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2016 Cycling In Ontario Guide

Queit country roads cycling in Simcoe County    Queit country roads cycling in Simcoe County Photo Credit: CycleSimcoe.ca

Whether you are an avid road cyclist, recreational rail trail fan or adventurous mountain biker, Simcoe County has a large variety of cycling routes and activities to fill first time visits and countless return trips.Centrally located, once you are in Simcoe County many quiet roadways connect smaller communities and larger centers.

Simcoe County has a myriad of trails throughout the county, from abandoned rail lines to waterfront meanders, through many provincial parks and conservation areas. Connecting from one trail or road to another is not hard to do, making longer cross county tours from the beaches of Georgian Bay to the shores of Lake Simcoe an attractive possibility. Regardless of route there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about the rich agricultural and cultural heritage of the area, while enjoying the charm and comforts available throughout the County. Mountain bikers will not be disappointed, as there are number of well known and well maintained private trail facilities that host regular events and competitions, plus activities and clinics for beginners.

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  • Regional Road Routes

    Cycle Simcoe Routes

    • Cycle SimcoeTiny, Midland and Penetanguishene - 4 on-road routes mapped available on-line and also on printed Heart of Georgian Bay map. Routes include: Penetanguishene Loop (50km), Tiny Beaches Loop (30km), Heart of Georgian Bay Loop (75km), Thunder Beach Loop (75km).
    • Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama, Ramarmappeda and Severn - 6 on-road routes available on-line and also on printed Ontario Lake Country map. Routes include: Canopy Cruising (26km), Bass Lake Beauty (34km), Hills of Oro-Medonte (92km), Cold Water Course (50km), Carlyon Loop (49km), Upper Big Chute Loop (56km).
    • Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Elmvale - 10 on-road routes mapped and available on-line and also on printed South Georgian Bay map. Routes include:7 Beaches Route (60km), Iron Bridge Route (35km), Community Bike Loop (14km), Creemore loop (60km), Badjeros Loop (85km), Lake Eugenia Loop (90km), Thornbury Sticky Bun Loop (15km), Wasaga Collingwood Connections (15km), Apple Pie Trail PEDAL & PADDLE Adventure (40km), Elmvale ‘Bakery’ Extension (37km).

    South Georgian Bay Cycling Adventures The following road routes are from South Georgian Bay Cycling Adventures map and are listed in order of distance and difficulty. There are 11 routes in total. Download the PDF map for more route information.

    • Collingwood / Pretty River Loop (41km) – This scenic ride passes through Pretty River Provincial Park alongside the Niagara Escarpment and loops back to Collingwood.
    • Wasaga Beach Cruise (50km) – Starting in Collingwood, This route goes south on Hurontario St (County Rd.124), then east on local Airport Rd towards Wasaga. Pick any road north to hit a beach.
    • Collingwood to Feversham (61km) – This challenging ride climbs up the escarpment through the Kolapore Highlands to Feversham, and past Pretty River on the way back to Collingwood.
    • Creemore Beer Run (63km) – Take County Rd 124 south from Collingwood, then east on Local Airport Road and south on Fairgrounds Road all the way to Creemore Springs Brewery, which runs free tours daily. Return routing is via hamlets of Dunedin and Glen Huron before returning to Collingwood.

    Collingwood Cycling Club Routes

    Multiple on-road routes have been plotted and mapped using RidewithGPS.com, including elevation profiles. Difficulty ratings are from beginner to advanced. Cafes and lookouts are also marked en-route. Route information can be accessed via the Club website. Also mapped are the Centurion 100km routes, used in previous years for this popular cycling event.

