Video: Micayla Gatto & Steffi Marth's Atlantic Canada Roadtrip

Nov 27, 2022 at 2:36
by Steffi Marth  


MTB Atlantic Roadtrip. Photo by Dose Media Tim Foster


THE STORY

For us, Europeans travelling to Canada for Mountain Biking typically means British Columbia destinations exclusively. My only exception so far was the World Cups and World Champs in Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec. I was surprised that it´s actually similar for my dearest Canadian friend Micayla whose life goal (one of many ;-)) was to drive across Canada. With almost 10 million square meters, Canada is almost as big as all of Europe combined. Micayla lives at the very edge of the West Coast of Vancouver Island near the surf town of Tofino, almost 5,000 kilometres from where our journey would begin. A pretty badass drive if you ask me, but she was willing to tackle it in her big red Bronco and started this trip a week earlier than I did. Flying from Germany, she picked me up at the Quebec City Airport to depart on our adventure across Atlantic Canada.

We visited the four Atlantic provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and finished in New Brunswick. We travelled by ferry and drove thousands of miles between trail networks and even caught a few hidden gems along the way. From getting caught in a hurricane while visiting Prince Edward Island to enjoying an epic sunset in the mountains of the West Coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, to crashing in a tiny home with a private trail in Nova Scotia to riding a Whistler Bike Park-like Jump Trail in New Brunswick are just a sample of unforgettable memories from this trip.

Join us on our road trip through Atlantic Canada in our short documentary produced by Dose Media Inc., filmed and edited by Tim Foster with the help of Dru Kennedy.



A big thanks to Mountain Bike Atlantic and Sam Bosence for hosting us on this epic adventure together!





MTB Atlantic Roadtrip. Photo by Dose Media Tim Foster

MTB Atlantic Roadtrip. Photo by Dose Media Tim Foster

MTB Atlantic Roadtrip. Photo by Dose Media Tim Foster

MTB Atlantic Roadtrip. Photo by Dose Media Tim Foster

MTB Atlantic Roadtrip. Photo by Dose Media Tim Foster

MTB Atlantic Roadtrip. Photo by Dose Media Tim Foster



49 Comments

  • 18 2
 For sale used 2022 Bronco, 400,000km. And Micayla drove from the tip of the West coast to Ontario before even starting the epic East coast driving. Rad video, nicely done all.
  • 10 0
 10 million square meters??? My country must have shrunk overnight! that's a plot of land 1 km wide by 10 km long last time I checked. I bet that it should be 10 million square km. Someone should check I guess.
  • 1 0
 @uponcripplecreek: I had the same reaction.... square meters, wtf!?! Haha
  • 3 0
 I get the joke but for real, a lot of french canadians drive to BC (from Quebec) which is like 4-5000 km. You do that once or from time to time but not 8 times/year. Not that bad. Razz We often go to visit the Gaspesie area (north east of Quebec, near New-Brunswick) and it's a 9 to 12 hours and we are still in the same province so 65 hours (google told me that) is not that much to go to Vancouver, on the other way of the country.
  • 9 0
 @uponcripplecreek: Small mistake, sorry. Of course it´s square kilometers :-)
  • 9 0
 i love this vid, proper east coast gnar, and women killing it on some wicked terrain!
  • 7 0
 The east has legit riding! I moved to New Brunswick from Ontario and have zero complaints about the trails. Poley Mountain in NB is going to become a east cost destination. They just need to get a better lift set up
  • 4 0
 Ontario's rough because the only places that have really good terrain are either 1. owned by unbelievably rich people who don't give a fuck about bikes, or 2. north.
  • 8 3
 @j-t-g: "owned by unbelievably rich people who don't give a f*ck about bikes" - you mean like Alterra (owners of Blue Mountain). Also don't forget 3. communist conservation authorities and the Bruce Trail society that control thousands of acres of land and won't permit bikes because they are "destructive to trails" but then build the worst, least sustainable trails for hikers I've ever seen.

