Official news and information site for the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians (IFMR) for the Rotary International Convention in Montreal, Canada, June 20-23, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

More Photos from Tour Riders

The photos shown earlier in this blog are merely a small sampling of the many, many photos taken by tour members during the trip.  However, since the ride ended other riders have begun uploading their photos to Picasa web albums and sharing them with the rest of the tour group.  Here are links to the Picasa web albums that have been forwarded thus far, for all to enjoy; and others will be added here as they are received.

    Bob Shriner     

          Bev Shriner          

     Ken & Jean Brandt

          Bob & Bev Johnson

    Wiecker Spelde   

          Aage & Ulla Krogh

    Paul Vandemeulebroecke

           Bill Smith         

    Terry & Norma Skoglund

         Ian & Sally Trigg

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Back to Montreal

  After taking the ferry from Digby, NS, to St John, NB, on Sunday morning, as expected the U.S. riders who were riding their own motorcycles headed for home rather than returning to Montreal.  I and all the riders on rental motorcycles continued onward up the scenic St John River valley as the temperature rose to near 90 F (near 30 C), stopping for lunch at a Mexican-style bar and grill in downtown Fredericton and then spending Sunday night in Woodstock, NB, where we were again treated with a luxurious catered dinner of baked salmon, prime rib, and roast chicken, with various potato and vegetable side dishes, plus desserts and fresh fruits.

  On Monday we continued northward along the river under overcast skies and occasional spritzes, stopping briefly to visit the world's longest covered bridge in the village of Hartland and for lunch in Grand Falls at the Hilltop Restaurant overlooking the falls and gorge.  That evening we were guests at the weekly meeting of the Riviere du Loup Rotary Club where we exchanged banners, learned about the community service and international service projects their club is involved in, and told them about the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians.

  Today we left Riviere du Loup early and rode in dense fog, tinged with smoke from the forest fires in northern Quebec, until we crossed the St Lawrence River at Quebec City and found sunnier skies and much warmer temperatures on the north side of the great river.  We stopped again at Donnacona for lunch then hurried on to the Montreal area to check in the rental bikes and complete our tour with a leisurely and luxurious 'farewell dinner' at the Imperia Hotel.

   What a glorious trip it has been . . . and what great new Rotary friendships we have developed with everyone who participated in the tour.

   Here is a photo taken at Hamel Honda of everyone who completed the tour on one of the rental motorcycles they provided.  The two gentlemen standing in the back row at left are one of the dealership owners and the sales/rental manager.  The dealership, like other groups we visited during the tour, have been eager to document their participation as part of their own history; and we have been glad to oblige.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Visiting Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg

  We visited Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg today.  Peggy's Cove is a scenic former fishing village said to be the most photographed site in Nova Scotia and perhaps all of Canada; and the weather was great for our visit.  Here are some great photos taken at Peggy's Cove by Paul Vandemeulebroecke that give some sense of its scenic beauty.

   From Peggy's Cove, we continued on to historic Lunenburg, once a thriving ship-building and fish processing center and now designated as a World Heritage Site, where we had lunch in the Old Fish Factory now converted into a waterfront restaurant and museum.  We also said goodbye to Nova Scotia riders Peter Clarke and Greg Trefry who had been with us since soon after our arrival in Nova Scotia.

   We continued on northward across the peninsula to tonight's stop, the Digby Pines Resort, near the Digby-St John ferry which we'll board tomorrow morning.  Upon arrival at the hotel I received an urgent message from Ken Brandt that Raymond Plue had hit a patch of gravel on a curve near Bridgewater and had gone off the road.  His bike was badly damaged but fortunately Raymond had only some 'road rash' and bruises.  Later I talked to Raymond by phone and he told me he was planning to return to Halifax and fly home since his motorcycle could not be repaired in time to finish the tour and ride back to Missouri.  Fortunately, his has been the only injury on the trip and there have been no mechanical problems with our motorcycles.

   Here is another of Paul's photos, this one taken at the Digby Pines Resort soon after our arrival.

