Simcoe County

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Queit country roads cycling in Simcoe County

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Whether you are an avid road cyclist, recreational rail trail fan or adventurous mountain biker, Simcoe County has a large variety of cycling routes and activities to fill first time visits and countless return trips. Centrally located an hour north of Toronto, once you are in Simcoe County many quiet roadways connect smaller communities and larger centers.

Simcoe County offers up a myriad of trails throughout the county from abandoned rail lines to waterfront meanders, through many provincial parks and conservation areas. Connecting from one trail or road to another is not hard to do, making longer cross-county tours from the beaches of Georgian Bay to the shores of Lake Simcoe an attractive possibility. Regardless of route there are plenty of opportunities to experience about the rich agricultural and cultural heritage of the area, while enjoying the charm and comforts available throughout the County. Mountain bikers will not be disappointed as there are number of well known and well-maintained private trail facilities that host regular events and competitions, plus activities and clinics for beginners.

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Cycle Simcoe Routes

  • Tiny, Midland and Penetanguishene – 4 on-road routes mapped available on-line and also on printed Heart of Georgian Bay Cycling Map. Routes include: Penetanguishene Loop (50km), Tiny Beaches Loop (30km), Heart of Georgian Bay Loop (75km), Thunder Beach Loop (75km).
  • Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama, Ramarmappeda and Severn – 6 on-road routes available on-line and also on printed Ontario Lake Country Cycling Map. Routes include: Canopy Cruising (26km), Bass Lake Beauty (34km), Hills of Oro-Medonte (92km), Cold Water Course (50km), Carlyon Loop (49km), Upper Big Chute Loop (56km).
  • Cycle SimcoeCollingwood, Wasaga Beach, Elmvale – 10 on-road routes mapped and available on-line and also on printed South Georgian Bay Cycling Map. Routes include:7 Beaches Route (60km), Iron Bridge Route (35km), Community Bike Loop (14km), Creemore loop (60km), Badjeros Loop (85km), Lake Eugenia Loop (90km), Thornbury Sticky Bun Loop (15km), Wasaga Collingwood Connections (15km), Apple Pie Trail PEDAL & PADDLE Adventure (40km), Elmvale ‘Bakery’ Extension (37km).

Barrie By Bike – Routes – There are 3 cycling routes developed to explore Barrie & the surrounding area. All of these routes can be done at your own time and pace and all are self-guided.

      • Innisfil Short Cycling Route – Scenic 22km ride great for casual cyclists and families looking to experience the Barrie waterfront and northern region of Innisfil.
      • Northern Barrie Cycling Route – 24km route around the north end of Barrie. A great distance for casual to advanced cyclists who are looking to spend a great day exploring the region.
      • Oro Medonte Cycling Route – A good mid-sized route, at 46km, great for casual to advanced cyclists.
      • Heritage Barrie Cycling Tour – Explore downtown, waterfront, historic buildings, court house, grand homes and some of the most significant landmarks in the area.
      • Barrie Art Tour by Bike – Experience the beautiful art that Barrie has to exhibit. From the 26,000+ works of art at the MacLaren Art Centre to individual art galleries.
      • Pie to Pie – Start at in Downtown Barrie, enjoying a scenic cycling adventure to Collingwood. Arrive at PIE Wood Fired Pizza Joint in Collingwood, just outside of Blue Mountain

Collingwood Cycling Club Routes

Multiple on-road routes have been plotted and mapped using, including elevation profiles. Difficulty ratings are from beginner to advanced. Cafes and lookouts are also marked en-route. Route information can be accessed via the Club website. Also mapped are the Centurion 100km routes, used in previous years for this popular cycling event.

