In South Georgian Bay and the Blue Mountain region, there are more than 650 km of diverse routes for cyclists of all abilities and interests. Road cyclists can find routes that lead through charming villages, cross the Nottawasaga and Beaver Rivers, wind along waterfront and beaches, and pass through lush, forested areas. More than 120 km of the routes are gravel pathways and rail trails, making South Georgian Bay home to one of the most extensive multi-use trail networks. The area also gives rise to the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment, while offering gentle hills and stretches of scenic farmland.
Apple Pie Trail Peddle
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.
Old Mail Road
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.
Georgian Trail to Meaford
Length: 34 km (each way)
Start: 3 Birch Street, 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.
Length: 85 km
Start: Fisher Fields Park, Collingwood
Known for its challenging climbs and scenic landscape, the Badjeros Loop was designed for the advanced rider looking to test their abilities. The start is flat until you cross County Road 91, after which you have a series of rolling climbs to the top with a great view over Georgian Bay and then a steep drop into Creemore, a very pretty town with great cafes, restaurants and galleries. Riders then pass through the quaint town of Dunedin before taking the long and challenging climb up to Maple Valley and Highway 124. Enjoy the view of Mennonite country, riding through Mennonite farms and churches, before you head down Pretty River Valley Road and back in to Collingwood.
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