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Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Another Great Ontario Backroad

Have you ridden through Sleeping Giant Park? You're going to want to soon...

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is a nature lover's dream—wide open views of the huge cliffs surrounding the Thunder Bay and Nipigon area, campgrounds that put visitors in close contact with nature, and the sleepy little town of Silver Islet at the end of the road, with a general store that seems to be frozen in time.

The General Store in Silver Islet

However, what many Ontario riders don't know is that the road is one of the most entertaining rides in the province. Sometimes called the Sibley Road or the Sleeping Giant road, this beautiful stretch of tarmac is a perfectly crafted balance of twists, turns, ups and downs in a well-paced succession, with a few views of lakes and rivers, passing under a massive railway trestle, and flying by Pass Lake. The video below doesn't fully convey the grin-inducing qualities of this ride, but it's a good start. Watch for the deer 20 seconds in!

Getting to this road is easy and the turn-off is well signed. While the road in is very well paved, with no potholes, tar strips, or gravel on the road (it's pretty incredible actually), the roads into the campgrounds are usually just hard-packed dirt or gravel roads, and I watched a Goldwing with trailer unsuccessfully navigate the parking lot in front of the Silvet Islet General Store. I recommend driving just past the store and parking on the asphalt. There's not enough traffic here for anyone to complain. This is a must-do side trip when doing Ride Lake Superior

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