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Winding through Bruce, Grey, and Simcoe Counties

Winding through Bruce, Grey, and Simcoe Counties

Bruce, Grey, and Simcoe counties are nestled between the shores of Lake Huron, Georgian Bay, and Lake Simcoe. From hundreds of kilometres of shoreline, to Canadian Shield rock cuts, to Escarpment cliffs and rolling meadows, the diversity of riding terrain here is unparallelled.

The Bruce Peninsula

On the eastern shore of this narrow strip of land, the steep limestone cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment rise up like a giant's spine out of the crashing waves of Georgian Bay, while the western side gives way to gentler terrain and the sandy beaches of Lake Huron. Leading to and from each extreme like the region's nervous system are breathtaking motorcycle roads exploding with huge drops, climbs and inspiring views.

Ridegreybruce.com provides information for four spectacular routes. Situated at the very tip of the peninsula, the town of Tobermory looks out onto both Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. Whether you're a certified diver or not, the ferry to Fathom Five National Marine Park is well worth the trip. Cruising down the peninsula's west coast takes you past sunny Lake Huron beaches, with some of the most notable being at Sauble, Kindcardine, Port Elgin.

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Motorcycle-friendly spots to eat and places to sleep are in high supply in Bruce County. Walker's Landing in Walkerton has the perfect patio and will satisfy the hungriest of bellies. And Sola's Grill in Sauble has front-row patio seats to a view of the beach and its brilliant Lake Huron sunsets. For a place to stay, be sure to book at Taylor Made Bed and Breakfast. The owners are both avid motorcyclists, and they know exactly what a road-weary rider needs to recharge for the next day.

Grey County

Riding south down the peninsula and curving east along the southern shore of Georgian Bay takes you into Grey County. South of the escarpment, Grey County's Historic Mills Route follows long looping roads through rolling hills and farmlands. Views of the Saugeen river and its old mills look back to the region's charming past.

To the north, exhilarating climbs up the escarpment reveal views of Georgian Bay and lead to a variety of other interesting stops. Scenic Caves Nature Adventures have done amazing work to make it possible to explore some of the escarpment's mysterious caves. But if you prefer open air to tight squeezes in the dark, get back on the bike and lean into the curves of the Blue Mountains' Apple Pie Trail.

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Cruising the Apple Pie Trail

The route winds through apple orchards and a variety of excellent restaurants and bakeries that incorporate the local apple yields. Did someone say pie eating contest?! In the evening, you'll want to visit The Dam Pub in Thornbury for a drink list of epic proportions.

Simcoe County

A short ride north of Toronto brings you over the Oak Ridges Moraine and into the southern end of Simcoe County. A little further north past Barrie and you enter "the land in between"--the transitional zone between southern mixed-wood forests and the more rugged Canadian Shield. Tourism Barrie has put together a great map and list of roads for motorcycling in the area.

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Canadian Shield Rock Cut

For a great introduction to the ultra-twisty backroads and granite rock cuts that characterize the Shield, head to Upper Big Chute Road. The road begins near Coldwater where you should stop to eat at the historic Coldwater Mill. Past Coldwater, rocky farms, swamps, and granite rock adorn each twist in the road until you approach The Riverhouse restaurant in the tiny hamlet of Severn Falls. Their fish & chips are second to none, and their patio overhangs the Severn River, which is like a highway for boats. After a few more big hairpins, you get to Big Chute itself, an engineering landmark that hauls boats over a huge granite drop by means of a railway carriage.

On the eastern end of the county is the warm water of Lake Couchiching and the City of Orillia where nearby Weber's Hamburgers grills its famous burgers. In the summer, Orillia has a fantastic series of festivals that are worth planning your trip around.

Closer to Grey county, Wasaga Beach, the world's longest freshwater beach, stretches out along the southernmost end of Georgian Bay.

Wasaga Beach 

The shallow water gets nice and warm in the summer, and the weekend crowds will make you feel like you're in Cancun. A brief look around will reveal plenty of places to eat and imbibe. You can camp near the beach at Jell-E-Bean Campground, but for a roof over your head, ride along the coast to Collingwood where you'll find a good selection of hotels, motels, and B & Bs. Have a look at OntarioTravel.net's Bruce Peninsula, Southern Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe section to help you make your perfect getaway to this astonishing slice of paradise!

Recommended Accomodations: Horseshoe Resort, Cobble Beach

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