Greetings & Update from Historic Halifax, Nova Scotia

   After a wonderful ride around Cape Breton Island on the Cabot Trail, we headed for Halifax yesterday, stopped for lunch and a tour of the Museum of Industry at Stellarton, and arrived here in Halifax late yesterday afternoon.  Except for some early morning mist on a couple of days and some scattered fog on parts of the last leg of the Cabot Trail, we've had great weather all along the way. Here's one of the many photos taken along the Cabot Trail, none of which fully captures its scenic beauty.
   Three riders from the Halifax Harbourside Rotary Club, led by Clarke Paynter, rode up to Stellarton to meet us at lunch and rode with us back to Halifax; and we have two riders from Wolfville who met us at Pictou and have ridden with us throughout our visit to Nova Scotia.  At Stellarton we were treated to a catered lunch and a visit to the Nova Scotia Museum of Industry, including a "photo op" arranged by the museum to help publicize the museum and our visit.  Here's one of the photos taken during the photo session.
   We're leaving Halifax this morning in bright sunshine, heading along the coast for Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg, and then across the peninsula to Digby; and the weather forecast for the next several days is 'more of the same'.  
   We're heading back north across New Brunswick and Quebec towards Montreal after today, with only three more nights on the road until we get back there on Tuesday.  
   Everything has gone well so far, except for the usual inevitable minor glitches all along the way.  Only about another 800 miles or so to go . . . .    
   Great trip, great fellowship!  
   Details later (after we get back).

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Having a Wonderful Time but can't keep up in the blog

   We have arrived at Prince Edward Island and are having a great time; but we've had several days with little or no internet access so it's been impossible to keep up with the blog.  I'll have to add more info to fill in the blanks when I have time AND internet access.  Meanwhile, here's a photo of the entire group taken just before we left the Hotel Normandie in Perce, QC.  Some of our European riders will be leaving the tour soon to return home so we wanted to make this photo before they leave.

    We've had mostly good weather; but the last 36 hours has been soggy and overcast from Gaspe, QC, onward to PEI.  However, it appears that the sky is beginning to clear and we hope for good weather for the next several days as we head for Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail tomorrow.  Tonight we are headed to the Lobster Supper at New Glasgow, together with a group of local Rotarians.
    We have had great fellowship 'meet and greet' opportunities with local Rotarians all along our way.  We had lunch yesterday with Rotarians in New Richmond, QC, then had breakfast this morning with Rotarians in Bathurst, NB; and tonight we had Lobster Supper with PEI Rotarians. Here's a photo of our Dutch and Belgian tour members enjoying the lobster supper.  It's been a great fellowship trip! 

     Check back in a couple of days and perhaps I'll have been able to fill in some of the 'back story' with more detail.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Days 2 & 3 -- From Quebec City to Parc Gaspecie

Our first stop after leaving Quebec City was at the Canyon de Ste Anne, a spectacular gorge and  water falls about 30 miles east of the city near the village of Ste Anne de Beaupre.

   From this point onward the road became increasingly mountainous and scenic.  We stopped briefly for lunch at La Malbaie and rode on to the historic village of Tadoussac, one of the earliest French settlements in North America, where we visited the historic Catholic chapel de Tadoussac, which dates from the early 1600s, then continued on to Forestville, where we spent the night.

   With such a large group (over 20 motorcycles), it can be difficult keeping everyone on course, especially when changing hiways.  At times the group could be spread out over more than a mile of highway.  Here's a photo taken near Baie St Paul, QC, when we stopped to make sure everyone was accounted for before turning off onto a secondary hiway for the ride thru the mountainous Les Eboulements region. 

   This morning we crossed the St Lawrence River on an hour-long ride aboard the catamaran ferry from Forestville to Rimouski, then followed the south shore of the river to Matane, where we had lunch.  By mid-afternoon we arrived at the spectacular Parc Gaspecie and checked in to the world famous Gite de Mont Albert, surrounded on all sides by high mountains and forests.  Later we enjoyed a luxurious four-course dinner in the hotel's 4-star dining room.  Here is a view of the mountains surrounding the hotel in the Parc Gaspecie.

 So far we've had great riding weather, occasionally under overcast skies, but without any rain.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tour Day 1 -- Great ride, great fellowship, and no rain!

  The weather forecast for today was for rain; but it proved to be merely cloudy and we made the first day's ride from Ste Eustache/Montreal to Quebec City safely and without getting rained on.  While the tour leader went to check on routes to exit from the city without getting trapped in rush hour and construction zones, most of the rest of the group gassed up their motorcycles and rode to the Old Town area to explore for a couple of hours.