  • Orillia Millenium Trail – This paved lakefront trail runs 10km through Orillia and is popular with all types of users.
  • Lake Country Oro-Medonte Rail Trail – An abandoned CN rail line (stone dust), it runs 28km along the western flank of Lake Simcoe, from Barrie to Orillia.
  • Ramara Rail Trail – East of Orillia, this 5km stone dust trail parallels Rama Road on the east side of Lake Couchiching, to the Mara-Rama boundary.
  • Thornton-Cookstown Trail – This 16km stone dust trail is an old rail line south of Barrie. Also part of the TransCanada Trail, the trail runs through green pastures and forests, and crosses Cookstown Creek six times.
  • Uhthoff Trail – Running northwest from Orillia through scenic woods and wetlands, this stone dust trail is part of the TransCanada Trail. The final section from Coldwater opened in 2013 and completes the 30km route to Waubaushene.
  • Tay Shore / Midland / Penetanguishene Trails – These paved trails follow close to the waterfront for 29km from Waubaushene to Midland to Penetanguishene. In addition to passing through these communities, the trail passes Ste. Marie Among the Hurons (near Midland), a heritage attraction which recreates a settlement from 1600s.
  • Tiny Trail / North Simcoe Rail Trail – Combined, these two trails cover 55km, south from Penetanguishene, first on the Tiny Trail (23km), and continuing south from Elmvale to just west of Barrie on the North Simcoe Rail Trail (32km). The multi-use trail surface is primarily stone dust. The trail crosses 14 historic bridges and passes through Mayer’s Marsh and the Minesing Wetlands, which are internationally significant eco-systems and excellent birding spots.
  • Wasaga Beach Shore Lane Trail – A 19km mixed surface trail follows waterfront from Archer Road in the east, through Wasaga Beach Provincial Park to Fairgrounds Road, on the outskirts of Collingwood, in the west. The trail connects the many beaches and beach community along Nottawasaga Bay.
  • Collingwood Waterfront Trail – The 5km mixed surface trail zig-zags along the Collingwood waterfront connecting with several road loops which run south from Collingwood, into Simcoe and neighbouring Grey County.
  • Collingwood Loop Trail – This 6km trail takes cyclists and hikers on a loop through greenways, riverbeds and the waterfront in the town of Collingwood. Mixed surface with some portions paved, this easy trail is used for both cycling and hiking.
  • Clearview Collingwood Train Trail – This 12km stone dust trail follows the abandoned rail line running southeast through the tranquil landscape from Collingwood to Stayner.
  • Georgian Trail – This classic and well maintained rail trail is an easy 32km ride on stone dust between Collingwood and Meaford, with 30 access points. Enjoy a swim at several beaches en-route, or grab some nourishment at the trail-side kiosks, cafes and pubs along the way. Many local bike routes and loops use portions of this trail.

Simcoe County Loop Trail

The Simcoe County Loop Trail is a 160km loop that travels through nine municipalities, reaches three major bodies of water, including Georgian Bay, Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching. And, is primarily on off-road, multi-use rail trails! The route is flat, scenic and available as a multi-day tour. Riding counter clockwise:

  • Barrie to Orillia – 42km – Starting from the Barrie waterfront on Kempenfelt Bay (near the Allandale GO station), the loop runs 42km northeast to Orillia along Lake Simcoe (Lake Country Oro-Medonte Rail Trail and Orillia Millennium Trail).
  • Orillia to Pentanguishene – 59km- Riding out of Orillia northwest through Coldwater to Waubaushene (Uhthoff Trail), the trail snakes another 29km along the waterfront (Tay Shore, Midland and Penetanguishene Rotary Trails).
  • Pentanguishene to Barrie – 65km – From Severn Sound, the loop travels south along the not-so-short Tiny Trail (23km) to Elmvale and continues along the abandoned North Simcoe Railway (32km) past the Minesing Swamp, one of Ontario’s largest remaining wetlands, ending just 10km west of Barrie.

Ontario By Bike Self Guided Itineraries – Ontario By Bike has hosted several small group tours on two-day cycling trips on trails in Simcoe County. One route itinerary starts and ends near Barrie, but can be started any where along the loop, and follows the Simcoe County Trail Loop through Midland, for overnight stop, and on to Orillia before ending in Barrie. Another, the Georgian Bay Explorer, starts in Stayner, continuing to Collingwood, overnight in Meaford and ends in Owen Sound. Ontario By Bike made available both digital and pdf mapping, as well as a self-guided itineraries to share with individuals and groups that may be interested in riding the same route.

