Born to Ride Bicycle are introducing a new one week cycling vacation that will have participants visiting a new community everyday. It's a leisurely paced one of a kind waterfront heritage cycling vacation along the shores of Lake Simcoe, Lake Couchiching and North and West Georgian Bay, exploring quiet country roads and county trails.
This Seven Day Guided Cycling Vacation Package includes accommodations, meals, snacks, site admissions, professional tour guide, and support vehicle for luggage, purchases and emergency bike repairs.
Highlights of your cycling vacation:
Barrie Ontario is a beautiful waterfront city on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay. You’ll arrive at our partner hotel and after settling in, check your bike with our support vehicle driver or get fitted for your rental bike and gear. You will enjoy a wonderful dinner and meet fellow cyclists and your tour guides.
Day 2 approximately 64 km - easy to moderate ride
After a hearty breakfast, we will travel to Barrie’s waterfront trail starting point and pedal along the breathtaking shores of Kempenfelt Bay and Lake Simcoe. Our route will take us on historic rail trails and serene country roads with plenty of time for picture taking along the way.
We’ll stop at scenic rest stops to enjoy delicious snacks and a wonderful lunch before arriving at our next waterfront community. We’ll stop to visit Orillia’s famous Stephen Leacock Museum and at local market or bakery to temp your taste buds with delicious treats.
After checking into this evening’s accommodation, you’ll be able to share your adventures with new friends over a lovely meal.
Day 3 approximately 70 km - easy to moderate ride
Today’s ride will take us along another historic trail with stops at an Ontario farm, the quaint village of Coldwater for lunch and harbour towns along beautiful Georgian Bay.
We’ll tour the last Edwardian passenger steamship in the world; the SS Keewatin which is now docked at the Port McNicoll harbour
Day 4 approximately 31 km - easy to moderate ride
Today we’ll take it easy on the riding because there is so much to see and do in Midland.
You’ll have a couple of hours in the morning to visit Wye Marsh for a leisurely walk or guided canoe ride, experience life of the Huron Indians at Ste. Marie among the Hurons. We’ll pedal over to a waterfront park to enjoy a picnic lunch before exploring the Huronia Museum.
Day 5 approximately 54 km - moderate with some hilly areas
We can’t leave these harbour towns without a visit to historic Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene (Simcoe County’s French bilingual community).
Some of the manicured trails we enjoy today will have us riding over many bridges with twists and turns.
Lunch will be served on the patio of this cool little restaurant overlooking the beach (weather permitting).
We’ll pedal along toward another beach town of where you can dip your toe into the water from the shore of the world’s longest freshwater beach!
You’ll experience a breathtaking sunset while enjoy a delicious meal at this lovely Wasaga Beach eatery.
Day 6 approximately 39 km - easy to moderate ride
We’ll start our day one hour later, today and take a tour of Nancy Island historic site and museum exhibits.
We’ll travel to the town of Collingwood for lunch and enjoy an afternoon of shopping with a stop at the Collingwood Museum to learn more about its ship building history. This little town also hosts the world’s largest Elvis Festival every August!
Day 7 approximately 74 km - moderate mostly road riding
Today’s ride takes us inland and through the village of Creemore where you can enjoy the many shops and tastes. We’ll stop in scenic New Lowell Conservation Park to enjoy the lovely view before continuing on to Angus (the home of Canadian Forces Base Borden) for a well deserved lunch!
Last stretch on the way back to Barrie and our farewell dinner celebration!
We recommend you spend another night in Barrie to enjoy the sights and sound of this growing community. Book this option the same time as the rest of your cycling vacation.
Tour Dates: June 15, July 13, Aug 10, Sep 8, Oct 5
Save $100 per person by booking before April 15th.
More info can be found on the Born to Ride Bicycle website.
Watch a promo video here.
Download your Waterfront Heritage Cycling Vacation Application Form.