  Here are some photos taken as the group loaded their motorcycles in the morning to begin their tour, as well as from a stop for a rest break along the route.

   In the evening the group attended a fellowship with Rotarians from the local Quebec club, who provided a bus to transport the group to and from the fete/dinner.  A group of visiting Rotarians from France also attended the event, which was held in nearby St Nicolas,where the club sponsors a special camp "Grand Village" for handicapped children and adults, which provides respite for parents and camping experience for the participants.  We had a great fellowship dinner, enjoyed a songfest around a campfire with the campers, and a fireworks display to celebrate St Jean Baptiste Day, the national holiday of Quebec. It was a great evening of international fellowship.

Above, campers enjoying a songfest with a folk singer.  Below, Quebec PDG Yves Fecteau welcomes IFMR-NA president Bob Shriner and the IFMR tour group to Camp "Grand Village" at the dinner.

VIPs, ordinary Rotarians and motorcycle riders all visited the IFMR booth

Past RI President Cliff Dochterman stopped by the IFMR booth on Wednesday morning for a brief visit during his House of Friendship tour on his 'motorcycle'.  He's shown here talking with Bill Luring, IFMR-NA member from Vermont, who was helping man the booth.

Below, a pair of Rotarians from Bangladesh stop to have their photo taken with Bob Shriner, as did hundreds of other Rotary visitors from all around the globe.

Above, DG Ron Marion, from Bob's home district 7610 in Virginia, tries to pose as a motorcyclist during his stop at the IFMR booth.

During the convention we met and talked with hundreds of Rotarians from all across the world, including many IFMR members from other parts of the world.  We also added 35 new IFMR-NA members who joined during the convention.  We were especially pleased to enroll a number of new members from Canadian provinces as well as from various parts of the US.

Wednesday was the final day of the convention and we closed the IFMR exhibit booth, as did all the other hundreds of groups who had exhibit booths in the House of Friendship.  Tomorrow we leave on our tour of Atlantic Canada!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Day Ride to Mont Tremblant

  On Monday we had wonderful weather and a great ride to scenic Mont Tremblant resort area about 90 miles northwest of Montreal. Bill Smith led several of us on a series of backroads thru the fields and forests of Quebec to the internationally-known ski area and summer resort. We had a great lunch in a sidewalk cafe, walked around the village, took a few photos, then rode on a different set of roads back to the Imperia Hotel, where we had another great dinner with the other IFMR members who had gone to the RI convention sessions while we were out.
   Here are a few photos from our day trip

Monday, June 21, 2010

IFMR booth attracts wide range of visitors

  Once the House of Friendship opened to a flood of visitors, the IFMR booth and its motorcycle display attracted much attention.  Many Rotarians who visited the booth said they had never known that a fellowship for motorcycle-riding Rotarians even existed and were interested to know about it.  Over 20 new members of the North American chapter of IFMR were signed up by Sunday evening.
   The motorcycle in the booth was also a magnet for visitors, many of whom wanted to be photographed on the motorcycle.  Here are several photos of visitors to the booth.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

IFMR booth at House of Friendship readied for visitors

    On Friday and Saturday, before the start of the Rotary International convention, Raymond Plue, Ken and Jean Brandt, and Bob Shriner set up the IFMR booth in the House of Friendship to welcome visitors to the convention.  The booth's displays includes a top-of-the-line Honda Gold Wing provided by Hamel Honda, the dealership that also is providing rental motorcycles for the IFMR "Atlantic Canada" tour after the convention.
     Here's a photo of the booth after it was completed but before visitors began to arrive.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Visit the IFMR booth #2227 in the House of Friendship during the Montreal convention

IFMR will be well-represented at the RI convention in Montreal . The IFMR booth will be located in the House of Friendship at booth #2227. Plan to stop by and visit. If you'd like to purchase additional IFMR patches, pins, or reflective decals, they will be available. There will also be a few IFMR Montreal 2010 souvenir polo shirts available, but supplies are limited.

