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Canada Driving

Swindon
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Canada Driving

We are driving from Toronto to Bracebridge then onto Pembroke, are the roads well sign posted, or would it be a good idea to hire a Sat Nav.?

Having not driven in Canada before any suggestions would really be appreciated.

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Here the Motorways are numbered in the 400 series. So instead of M1 M2 etc, we have 400, 401, 402 etc. They are set up exactly the same way, except the exits and entrances are flyovers, with no roundabouts. In many cases they are controlled in the busier places with traffic lights. The 401 around Toronto resembles the M25 as being as busy and as 'stop and go' . However the 401 is actually two motorways in one with the centre being the express highway and the outside being the collector lanes. My advice would be to any stranger driving here, to always stay in the collector lanes. The 400 heads north towards Bracebridge. It is like the M40, quite busy close to Toronto and thins out the further you go (except weekends when all the Torontonians head out 'to the lake'. for the weekend and is busy the entire length). At Barrie, you will switch to number 11, which is a sort of dual carriageway with entrances and exits to the side, but no way to cross over to the other side. Everything is well marked. However. you need to push out the boat for a decent road map of Ontario. Probably cost the equivalent of 10 quid. Mark your journey as you go, and you will have a wonderful souvenir of the holiday to look back at.

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Highway 400 is a controlled access highway, like a UK Motorway

Parts of highway 11 are what is called a RIRO expressway (RIRO stands for Right-In Right-Out) It is like a motorway, but secondary roads intersect at grade and there are homes and businesses directly on it. It is still divided, and one may not cross the median.

However, the Bracebridge-Pembroke drive is 4 hours on rather isolated two lane roads. Keep in mind, there may be sections were petrol stations will be very far apart, so make sure that your tank is full when you leave Bracebridge

For directions, go to maps.google.ca

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I am still not sure why you are going to Pembroke unless there is something there that you particularly want to see. From Hunstville to Ottawa is a well maintained provincial highway with towns and services. To divert off to Pembroke will take you down a quite narrow very sparsely populated county road through less than inspiring scenery. This is analagous to going London to Bristol, but for some reason you divert via Cheltenham. An RIRO (or in the UK LILO) is what they call a dual carriage way with an uncrossable centre verge.

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