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Unique Day Trips in Kawarthas Northumberland

Kawarthas Northumberland

Summer weekends are precious, and it can be hard to fit everything you want to do into a busy schedule. That’s why bike routes that pair prime cycling with unique destinations are so appealing - you can have your cake and eat it too. Read on if matching a day’s ride with birding, spelunking, or a visit to a living museum sounds intriguing.


2020 Ontario By Bike Rides

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Ontario By Bikes 2020 group rides are available for booking now. Join us on a group ride this summer to explore Ontario By Bike. Accommodation, lunches and luggage transfers included. Let us take care of the logistics while you ride along on these fantastic tours with like-minded people. 
Just bring your bike and ride.

Book your spot early to avoid disappointment as these small group tours tend to sell out fast.


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Click HERE for information about submission and last year's winner.



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Ontario By Bike Ride - August 2020

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We make it easy - Just bring your bike and ride
Come ride with us. Ontario By Bike Rides are small group overnight bike tours. Bring your own group, meet new friends or enjoy some solo ride time. - Be sure to book early. Due to limited space, our rides do sell out early.

Simcoe County Loop Trail

When: Saturday, August 22 to Sunday, August 23, 2020


Total Distance: 123km (or 162km)  

The Ride: Join us on this fabulous late summer two day weekend tour discovering the trails in Simcoe County. Located just over an hour north of Toronto, Simcoe County has a world-class rail trail network that connected makes for a convenient circuit and perfect ride for recreational riders looking to explore the area by bike. Passing through naturalized wetlands, several small towns and a number of historic sites, these trails run on a mix of crushed stone dust, gravel and paved surfaces. Featuring the well-maintained Uhthoff, Tay Shore and Tiny Trails, the route brings the group along the rugged waterfront shores of the Severn Sound in southern Georgian Bay and through the beautiful countryside of Simcoe County, with an overnight stay at the Comfort Inn in Midland.

Experience Level and Ride Guide: Moderate. Off-road trail system with a mix of crushed stone dust, gravel and paved surfaces, plus level road crossings. Combined with limited elevation changes, the relatively flat terrain makes this ride suitable for hybrid, gravel, mountain or older road bikes. On-road riding limited to trail connections in Barrie and Midland. Enjoy a group ride option or ride at your own pace using detailed maps and information provided.

View digital route of the tourridewithgps.com
*Route subject to minor changes

Ride includes

  • One night's accommodation
  • Van Support
  • One breakfast (full hot breakfast) and two lunches
  • Parking
  • Luggage transfer
  • Snack and water stops 
  • Evening group social
  • Group ride option and/or detailed maps for independent riding
  • Booking fee
View our Terms & Conditions & Cancellation Policy HERE. 

Price and Booking

$259 per person, based on double occupancy; $329 for single occupancy; $239 per person for triple occupancy; $219 for quad occupancy*
*All prices subject to HST; no seniors' discounts; $20 discount for child/youth 16 years and under.


To book this ride, contact OK Cycle Tours, our TICO licensed agent. Click on above button
or call 1-888-621-6818 or email judy@okcycletours.com

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Day 1: Saturday, August 22, Barrie to Midland - 68km

Starting from downtown Barrie, ride with the group following a 12km road route connecting to the North Simcoe Rail Trail. Slow down to view wildlife and native plants, on this gravel section that travels through the Minesing Wetlands, one of Ontario's largest remaining wetlands, before connecting along the not-so-short 23km Tiny Trail just north of Elmvale. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch in trailside park before continuing north, or make a detour to nearby Balm Beach. Roll onwards and under the heavy tree canopy, meandering across creeks and rivers on a series of historic railway bridges into the town of Penetanguishene. Riding alongside the shores of the Severn Sound and Georgian Bay, cruise into Midland via the Mid-Pen Trail link, the final destination of day one.

Day 2: Sunday, August 23, Midland to Orillia or Barrie – 55km or 94km

A ride highlight, follow the waterfront trail connecting to the Tay Shore Trail for a delightful fully paved 20km. Consider a trail side stop at Saint-Marie among the Hurons, a Canadian National Historic Site. Enjoy frequent water views and water access as the trail weaves its way through marshlands and along the shoreline of Georgian Bay. South of Waubaushene connect on to the Uhthoff Trail before taking a lunch break in the town of Coldwater and biking onward to Orilla. From lakeside Couchiching Beach Park in Orilla either take van shuttle to pick-up vehicle in Barrie, and return for bikes or continuing south and along the easy riding Oro-Medonte Rail Trail for and additional 39km back to complete the loop in Barrie.

Schedule: Ride start time 9:30am. Ride starts and ends in downtown Barrie. Exact location to be announced.

Getting To / From Start: Barrie is located approximately 1 hour 15 min from downtown Toronto,  5 hours from Ottawa, 2 1/2 hours from London and 2 hours from Niagara Falls

Returning To Start / Parking:
A shuttle bus will pick one tour participant/vehicle from designated pick up locations at designated times for transporation back to Barrie at the end of Day 2. Tour participants are then responsible for travel back to designated locations in Orillia to pick up their riding companions and bicycles. No bicycles will be transported in shuttle bus, during these times. Approximate drive time between Barrie and Orillia 30 minutes.

Arriving Early / Staying Late:
Consider an overnight option at one of Ontario By Bike's certified bicycle-friendly accommodations in Simcoe County here

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Additional Visitor Information:

Use below to find out more about ride areas and plan an extra day or two to see more.

For More Information Contact:
Ontario By Bike
Phone: 416-827-2772 / 1-866-701-2774
Email: info (at) ontariobybike.ca

OK Cycle & Adventure Tours
13378 Wellington Avenue
Ottawa, ON, K1Y 388
Toll-Free 1-888-621-6818
Local: 613-702-5350


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