Thank you everyone for the information! We are nervous about this trip but are excited as well. I will find my paperwork and let you know where we made our camp reserv. in the Toronto area... We just needed to be close to where we are dropping off our son for school in the fall. I will most surely have more questions this week...
My wife and I are staying at Indian Line Campground which is on Finch near Steeles right in the SE corner of Brampton, where Brampton meet Mississisauga and Toronto.
Not what you would call scenic, but has everything you need for a short stay including convenient bus and train connections, shopping, twin train tracks 500 feet away, salt water swimming pool and clean restrooms and shower house. Sewer connections and water and both 50 amp and 30 amp hookups are available. We've been here a month or so and are surviving. Leaving on the 18th of Sept to do the reverse of what you are doing en route to Chilliwack via Regina, Calgary.
Did I mention it has pretty high prices too? But about the going price in GTA. It is part of the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority and can be googled.
Watch everything in the GTA for low hanging branches. We checked out several places and could not get in them for low hanging branches and are pulling a 41 foot 5th wheel. This definitely is not "Give me 40 acres and I can turn this rig around" country.
If you are trying to do a speedy trip, I think the shortest and fasted roads are actually south through Chicago and over to Detroit and up the 401. Yo might try googling it and/or map questing it. The problem is Chicago. That is nasty and they have a bunch of toll roads but they are not a bad price. You can fill up with the cheapest fuel in the country at the Ambassador Bridge on the Detroit end of the Bridge.
We are at Indian Line also until Aug 26th. Managed to get a site overlooking the water. I agree on the southern route but don't wait too long to transfer over otherwise you can find no savings in time and distance.
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If you get to Chicago be aware they increased tolls considerably ths year. If you don't have an I-Pass you will pay the posted tolls and have to wait in long lines. The I-Pass give reduced tolls and you go through at 70mph. We were at Milton Heights last week for a couple of days and it is close to Toronto. The price of fuel alone will make it a lot lower cost to go through Michigan from Sault Ste. Marie to Port Huron-Sarnia crossing.
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We are at Indian Head Sask. right now (9th) and heading for Killarney Man. tomorrow, eventaul destination - Tor. - Leaving Killarney on Sun. or Mon.
I had planned the following - Killarney to Kenora, Kenora to Thn. Bay,
TB. To Wawa, Wawa to, say Spragge and then Spragge to Tor.
We only drive 6 hrs, or so (MAYBE 7) - get about 400 klicks out of a diesel tank, so make that pretty much a days driving for us.
EDIT - may push on past Spragge to Sudbury.
Any views or suggestions on this?
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I've done the trip from north of Toronto to the Winnipeg area number of times, both solo and hauling the RV.
Using the Canadian route and hwy 17 along Lake Superior the times are about 7-8 hours Toronto to SS Marie, SS Marie to Thunder Bay about 8 hr. I haven't done TB to Winnipeg in one shot but I think it would be about 8 hr.
Suggested stops would be Traveler's RV resort in east Winnipeg, KOA just east of Thunder Bay, a stop in Lake Superior provincial Park north of the Sault (haven't found any good stops in the Sault). In a pinch you may be able to park with the trucks overnight at the Husky truck stop on the east side of SS Marie. The KOA campground around the Barrie area could be your final stop where you can make it your base for traveling into Toronto solo.
In terms of fuel, Dryden Ontario has some of the lowest fuel prices in northern Ontario, there is a Husky truck stop there that has good in and out access.
For fuel, we generally fuel up in Winnipeg, Dryden, Thunder Bay, Marathon, SS Marie and near Espanola. We get around 500 km. on a tankful of diesel with some reserve.