*** IFMR 8" Embroidered Patches - C$8
*** IFMR Enameled Pins - C$5
*** IFMR Reflective decals - C$2
*** IFMR Membership (includes patch, pin, and decal) - C$15
*** IFMR Montreal 2010 Souvenir Polo Shirt - C$40

If you would like to help man the IFMR booth on Sunday or Monday, we could use your help both days. Your help in setting up the booth on Friday afternoon (June 18) and dismantling it at the end of the convention on Wednesday afternoon (June 23) would also be welcome.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Important Additional Information for IFMR Tour Riders

Greetings/Bonjour IFMR Tour Riders

We are now only a week away from the start of the trip to Montreal and less that two weeks from the start of our IFMR "Atlantic Canada" tour. All but a couple of minor details have been finalized and I'm ready to leave for Montreal this coming Thursday. I've just finished updating the Itinerary Summary and the Key Contacts List, which I am sending you in an email. Please print copies of both documents and this message and bring them with you, so that I won't have to carry copies with me on the motorcycle trip to Montreal..

There are a number of other things I want to tell you about now; and I'll be reminding you of them again during the tour.

We want to start every morning on time in order to complete the day's journey -- and especially lunch stops -- close to the scheduled times. Please be fueled and ready to depart at the time indicated. If your motorcycle needs to be refueled every 150-180 miles (245-290 km), plan to refuel at every lunch time.

Most Canadian highways have 100 km/hr speed limits, though major highways often have higher speed limits. Police are generally tolerant of 5-10 km/hr above the posted limit, except in towns and school zones. While on the highways the tour group will generally travel at about the same speed as other traffic. Riders who wish to travel faster or slower than the tour group, or want to make their own side-trip, are welcome to separate from the group, but they must tell the tour leader before doing so and they must plan to arrive at that evening's motel not more than 30 minutes after the group's scheduled arrival time.

In Quebec and some other parts of Canada, groups of motorcycles traveling together are required to ride in a 'staggered' (alternating left-right-left) pattern for safety and maintain a safe distance between motorcycles. However, when the group is riding in towns with traffic signals, members of the group should try to stay closely together to avoid getting separated by traffic signal changes and other vehicles.

Riders should remain alert to the location of the riders behind them, especially when the group turns at an intersection. Make sure the rider behind you sees you making the turn before you proceed. If necessary, wait until the rider behind you reaches the intersection and starts the turn. Otherwise, that rider and the riders behind may become lost.

Canada has lots of large animals -- especially deer and moose -- that may suddenly cross the road and can cause very bad accidents. Even smaller animals can be dangerous to motorcyclists. BE ALERT! Especially in wooded or mountainous areas.

Due to recent financial restrictions, Quebec Tourism recently stopped providing road maps free to tour groups. However, visitors centers will provide road maps free to individual visitors. Bill Smith advises that there is a Quebec Tourism visitors center near the Hotel Imperia, where tour members should be able to obtain road maps for their personal use during the tour. Arrangements have been made for road maps of the other provinces along the tour route to be provided to group members when the tour arrives there.

The Itinerary Summary and Contact List I've sent you provide useful information about each day's travel, lunch, dinner, and lodging; but circumstances may change and adjustments may be required as the tour proceeds; and there are many details not included in these summary documents. To make sure all riders have a clear picture of any changes and of other interesting details for the next day, the tour leader will have a short meeting of all riders every evening before dinner to review and discuss the next day's activities. Be sure to attend these meetings.

We have two major ferry rides -- the first crosses the St. Lawrence River on Day 3 and the second crosses the Bay of Fundy on Day 11. It is necessary to arrive at the ferry terminal an hour before departure to provide time for check-in and boarding of all vehicles and passengers. DO NOT BE LATE ARRIVING AT THE FERRY OR YOU WILL BE LEFT. Advance reservations for each rider and motorcycle have been made for our group; and credit cards can be used to pay for the ferry fare during check-in.

There is also one long toll bridge, nearly 10 miles long, between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island (PEI). No toll is collected when crossing to PEI; but a 'combined toll' for both trips is collected before vehicles are allowed to cross the bridge back to New Brunswick. Credit cards can be used to pay for the bridge toll at the toll booth.

If for any reason you decide to leave the tour at a different time or place than originally planned, be sure to notify the tour leader (and Vince Byrne) so that existing reservations can be cancelled. Otherwise, you will be billed by the hotel as a "No Show"; and some hotels require at least 48 hours advance notice to cancel without fee.

