Ontario’s Lake Country Road & Trail Map Open in Google Maps »

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

On-Road Routes

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.

.

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!

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.

Carlyon Loop

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Length: 49 km
Start: Centennial Park, Washago
Starting in the village 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. The park also features
a boat launch with access to Lake
Couchiching. On your way out, be sure to
stop in the village of Washago for
a delicious treat, from a local café or
bakery

.

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.

 

Upper Big Chute Loop

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.

Heritage Estate Winery Tour

 Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 52 km (26 km each way)
Start: Horseshoe Resort

A truly unique experience in Simcoe
County. Starting at Horseshoe Resort,
guests can skip the first climb and take
the chairlift to the top of Horseshoe
where they can begin their 26 km road
ride to Heritage Estate Winery & Cidery
Inc. Heritage Estate is known for their
ciders, wines and cheese and charcuterie
boards. Take a tour, relax and embrace
the atmosphere before your journey back
to Horseshoe Resort. Tours are available
upon request, please call and book in
advance. Please remember to drink and
ride responsibly.

Rail Trail Routes

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 fl at 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!

.

Rama/Ramara Rail 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 Ojibwe 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.

.

Uhthoff Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 30 km
Start: Wilson Point Road, Division Road,
Burnside Line, Coldwater Curling Club,
Sturgeon Bay Road

The Uhthoff Trail is part of the Trans
Canada Trail – The Great Trail. The
Uhthoff Trail begins at the link to the
Millennium Trail of Orillia at Wilson
Point Road. The trail follows an old CPR
railway line through the rural landscape
of Severn Township with many scenic
views along the way. The Community of
Coldwater provides a rest before joining
up with the Tay Shore Trail at the 400
overpass to Waubaushene. The trail
is predominantly a gravel trail and an
easy ride for the whole family!

Orillia Millennium Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 15 km
Start: Couchiching Beach Park or
Barnfield Point Recreation Centre

This 15 km trail is a system of paved
and gravel trails, with a waterfront
view of Lake Couchiching, in the City
of Orillia. The paved portion, known as
the Millennium Trail, is part of the Trans
Canada Trail System and connects the
Rama/Ramara Trail to the Uhthoff Trail
in Severn Township