Day 1: Central Ontario - Orangeville to Lion's Head
Distance: 200 km
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.
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.
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.
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
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 to Orangeville
Distance: 220 km
As our tour draws to a close you'll enjoy more rugged scenery as we ride through the Canadian Shield in the Haliburton Highlands and south as it gives way to rolling farmland, bucolic scenes and small towns. A relaxing ride home to end a rejuvenating and refreshing adventure.
Note: US prices are approximate. We accept payment in US dollars at the exchange rate in effect at the time of payment.