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GWTA 2021 Route and Itinerary Overview- Blue to the Bruce!
Simcoe, Grey and Bruce and Manitoulin
Ride with us from Friday, August 6th to Wednesday, August 11th for the 2021 Great Waterfront Trail Adventure cycle tour and awareness ride from the Blue Mountains to the Bruce Peninsula and Tobermory to the Point Clark National Historic Site. It’s a celebration of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail’s 25th +1 anniversary and contribution to regenerating and protecting our Great Lakes.
- Join us for 64-100km (40 – 62 miles) of riding per day, for a total of 318-517km (198-321 miles).
- Visit 26 communities along Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.
- Chase the pristine blue waters of Georgian Bay, and the stark white bluffs and cobbled beaches of the Bruce Peninsula.
- Follow the sunset shores of Lake Huron, visit the Sauble and Saugeen rivers and some of the best soft sand beaches Ontario has to offer.
- Choose your Adventure: For the first time, we’ll base the tour in one community for two nights and offer a number of optional excursions: Hike Lion’s Head, Cycle to Tobermory for a glass-bottom boat tour or visit to Flower Pot Island, or hop the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry for a day of cycling on Manitoulin Island.
Day One: Friday, August 6 – Simcoe Day and GWTA registration/ packet pick up at Blue Mountain Village. 50 to 70 km loop. To accommodate physical distancing and for the safety of our staff and volunteers packet pick up will be by appointment only.
Day Two: Saturday, August 7 – Blue Mountain Village to Owen Sound. 75 km
Day Three: Sunday, August 8 – Owen Sound to Lion’s Head. 90 km
Day Four: Monday, August 9 – Choose your adventure–Cycle Manitoulin, Hike Lion’s Head, Ride to Tobermory (60 to 75 km)
Day Five: Tuesday, August 10 – Lion’s Head to Southampton. 82 km
Day Six: Wednesday, August 11 – Southampton to Point Clark. After a celebration meal and a drink – hop on the bus back to long term parking at Blue Mountain. Buses will be operated at half capacity with masking mandatory.
Terrain & Route Overview: Combination of country roads and off-road multi-use trails including some hilly terrain. Short section of gravel.
Support: Daily luggage transportation, mechanical assistance, shuttles from designated rest stops.
The GWTA 2021 is possible thanks to the generous support and help of our partners: CAA, Destination Northern Ontario, the Greenbelt Foundation, Bruce Grey Simcoe, Waterlution, our overnight host and water stop communities and trail development partners.