For those seeking the true spirit of adventure, there is a line that makes its way north of Hwy 7 and east towards the mighty Ottawa River. This is a line that snakes its way across the Canadian Shield, following a labyrinth of old logging roads from years past, along meandering rivers and down backcountry ATV trails through the heart of the unsuccessfully settled Ontario North. Throughout the route riders are immersed in Canadian history as they roll past lands that the forests have reclaimed from settlers of old.
Spanning over 750km in distance and best suited for a duration of 5 – 8 days, this is one of the most diverse, adventurous bikepacking routes in Ontario. Camping can be split between provincial park campgrounds, private campgrounds, inns and crown land. There are plenty of food sources along the way with a mix of restaurants, general stores and breweries scattered across the length of the route. Water can be found almost anywhere with a water filter. This route can be easily tackled on a mixed surface gravel bike with 38c tires, 42s are best suited due to the nature of the off-road sections.
Justin Ross, Kieran Andrews and Brayden McGregor
A good night’s sleep can be found in provincial park campgrounds, private campgrounds, inns and crown land.
Adrian Grant of www.ridegravel.ca
Chris Panasky, host of the Bikepack Adventures Podcast.