Looking for your next great ride – either by motorcycle or by bicycle? Look no further than the Heart of Georgian Bay. Quiet country roads, long linear trails, stunning views, and plenty of cycle and motorcycle-certified businesses en route.
THE CHUTE LOOP | Length: 250kms
This day ride is perfect for those who need a little helmet time and a break from the daily grind. Named after the Upper Big Chute Road, this super scenic ride takes you through the northeastern portion of Simcoe County; including Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay and Tiny, then northeast toward the Big Chute Marine Railway, then Coldwater and Orillia, through rural Oro-Medonte, and loops back towards the north, bringing you right back to where you started – the Heart of Georgian Bay.
This full day loop brings you far beyond our little piece of heaven but allows you to explore port towns, rural roads and blink-and-you-miss-it hamlets, all at your own pace. Stretch out your adventure by stopping for a scenic vista, a meal at motorcycle-friendly restaurants like the Queen’s Quay British Pub or a visit to the Martyrs’ Shrine (until October 11).
Book an overnight at one of our motorcycle-friendly accommodation providers to stretch out your trip – Dragonfly Dreams Inn B&B, Noel’s Nest Country B&B, Tucked Inn the Harbour B&B, Quality Inn & Conference Centre, Comfort Inn, or Bell Falls Family Campground.
Our friends at Tourism Simcoe County have done the planning for you – vetting attractions, accommodation and dining options that are ready to welcome you and your bike, as well as scenic routes that are motorcyclist-approved.
For a free copy of the Ride Simcoe County Map, visit any local tourism information centre. Or click here to view a digital version or have one mailed direct to your house!
While on the road, keep your eyes peeled for the symbol below, which identifies businesses which have met a motorcycle-friendly criteria; including public washrooms, paved parking and road access, and may even offer special parking for your ride.
Rolling from Collingwood to Orillia, through the Heart of Georgian Bay, the Simcoe County section of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is set up perfectly for a multi-day ride. This newly completed 255km trail features off road pavement, some crushed limestone trail and some on-road country highways. Signage was completed in spring of 2022 and you’ll pass through wetlands, beaches, farmland and so much more.
Grab a room halfway along route, at the bike-friendly Quality Inn & Conference Centre or Comfort Inn.
Starting in Downtown Collingwood, you’ll find a vibrant cycling community; there are multiple bike shops in town, so if you need some gear before starting jour journey this is the place to do it. From here the trail continues east towards Wasaga Beach. As you head north you’ll encounter the beaches of Tiny Township, starting with Woodland Beach. They are all spectacular viewpoints and worth stopping for. If you’re getting low on calories around here, the Tiny Treats European Deli in Lafontaine has some seriously delicious goodies, or stop at Balm Beach for a meal at Georgian Grill & Arcade or Balm Beach Bar & Smokehouse.
Moving east, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail takes you through Awenda Provincial Park; if you’re the bikepacking or camping type, this is a great place to stay. Camping is available until October 11th. If you’re just passing through, there are a couple more stunning beaches within the park and a picturesque interior lake. Otherwise, carry on and enjoy the winding tree-lined road through the park.
In Penetanguishene, Cafe Kitty HawK is a great place to stop for a coffee or a bite to eat before the final push to Midland. Our top menu picks are the Penetang Hoagie or the cronut. While in Midland, don’t miss out on a waterfront meal at The Boathouse Eatery or a morning in-house roasted java at Grounded Coffee Co.
Carrying on the main route from Midland, you’ll end up on the Tay Shore Trail for nearly 20km. This paved trail starts along the shores of Matchedash Bay and is stunning. Along the way, you will pass Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and Martyrs’ Shrine, and get stellar views of the Wye Marsh and Wye River. That trail will then become the Uhthoff Trail which will take you through woodlands and wetlands, passing through the small town of Coldwater and all the way to Orillia.
This is the first year that Simcoe County’s section of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is open, and riding it is an accomplishment that won’t be forgotten. From the farmlands and beaches to towns and communities, this is a relatively easy ride without too many heinous climbs of challenging descents; it’s the perfect trail for just about anyone!
For more cycling routes in the Heart of Georgian Bay, visit cyclesimcoe.ca
What is the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail?
Breathtaking scenery stretching over 3,600km, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a signed route connecting 155 communities and First Nations along the Canadian shores of the Great Lakes region.
It is the signature project of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust.
However you are exploring the Heart of Georgian Bay, remember to clean up after yourself and leave only footprints behind.
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