Awesome video. Looks like they're doing great things on the East coast. Mix in the super friendly people and excellent food and you have a winner.
  • 6 0
 Same here. Moved from Collingwood area back to my hometown in Bathurst. I moved to the Blue Mountains because of the bike park. Once it closed I moved my family back east. We have decent trails in town. Sugarloaf Bike Park is an hour away. Have a jump trail in my yard now and some xc trails as well
  • 4 0
 I was at the Toronto bike show some time around 2001 and there was a seminar called "Legal riding hotspots in Ontario". Being from BC I nearly collapsed from catatonic ennui. So yes, it's not surprising that Atlantic Canada is much better, but what a lovely video these guys made.
  • 2 0
 @h82crash: .... and a main funder/controller of the bruce trail society is absolutely rich as f*ck and does not care about bikes. Lol.
  • 9 0
 That looked like a lot of fun!
  • 8 1
 those ladies sure know how to have epic journeys.... love the roof top accommodations as well as the riding styles.
  • 7 0
 I love watching videos like this. Epic trips and telling the story. Hats off to you for an awesome video.
  • 2 0
 Could be wrong but surprised they didn’t hit sugarloaf bike park. I’ve heard good things about it
  • 2 0
 @Theplumber2459: you're not wrong, it's an awesome spot! Just couldn't squeeze it into this trip
  • 2 0
 @Theplumber2459: We actually stopped there and had an awesome overnight in one of these epic little huts. We would have loved to ride there but the schedule was pretty tight with making it to New Foundland in time which was the start of the trip. Next time Sugarloaf Bikepark is on the list for sure!!! Thanks for your reminder!
  • 6 0
 Awesome. We'll have to get out there some day and profile Atlantic Canada riding too
  • 3 0
 Awesome to see the Atlantic Canada stoke! It's a bit of a shame that you guys never made it out to St. John's but it's definitely a big time commitment to drive even from Corner Brook. That said, I'm really happy to see the Corner Brook area get some attention! I ride in St. John's and Corner Brook all the time but have never managed to get to NS,NB or PEI. Think I will have to do a road trip next summer.
  • 4 0
 Had a buddy did a very similar trip after high school, still talks about how rad the experience was. So cool to see some of what it's like out there. Bucket list.
  • 4 0
 Wow, too late to look at a video right now but can't wait to see that tomorrow!! That's my kind of video, not the failed ones! Smile
  • 5 0
 RAD! More stories like this, please!
  • 2 0
 The Maritimes have to be one of the fastest growing MTB communities in the world, right now. Ski hills all getting behind it, more and more networks popping up. Riding progression at an all time high. It's madness!
  • 2 0
 Gatto & Graff, what a great combo, like nuggets and ketchup or strawberries and cream. I’d love to see New Foundland one day, but my heart keeps taking me back to BC. One day though, one day.
  • 4 0
 10 million square meters? Whoah!
  • 4 0
 Well, she just forgot a 'k'
  • 3 1
 Lol, and yet that's still the size of New Jersey. Canada scale is mind boggling.
  • 1 0
 This Google says 9.984.670 km² (8,62% water).
  • 4 0
 Awesome. Great job everyone. Cant wait to see the east.
  • 4 0
 Great Video!
  • 2 0
 Love the braids from the Green Gables store girls, goes well with the red PEI dirt!
  • 3 0
 Solid piece team! Nice work Micayla
  • 4 0
 Now thats good content!
  • 1 0
 Wow such a nice video and trip. Such good vibes and tracks. Thanks for letting us part in your trip. And props the filmer well done.
  • 2 1
 Some trail names/areas would be rad? Seems like tourism funded so maybe entice us with some info?
  • 6 0
 @bigwheels87, there's more info in the video and a lot more about riding in the area, at mtbatlantic.com. Happy to answer any questions anyone may have.
  • 5 0
 Seemed like they were naming every spot as they rode it, no?
  • 1 0
 Check YouTube video description for links to all the trails visited in order
  • 2 0
 Looks like hell of a trip! Loads of shredding and well Micayla ❤ ha
  • 1 0
 On that last picture, are that meander cutoffs (abandoned meander)? Or is it something man made?
  • 2 0
 It's an old coal mine
  • 5 0
 Mine tailing ponds in the bustling metropolis of Minto, New Brunswick (population 2300). Man made for sure, but strangely beautiful...
  • 1 0
 Would not want to pay the fuel bill to drive that bronco across the country.
  • 5 4
 Those two females seem stoken
  • 2 0
 Ya gals! Smile
  • 2 0
 That was lit
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