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Algoma Country - North Central

Algoma Country - North Central Photo Credit: Martin Lortz, Photographer. Trans Canada Trail/Great Lakes Waterfront Trail: Township of the North Shore

Cycling in North Central Ontario presents fantastic day trips and training options for road cyclists travelling through welcoming communities, beautiful forested areas and past sparkling waterways. Recreational cyclists will be thrilled with the shorter distance and urban cycling opportunities along established trails and quieter roads with plenty to do and see along the way. Long distance cyclists will find an epic overnight touring route stretching across the region, perfect for a bucket-list cycling experience.

Mountain biking and those looking for an adrenaline-filled experience will enjoy the growing trail network that cuts through the rugged Canadian Shield and forested wilderness of Northern Ontario!


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  • Regional Road Routes

    North Central Ontario features numerous roads that have lower volumes of traffic and scenic cycling. While not mapped, there are several popular cycling routes in the Greater Sault Ste. Marie area including:

    • 'The Lines' - North and west of the city, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Line as well as Landslide Road up to the Hiawatha Highlands offer great road cycling routes, popular with local riders and clubs.
    • Gros Cap - Riding west out of the city explore the rocky beach and bluffs of Gros Cap on Lake Superior. A scenic ride of about 40-50km 'out and back' with options to build out a partial loop.
    • Searchmont Highway, Bellevue Valley / Goulais River – Enjoy 100km round trip from Sault Ste. Marie. Landslide Road to 6th Line and follow Hwy 17 North to the Hwy 556 provides a 100km round trip from Sault Ste. Marie.
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    Cycling Routes on St. Joseph Island – Many of the roads on St. Joseph Island feature low volumes of traffic and scenic road cycling opportunities.

    Sections of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail (Lake Huron North Channel Cycling Route) feature great road cycling for 'out and back' linear options that could include overnighting in a community and riding back the following day.

    • Spanish to Blind River – A 53km stretch featuring both on and off-road cycling. An area rich in cultural and natural scenery. Multiple services available for cyclists, including accommodations in Algoma Mills and Blind River.
    • Blind River to Bruce Mines – 80km featuring the communities of Huron Shores and Iron Bridge. Plenty of opportunities to connect with local culinary and cultural delights of the region, with accommodations along the way. Opportunity to take a 20km detour into the community of Thessalon.
    • Bruce Mines to Sault Ste. Marie – A 70km stretch along the western portion of the route, featuring the small farming community of Desbarats with its many Mennonite families living in the area.

  • Regional Trails Information

    • John Rowswell Hub Trail – Approximately a 25km road and trail system connecting all areas of the city and showcasing key cultural, historical, and natural areas of the community, including Fort Creek Conservation Area. The Hub Trail incorporates portions of shared on-road and off-road multi-use trails. A wonderful cycling experience for recreational and family cyclists, as well as those looking for the best way to experience Sault Ste. Marie. Available for download is an accompanying audio tour. Navigate the Interactive Map
    • Boom Camp Trails – A network of multi-use trails and interpretative signage jointly managed by Mississauga First Nation, Town of Blind River, and the Blind River Cross Country Ski Club. The trails are located southwest from Blind River. The follow loops are incorporated in the Boom Camp Trail Network:
      • Harbour Loop - The focus of the interpretation on this trail loop features the timbering heritage and history of the area. The trail is 3km, starting at the east pavilion and looping through forested areas extending all the way out to the shore of Lake Huron.
      • Woodland Loop – This trail is over 5km long and takes cyclists out from the east pavilion with two scenic lookouts overlooking wetland areas and Lake Huron.
      • Delta Loop – Approximately 4km, this loop takes cyclists to the western portion of trail network to a delta at the mouth of the Mississagi River.

  • Regional Mountain Biking Trail Systems

    • Bellevue Valley Trail Network  – Roughly 20 minutes north of Sault Ste. Marie there are approximately 5km of trails for experienced mountain bikers with several challenging features and 200m of elevation changes over those 5km.
    • Hiawatha Highlands Conservation Area 
      • Crystal Creek Mountain Bike Trail  - Approximately 9km of trails located in the 3,000 acre Hiawatha Highlands Conservation Area and supported by the Sault Cycling Club. Winter fat biking through pilot project on select trails.
      • Red Pine Trail System  - Approximately 8km in length, this trail features long, quick down hills and is suitable for those with some mountain biking experience.
      • Pinder Trail System  - Approximately 4km in length primarily along double track that follows a gentle terrain and has no significant elevation changes and is an ideal beginner trail.
    • Pancake Bay Provincial Park  - Located approximately 1 hour north from Sault Ste. Marie, the park features the Pancake Bay Nature Trail, 14km trail most suitable for mountain bikes.
    • Algoma Highlands Mountain Bike Loop (King Mountain)  - Approximately 10km of singletrack and cross-country mountain bike trails with some significant climbs along single track loop. The double track offers a more leisurely bike ride. Park in the main lot at Stokely Creek Lodge.
    • Velorution Dirt Park  - Located at the Velorution Bike shop, this park includes a “Pump Track” and a “Jump Park” designed to help develop agility and off-road bike handling skills. Located at 162 Old Garden River Road, Sault Ste. Marie.

  • Cross-Regional Routes and Trails

    • Great Lakes Waterfront Trail – Also referred to as the Lake Huron North Channel Cycling Route, this 450km northern addition to the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, part of the Trans Canada Trail has recently opened. This fully signed, epic touring route GLWT logocrosses over countless waterways and through quaint rural towns and First Nations communities in Northern Ontario between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury. The route is mostly on-road, including roughly 49km of gravel roads and trails (longest continuous stretch is 15km). There is also approximately 50km along new and wide paved shoulders of Highway 17, (the longest stretch is 23km along the Mississagi River).
    • Voyageur Cycling Route - Sections of this route that when complete will connect Sudbury to Ottawa are now open and have directional signage installed. Ride between Hagar and Sturgeon Falls, or North Bay and Mattawa, along quiet and scenic northern country back roads.
    • Trans Canada Trail – A portion of this cross-Canada trail runs through North Central Ontario, including incorporating the new Great Lakes Waterfront Trail. The TCT is a four-season, multi-use trail system with various surface types and users. Visit Trans Canada Trail "Explore The Trail" for information - www.tctrail.ca

  • Regional Published Maps and Tools

    For more information on accommodation, attractions and activities within the greater region visit Sault Tourism or Algoma Country websites.

* Please note there are may be additional trails, routes, events and information resources for the region that may be of interest and useful to cyclists. Changes to the above links, listings and cycling routes may occur.

 

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