We staged from Manitoulin Island and headed north on HWY 6, then west on Fox Lake Road midway between Little Current and Espanola. Fox Lake road is a seasonal Class 2 road--two lane gravel for the most part… feels more like a single lane. It's good going, with minimal local traffic to camps.
Traversing west from Massey on HWY 17 and north on 108, we fuel up both ourselves and our bikes in Elliot Lake before hitting the Deer Trail. The Fireside Classic Grill is biker-friendly, with good grub, and there were bikes coming and going the entire time that we were there. Back on the road, north on 629, the road narrowed and there was lots of elevation, sweepers and amazing views. The lack of infrastructure and cell signals lends to that wonderful sense that you are now somewhere else, far away from it all. We hit the apex of the Deer Trail and headed southwest, hugging the Little White River, along secondary river valley roads that rarely disappoint. For about 50 kilometres we had plenty of twisties on chip and tar, with good traction, just cruising hammer down.
After a good ride heading North on 129, we arrived safe and sound at Wakomata Lake Cottages. A good day of riding, a huge delicious meal, and I was ready for bed. We had a good-sized adjoining cabin that all 7 of us occupied, which was great for socializing into the evening.
When it comes to accommodations, some more extreme riders don't mind pitching tents in the middle of nowhere. But at the same time, a certain comfort level can be nice too, especially if you haven't done adventure touring before. The routes posted are what I'm gonna call conservative routes, meaning that you can do them without too much worry. The roads we've chosen are mapped and proven. There's no gotchas or surprises along the way. You're not gonna get stranded.
At the same time, it's also about preference. Some very experienced riders don't like gravel, it's just a matter of personal preference. Just keep in mind that the further north that you go, the more dispersed the infrastructure is. Wherever you go in Ontario, I can say with confidence that you'll find great people and warm accommodations. The people are what make this such a great area to visit.