Distance: 555-613 km, 344-380 miles

Connecting the Lake Superior Circle Tour to the rest of western Canada is the role of the Nor'Wester. It features a loop so you don't have to double back if coming from the west. (Northern Route 555 km, 344 miles & Southern Route 613 km, 380 miles)

If you are traveling to or from Thunder Bay from Western Canada there are two different routes you can take. The Northern Route takes riders to or from the head of Lake Superior in Thunder Bay Ontario in the most efficient way possible along Highway 17. From here, you can begin the epic Lake Superior Circle Tour or enjoy some of the scenic rides that are offered in the local area.

The Southern route takes riders south on Highway 71 towards Fort Frances and then heads east along Highway 11. The ride may take a little longer to Thunder Bay with this route, but it is worth it for the more scenic views along the way including many lakes and pure Canadian shield landscapes.

Stay, Eat, See on Nor'Wester

From secure indoor parking, cleaning supplies, places to hang gear, these places allow you to rest your chaps and welcome bikers.


Your bike needs fuel and so do you. From the biggest burgers, biggest donuts or the biggest breakfast, the size of Lake Superior isn't the only thing that's huge.


The routes offer many incredible natural and man-made attractions. We’ve selected only the best ones for riders. Be sure to have lots of memory in your camera.


Bike shops aren't just for repairs; they're the source of knowledge about the local riding scene. Get the skinny on the best roads, fix a flat, or score some new riding gear.

Fuel Notes

There are several gas stations off the Highway in Kenora, head into town and check out this cool lakeside town.

Navigational Notes

From the North Highway 17 all the way.

From the South Highway 71 to Highway 11 East to Thunder Bay.