We'll be crossing into Ontario with our 40' MH towing a car about the middle of August. We plan to take SR 61 up thru Minn. to Thunder Bay. We'll eventually come out at Toronto. Then take 401 to Windsor as we head for Cleveland, OH. So should we take Hwy 11 and come in @ North Bay OR is Trans Can. 17 a better way to do it? We're in no hurry. My wife likes to do landscape/wildlife photography. What should we try to see, and where are some good RV parks (private or national parks)? We had plans to visit Ontario about 5 yrs. ago, but illness ended that journey. Thanks in advance. Jim
PS: When do the campgrounds generally close?
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I would travel to Niagara Falls from Toronto, spend some time, then cross over at Buffalo and work south on I 90 to Cleveland.
The 401 to Dertoit way would add a lot of miles??? and you would miss Niagara Falls.
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I agree Hwy 17 is more scenic then Hwy 11, although as Fizz said, Hwy 11 is quite the experience, I used to live up there, it's quite desolate with nothing but spruce trees and lakes, interesting, but I think you would enjoy Hwy 17 more.
Parks not to miss on Hwy 17 is Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park (PP) near Thunder Bay and Sleeping Giant PP. Pancake Bay PP near Sault St. Marie is also nice.
Rather than drive Hwy 69 to Hwy 400 to Toronto, why not go through Manitoulin Island, take the ferry over to Bruce Peninsula and then down along Lake Huron and stay at Pinery PP. Here is a link to the ferry: http://www.chicheemaun.com/chi/english/index.html
Follow Hwy 21 along Lake Huron, stop in Tobermory, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Sauble Beach and Grand Bend, cool beach towns you shouldn't miss. You're from the US, not much your going to see in Toronto except a big city like all other big cities... As said Hwy 400 through Toronto is very busy especially on weekends.
If you did go through Toronto, as mentioned, go down to Niagara Falls and cross there to Cleveland. Not much to see on Hwy 401 from Toronto to Windsor, except for highway and flat land...
Enjoy your trip, take your time, most parks don't close until the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend (Oct. 13th).
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