Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

Explore Georgian Bay by Bike through Simcoe County

The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a multi-day bike-packing tour, following the shore of Georgian Bay. The route is still under development, however you can ride the newly signed and mapped portion through Bruce County, Grey County and Simcoe County today! The long term plan is to develop the route so it loops around Georgian Bay – construction is currently underway in the northern sections. 


Where to Park

1. Take the GoTrain up to Barrie and connect to the route via Rail Trail. 
2. Hotels – if you stay the first night in a hotel they will often allow you to leave your car for the remainder of the trip. 

Where to Stay

Simcoe County has a wide selection of designated cycling-friendly accommodations, including camping, hotels, and B&Bs. For a full listing, download the PDF map or order a printed copy.

Overnight towns include: Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Midland, and Orillia.


Bike You Should Ride

The Great Lakes Waterfront Trust Trail is primarily paved, with a mix of on-road and multi-use rail trail. The Rail Trail in Collingwood is hardpacked limestone, then the route turns to paved trail and road for the remainder of the trip through Simcoe County. 

We suggest riding:

  • Road Bike (advanced riders only)
  • Gravel Bike
  • Hybrid Bike
  • Cyclocross Bike


Have more questions?

Contact Cycle Simcoe for FREE trip advice and a complete list of cycling-friendly rest stops and accommodations. 

Sample Itinerary

If you are looking for help planning your trip beyond Simcoe County, check out the Great Lakes Waterfront Trust Trail website

Check out some photos from the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

Kms of road cycling

kms of rail trail

kms of mountain bike single track

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