Six 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 (25 - 40 km optional)

Arrive at Forks in the Trail B&B. Depending up your arrival time, you can complete a short cycle loop before dinner.

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

 

Day 2 – Mt. St. Louis and Georgian Bay Lakeshore Ride (80 km)

Today’s ride covers a variety of terrain starting with a portion of the Centurian/ Horseshoe Valley route along rolling paved country roads with a few challenging climbs from Forks in the Trail to Mt. St. Louis. The route passes through agricultural areas and many hardwood forests.

The second portion of the route heads cross country towards Wasaga Beach covering flatter agricultural land. Wasaga Beach, known for its long sand beaches and party atmosphere, is a good lunch stop.

The final portion from Wasaga Beach to Midland follows Georgian Bay along the Tiny Beaches Road past large sand dunes, country homes and cottages.

After checking in to your B&B in Midland, walk/explore the downtown shopping district and select one of many great restaurants for dinner.

 

Day 3 – Exploring Huronia (65 km)

Ride out of Midland to neighbouring Penetanguishene, a town with a rich French-Canadian history and the location of a British naval yard. Our ride will follow a pretty loop route through Awenda Provincial Park returning to the Penetanguishene. Stop for lunch or a picnic in the park.

Continue back to Midland and follow the lakefront Champlain/Tay Shore 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).

The trail continues as a paved rail trail past Port McNichol (location of the S.S. Keewatin steam ship museum) to our next B&B stop in Victoria Harbour.

Dinner recommendation is the Quarterdeck restaurant overlooking the harbour.

 

Day 4 – Crossing Huronia to Orillia (50 km)

Leave Victoria Harbour and follow the paved Tay Shore Trail to Waubaushene. The trail turns to crushed limestone and continues on to the Village of Coldwater. Explore the many quaint shops in Coldwater’s downtown. 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 stores lining Orillia’s main street.

Our B&B is located further along Orillia’s waterfront Lightfoot Trail at the Narrows (where Lakes Couchiching and Simcoe meet).

 

Day 5 – Orillia to Barrie (55 km)

This route takes us along Lake Simcoe following Lakeshore Drive passing many homes and cottages. A crushed limestone rail trail also connects Orillia and Barrie or you can follow the paved Ridge Road (a favourite ride for local cycling clubs). You’ll pass through the Village of Hawkestone and by several general stores.

Once in Barrie, the rail trail turns into a paved waterfront trail that extends about 5 km along Kempenfelt Bay.

You final B&B is located near the Barrie waterfront and is a short walking distance to many fine restaurants in downtown Barrie.

 

Day 6 – Departure (32 km)

After breakfast, depart from Barrie and ride back to Forks in the Trail B&B to pick-up your car for your return home. The route starts out flat, but you will encounter a few rolling hills near the end.  

 

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