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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 Thursday, August 12th 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.

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. Overnight and celebration dinner in Kincardine. 80-100 km

Day Seven: Thursday, August 12- Travel Day. Depart Kincardine in the morning for long-term parking in Blue Mountain.

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.

Visit 26 Communities in Simcoe, Grey, Bruce and Manitoulin Island

Collingwood

The Blue Mountains

Thornbury

Meaford

Georgian Bluffs

Owen Sound

South Bruce Pennisula

Wiarton

Lion’s Head

Northern Bruce Pennisula

Tobermory

Manitoulin

South Baymouth

Mindemoya

Pike Bay

Red Bay

Oliphant

Saugeen First Nation

Sauble Falls

Sauble Beach

Saugeen Shores

Southampton

Port Elgin

Kincardine

Huron-Kinloss

Point Clark

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