Exploring the North

February 27 2012

Determined to prove that the roads within the northern reaches of Canada’s most populated province are on par with those of any other province, the good people at Ontario Tourism have launched an online motorcycle trip planner.

The interactive trip planner was developed with the help of FedNor (Government of Canada’s regional development organization for Northern Ontario) and the City of Thunder Bay. Designed to make it easy for motorcyclists to tour Northern Ontario and convince them the area is a top-ranked motorcycle destination in North America, the slick trip planner allows riders to choose from a list of routes, and then customize it by adding recommended food stops, accommodation locations and attractions. Once you’ve planned your route, you can even download it to your GPS.

The trip planner is currently populated with only three routes; however, there are a dozen more being developed and Ontario Tourism also claim that there are plans to expand the listings to include off-road trails as well.

The routes were created based on motorcycle-specific criteria such as the quality of the roads and their entertainment value. Each route is therefore claimed to offer an exceptional variety of turns and elevation changes along with spectacular scenery. Other cool features of the planner is that it’s updated with real-time construction data from the Ministry of Transportation and provides an overlay for cell phone coverage along the selected route.

Tourism Ontario adds that the region has embraced a new policy toward touring motorcyclists. An increasing number of local businesses are beginning to offer motorcycle-friendly amenities such as lockable storage areas, wash stations and motorcycle specific parking.

To plan a trip to Northern Ontario, take a look at gotourontario.ca. Smartphone users can also access a version of the planner that has been tailored for mobile browsers by entering m.gotourontario.ca.






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