Seven Day Tour Intinerary   

The Huronia district of Simcoe County is one of the most historic and scenic parts of Ontario. French explorers, led by Samuel de Champlain, made contact with the Huron Indians in 1615 near Penetanguishene. Jesuit missionaries subsequently moved into the area establishing many missions in their attempts to “convert the natives”. The Hurons were an agricultural tribe spread out in many villages across the region. Unfortunately, they were eventually all but wiped out by disease and the Iroquois.

Huronia covers the area of land between Penetanguishene, Midland, Orillia and Barrie. It is characterized by a variety of geological features including rolling forested hills, large freshwater lakes (including Georgian Bay), flat expanses of farm land and the Niagara Escarpment to the west. The cycling routes in this region provide great beauty along with great challenges.

 

Day 1 – Intro Ride (40 km)

Arrive at Forks in the Trail B&B before noon. We will drive into Orillia to pick-up bicycles and other gear followed by a 40 km ride back to the Forks. This route takes us along Lake Simcoe and Ridge Road (a favourite ride for local cycling clubs) and through the Village of Hawkstone. The first section is quite flat until we turn inland and climb a few hills back to the Forks.

Dinner can be reserved at one of the Horseshoe Valley or Coldwater area restaurants.

 

Day 2 – Centurian #1 (100 km)

We will follow the 100 km Centurian/ Horseshoe Valley tour ride through rolling paved country roads with a few challenging climbs. The route passes through agricultural areas and many hardwood forests. It is a loop route that starts and ends at the Forks.

After a swim in the pool, the group can enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants in the Horseshoe Valley area.

 

Day 3 – Cross Country to Collingwood/ Niagara Escarpment (98 km)

We start the day travelling cross country north of Barrie near Snow Valley (another local ski resort). We then cross an agricultural area and travel south to the Village of Creemore, a quaint local village known for its arts community and local brewery – Creemore Springs. Take a tour and sample over lunch.

Leaving Creemore, we travel north over rolling hills as we approach the Niagara Escarpment and our B&B destination in Collingwood

Dinner that evening will be at one of the local Collingwood restaurants.

 

Day 4 – Centurian #2 (100 km)

We will follow the 100 km Centurian/ Blue Mountain tour ride along the Niagara Escarpment. This is a challenging hilly ride with spectacular views over Georgian Bay.

The route starts and ends at your B&B in Collingwood. After a well-deserved rest, enjoy another of Collingwood’s great restaurants.

 

Day 5 – Georgian Bay Lakeshore Ride (110 km)

We leave Collingwood and head east through Wasaga Beach, known for its long sand beaches and party atmosphere. We continue to follow the bay along the Tiny Beaches Road past large sand dunes, country homes and cottages.

After a short detour on a rail trail, we arrive in the Town of Penetanguishene and follow a pretty loop route through Awenda Provincial Park returning to the Penetanguishene harbour (site of a British Naval yard).

Continue to follow the lakefront from Penetaguishene to the Town of Midland and that night’s B&B. Dinner is short walk to one of Midland’s restaurants.

 

Day 6 – Crossing Huronia (60 km)

Leave Midland and follow the Champlain Trail passing many historic sites including Ste. Marie-Among-the-Hurons (the old Jesuit mission) and the Martyrs’ Shrine Catholic Church (erected in memory of the Jesuit martyrs).

We follow the Tay Shore trail arriving in the Village of Coldwater at noon. If the weather is good, enjoy lunch on the patio at the Mill Bistro right beside the Coldwater River.

After lunch we take to Uhtoff Rail Trail passing through agricultural land all to way to Orillia on the shores of Lake Couchiching. In addition to being Gordon Lightfoot’s home town, Orillia was immortalized as the “fictional” Mariposa by humorist Stephen Leacock. Don’t miss the statue of Champlain in Couchiching Beach Park or the quaint stores in Orillia’s downtown.

After returning your rental bicycles, relax at your B&B before enjoying a final evening dinner in Orillia.

 

Day 7 – Departure

After breakfast, depart for your return home.

 

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