more to see along the way. Any suggestions.

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Jul 16th, 2011, 03:09 PM
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Considering the price of gasoline vs. the ferry fare I would consider driving through Sarnia/Port Huron Michigan, to Flint MI.
Take I-75 all the way to the Soo. Gasoline is some cheaper in the US than Canada. I like most of Canada but not Sudbury.
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Jul 17th, 2011, 02:39 PM
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Assuming you're driving for pleasure, I'd suggest the routing by way of Tobermory for two reasons.

a) It's a beautiful drive in and of itself

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b) It breaks up the drive into manageable portions and you aren't ODing on forest.

I've done the Toronto-Sudbury-SSM route many a time (not recently admittedly) and while nice, can get a bit repetitive. Also, getting out of Toronto along the 400 is not for the faint-of-heart depending on the time of day you're driving it.

Whichever Canadian route you go, mind your speed limit on St. Joseph's Island. The OPP tend to hang out there and hand out a lot of speeding tickets to the unwary.
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Jul 19th, 2011, 11:00 AM
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If you like scenery and nature, Tobermory area at the top of the Bruce Peninsula would appeal to you. The highway drive up there is not in itself all that scenic so in order to appreciate the uniqueness of the area, you might want to plan at least an extra night and visit either one or both of Bruce and Fathom Five National Parks. These protect a scenic and mostly pristine section of the Niagara Escarpment: forested limestone cliffs overlooking the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay and islands with spectacular rock formations. There are hikes and short walks, boat tours - some glass bottomed (many ship wrecks), the town is cute with a few shops and restaurants.

If going via the Parry Sound route, I would consider either staying at one of the big Muskoka Lake Resorts on route for some R&R in a scenic setting, or diverting to beautiful Killarney Provincial Park (the latter offers lovely short hikes and boat tour possibilities).
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