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I heard rumours of some people riding hydro line right-of-ways. Also heard of some stuff north of Mt. Tremblant. I wonder if there are any other backcountry opportunities in the East, maybe in the Haliburton or Collingwood areas. Googling "backcountry Ontario" comes up with nothing but X-country skiing links.

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seriously though I'd agree with Derf. I was in the gaspesie this summer for a cycling tour. Couldn't help looking at the topography and wondering about snow and backcountry. Some pretty steep pavement for cycling in quite a few places.

I would think that backcountry opportunities abound in the Charlevoix region as well.

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seriously though I'd agree with Derf. I was in the gaspesie this summer for a cycling tour. Couldn't help looking at the topography and wondering about snow and backcountry. Some pretty steep pavement for cycling in quite a few places.

I would think that backcountry opportunities abound in the Charlevoix region as well.

I'll look into it but it might be easier for me to get to interior BC than Gaspe.

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I'll look into it but it might be easier for me to get to interior BC than Gaspe.

overnight drive from Toronto and we'd be there. what setup do you have Henry? I've got some ancient snowshoes but the other backcountry thread has me considering approach skis. have wondered about Ontario options myself.

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When I lived in New England we would sometimes head to Gaspe instead of the Presidentials in NH or Baxter State Park in Maine for backcountry adventures. Because it's a maritime environment, the Chic Chocs get pounded with snow despite their relatively low elevation. During the Pleistocene, the area was scoured by glaciers and like Mts. Washington and Katahdin, offers very steep glacially carved cirques for riding, ice climbing, and backcountry adventuring. The terrain is expansive, steep, and holds good snow well into the spring. Best time to hit it is in March/April, though you could likely get some outstanding powder earlier in the season. Because it's steep and snowy, avy gear is recommended.

We used to snowshoe into the Serpentine and winter camp near Mt Albert. There were also some very nice mountain cabins at the trailhead for Mt. Albert (equipped with power, and HOT water) that you could also rent for an economical price.

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Of all the backcountry I've done back east, Gaspesie stands out, rivalling some of the better known backcountry areas in New England--without the crowds.

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overnight drive from Toronto and we'd be there. what setup do you have Henry? I've got some ancient snowshoes but the other backcountry thread has me considering approach skis. have wondered about Ontario options myself.

Rob:

I'm there. I have new snowshoes but would consider the approach skiis too. If you're up for it, I wouldn't mind going early in the season. Late Jan/Feb get busy.

Henry

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