Cycle & Stay South Georgian Bay
Bed & Breakfasts Along the Routes
In South Georgian Bay, each and every level of cyclist can accomplish his/her goals whilst enjoying all that the area has to offer. There is a choice for any cyclist to make a weekend or a holiday into a reality. With ‘Cycle and Stay South Georgian Bay’, cycling routes with accommodations along the way, one will enjoy the warm hospitality of a Bed & Breakfast hosts after a long ride. With so many attractions in the area and unique communities to see, it may take several outings in order to take in all the sights. Although we are unable to determine the weather, your hosts will provide a wealth of information with regard to activities to be enjoyed. The Bed & Breakfasts in this Association all have adequate parking, secure cycle lock-up and repair kits.
So if cycling is your passion and you need a welcoming place to stay, and maybe a lift with the luggage, then visit the Cycle B&B South Georgian Bay website www.cyclebnbsouthgeorgianbay.com for more information. Some guided tours are available.
Cycling Routes in South Georgian Bay
Hard hills. 43.7 km one way. A brutal up and down the Escarpment tour. From Kimberley head east on Sideroad 7B, turn left at 3rd Line A to Duncan, left on Blue Mountains/Euphrasia Townline, turn right on 15th Sideroad (Grey Rd #119) to Ravenna, turn right on Grey Rd 2, then left on Grey Rd 19. For the ultimate finish, visit Scandinave Spa.
Beaver Valley Tour
(Moderate to Difficult) 66 km. From Meaford head south on County Rd
7 to Kimberley. Follow Grey Road 13 to Thornbury, then back to Meaford along the Georgian Trail. Long and hilly. End your day at the Leeky Canoe in Meaford.
Kimberley to Thornbury
(Easy) 17.25 km one way. It’s all downhill — well, one way at least. Follow Grey Road 13 starting at Kimberley to Thornbury. Be sure to pack a lunch and stop at the drop off points for canoes & kayaks. Free Spirit Tours offers great packages.
Touch of History Tour
(Good workout) 49 km loop. From Meaford, south along County Rd 7 to Griersville. Head south on the historic Old Mail Rd to Heathcote and back to Thornbury on Grey Rd 13. Return to Meaford on the Georgian Trail. Be sure to check out what’s happening at the Meaford Hall.
Wasaga Beach Cruise
(Easy) 50 km return. Collingwood south on Hurontario Sreet (County Rd.124) to local Airport Road, east to Mosley Street, north on any road to the beach. Great riding on hard packed sand. Watch for bodies and cool off at your leisure in Georgian Bay.
Blue Mountain High
(A hard ride) 35 km loop that starts at the Blue Mountain Inn, east on Grey Rd 19 toward Collingwood, then follow G.R. 19 southwest as it turns back up the mountain. Turn right on the 4th Line past the hamlet of Banks to Loree Forest on 21st Sideroad and follow this road down into the Beaver Valley to Victoria’s Corners on Grey #2. Visit Georgian Hills Vineyards at this corner for a wine tours. Go north (right) on Grey Rd #2 to Hwy #26 at Thornbury, turn right and pick up the Georgian Trail a quarter-mile down on the right side. Ride the Trail back to the Craigleith Heritage Depot (stop for a visit and water) and back up Grey Rd #19 back to the Inn.
Creemore Beer Run
(Good workout) 63 km. Go south from Collingwood on County Rd. 124, left on Local Airport Rd, right on Fairgrounds Rd, ( the 4th Line) to Creemore. Creemore Springs runs free Brewery tours every day. Return via County Rd 9 to Dunedin and then north to Glen Huron, left on Concession #6 north and then left on the Nottawa Sideroad to County Rd.124, turn right for Collingwood.
Collingwood/Pretty River Loop
(Moderate — break a sweat) 41 km loop. South from Collingwood on 10th Line, west on Nottawasaga SR 30-31 to Rob Roy and return via Pretty River Valley. Scenic and rolling hills. Consider a night’s stay at the beautiful Pretty River Valley Country Inn.
Collingwood to Feversham
(Extra lung required) 61 km. A challenging climb up the Escarpment on County Road 19 to County Road 2, south through Kolapore Highlands to Feversham. Return via Grey Rd. 31 to Rob Roy & Pretty River Valley, left on 10th Line to Collingwood. Reward yourself with lunch, dinner or a snack in downtown Collingwood.
Thornbury Garden Tour
(Easy Going) 12 km loop. From the Thornbury Harbour, along the Georgian Trail, west out of town to the 10th Line, south to Clendenan Dam to Clarksburg. Return via Clark Street to the Georgian Trail. Turn north and return to the harbour. Stop for coffee at Ashanti or lunch at the Dam Pub.
Irish Mountain Climb
(Good workout) 38 km loop. West from Meaford Harbour along Nelson and Cty Rd. 12 to Cty. Rd. 112, then north to Irish Mountain look-out. Return via 22nd sideroad (east) then south on Cty. Rd. 22 and sideroad 22 towards the Bay and Lakeshore Rd. into Meaford.
OFF ROAD TRAILS
The Georgian Trail
(Moderate to Easy) 34 km one way. A trail from Collingwood to Thornbury and Meaford. A family trail with good connections to many other trails. This biking and walking trail offers some of the finest scenery in the region. You can stop for refreshments, visit the harbours and beaches or just explore.
Kolapore Forest LoopThree Stage
(More difficult/very difficult) 50 kms of trails. This ride is known for its great hills and some technical rocky terrain that make this area a wicked place to ride. After parking at the Grey Rd 2 access point, bike left and cross the road and then turn right into the forest to the start of the Trail. There are several trails that run through sensitive wetland areas which are not suitable for any summer use. If you are not familiar with the area you are best to stop at our Visitor Centre to buy a map which shows environmentally sensitive areas where riding is prohibited. Your loop can range from 1.5 – 4 hours. For more information check out www.kolaporeuplands.org.
(More difficult / very difficult) 40 km. From Collingwood, travel west on 6th Street towards the ski hills, to get to Three Stage. When you get to Grey Road 21 also known as Osler Bluff Road turn left and follow for 1 km over a hill and turn right on Grey Road 19. Drive approximately 2 km up the hill and turn left on to the 3rd Line. This is a dirt road that winds up the Escarpment cutting the Bruce Trail and when you get to an intersection you can turn right and park on either side of the road, well on to the shoulder. The labyrinth of trails encompass just about everything from rocky technical sections, fast, flowing single-track, to burn-inducing climbs and fast downhills.
(Moderate/difficult) 7 km. Offering spectacular views of Georgian Bay, Loree Forest offers good trails for the intermediate to novice rider. Smooth, fast single-track runs through mature forest along the Escarpment. For a challenging route, head down Camperdown Road trail. Just don’t expect to be able to ride back up again! It’s a big climb.
Mountain Bike The Trails @ Blue
(Intermediate to very difficult) 10 km cross-country, 30 km downhill. Test your mountain biking skills on Blue Mountain. Ride up in the gondola with your bike then soar down the marked trails. Whether you are looking for a scenic ride around the area’s more gentle terrain, or a heart pumping adrenaline rush as you tackle the escarpment’s downhill trails, the Mountain Bike Centre at Blue Mountain will provide the information and equipment you need. Located at Grand Central Lodge, the Mountain Bike Centre offers rentals, repairs, trail passes, lessons and programs for ages 8 years (10 years for Downhill Biking) and up. Check out Ontario’s best downhill mountain biking at www.bluemountain.ca.