This would be a great idea! You can count me in. In terms of an itinerary, it all depends on the how many days this event would be planned for. Them itinerary shown on Robert's map is for the most part comprised of 4 lane highways. It is certainly the most direct route and the quickest way to do it. Quebec City is right in the middle, and from Dearborn, I know from past experience that it can be done in a day of non-stop driving without problem.
Having said that, this isn't necessarily the most scenic road. For instance, if we wish to have a good look at the St-Lawrence River, it is better to take Route 138, North of the St-Lawrence River, from Montreal to Quebec City, and then either continue on that Route in the Charlevoix region and take the ferry accorss the St-Lawrence River, or cross the bridge at Quebec City and use Route 132, South of the St-Lawrence River and from there go to New-Brunswick. I would also tend not to do a straight line from Toronto to Montreal and add a stop in Ottawa (maybe some track time at nearby Calabogie). I'm sure members from Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia can chime in and suggest other scenic roads and interesting stops. For instance, the Cabot trail is a great scenic road in Nova Scotia, but it's North of Halifax, on the Cape Breton Island, and would add some mileage to the trip. Mike's idea of a stop in Niagara is also a good suggestion.
It all depends on how many days this would be planned for, and whether the emphasis is put on driving lots of miles every day, or doing shorter distances and enjoying the scenery. Once this has been decided, it will be easier to determine the itinerary and the stops and make more precise suggestions. I would certainly be willing to contribute some ideas and help planning the Quebec portion of this event.
We tossed around a few ideas and I like the scenic route as well, the theme of the event is a cruise and seeing the nicest cities and sights is what the plan is
I like Niagara falls as a lay over (close to Ford Oakville and Casino) or a starting point depending on where everyone wants to meet with a meet and greet
Montreal is around a 6 hour drive from Niagara and a scenic drive up from the 1000 islands would be great with lunch around Gananoque and stay in Montreal
Quebec city is another 3 hour drive so and very scenic, I am sure we will be able to stage a few photo shoots along the way and this leaves us time to explore Quebec city a little
Fredricton the next day is another 6.5 hour drive with a lunch break in between and 5 hours on to Halifax the next day
Peggy's cove lighthouse, Pier 51 are all nice to see and set up shots
I had a thought about a true street challenge when we get there, a 1/4 mile drag race on the tires that you drove to Halifax on with an award to the fastest 3 (or something like that)
for those travelling back I was thinking driving to Boston and then back to the starting point (9 hrs per day)
Love to hear about some other ideas along the way, stop overs, scenic photo ideas etc
Since 2008, Team Shelby had planned to do a drive across Canada, at least the eastern part. . .it just never happened.
To make this a success, I think it's going to depend on members who live in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to help plan and execute this to make it a reality.
We need to keep in mind though that people can start at different points and join the drive from different points. Although this will not be a timed event, we should produce route cards and some type of souvenir for those who complete each stop though - like Terlingua.
Edited by robertlane, 24 June 2012 - 01:57 PM.