  • Hardwood Ski & Bike – One of the top mountain biking (and cross-country ski) places in Ontario, Hardwood has over 80kms of trails. With a mix of single and double-track, a trials area, MBX course and pump-track, Hardwood has something for all types of riders and skill levels. It also hosts weekly race series, MTB clinics and many events during the season.
  • Horseshoe Resort – The Downhill Bike Park at Horseshoe has 7 trails for all levels, and is quickly becoming a destination for mountain bikers. In season, beginners to advanced riders can take the chairlifts up and then ride down, with trails that feature ladders, boxes and bridges. There are a total of 30km of trails at Horseshoe Resort.
  • Copeland Forest – Located near Horseshoe Valley, there is a mix of multi-use trails, double and single-tracks winding up and down along trails which are used for cross-country skiing during the winter. With 4400 acres of forest, users need to regard posted trail uses and seasonal usage signs.
  • Ardagh Bluffs Loop – Within the City of Barrie, this quiet environmentally protected area allows bicycles on the 6km of trails. It contains a variety of unique vegetative communities and wildlife habitats along with views across the valley to Springwater Township.
  • 8th Wander, 7th Heaven, North Barrie – In Oro-Medonte, this hidden gem offers a variety of single-track trails.
  • Three Stage – A labyrinth of challenging trails just southwest of Collingwood provides 40km of more difficult terrain for experienced riders.
  • Coulson Hill – near Bradford, also known as the Simcoe County Forest – Hodgson Tract, this spot offers approximately 12km of intermediate single-track, just 45-minutes north of Toronto.
  • The Great Trail (aka Trans Canada Trail) – The TCT is a four-season, multi-use trail system with various surface types and users. A number of the trails located in Simcoe are incorporated within this larger, national trail system including: Thornton-Cookstown Trail; Tiny Trail, North Simcoe Railtrail; Tay Shore, Midland, Penetanguishene Trails; Uhthoff Trail; Orillia Millenium Trail; Ramara Rail Trail. Use the Trans Canada Trail website “Explore the Trail” feature to find information on Simcoe Country TCT and access points.
  • The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail – Stretching over 3000km, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a route connecting over 140 communities and First Nations along the Canadian shores of the Great Lakes: Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, Lake Erie, Detroit River and Lake St Clair, Lake Huron, Georgian Bay and the North Channel. The fully signed Trail uses the safest infrastructure possible, a mix of both on-road and off-road facilities, and is primarily paved, with sections of unpaved path and gravel roads. It can be enjoyed as part of a day trip or on a multi-day long distance cycling adventure.As an expansion to the existing Waterfront Trail, The Georgian Bay Cycling Route (GBCyR) will be a 1,000 kilometre, signed Signature Cycling Route around Georgian Bay that connects communities around the Bay and will span through Simcoe County along the shores of Georgian Bay northwards between Collingwood and Parry Sound. Completion of the route expansion through Simcoe County is set to be completed in 2021.
  • Note: While many multi-use trails connect to nearby Bruce Trail, the Bruce Trail is hiking only.
  • Heart of Georgian Bay Cycling Map 2019. Developed by Cycle Simcoe, this map and guide, featuring on-road and off-road cycling routes, including rail trails and various points of interest, including the communities of Tiny, Midland and Penetanguishene.
  • Ontario Lake Country Cycling Map 2019. Developed by Cycle Simcoe, this map and guide, featuring on-road and off-road cycling routes, including railCycleSimcoe WB2 trails and various points of interest, including the districts of Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama, Ramara and Severn.
  • South Georgian Bay Cycling Map 2019. Developed by Cycle Simcoe, this map and guide, featuring on-road and off-road cycling routes, including rail trails and various points of interest, including the communities of Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Elmvale and others.
  • Simcoe County Loop Trail Map 2019. Print and downloadable maps available from Cycle Simcoe along the the 160km off-road loop trail, including certified bicycle friendly locations and various, but limited on-road connections.
  • Barrie By Bike – Explore the different bike trails and routes in Barrie using this website which is dedicated to promoting cycling in the Barrie area, including routes, transportation and other great information. Bring your friends and family and go see Barrie By Bike!
  • Collingwood Trails Map  2020. Map. Town of Collingwood – Detailed map of all existing trails in Collingwood.

Please note there may be additional map guides for the region that cyclists may find interesting or useful. New maps and guides are produced yearly, and the information listed here may change.

Travel by GO Transit – Bikes are allowed on the Barrie Line between Toronto and Barrie on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. GO offers train service all-day and 7 days a week between Toronto and Barrie, with space for up to four bikes per train coach. Stops along the Barrie line include Allandale Waterfront, Barrie South, Bradford, East Gwillimbury, Newmarket, Aurora, King City, Maple, Rutherford, York University and Union Station.

Destination & Regional Partners 

Tourism Simcoe County
Cycle Simcoe