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.
Tourism Simcoe County.
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:
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.
Adrian Grant of www.ridegravel.ca
Chris Panasky, host of the Bikepack Adventures Podcast.