  • Regional Trail Information

    • Orillia Millenium Trail– This paved lakefront trail runs 10km through Orillia and is popular with all types of users.
    • Lake Country Oro-Medonte Rail Trail– An abandoned CN rail line (stone dust), it runs 28km along the western flank of Lake Simcoe, from Barrie to Orillia.
    • Ramara Rail Trail– East of Orillia, this 5km stone dust trail parallels Rama Road on the east side of Lake Couchiching, to the Mara-Rama boundary.
    • Thornton-Cookstown Trail– This 16km stone dust trail is an old rail line south of Barrie. Also part of the TransCanada Trail, the trail runs through green pastures and forests, and crosses Cookstown Creek six times.
    • Uhthoff Trail– Running northwest from Orillia through scenic woods and wetlands, this stone dust trail is part of the TransCanada Trail. The final section from Coldwater opened in 2013 and completes the 30km route to Waubaushene.
    • Tay Shore / Midland / Penetanguishene Trails– These paved trails follow close to the waterfront for 29km from Waubaushene to Midland to Penetanguishene. In addition to passing through these communities, the trail passes Ste. Marie Among the Hurons (near Midland), a heritage attraction which recreates a settlement from 1600s.
    • Tiny Trail / North Simcoe Rail Trail– Combined, these two trails cover 55km, south from Penetanguishene, first on the Tiny Trail (23km), and continuing south from Elmvale to just west of Barrie on the North Simcoe Rail Trail (32km). The multi-use trail surface is primarily stone dust. The trail crosses 14 historic bridges and passes through Mayer's Marsh and the Minesing Wetlands, which are internationally significant eco-systems and excellent birding spots.
    • Wasaga Beach Shore Lane Trail– A 19km mixed surface trail follows waterfront from Archer Road in the east, through Wasaga Beach Provincial Park to Fairgrounds Road, on the outskirts of Collingwood, in the west. The trail connects the many beaches and beach community along Nottawasaga Bay.
    • Collingwood Waterfront Trail– The 5km mixed surface trail zig-zags along the Collingwood waterfront connecting with several road loops which run south from Collingwood, into Simcoe and neighbouring Grey County.
    • Collingwood Loop Trail– This 6km trail takes cyclists and hikers on a loop through greenways, riverbeds and the waterfront in the town of Collingwood. Mixed surface with some portions paved, this easy trail is used for both cycling and hiking.
    • Clearview Train Trail– This 12km stone dust trail follows the abandoned rail line running southeast through the tranquil landscape from Collingwood to Stayner.
    • Georgian Trail– This classic and well maintained rail trail is an easy 32km ride on stone dust between Collingwood and Meaford, with 30 access points. Enjoy a swim at several beaches en-route, or grab some nourishment at the trail-side kiosks, cafes and pubs along the way. Many local bike routes and loops use portions of this trail.

    Simcoe Trail Loop

    Within Simcoe County lies a 160km loop of connected linear trails running on a mix of crushed stone dust, gravel and paved surfaces and passing through several small towns and by historic sites along the route.

    Starting from the Barrie waterfront on Kempenfelt Bay (near the Allandale GO station), the loop runs 42km northeast to Orillia along Lake Simcoe (Lake Country Oro-Medonte Railtrail and Orillia Millenium Trail), then heads 30km northwest through Coldwater to Waubaushene (Uhthoff Trail), snakes another 29km along the waterfront (Tay Shore, Midland and Penetanguishene Rotary Trails); then from Severn Sound, the loop travels south along the not-so-short Tiny Trail (23km) to Elmvale and continues along the abandoned North Simcoe Railway (32km) past the Minesing Swamp, one of Ontario's largest remaining wetlands, ending just 10km west of Barrie.

    Other Simcoe County Trail Loops

    There are a number of smaller looped trails that can be found in the many conservation and natural areas around the County. Generally shorter in length (2-to-5km), they are multi-use paths that require cyclists to pay attention to posted signs regarding usage.Some of the larger looped trails are at: Ardagh Bluffs and Thompson Forest.

    Trans Canada Trail

    Simcoe County is home to approximately 120kms of Trans Canada Trail. The trail makes use of roadways and multi-use trails with various surface types. A number of Simcoe County trails are incorporated within this larger, national trail system including: Thornton-Cookstown Trail; Tiny Trail, North Simcoe Railtrail; Tay Shore, Midland, Penetanguishene Trails; Uhthoff Trail; Orillia Millenium Trail; Ramara Rail Trail.Use the Trans Canada Trail website “Explore the Trail”  feature to find information on Simcoe Country TCT and access points.

    Note: While many multi-use trails connect to nearby Bruce Trail, the Bruce Trail is hiking only.

