Three Day Tour Intinerary Midland

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 (36 km)

Arrive at Tucked in the Harbour B&B located along the waterfront in Victoria Harbour.

Enjoy a ride along the Tay Shore Trail, a paved rail trail, east towards Waubaushene.

The trail turns to crushed limestone and continues on to the Village of Coldwater. Explore the many quaint shops and an old mill museum located in Coldwater’s downtown.

Enjoy dinner in Coldwater before the return trip to Victoria Harbour or reserve a spot at the restaurant overlooking the marina in Victoria Harbour.

 

Day 2 – Georgian Bay Lakeshore Ride (55 km)

We leave Victoria Harbour and follow the Tay Shore Trail west towards Midland. 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).

Cycle along the waterfront in Midland and follow the short bike trail to the Town of Penetanguishene. From there enjoy a scenic loop route through Awenda Provincial Park returning to the Penetanguishene harbour. If you have time, visit the museum located on the site of a former British Naval yard.

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

 

Day 3 – Departure

After breakfast on your final day, enjoy a visit to the shops in downtown Midland or visit one of the local attractions (Wye Marsh or Ste-Marie-Among-the-Hurons).

If you have a bit more time, enjoy a final day ride along the Tay Shore Trail or head west to Georgian Bay for a shoreline ride along the Tiny Beaches Road.

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