Simcoe County Loop Trail

The Simcoe County Loop Trail is a 160-kilometer loop that travels through nine municipalities, reaches three major bodies of water, including Georgian Bay, Lake Simcoe, and Lake Couchiching. And, it is primarily on off-road, multi-use rail-trails!

The route is flat, scenic and available as a multi-day tour.

  • Georgian Bay
  • Barrie
  • Elmvale – Flos 10
  • Water Spring
  • Copeland Bridges –
  • Penetanguishene
  • Town of Penetanguishene
  • Mid-Pen Link trail – connects Midland to Penetang
  • Town of Midland
  • Boathouse Eatery
  • Grounded Coffee
  • Dino’s Restaurant
  • Sainte Marie among the Hurons
  • Martyrs’ Shrine
  • Tay Shore Trail
  • Em’s Cafe in Coldwater
  • City of Orillia – Mariposa Market
  • City of Barrie – Dunlop Street for restaurants apres

Where to ParkPark and leave your car in Barrie. Overnight parking is limited. Hotels often allow you to leave your car for the duration of your trip if you spend the first night at the hotel. Barrie has a parkade on Collier St., which isn’t enforced on weekends. Leave at own risk. GoTrain allows bikes during off-peak hours.

The Simcoe County Loop Trail is primarily off-road, multi-use rail trail. In most cases, the trail is crushed limestone, with some sandy and/or rough sections, depending on the time of year.

We suggest riding:

Gravel Bike
Hybrid Bike
Cyclocross Bike
Can you ride a road bike? Absolutely! But, only if you are an experienced rider and we still suggest putting on wider tires for comfort and stability.

Check out this sample itinerary from Canadian Cycling Magazine – https://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/feature/bikepacking-simcoe-county-loop-trail/.

Where to Stay
Simcoe County has a wide selection of designated ;cycling-friendly; accommodations, including camping, hotels, and B&Bs. For a full listing, download the PDF map or order a printed copy at cyclesimcoe.ca.

Overnight towns include: Midland, Ontario, Orillia, Ontario and or Barrie, Ontario

Main stops include – Barrie, Elmvale, Penetang, Midland, Coldwater and Orillia. Approx 30km between each town.

Average Physical Difficulty – 2

  • 1-2 – Relatively level riding
  • 3-4 – Regular rolling terrain with sustained climbing
  • 5-6 – Rugged terrain with frequent climbs, some of which may be steep and unrelenting
  • 7-8 – Very rugged terrain with abundant climbing, some of which is very steep and unrideable
  • 9-10 – Numerous very steep, climbs requiring bike-pushing and/or carrying

Average Technical Difficulty – 1

  • 1-2 – Smooth riding surface with few obstacles (e.g., graded dirt roads, rail trails); suitable for novice mountain bikers
  • 3-4 – Track has occasional obstacles and steep sections (e.g., maintained forest roads, mellow singletrack); suitable for beginner mountain bikers
  • 5-6 – Continuous sections of track may be rocky, loose, and steep; (e.g., 4×4 roads or singletrack in rugged/rocky terrain) suitable for intermediate mountain bikers
  • 7-8 – Narrow trail with regular obstacles, sustained steep grades; suitable for intermediate to advanced mountain bikers
  • 9-10 – Very challenging riding with frequent large obstacles, exposure, very steep grades; suitable for advanced mountain bikers
This route was created by:

Tourism Simcoe County.

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