With more than 300 kilometres of multi-use rail trail and more than 1,000 kilometres of mapped on-road cycling routes, Simcoe County has become the mecca for all things biking. From breathtaking scenic cycling routes to exhilarating downhill and cross county mountain bike trails, Simcoe County is the place to be for biking enthusiasts.
To celebrate Simcoe County’s investment in cycling, County of Simcoe is hosting “Pedal Week”. The #PedalWeek campaign features events, themes and promotions each day of the week that celebrate Simcoe County’s cycling culture and promote the County’s support and investment in cycling tourism and outdoor recreational opportunities for residents.
Monday: Cycling Tourism and Cycle Simcoe
On Monday, the County will be highlighting the importance of cycling tourism for the local economy. Through amazing festivals and events that promote our County’s commitment to cycling initiatives, such as the growing youth and tyke youth biking programs and the new 160 km off-road Simcoe County Loop Trail, cycling tourism has become a booming industry.
In 2016, cycling visitors in Ontario spent $517 million, accounting for 1.9% of total visitor spending. According to a study by the Resource Management Consulting Group (RMCG), the region of Bruce, Grey and Simcoe accounts for 25% of provincial cycling visits. In 2018, cycling tourism brought in over 1,500 overnight visits to Simcoe County, accounting for approximately $500,000 in tourism revenue. Watch out for our new video showcasing biking in Simcoe County, launching on Monday on the County of Simcoe social media channels.
Tuesday: Simcoe Cycling Without Age
On Tuesday, the County of Simcoe is hosting a First Ride event at 1:30 p.m. at Sunset Village in Collingwood and Georgian Village in Penetanguishene to celebrate the grant from the Government of Canada – New Horizons for Seniors Program and launch of the Simcoe Cycling Without Age (SCWA) program.
The SCWA program invests in one specialized trio bike per site, which can be used by willing volunteers to take residents for rides to experience the surrounding Simcoe County trails and connect to their communities. Originating in Denmark and active in more than 40 countries, Cycling Without Age (CWA) programs have enhanced the lives of residents around the world through the simple act of sharing trishaw rides in the outdoors.
To sign up to volunteer for our Simcoe Cycling Without Age program, visit https://www.simcoe.ca/LongTermCare/Pages/VolunteerPrograms.aspx
Wednesday: Trails Connecting Communities Program
On Wednesday, the County will recognize the impact of the Trails Connecting Communities Program, which supports funding to member municipalities organizations for trail development and projects that contribute to active modes of transportation, including biking and cycling.
Through the County’s Trails Connecting Communities Program, the County will provide $257,000 to 10 projects during 2019. Since its inception in 2009, the Trails Connecting Communities Program has provided more than $1.6 million in funding to local municipalities to assist in the completion of 67 trail and active transportation projects. Click here for more information on the County of Simcoe Trails Connecting Communities Program.
Thursday: Hardwood Ski and Bike Event
In 2018, Cycle Simcoe supported a video series to promote world-class mountain biking in Simcoe County. The videos featured professional cyclists and brothers, Peter and Quinton Disera and promoted our trails, events and programs, while sponsoring local competitors who compete on the international stage. On Thursday at 10 a.m., on the heels of the Canadian Championships occurring July 20-21 at Hardwood Ski and Bike in Oro-Medonte, Peter and Quinton are showing their appreciation to the County of Simcoe with the presentation of a signed Jersey to County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell.
Since 2013, the County has provided over $50,000 to various biking and cycling events throughout the region. This year’s Canadian Championships at Hardwood Ski and Bike is expected to draw more than 2,000 athletes from across Canada. Using the 2015 Pan Am course, riders will battle for the national title.
Canadian Championships is free to watch. Come out and cheer on Canada’s top mountain bike racers. Check out the course preview video by Olympian, Emily Batty.
Friday: Launch of Warbler Way
The County, along with the support from various recreation groups, continues to offer a variety of trails through the Simcoe County Forest network. On Friday, the County is set to announce the completion and opening of a new multi-use trail, Warbler Way, which winds through the Simcoe County Museum Tract, including the Forest and Habitat Restoration area, the future site for the rare and endangered Kirtland’s Warbler.
Warbler Way is 3.2 kilometres of hard-packed surface that features beautiful vistas and connects to the Hickling Tract Recreational Trail, The Great Trail (formerly Trans Canada Trail) and the Simcoe County Loop Trail. Ample parking is available at the Simcoe County Museum lot. The trail is a multi-use trail, excluding motorized use.