At various points during the tour we expect to be joined by local Rotarian motorcyclists who will ride with our group for a few hours or a few days. We welcome these Rotary fellowship opportunities, as well as the opportunities for our tour group to participate in several local Rotary fellowship events along the way. Please make our temporary tour members feel welcome.

I think this is going to be a Wonderful IFMR tour, and we all want to make it a SAFE one. Don't hesitate to ask me questions at any time. I look forward to seeing all of you VERY SOON.

:-) Bob Shriner
IFMR Tour Leader

Thursday, April 8, 2010

IFMR "Atlantic Canada" Tour Update


It's only a few short weeks until we start the IFMR "Atlantic Canada" tour in Montreal on June 24. The tour is fully booked, except for any IFMR members and other Rotary riders and friends who may join us for short periods along the tour route.

We also have important information about tour details to pass along to you, so please read and save this entire post and let us know if you have any questions.

Under rules recently implemented for border security, you may be asked to show this non-resident vehicle insurance card when you enter Canada and you may be denied entry if you do not have it. Check with your insurance agent before you leave home and make sure that your existing vehicle insurance policy will provide liability coverage in Canada and obtain the necessary Canadian non-resident vehicle insurance card from your agent. This can often been done immediately or within a few days. But if you fail to do it and do not have the card when you get to the border checkpoint, you could be turned away and denied entry. THAT WOULD BE BAD!

RENTAL BIKES CAN NOT BE RIDDEN ACROSS THE BORDER Due to insurance restrictions and border security rules now in force, it is no longer possible to rent a motorcycle in Canada and then ride it into the US, or rent a motorcycle in the US and ride it into Canada. Several IFMR riders discovered this unexpectedly in the 2008 IFMR "Great Lakes-Great Times" Tour, which was originally planned to cross back and forth over the US-Canada border several times, which was easily done in the past. However, the tour route had to be changed at the last minute to limit travel to the US side of the border.

FERRY CROSSINGS REQUIRE INDIVIDUAL ADVANCE BOOKING SEVERAL WEEKS IN ADVANCE WITH INDIVIDUAL CREDIT CARDS. We will make two major ferry transits during the tour -- one across the St Lawrence River in Quebec and the second across the Bay of Fundy from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick. The ferry companies have indicated that they do not accept 'group' reservations and that separate reservations must be made in advance for each vehicle and its passengers, requiring passenger names, credit card information, and vehicle type and license tag number. Credit cards will be billed at the time the reservation is made; but reservations can be cancelled prior to departure and a refund will be issued without charge. "No shows" will be charged C$25. We have all the information needed in order to make the reservations for group members, except for the license tag numbers of riders on their own motorcycles, which we will need you to send Vince Byrne ( as soon as possible so we can make ferry reservations.

IFMR-MONTREAL TOUR POLO SHIRTS WILL BE DELIVERED TO YOU IN MONTREAL (OR WHEN YOU JOIN THE GROUP AFTER MONTREAL) AND MUST BE PAID FOR IN CASH (C$40 or US$36). I regret this minor inconvenience for collecting payment for the polo shirts you have ordered; but IFMR-NA does not currently have a way to collect this via credit card billing.

CHARGES (ABOUT C$25) FOR EVENING TRAVEL BY BUS TO/FROM THE "LOBSTER SUPPER" ON PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND WILL BE PAID BY THE QUALITY INN AND INCLUDED ON YOUR ROOM CHARGES WHEN YOU CHECK OUT. Individual charges for the "Lobster Supper" itself will be paid at the Lobster Supper site, either by cash or credit card.

BEGINNING THE NIGHT BEFORE THE TOUR DEPARTS FROM MONTREAL THERE WILL BE A BRIEF RIDERS' MEETING TO DISCUSS THE PLANS FOR THE FOLLOWING DAY'S ROUTE AND ANY OTHER ITEMS FOR THE SAFETY AND COMMON GOOD OF THE GROUP. All tour riders are expected to attend every Riders Meeting, whose location and time will be announced by the tour leader. If you have questions at any time, don't hesitate to ask tour guides Bob Shriner, Vince Byrne, or Bill Smith, now via email or in person during the tour. We want this to be a safe, enjoyable, and EXTRA-ORDINARY trip for the entire group.

