Biking in South Georgian Bay
South Georgian Bay is covered in bike routes for all abilities that guide you past the waterfront, escarpment, and local businesses. What better way to get exercise than to bike through rolling farmland, past orchards and cideries, and along paths with a view of the never-ending Georgian Bay. Here we’ve highlighted some of the best routes to explore when biking South Georgian Bay. Check out the tours we’ve mapped out on the Driftscape app for exploring South Georgian Bay by bike, foot, or car. Please remember to follow public health guidelines and if you aren’t local to the area, you can always start planning now for your visit later!
Easy to Moderate
Waterfront Trail Collingwood – Take a scenic bike along the Heather Trail with a view of the town’s iconic terminals and the beautiful Georgian Bay. Enjoy the fresh air and vast green space as you ride along the Collingwood waterfront – with concrete and limestone trails available. One optional route is the East Circle Route that is 5.8 km and takes you along the Train Trail, Pretty River, and Sunset Point Park. For a longer walk, you can continue to the Station Museum, Central Park or the Japanese Garden.
Clearview Train Trail – If you are looking for a longer bike, take the Clearview Train Trail from Collingwood to Stayner. This 14 km long walk along a gravel trail follows an abandoned rail line. The trail was originally part of the Ontario Simcoe and Huron Railway system that went from Collingwood to Toronto.
Georgian Trail – The Georgian Trail is about 34 km and runs along the southern shore of Georgian Bay from Collingwood to Meaford. The trail has a hard-packed and granular surface and is used year-round for activities such as running, walking, cross-country skiing, cycling, and snow-shoeing. This is the perfect place to go for an easy bike and you can access the trail at 30 different points. The trail is very flat and is great for any fitness level.
Wasaga Beach Trail – Bike along the trails in Wasaga Beach with over 100 km’s of on and off-road trails. Or take a leisurely ride along the Wasaga Beach Shore Lane Trail which starts at Beach Area 2.
Moderate to Difficult
Thom Thomson Trail – The Tom Thomson Trail is a 3-season hiking, cycling, and horseback riding route between Meaford and Owen Sound. From Fred Raper Park at Meaford’s waterfront, the trail follows paved roads, woodland trails and gravel roads across the Niagara Escarpment and the rolling farmland overlooking Georgian Bay. There are multiple access points along the 40km route. Download the Trail Map here.
The Ganaraska Trail – The entire Ganaraska Trail is 500 km long and goes from Port Hope to the Bruce Trail near Collingwood, with side trails to Wasaga Beach and Midland. The Mad River Section has a 50-kilometer section of trail that runs more or less west through Angus and Glencairn. The Wasaga section begins just south of Archer Road on River Road East. The trail winds through the sandhills of Wasaga Beach Provincial Park to Wasaga Beach, providing great views of the Nottawasaga River deep below in the valley. From there, the trail goes through the valley of McIntyre Creek and passes along quiet country roads to Smithdale, east of Glen Huron, where it connects with the Mad River section. View a map of the Wasaga Beach Section Here . View a Virtual Map of the Mad River Section Here
Pretty River Valley Provincial Park 3-Stage – Located South of Collingwood, within Pretty River Valley Provincial Park, 3-Stage is a trail rider’s dream. Not to be confused with the hiking trails at Pretty River Valley Provincial Park, 3-Stage is a network of mostly advanced singletrack. Accessible from 6 trail access points where you want to start and what run you choose is absolutely up to you. Knowing this the terrain is relatively unmarked and can pose a challenge for new riders to the area or those with a less than a great sense of direction. Keep an eye out. With the flora and terrain being as varied as it is in this area you can ride 5 different types of forest and everything from 10+ minute flowing descents to rolling gentle hills. Keep in mind 3-Stage is absolutely not recommended for beginners and watch out when things get wet. 3-Stage tends to get extremely slippery when things get wet and damp. Make sure damage is kept to a minimum and check the weather before going out. View a virtual trail map Here.