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Manitoulin and
the Laurentians



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Duration:

7 days / 6 nights

Total Distance:

Approx. 1900 km.

August 30 to September 5, 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 - Goderich to Gore Bay

Distance: 300 km

Bruce Peninsula
First we’ll head north along the beautiful sandy shores of Lake Huron. Then we’ll travel through the Bruce Peninsula, where the rugged terrain and natural beauty will leave you spellbound.

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.

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 two nights 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.

On-site 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 and the on-site spa.

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: Laurentians of Quebec - Haliburton to Saint-Sauveur

Distance: 450 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 gentle, rolling hills where rustic barns, old stone fences, and ghost towns are plentiful along the Opeongo Line and provide for some spectacular riding.

“Valley” hospitality is legendary, and the frontier spirit still prevails in the towns and villages we’ll pass through.

Saint-Sauveur
We’ll depart the rolling countryside in Ontario and cross the Ottawa River into the stunning and magnificent Laurentians in Quebec.

As we ride through the beautiful Saint-Sauveur valley with its charming towns surrounded by mountains, you’ll find an abundance of boutiques, bars and bistros and a great opportunity to experience the unique Quebec culture.

Our home for the night will be the Manoir Saint-Sauveur, located in the heart of the picturesque village of Saint-Sauveur where the enchanting main street overflows with shops, art galleries, and restaurants.

Dinner: On Your Own - Saint Sauveur at the restaurant of your choice

Day 6: Eastern Ontario - Saint-Sauveur to Gananoque

Distance: 300 km

Eastern Ontario
From Saint-Sauveur we’ll continue on through picturesque Eastern Ontario.

Our route will take us through diverse landscapes, as we exchange the magnificence of the Laurentian Mountains for pristine lakes, and the waterways of Eastern Ontario.

You’ll enjoy shopping for original art and crafts in the picture-postcard villages that line the Rideau Canal corridor. We’ll stop in charming 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, located on the St. Lawrence River in the heart of the Thousand Islands. Our final night will be spent at the historic Gananoque Inn.

Relax on the Inn’s beautifully-landscaped lawn which runs down to the water's edge. Sit and watch the boats at the private 500-foot dock, or view the activities on the town dock.

Scenic 1000 Island Tours aboard the Gananoque Boat Line are just a stone's throw away. Other nearby activities include excellent live theatre, golf, shopping, the Thousand Islands Casino, antiquing, museums and the community Gardens at Landon's Bay.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at Gananoque Inn

Day 7: 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 charming 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. A relaxing ride home to end a rejuvenating and refreshing adventure.

Prices:

Cdn.

$2,198
   $439 Single Supplement

USD

$1,831
   $366 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:

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