  • Regional Mountain Biking Trails

    • Hardwood Ski & Bike – One of the top mountain biking (and cross-country ski) places in Ontario, Hardwood has over 80kms of trails. With a mix of single and double-track, a trials area, MBX course and pump-track, Hardwood has something for all types of riders and skill levels. It also hosts weekly race series, MTB clinics and many events during the season.
    • Mountain Biking DuoHorseshoe Resort –The Downhill Bike Park at Horseshoe has 7 trails for all levels, and is quickly becoming a destination for mountain bikers. In season, beginners to advanced riders can take the chairlifts up and then ride down, with trails that feature ladders, boxes and bridges.
    • Copeland Forest – Located near Horseshoe Valley, there is a mix of multi-use trails, double and single-tracks winding up and down along trails which are used for cross-country skiing during the winter. With 4400 acres of forest, users need to regard posted trail uses and seasonal usage signs.
    • Ardagh Bluffs Loop – Within the City of Barrie, this quiet environmentally protected area allows bicycles on the 6km of trails. It contains a variety of unique vegetative communities and wildlife habitats along with views across the valley to Springwater Township.
    • 8th Wander, 7th Heaven, North Barr – In Oro-Medonte, this hidden gem offers a variety of single-track trails.
    • Three Stage – A labyrinth of challenging trails just southwest of Collingwood provides 40km of more difficult terrain for experienced riders.
    • Coulson Hill – near Bradford, this spot offers 9km of intermediate single-track, just 45-minutes north of Toronto.

  • Published Cycling Maps and Information

    • Heart of Georgian Bay Cycling Map. 2015. Developed by Cycle Simcoe, this map and guide, featuring 4 on-road and 3 off-road cycling routes, including rail trails and various points of interest, including the communities of Tiny, Midland and Penetanguishene.
    • Ontario Lake Country Cycling Map. 2015. Developed by Cycle Simcoe, this map and guide, featuring 6 on-road and 3 off-road cycling routes, including rail trails and various points of interest, including the districts of Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama, Ramara and Severn.
    • South Georgian Bay Cycling Map. 2015. Developed by Cycle Simcoe, this map and guide, featuring 10 on-road and 5 off-road cycling routes, including rail trails and various points of interest, including the communities of Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Elmvale and others.
    • Ontario's Lake County/ Town Of Severn Cycling Map.2015. This map and guide features 4 on-road and 1 off-road cycling routes, including a rail trail and various points of interest, including parking, rest rooms and services. The map includes the communities of Port Severn, Severn Falls, Fesserton, Cold Water and Washago.
    • Oro-Medonte Cycling Routes. 2014. Developed by Cycle Simcoe, this map and guide, featuring 4 on-road and off-roadcycling routes, including a rail trail and various points of interest.
    • Simcoe County Trails - An interactive map of each Simcoe trail that includes access, routing, services and attraction information. www.simcoetrails.ca/maps
    • South Georgian Bay Cycling Adventures. 2013. Georgian Triangle Tourist Association -Ten South Georgian Bay bike routes in Simcoe and Grey Counties, from an easy going 12km loop to tough workouts of over 60km.Routes are on-line and in PDF format for downloading.
    • Simcoe County Trails Ready to Explore: Loops & Linear Trail Maps, 2012. Map book and trail guide. Huronia Trails and Greenways.Download or get print copy available in Simcoe County Tourism, other visitor centres, municipal offices, bike shops, and libraries.
    • Collingwood Trails Map. 2012. Map. Town of Collingwood - Detailed map of all existing trails in Collingwood.
    • Cycle & Stay Simcoe Huronia - A network of bicycle friendly B&Bs, who are all 4-5 star members of the Federation of Ontario B&Bs ("FOBBA"). Cycle & Stay tours between B&Bs throughout the historic Simcoe Huronia district of Ontario (Barrie, Midland, Orillia, Penetanguishene and area townships). Features include: Customized Tours, self-guided itineraries with route maps or tour guides available with advance booking, and luggage transfer service between B&Bs.

    Please note there are many additional map guides for the region that cyclists may find interesting or useful. New maps and guides are produced yearly, and the information listed here may change.


Thank you to our Simcoe County Funding Partners & Workshop Hosts:

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