Explore the stunning roads, and routes of South Georgian Bay
Looking for the ride of your life? South Georgian Bay is a bike lover’s paradise, whether you’re a roadie or a mountain biking adventurer.
Georgian Trail to Meaford – Part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail
Difficulty: Easy | Length: 34 km (each way)
Start: 3 Birch St. in Collingwood or Craigleith Depot – 113 Lakeshore Rd.
From Collingwood to Meaford, the trail runs near Highway 26 West with numerous access points along the way. If you are looking for the most scenic waterfront trail in the area, the Georgian Trail has it. Running along the south shore of beautiful Georgian Bay, the Georgian Trail has ample opportunity to stop, rest and swim during the summer months.
7 BEACHES LOOP
Difficulty: Moderate | Length: 60 km
Start: RecPlex – 1724 Mosley St. Wasaga Beach
Starting in Wasaga Beach and carrying on to Historic Balm Beach, this relatively flat route travels up the shore of Georgian Bay, passing beach after beach. During your trip take a swim in the clear blue waters of South Georgian Bay at any point along the way.
TOUR RIDER WEEKEND DAY 1
Apple Pie Trail Peddle
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate | Length: 40 km
Start: Blue Mountain Village
Load your bike on the Blue Mountain Gondola and cycle 40km through the scenic Beaver Valley orchards, trails and country roads. The first 3km is a bit challenging but will all be forgotten when you’re riding down the escarpment. Return to Blue Mountain Village via the Georgian Trail along the shoreline of Georgian Bay.
TOUR RIDER WEEKEND DAY 2
Old Mail Road
Difficulty: Moderate | Length: 32 km (or 20 km shorter loop)
Start: Thornbury town center
Challenge yourself on this loop with hill climbs and descents as you transport back into another time through welcoming communities filled with tasty food stops, galleries and opportunities to further explore the Beaver River. This route features quiet back roads, farmers markets, orchards, peddle and paddle excursions and small town history, like the Old Mail Road. This used to be the primary route for travellers via slow moving stage coaches in the bygone era of the 1800’s. Note to Riders: Some paved and unpaved roads. Caution on Grey Rd 7, Grey Rd 13 and roads through Clarksburg and Thornbury, limited paved shoulders, high speed traffic. Some steep hills to climb and descend, take shorter loop to avoid more challenging. Old Mail Road unpaved with some loose gravel, but very scenic, historic and quiet.
Watch for more Cycling Signature Routes in the August issue of Georgian Life.
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