BILL SMITH WILL LEAD A DAY-RIDE TO THE FAMOUS MONT TREMBLATT SCENIC AREA NORTHWEST OF MONTREAL ON MONDAY, JUNE 21. Riders wishing to make that ride should be at the Imperia Hotel parking lot, gassed up and ready to go at 9 AM. The ride should be back to the Hotel Imperia by late afternoon.

THERE WILL BE A GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND FELLOWSHIP DINNER IN THE IMPERIA HOTEL ON SUNDAY, JUNE 20, AT 6 PM. The meeting/dinner, which will follow the opening ceremony of the RI Convention, will be held in a reserved section of the Imperia Hotel Bistro and will also include the inauguration of the next president of IFMR-NA. Individual dinner orders will be selected from the menu and individually billed. All IFMR members and guests are invited to attend.

The remaining time between now and Montreal will fly by quickly. We are in the final stages of making reservations and planning stops along the route. Everyone I've talked with or exchanged emails with is as excited about the tour as Bill, Vince, and Bob are. And we looking forward to seeing all of you in Montreal, or when you join the group after we leave Montreal. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact tour guides Bob Shriner, Vince Byrne, or Bill Smith.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Don't Head for Montreal Without Advance Room Reservations

Montreal Tourism Center Reports Most Area Hotels Are Already Full for RI Convention

Make sure you have room reservations before heading to Montreal for the RI Convention. A couple of rooms are still available for IFMR members at the Imperia Hotel, our convention headquarters in suburban Ste-Eustache; but almost everything else in the Montreal area is already filled up. See the side-bar at right for contact information for the Imperia Hotel.

Canadian Motor Vehicle Insurance Required for Entry


With various recent changes in border security, Canadian border security agents may ask you to show that you have a Canadian NON-RESIDENT inter-province motor vehicle liability insurance card. If you do not have this card, border security may refuse you entry to Canada no matter what U.S. insurance you have. This applies to both cars and motorcycles.

Most U.S. insurance companies will provide a card indicating Canadian coverage upon request at no cost for the days you are in Canada. It usually takes a few weeks to get the card, but sometimes it can be obtained more quickly. Talk to your agent. S/he may be able to issue a card on the spot.

Also confirm that your U.S. insurance will actually cover you in Canada. Not all do. If yours does not, you can Google several web sites that allow you to purchase coverage just for the days you are in the country.

What about rented vehicles?
If you're flying to Montreal and renting a vehicle (car or motorcycle) in Canada, the rental agreement will generally include Canadian vehicle insurance. However, be aware that it is not possible to cross the U.S.-Canada border in either direction with a rental bike -- a restriction that some IFMR riders have sadly discovered by experience.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Motorcycle Rental in Canada


   Canadian IFMR Ride Guide Bill Smith has arranged for discount motorcycle rentals with Hamel Honda Centre, located near IFMR convention headquarters, the Imperia Hotel.  IFMR members will receive a 15 percent discount from the dealerships published price, and includes saddle bags, helmet, insurance, and 500 km (~ 310 miles) per day, more than enough for the IFMR "Atlantic Canada" tour.  Click here to see the dealership's listing of  motorcycles available for rental and their published prices.  Additional Honda models may also be available by special request.
   Riders participating in the "Atlantic Canada" tour should make their reservation for two weeks of rental.  Bikes should be picked up on the afternoon of June 23  in order to be ready for tour departure from the Imperia Hotel at 9 AM on June 24.  
   Riders wishing to participate in the scenic day-ride on Monday, June 21, need to make a separate one-day contract for that.

   To reserve your rental motorcycle for the tour and/or the Monday day-ride, contact Hamel Honda's motorcycle rental manager Jean-Francois Jacob at 1-450-491-0440, ext. 7501 or  Jean-Francois is fluent in both French and English, so feel free to contact him in French or English.

   An international drivers license is not required for brief visits in Canada such as this tour; but it may be useful for identification if you have one, especially if your country's drivers license is not in English or French. 
    If you have additional questions regarding bike rental or Canadian motorcycling rules, contact Bill Smith at 1-518-744-5304 or

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Photos from the September 2009 Pre-Run
of the IFMR "Atlantic Canada" Tour

In mid-September I spent two weeks reconnoitering the route for the IFMR "Atlantic Canada" tour of Quebec and the Maritime Provinces. Here's a sampling of sights along the tour route. ENJOY!!! And come join us next June for the tour.
       -- Bob Shriner