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Central Ontario
and Manitoulin



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Duration:

6 days / 5 nights

Total Distance:

Approx. 1500 km.

August 12 - 17, 2005

Day 1: Central Ontario - Orangeville to Lion's Head

Distance: 200 km

Hockley Valley

Our journey begins in picturesque Hockley Valley. Following paved secondary roads, we'll take you through pastoral farmland, scenic towns, and villages; we'll ride over rolling countryside, through Neustadt, voted one of the prettiest towns in Ontario before continuing north.

Bruce Peninsula

We'll follow the beautiful sandy shores of Lake Huron before entering the Bruce Peninsula, where the rugged terrain and natural beauty will leave you spellbound. Overnight will be in a charming B&B in the picturesque hamlet of Lion's Head.

Dinner: Local Eatery

Day 2: Manitoulin Island – Lion's Head to Gore Bay

Distance: 200 km

M.S. Chi-Cheemaun Ferry

Continuing on to Tobermory, we'll catch the M.S. Chi-Cheemaun (The Big Canoe) to South Baymouth.

This trip is a long-standing Great Lakes tradition. It dates back to the 1930's when a small wooden vessel, the Kagawong, first ferried automobiles across the waters of Georgian Bay between Tobermory and South Baymouth.

M'Chigeeng

We'll bid adieu to the Chi-Cheemaun and head across Manitoulin Island: a stunning isle of breathtaking scenery; cool, clear streams and lakes, lush agricultural land, dense forest, and dappled glades.

We'll stop in M'Chigeeng — Manitoulin's second-largest First Nation, and one of the Island's cultural jewels.

M'Chigeeng is home to the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, an important educational and cultural resource for the Native People of Manitoulin and the North Shore. It boasts galleries and craft shops that feature paintings and prints, quill boxes, beaded leather products, and antler carvings by Island artists and craftspeople. Many items are for sale, and helpful staff will explain the history and significance of artistic motifs and local traditions.

Gore Bay

We'll spend the night at Gordon's Lodge in Gore Bay.

A walk through the quaint, tree-lined streets with their sheltered homes will carry you back to the late 1800's, when the first settlers arrived. Many visitors are attracted to the area for its unique beauty and excellent sailing waters.

Gore Bay is situated on the North Channel. It's surrounded by indented shorelines that rival natural formations anywhere. Often called a "cruising paradise", the North Channel's open water is dotted with clusters of islands to explore.

Nature has been incredibly generous to this part of Manitoulin Island. Colour — both in the granite of the rocky shores and in the green of the foliage — borders the coves and carpets the land. Buoys and a flashing beacon on Fish Point easily guide boaters into the Bay.

Dinner: Gore Bay, on your own at a restaurant of your choice.

Day 3: Haliburton Highlands – Gore Bay to Haliburton

Distance: 350 km

Haliburton Highlands

As we enter the Haliburton Highlands we'll gaze out over glorious lakes, sandy beaches, winding, racing, meandering rivers, rocky islands adorned with windswept pines, and stunning scenery tucked around every inlet and cove.

We'll pause for night at the picturesque Delta Pinestone Resort. Situated on 280 forested acres, the resort is known for its relaxing atmosphere, breathtaking scenery and exquisite culinary offerings.

Onsite activities include tennis, volleyball, outdoor pool, hiking trails and whirlpool to name a few. Our package here includes a discount at the on-site 18 hole course the on-site spa. www.angelsspa.ca

The fabulous grounds are just five minutes outside the village of Haliburton where you can stroll through unique shops, visit artists and their galleries or enjoy live theatre. Visits to the Wolf Centre, Access to the Haliburton Forest, boat cruises can be arranged for additional fees.

Dinner: Delta Pinestone Resort

Day 4: Haliburton Highlands

This is a free day to explore the area or enjoy the many activities available at the resort.

The surrounding Haliburton Highlands offer multiple activities, from beautiful parks and various hiking trails to live theatre, artists and their galleries. Whether your interest is culture, recreation, eco-tourism, absorbing breathtaking scenery including hundreds of wonderful rivers, there are a wealth of opportunities for a refreshing, enjoyable time.

Of course, you can also choose to spend your free day riding the incredible roads throughout the area.

Dinner: On Your Own – Haliburton area

Day 5: Central and Eastern Ontario – Haliburton to Gananoque

Distance: 350 km

Canadian Shield

We'll continue our route through vast hardwood forests and jagged rock faces set amidst the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield. This will give way to the gentle, rolling hills of the Opeongo Line, where rustic barns, old stone fences, and ghost towns are plentiful and offer some spectacular riding.

We'll pass through rugged terrain and into pioneer country, where dreams were born and lost. We'll wind through remote regions of mountain scenery and historic hamlets with steep hills, twists and curves, plateaus, and valleys.

You'll enjoy shopping for original art and crafts in the picture-postcard villages that line the Rideau Canal corridor. We'll stop in traditional villages and towns that boast three centuries of Canadian heritage. Merrickville, one of our stops, is considered one of the prettiest towns in Canada.

Gananoque

We'll end our day in Gananoque, a charming town located on the St. Lawrence River in the heart of the Thousand Islands. Our final night will be spent at the enchanting and historic Gananoque Inn.

Here you can relax on the Inn's beautifully-landscaped lawn, which runs down to the water's edge. You can sit and watch the boats at the private 500-foot dock, or you can view the activities on the town dock a short distance away.

Scenic 1000 Island Tours aboard the Gananoque Boat Line are just a stone's throw away. Superb live theatre, golf, a charity casino, antiquing, museums, and the community Gardens at Landon's Bay are all nearby.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at Gananoque Inn

Day 6: Prince Edward County – Gananoque to Orangeville

Distance: 400 km

Prince Edward Country

This morning we'll pack up and bid adieu. We'll say farewell to Gananoque and travel through Prince Edward County, where we'll ride along some of the oldest roads in Ontario.

As our tour draws to a close you'll enjoy a spectacular coastline of unspoiled countryside, pastoral farms, dozens of roadside stands, and giant sand dunes. You'll savor a relaxing ride home to end a rejuvenating and refreshing adventure.

Prices:

Cdn.

$1,949
   $379 Single Supplement

USD

$1,623
   $316 Single Supplement

Note: US prices are approximate. We accept payment in US dollars at the exchange rate in effect at the time of payment.

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Terms and Conditions

  
 This package includes:

•  5 nights accommodation
•  5 hearty, healthy breakfasts
•  3 dinners featuring fine
   Canadian cuisine
•  Gratuities for above
•  Discount for on-site spa
   and golf at Delta Pinestone
   Resort
•  Transportation aboard
   Chi-Cheemaun Ferry to
   Manitoulin Island