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Quebec Vs Ontario: Which is better?

I recently took a trip with part of my family on a ski vacation on in Quebec (4 of us in a car has to be better from an environmental perspective than 4 of us flying). What amazed me was the difference in the highways between Quebec and Ontario. I’m not sure I could conclude which one I thought was better but here are some of things I noticed:  

  • Ontario has many more rest stops with more amenities. What’s more Ontario seems to be revitalizing some of them (and they do warn you along the highway that the following service centre will be closed at the one you are approaching
  • Quebec has a much larger median, even allowing a mini-forest to divide them. Unlike Ontario with it’s concrete median’s and traffic running relatively close to each other Quebec mitigates ‘light noise’ at night by providing a greater separation between traffic
  • Quebec puts their rest stops in the median. This was probably done from a cost-savings perspective. This allows users on both the east and west side of the highway to access the rest-stop.
  • Quebec has no shoulders on their highways through cities. Okay the same said for the Gardner Expressway through Toronto, but aside from that the highways running through the cities have refuge areas both in the core and collector. But in Quebec they minimize the amount of freeway through cities by eliminating shoulders.
  • Rideability – which one was better? In the sections in Ontario that had undergone a rehabilitation the rideability through these sections was better than anything in Quebec. But in areas where rehabilitation had not been completed than the highways were about the same.
  • Speed – In Quebec the rural highways, not freeways, the speed limit was 90 km/h. In Ontario the maximum is only 80km/h
  • In Quebec if they highway spurs development than the highways speed is not reduced; if the development existed prior to highway construction it seemed that they highway speed decreased to 70km/h. In Ontario prior construction or new construction the highway speed always decreases to 50 km/h in a residential zone.
  • In Quebec it seemed like people shared the highway. I saw people walking along the shoulder. Drivers would slow down for the people walking or move into the left hand lane; there seemed to be overall cooperation on the roads.

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Time March 19, 2009 at 7:21 pm

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