Calling all cyclists! Biking is a great way to see more of your own backyard and the Heart of Georgian Bay has many trails to explore. We have compiled a roundup of five biking routes in the area for you to explore this summer, and have something for novice and experienced cyclists alike.
1. Midland Rotary Waterfront Trail
The Midland Waterfront Trail is an easy 8 km linear path that you can start at either the Midland Town Dock or Sainte Marie Park. Along this trail are beautiful views of Georgian Bay and several places to stop and enjoy a rest. If you are driving to the trail, we recommend parking and joining the trail at Sainte Marie Park and then heading towards Midland, so you can enjoy lunch on a patio downtown halfway through your ride before heading back towards your vehicle.
For more information on the Midland Rotary Waterfront Trail, click here.
2. Awenda Provincial Park
At Awenda Provincial Park you can bike on park roads as well as the Beach Trail, Bluff Trail, and Brûlé Trail. As a bonus, the purchase of your vehicle permit will also grant you access to their beautiful beaches so you can cool off after a bike ride. We recommend packing a lunch and spending the day enjoying all the park has to offer – be sure to check out their park store for a sweet treat on your way out!
For more information on the trails and facilities at Awenda, click here.
3. Tay Shore Trail
The Tay Shore Trail is an easy 18 km linear trail that follows the shore of Georgian Bay from Midland to Waubaushene. Follow the trail into Port McNicoll to bike past the S.S. Keewatin, or stop in Victoria Harbour for lunch at the Queen’s Quay. There are several places you can join the trail, allowing you to bike the trail in its entirety or just a section.
For more information on the Tay Shore Trail, click here.
4. Humdinger Bicycle Tours
If you are interested in a multi-day biking trip, consider booking one of Humdinger Bicycle Tours’ trips. Their Simcoe Loop Trail trip is a self-guided five day, 160 km intermediate loop that travels throughout the Heart of Georgian Bay. Or, if you are new to multi-day biking trips, consider their Intro to Bikepacking fully guided tour. This trip is 160 km and three days, and a tour guide will accompany you and teach you the basics of bikepacking.
For more information on Humdinger Bicycle Tours, click here.
5. Penetanguishene Loop
The Penetanguishene Loop is a 50 km advanced trail that starts at the Midland Harbour and loops along the shores of Georgian Bay and past Awenda Provincial Park before heading back to its starting point. The World Famous Dock Lunch and Frozen North in Penetanguishene are two great places to stop for ice cream and enjoy the views of Georgian Bay along the Penetanguishene waterfront. Something to note is that Champlain Road can be quite busy during the summer, so you may want to turn back the way you came rather than completing the loop in its entirety.
For more information on the Penetanguishene Loop, click here.
If you are interested in more biking routes in the Heart of Georgian Bay, cyclesimcoe.ca has tons of great resources including maps and trail guides. Happy cycling!
Written by: Grace Dietrich
Tourism Marketing Assistant, Heart of Georgian Bay