Protect. Connect. Celebrate. RIDE.

Friends, Finds, and Fun, the top three reasons people keep coming back to the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure (GWTA). Although freedom and food are high on the list too!

Bring friends or make friends. Find new local wines, hidden treasures, and unique communities. Feel the wind, water, and earth in a new way. Experience the freedom of slowing down, stopping, and trying something new. 99% of our 2018 participants will recommend the GWTA to friends and family. Check out the testimonials below.

GWTA 2019 – Cycle the North, Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury

Ride with us from July 28th to August 2nd, on the 2019 GWTA as we ride from Sault Ste. Marie along the North Shore of Lake Huron to the city of Sudbury. Read more about the 2019 route, itinerary and terrain.

Join us for 65 -107km (40 – 67 miles) of riding per day. Enjoy the majestic scenery that inspired the Group of Seven from the seat of your bike as you ride between 410 to 450 km (255 miles) from Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury through 26 communities and three First Nations. There are approximately 54km of gravel roads and paths along the route in total stretched out over the 5-day tour. The longest single continuous stretch of gravel road is roughly 14km long.

July 28: Depart long-term parking for Sault Ste. Marie. Ride to Lake Superior. Gravel Grind: 0km. Overnight in Sault Ste. Marie in hotel accommodations.
July 29: Ride Sault Ste. Marie to Bruce Mines. (73 km) Optional ride to St. Joseph Island (25 to 50 km).  Gravel Grind: 10km. Overnight in Bruce Mines.
July 30:  Ride Bruce Mines to Blind River. Side-trip to Thessalon. (95 km) Gravel Grind: 19km. Overnight in Blind River.
July 31:  Ride Blind River to Espanola. Overnight in Espanola. (109 km) Gravel Grind: 22km.
Aug 1:  Ride Espanola to Sudbury. (81 km) Gravel Grind: 3.3km. Overnight in university dorms.
Aug 2:  Charter bus to long-term parking from Sudbury.
About the Lake Huron North Channel expansion:
This 460 km expansion of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is proud to be designated as part of the Great Trail/Trans-Canada Trail. The route follows 12 heritage rivers, connects with 11 northern lakes, winds through forests, Amish and Mennonite farmland, historic logging, mining and fishing villages, and 24 beaches.
The Lake Huron North Channel expansion was made possible thanks to a generous grant by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, support from Trans Canada Trail/The Great Trail, Tourism Northern Ontario, Ministry of Transportation and the participation of 26 northern communities including First Nations connected by the route.

What Should I Expect?

Glad you asked. Take a gander at the video and see below.

  • Reconnect to Canada’s Great Lakes! The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a key part of a strategy to protect, connect and celebrate the earth’s largest group of freshwater lakes.
  • Discover vibrant communities and beautiful rural vistas; experience delicious local food and entertainment; enjoy charming shops and unique local businesses.
  • Eat, shop, learn, discover, relax …
  • Optional shuttle van at designated rest stops.
  • Daily luggage transportation.
  • Camping in scenic waterfront parks and community grounds. Hotel options available.
  • Two nights non-camping accommodation included.
  • Daily itinerary and maps.
  • Meet and greet reception
  • Daily hearty breakfasts
  • Celebration Dinner
  • Check out the itineraries for more information 

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Testimonials From Past GWTA Riders

I love that I can get on my bike and enjoy a beautiful area with like-minded people. I love that the route is planned through such beautiful communities. I love that the communities are so enthused about us being there and working to continually improve their infrastructure. I love that we are greeted by individuals in the communities. I love experiencing the various restaurants and great locally grown food. I love wandering into the galleries and purchasing art that constantly reminds me of my time in Ontario. I love seeing the beautiful small towns that we travel through. I love sleeping in a tent and hearing the crickets at night; love knowing a campsite is chosen and all we have to do is ride there. I love the fine acquaintances and deep friendships that have evolved over the years. I love knowing that should I have a bike mechanical problem, there are people to help out. I love covering great distances but not having to schlep my gear. I suppose I even love knowing that a shuttle is available should I need it….but hate to use it!! I love the jerseys – this year’s was a stunner. I love the finishing medals. Really they are a beautiful design. I love that I have met community leaders who believe in the bicycle!! I love the guides and volunteers who have become friends. I love how I feel every day on my bike!

ParticipantGWTA 2018

The GWTA celebrates and highlights our wonderful Great Lakes! I love exploring the changing landscapes & nature and the incredible communities along the route. Also love being with like-minded folks. The ride is addictive! Every year it’s like re-connecting with family. The Waterfront Regeneration Trust does an amazing job….well done…..keep it up! : )

ParticipantGWTA 2018

I had an amazing time and this is only possible because of the work that is done behind the scenes with the GWTA team. Congratulations on another successful year. You did an outstanding job and you have a great team.

ParticipantGWTA 2016

I look forward to and love this adventure every year. I have chatted it up enthusiastically at home and elsewhere and am continually recommending it to others. It is truly an exceptional experience and I cannot imagine a summer without the GWTA. I am afraid of missing the deadline next year (like a reoccurring nightmare!) so please sign me into two slots as I’ll be bringing a friend!!

Participant GWTA2016

They have been doing this for so many years and each year incorporate the wisdom and learning from the past years into each new year. We, the riders benefit from this and I want to repeat my appreciation and gratitude to each and every one of you for your very being. The GWTA team ROCKS!

ParticipantGWTA 2016

I thought the Indian Hills lunch ‘event’ was the most memorable hour of the entire week. It was so authentic and hopeful. It shows the connections GWTA is making with communities which I’m very proud to support. Great work!

ParticipantGWTA 2016

What a great trip! Thanks to all involved. It was so well planned and organized, and perhaps the best bike event I participated in, and I have ridden in many, many events over the years in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, and Wyoming.

ParticipantGWTA 2014

I did it last year and now I am hooked. This is an addiction that I don’t want to kick. Did I say I loved it? The communities along the way were so incredible in the way they came out and greeted, fed, supported us as we made our way along the route. The staff organizing this trip are beyond wonderful!

ParticipantGWTA 2013