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Canadian Buggy Spots

Mr.TMacD - 8-8-2017 at 08:21 AM

Hello all!
I was looking to go to The Magdalen Islands, Que for sweet buggy sessions this summer, but the ferry is all booked up.

I'm wondering if there is any good dry lake beds, salt flats, huge beaches, etc east of Ontario to get a few good days of bugging in? Kinda wanna rent a cottage, stay for a few days/week.

Hopefully there are some fellow Canadians out there that could point me in the right direction. Thanks in advance.

Mr.TMacD - 8-8-2017 at 03:24 PM

Any Canadian buggeys on the East Coast at all?

indigo_wolf - 8-8-2017 at 05:57 PM

These may be of help:

  1. Clickable link ---> Ride the wind with a kite buggy in Quebec
  2. Kitebuggying at Conrad Beach


Bladerunner - 8-8-2017 at 06:09 PM

Try and Contact Markite for Ontario.

Shehatesmyhobbies may be able to hook you up with the Quebec crew.

If I am correct buggy is a shoulder season sport out East? Water in summer and snow in the winter.

eastern Can. buggy locations

markite - 8-9-2017 at 10:22 AM

it's sad that our beaches are disappearing with higher water levels in the great lakes and the new policy of letting beaches return to nature so grass and trees creeping in more every year. Heading Eastward we don't have dry lakes or salt flats - a lot of trees and rocks and scattered lakes of various sizes. Isle de la Madeleine is one of the finest places to buggy for sure. The gang in Montreal buggy at the Community park along the waterfront of Varennes (across the St Lawrence) - but this is grass fields an a park so a good sized for a park but not the km of beach you are looking for. Quite a distance further NE along the north shore of the St Lawrence (just north of where the Saguenay river meets the St Lawrence) is Longue-Rive where the buggies north of Quebec City ride on the sand beach.
I have friends that live on PEI and buggy as well as New Brunswick, I'll see if I can get exact locations. Looking at google there are quite a few beaches and bays in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and north PEI but many that have boardwalk access will have info about no bikes allowed on the boardwalk access and the grass and dunes are protected eco for birds so chances are they wouldn't allow kite buggying at some locations.
I'll see if I can get any more specifics for you but bottom line is no dry lakes or salt flats like the ones you would find in the US.

Mr.TMacD - 8-10-2017 at 07:15 AM

Hey there...thanks for the replies...

indigo_wolf - I have checked out almost every place in Nova Scotia. We were kinda looking for a vacation buggy spot type thing. Right now...we have 4-5 beaches we go to on low tide only, and pick the right beach for the wind direction of the day. I live in a small province, (also peninsula) so i can hit 3-4 different shores in a matter of 2-5 hrs.

markite - I agree, beaches are slowly withering away. In the Atlantic provinces, there are a lot of bird/nest concerns which lead to partial if not full beach closures. I live near the Bay of Fundy, lots of sand...just not the right kind. Little muddy with the massive tides going in and out. Haha, I didn't think we had dry lake beds and salt flats...but I wanted to ask just in case....where is the desert when we need one eh? I was at Isle de la Madeleine maybe 6 years ago. I didn't buggy back then...too bad eh. But i want to go back for a buggy vacation! Always windy over there...will never disappoint. With the island being 85% sand...best place in Canada i think. Ferry is booked up like crazy! The sand beach on the North shore your talking about...very large eh? Only good on low tide or both? Ive been looking at beaches in NB/PEI...i think it might be along the same idea as we do here....look at wind direction, pick appropriate facing beach. Renting a cottage for the week, may or may not lead to sweet buggy sessions, depending on the wind. That is why Isle de la Madeleine is such a sweeeet spot. The guarantee of wind :)

Any new spots are very much appreciated. Nothing like highway sand :)