Ontario’s Lake Country Routes

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  • Simcoe County is excited to highlight the following cycling routes within the region of Ontario’s Lake Country. From flat and family friendly routes, to a challenging and hill filled 92k, we’ve got a lot to offer!

    Ontario’s Lake Country, located just one hour north of Toronto, is one of Ontario’s most picturesque regions, filled with beautiful lakes, rolling hills, clean waters, and fascinating waterways. In this region major Ontario resorts offer premier four season recreation and getaway experiences. The world class Casino Rama Hotel and Entertainment Centre is just around the corner from a charming city, where visitors can discover fascinating shoppes, enjoy showcase theatre, superb dining, and historical sites. Encompassing five districts, Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama, Ramara and Severn, Ontario’s Lake Country is a year round tourism destination paradise.

    Explore Ontario’s Lake Country where you will find something for everyone including, outdoor adventures and pursuits, historic sites, fishing, trails, festivals and events, arts and culture, winter sports, golf, resort experiences, gaming, sports competitions, agri- and eco-tourism and so much more.

    Reclaim your sense of adventure, capture wonderful family memories or relax and rejuvenate. Whether you enjoy a short getaway package, a family vacation, weekend retreat, romantic getaway or casual day trip, you are guaranteed to have fun in Ontario’s Lake Country.

    For tourism information, visit: www.OntariosLakeCountry.com. Or, visit: www.CycleSimcoe.ca for more information on cycling in Simcoe County.

    Canopy Cruising

    Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
    Length: 26 km
    Start: 4th Line and Bass Lake Sideroad

    This fun, and scenic route is great for cyclists of all abilities. Enjoy one of the most scenic routes in the entire County! Riders start on the tree canopied Bass Lake Side Road and are faced with a couple challenging climbs, such as the first right turn on to the 8th Line and rolling terrain on the 4th Line heading back towards Horseshoe. The Canopy Cruising route is perfect for cyclists looking for challenging climbs with beautiful scenery along the way.

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    Bass Lake Beauty

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Length: 34 km
    Start: 4th Line and Bass Lake Sideroad

    Starting on Bass Lake Side Road and continuing on the 8th Line, it’s no surprise where the name “Canopy Cruising” came from. Taking you through the canopied section of Bass Lake Sideroad, enjoy the scenic, windy roads and test yourself with the 5k grind up the 2nd Line on this tour of central Oro-Medonte!

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    Hills of Oro-Medonte

    Difficulty: Advanced
    Length: 92 km
    Start: 4th Line and Bass Lake Sideroad

    This tour through Oro-Medonte is both challenging and beautiful. This route begins on the quiet Bass Lake Sideroad, but don’t get comfortable, because once you turn left on the 7th line the hills begin. Riders can test themselves against some of our largest and longest climbs, including the Eady Stairs! For a rest, stop in the town of Moonstone for a quick snack before descending Moonstone Road, towards the 10th Line. Hills of Oro-Medonte is designed for recreational and avid cyclists looking to test their abilities, with challenging hills and long descents throughout the entire route.

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    Lake Country Oro-Medonte Rail Trail

    Difficulty: Easy
    Length: 28 km (each way)
    Start: Woodland Drive (northern boundary of the trail, near Orillia) or 1st Line, off of Ridge Road (this marks the southern boundary of this trail, near Barrie).

    Embrace the outdoors; from active Osprey Nests to busy beavers in their Beaver Pond to quiet wetlands and Great Blue Herons; the flat and crushed gravel route, Lake County Oro-Medonte Rail Trail, linking the cities of Barrie and Orillia, definitely has something for those looking to connect with nature. And for those needing to cool off, take a quick detour to any one of our beaches and enjoy some of the cleanest waterfronts on Lake Simcoe!

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    Coldwater Course

    Difficulty: Moderate/Advanced
    Length: 50 km
    Start: ODAS Park/Fairgrounds

    The Coldwater course is perfect for those riders looking for rolling terrain, challenging climbs, with plenty of stops along the way. Ride beside Bass Lake and enjoy the view of the water before passing through Marchmont on route to Coldwater. Stop for a bite to eat in Coldwater or learn about Coldwater’s History at the Heritage Museum or Historic Mill before setting out to return to the Fairgrounds.

    Please Note: Highway 12 receives high volumes of traffic. Please use caution when crossing.

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    Carlyon Loop

    Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
    Length: 49 km
    Start: Washago Centennial Park, Washago

    Starting in the Town of Washago, Carlyon Loop offers rolling terrain for the intermediate and advanced rider. Follow the route through rural agricultural land and back to the beautiful Washago Centennial Park, where you can swim, play or picnic, with a boat launch and access to Lake Couchiching. On your way out of town, be sure to stop in the community of Washago for a delicious treat.

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    Upper Big Chute Loop

    Difficulty: Moderate/Advanced
    Length: 56 km
    Start: Severn Falls

    For one of the most scenic routes in the County, try the Upper Big Chute Loop. This route takes the rider entirely around Gloucester Pool. Follow Upper Big Chute Road /County Road 17, North into Muskoka as it winds its way around rocky landscape and multiple lakes. Upper Big Chute Road eventually turns into Whites Falls Road and then into Honey Harbour Road before crossing Highway 400 into Port Severn. Make a Pit Stop in Port Severn and check out the Marine Railroad at Lock 42. Follow Saint Amant Road out of Port Severn to return to Severn Falls via Upper Big Chute Road.

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    Uhthoff Trail

    Difficulty: Easy
    Length: 22 km (each way)
    Start: Downtown Orillia, Coldwater Arena, Burnside Line and Division Road

    Most commonly known for being part of the Trans Canada Trail, the Uhthoff trail connects to the Millenium Trail which leads to the beautiful downtown Orillia waterfront, runs along Lake Couchiching and up to Waubaushene where it meets up with the famous Georgian Bay shoreline. Known for its scenic views, the predominantly gravel trail is fun for the whole family. Take a rest part way through in the community of Coldwater!

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    Rama/Ramara Trail

    Difficulty: Easy
    Length: 5 km (each way)
    Start: Casino Rama

    The trail starts in the south at the historic fish weirs that were built by the Mnjikaning First Nation people. “Mnjikaning” is an Ojibway word meaning “the place of the fish fence”. The trail follows the abandoned CN rail line through pastoral countryside, crossing the Rama Road/Monck Road intersection, along Monck Road to the trail sign and extending to Mara-Rama Boundary Road. If you are coming from the City of Orillia, stop off at Casino Rama for some fun and excitement. If you are already staying at the Casino, be sure to take the trail in to Orillia and explore the beautiful downtown.

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