Top Ten Ontario Motorcycle Routes for 2013

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Updated for the 2013 riding season is Ontario Tourism’s Top Ten Motorcycle Routes in Ontario. This year's list has been totally revamped based on all the new roads we've explored in 2012 as part of the Ultimate Northern Ontario Road Trip. We’ve brought you a round-up of the most scenic, twisty and fun routes in the province. Check out the video for an idea of the incredible diversity of riding experiences in the province, or just skip down to the list!

10. Highway 11 from Nipigon

Highway 11

Back for a second year is Highway 11 from Nipigon to Cochrane (or vice versa.) First off: know that this is nearly as far north as you can go on paved roads. Add in the stunning cliff-enclosed 160km (100 miles) of two-lane blacktop between Nipigon and Geraldton, which include the world-beating Pijitiwabik Pallisades, and you’ve got the makings of an epic ride.

9. Forks of the Credit


Easily the shortest route on the list, this one makes it mainly by virtue of its popularity and proximity to the Big Smoke (AKA Toronto). Best suited for a day trip, the road includes some great twist and turns, over hill and dale, and one thrilling hairpin. Riders in the know will take Mississauga Road north for an extra thrill.

8. Ride Grey-Bruce –

grey bruce riding

Rolling farmlands, dozens of waterfalls, great food and even greater accommodations, Grey-Bruce is a little slice of heaven just 3 hours northwest of Toronto. Roads that hug the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, mixed with quiet rural scenes make for the perfect weekend riding destination.

7. Georgian Bay Coastal Route

highway 6

This 800km (500 miles) loop around Georgian Bay reveals more of Ontario’s incredibly diverse riding – from the pale blue waters of Killarney, to the quiet hamlets of Manitoulin Island, to a big water crossing on the Chi-Cheemaun ferry (where motorcyclists always come first) — this route makes for a perfect four day Ontario primer.

6. The Kawarthas

Godolphin Road

2 hours northeast of Toronto are some of the best loved roads in province – Buckhorn Road, Dyno Road, Rice Lake Drive: the list could go on and on. Any visitor should make a point of checking out the massive Peterborough Lift Locks, eating at Muddy’s Pit BBQ, and riding the Buckhorn Road — at the posted speed limit of course.

5. Great Legends Circle Tour

The Great Legends Circle Tour

This mammoth 1350km (830 miles) tour starts in North Bay and takes in the wilds of Northeastern Ontario. See Ganuk the polar bear in Cochrane, ride stunning Highway 144, visit historic Mattawa and take a side trip to Elk Lake through the fields of the Little Clay Belt.

4. The Ottawa Valley

Riders in the Ottawa Valley

Known far and wide for its quiet country roads that seem built for motorcycling, the Ottawa Valley is easy riding from New York, Vermont or Quebec. Check out Calabogie Road, the Opeongo Line and Barry’s Bay backroads for some of the twistiest roads around. Oh, and anyone visiting must stop for dinner at the Wilno Tavern. Trust us.

3. Ride Lake Superior

Ride Lake Superior

In motorcycling, there are all kinds of rides: day trips, big tours, short jaunts, road trips and more. And then there are epic bucket list rides. This is one of those. On par with world-class riding like Highway 1 in California, Lake Superior boasts the kind of scenery that makes you think you’re on another planet.

2. The Temiskaming Circle Tour

Riding through two provinces, three cultures and around one big lake is the theme of this trip. Riders get the best of both worlds, with wide open Northeastern Ontario highways, and the rolling hills of Quebec’s Highway 101.

1. The Grand Algoma Ride

Dustin Woods on a BMW K1600 in Algoma

Every single inch of pavement on this ride is incredible. Every. Single. Inch. Starting in the Soo (or Sault Ste. Marie as the tourists call it) ride east on the Trans-Canada to Thessalon and head north on Highway 129 (Ontario’s Tail of the Dragon) then take a left at Highway 556, and another left at Wawa where you’ll ride the most scenic highway in the province. ‘Nuff said.


Mike is an avid motorsports enthusiast - you'll find him at home on ATVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles and powerboats. Check out his Twitter feed for some great ideas on adventure travel!


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  • Francois Francois Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:58

    I'm from Montreal area and a week ago, it was my first ride in Ontario. Pembroke, Algonquin Park, #60, #28, #515, #71... etc. Woah! Great roads

    I will get back to discover north area.

    Also, people always try to speak French... cool!

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  • Barb Barb Sunday, 11 August 2013 13:05

    we need a nice route to get from London to the Ottawa ride. Any suggestions?

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  • cajun guy cajun guy Tuesday, 06 August 2013 00:09

    Just came back from doing the Superior route (August 2013) - 4 days 3400km. Added in 129 after riding 101 from Wawa. Please note that SEVERAL kilometers of the 129 are hard/loose gravel and much of the road is rough and unmarked. Still my favourite ride in Ontario. When done eat and or stay at the Red Roof Inn in Iron Bridge (food is awesome).

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  • Dave Mac Dave Mac Sunday, 04 August 2013 13:48

    Fantastic list.
    And thanx for leaving out my 2 fave roads!

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  • Cycle World Superstore Cycle World Superstore Wednesday, 03 July 2013 20:36

    Great list Mike! Thanks!

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  • Ian Russell Ian Russell Wednesday, 19 June 2013 18:02

    Hey Bob, have a look at the map at the bottom of the Ottawa Valley Motorcycle Women Riders Tour article.

    There are some great roads worth checking out.
    Have a great ride!

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  • bob meikle bob meikle Monday, 13 May 2013 12:39

    trying to get a map or route for the Ottawa valley tour, I am with the widowssons grand chapter quebec and would like to organise a ride

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  • houses for sale in prince edward county houses for sale in prince edward county Saturday, 16 March 2013 07:04

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about ontario top ten motorcycle route.

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