Ontario By Bike Ride – September 2023
This ride is now over.
The detailed itinerary for this ride is available below for download. Enjoy great trail and road riding with a self-guided ride experience.
Georgian Bay Collingwood Explorer
When: Anytime. It’s a self-guided itinerary.
Suggested Time: 3 days, 2 nights
Ontario By Bike Ride Hosted: Saturday, September 23 to Sunday, September 24 – 2023
Total Distance: 80km or 120km
The Ride: From Collingwood and the Blue Mountains, explore the natural beauty of southern Georgian Bay and discover why this area is so popular with cyclists and all season outdoor adventurers. Never far from the blue water views of the Bay, the jagged cliffs and greenery of the Niagara Escarpment, sample the local flavours, visit heritage town centres and artisans’ galleries, on peaceful off road trails and looped routes that include country road returns on this weekend long ride.
Experience Level and Ride Guide: Easy to more moderate and challenging. Pick from an easier option well suited to more casual riders that includes off road unpaved trails and short gravel country roads segments. Or slightly longer loops that include off road trail and returns on quieter paved roads, with some elevations. Suitable for hybrid, gravel, mountain bikes, and road bikes with wider tires. Enjoy a group ride option or ride at your own pace using detailed maps and information provided.
Try an Ebike Rental: Contact Georgian Trail EBike Rentals to rent an ebike for this ride.
View Digital Routes:
Day 1 – Ridewithgps.com/routes/44246473 – 60km (trail & road)
Alternate – Ridewithgps.com/routes/44246927 – 40km (trail only)
Day 2 – Ridewithgps.com/routes/44246475 – 60km (trail & road)
Alternate – Ridewithgps.com/routes/44246944 – 40km (trail & road – shorter, or trail only)
Day 1: Collingwood to Thornbury – 40km or 60km
Pedal on the delightful Georgian Trail and enjoy the views of the Niagara Escarpment, Blue Mountain and the sparkling waters of Georgian Bay. With a number of waterside and beach access points along the way, including Craigleith Provincial Park, take a slow roll into the pretty town of Thornbury. Visit the trailside cidery and unique shops downtown before lunch and the afternoon ride. Return on roads that loop through Clarksburg and its galleries, Heathcote and the Blackbird Pie Co and past the Georgian Hills Vineyard. Pull into Blue Mountain Village for refreshments before circling back to Collingwood. Alternatively, trail lovers may opt to extend the ride to Meaford and or simply return to Collingwood using the trail. Explore downtown Collingwood from overnight accommodations.
Day 2: Collingwood to Stayner to Creemore – 40km or 60km
Follow the waterfront trails and parks to the iconic old Collingwood train station and museum. Connect on to the Clearview Collingwood Train Trail for an easy ride through forested lots and past rolling pastures with the ever-present Escarpment backdrop. From near the trail terminus in Stayner, pedal onto the quiet country roads and into Creemore to enjoy lunch in this charming village. Sample some treats from the local Creemore Bakery (award winning bicycle friendly cafe) or visit Creemore Springs Brewery and enjoy some downtime on a patio. Loop back to Collingwood, and coast downhill for 20km on road connecting back to the Train Trail to end a spectacular ride weekend exploring the Georgian Bay and Collingwood area.
Additional Visitor Information:
Use below to find out more about ride areas and plan an extra day or two to see more.
Getting To / From Start:
Collingwood is located approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours north of Toronto.
Arriving Early / Staying Late:
Consider an overnight option at one of Ontario By Bike’s certified bicycle-friendly accommodations in Simcoe County or Grey County.
Photo credit: Tourism Simcoe County/Cycle Simcoe (top); Ontario By Bike
For More Information Contact:
Ontario By Bike
Phone: 416-827-2772 / 1-866-701-2774
Email: booking (at) ontariobybike.ca
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