Saturday August 7th, 2021
Blue Mountain Village to Owen Sound — approximately 75 km
Gravel Grind–17 km. Today you will encounter stretches of gravel, some rough road and hills.
7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast
Pick up your boxed breakfast at the Blue Mountain Inn.
Breakfast pick up is in the foyer of the Inn.
- Bring luggage to the GWTA luggage truck located at the Blue Mountain Inn Parking Lot.
Pick up your bike from the Wieder Room of the Blue Mountain Inn. Proceed to the start line at the time you registered for the staggered start.
9:00 — 9:30 am Staggered Start.
- To reduce crowding on the trail we will begin with a slow and staggered departure out of the Village.
- A group of 10 to 12 cyclists leaves every 5 minutes between 9 and 9:30
- GWTA participants will leave Blue Mountain turning left out of the Blue Mountain Inn and following Grey Road 19 to connect with the Georgian Trail section of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail by the Craigleith Depot. GWTA volunteers will assist with all turns.
- Please ride in single file and be aware of other trail users as you ride on the off road Georgian trail. Please alert other trail users that you are passing by using a bell or calling out ” on your left” . This is a popular and well used trail and you will meet other cyclists, pedestrians and dog walkers traversing the trail in both directions.
Blue Mountain Town offices, Thornbury
10:00 to 11 am
32 Mill St, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
Thornbury is a charming and popular waterfront town that is bustling in both the winter and the summer. Park your bike at the bike corral at the Blue Mountain Offices to visit this lovely spot.
In need of an extra caffeine fix? You are spoilt for choice with The Thornbury Bakery, Ashanti Cafe and Bread and Butter Cafe all serving delicious lattes, espressos and tasty treats.
If you’ve forgotten your water bottle or just love to visit local bike stores then Smitty’s Bikes on Bruce Street has everything you need and owner Darren will be happy to welcome you.
The Fish Ladder is located in the heart of Thornbury and can be viewed from Highway 26 within steps of the downtown core – take a few minutes to explore.
Christie Beach Conservation Area.
Directly on the trail, you’ll find a small sandy beach and public washroom. Perfect for a quick break from cycling. Please respect the private property of the nearby cottages.
Lunch on your own in Downtown Meaford
Town of Meaford hosted Bike Corral
11 to 1 pm
Address: Collingwood and Sykes near the Apple Visitor Centre.
The Town of Meaford is hosting a bike corral in near Meaford Hall at Collingwood and Sykes (Hwy 26) to give you more freedom to enjoy the patios and unique shops on their beautiful heritage Main Street. Friendly staff will be on hand to provide information. Don’t be shy to shop. GWTA tour vehicle will pick up any purchases left at the Bike Corral and Rest Stop to bring to camp.
The Restaurant strip runs between Nelson Street and Collingwood Street all along Sykes. Patio experiences can be found at The Leaky Canoe, The Kitchen, Chez Gilles and Gio & Fran’s and don’t forget Dairy Queen across from Jack Raper Park. All restaurants can provide Grab’N Go Lunches that can be taken to the water front, or to the picnic tables in Market Square.
Take the opportunity to eat in Meaford since there are are few opportunities to eat between here and Owen Sound and the ride from here on is challenging with hills and gravel. Take heart this is only significant stretch of gravel all week!
As you leave Downtown Meaford, you’ll be riding through one of the region’s primary agricultural zones. It will be a busy time for the farms and orchards and you will encounter farm equipment on the road. These large vehicles have many blindspots. Please take care, exercise patience and share the road. When passing these vehicles, ensure they see can see you.
43 km – Gravel alert– first stretch of gravel is about 1. 4 km in length on Side Road 16 between 11 Line and 12 Line. You have a short reprieve once you turn onto 12 Line. The next stretch of gravel and rough road (10 km) begins on St Vincent, north of Side Road 22 to Coffin Ridge Winery. The route is challenging, the views are stunning and destination at Coffin Ridge Winery rewarding.
Owing to this summer’s heavy rainfall some roads may have some washed out sections. Please ride slowly and pay extra attention on downhill sections.
Recommended stop: Coffin Ridge Vineyard and Winery-Reservation required.
Noon to 2:30 pm
599448 Concession Rd 2 N, Annan, ON N0H 1B0
The winery has a great panoramic view of the highlands, which you will appreciate since you already rode up the hill to get there. Take in the view with a glass of wine and the Vintner’s Plate (gluten free and veggie options available). A $25 plate provides a good lunch for two or great snack for four. If you wish to purchase wine then our vehicles will be on hand to transport your purchase to Owen Sound.
Reservations are required at the Coffin Ridge for a meal or wine-tasting. 519-371-9565.
After Coffin Ridge you have 6 km of gravel to ride (4 km stretch from Sideroad 30 to Sideroad 23 and 2 km on Sideroad 23). Watch for the GWTA Van to top off your water bottle.
1 to 3:30 pm
Historic Leith Church
419000-419498 Tom Thomson Ln, Annan, ON N0H 1B0
Group of Seven fans may wish to take a moment to visit Tom Thompson’s grave.
Hibou Conservation Area
1 pm to 3:30 pm
Water Stop/Beach Break
County Rd 15, Owen Sound, ON N0H 1V0
You almost made it to Owen Sound! Grey County Tourism students will be hosting a water and snack stop here until 3pm. Hibou Conservation Area has a lovely beach and washrooms – perfect for a quick swim! There’s also a self-guided walking trail on the East side of the road. Be sure to lock your bike up before taking the walking trail. Hibou Conservation Area managed by Grey Sauble Conservation, one of 36 Conservation Authorities established in the Province of Ontario, which owns, manages and protects 11,734 hectares (28,995 acres) of some of the most scenic and environmentally sensitive lands in Grey and Bruce Counties.
City of Owen Sound is the virtual heart of the Grey County waterfront communities. Nestled within the city limits, you’ll find museums, parks, beaches and waterfalls, and kilometers of dedicated off-road trails. Tonight we will experience some of the County’s wonderful farm fresh culinary delights.
Dinner–Line up at 5:30 and 5:50
Presented by Grey County and Greenbelt Foundation
Owen Sound Farmers Market, 88 8th St E, Owen Sound
If you appreciate organic, fresh and from scratch, home grown, local produce and meats, you are going to love tonight’s dinner prepared by celebrated chef Shawn Adler of the Flying Chestnut. The meal represents what is so special about Grey County and so many of the important values supported by the Greenbelt and the Greenbelt Foundation.
Details are still being formulated as we determine what is permissible under public health guidelines. If all goes well, we will be able to sit together tonight in this outdoor venue. Dinner is a served buffet. Masks are required while moving around the Farmer’s Market.
Grey County are kindly providing school bus shuttles from the Travelodge and the Diamond Motor Inn to dinner at the Farmers Market. The Travelodge is 1.6 km from the Farmer’s Market if you prefer to enjoy a quiet walk down the hill through the City to or from dinner. The program includes presentations by: Richard Thomas on the History of the Owen Sound Farmers Market/Owen Sound. Richard is City Councillor, Manager of the Farmer’s Market and author and historian, Chef Shawn Adler and Mayor of Owen Sound Ian Boddy. Francesca Dobbin of the Reconcilliation Garden Project explaining the importance of this new gathering place for all featuring Indigenous art, history and cultural references.
The Garden will be a contemplative place where our communities and visitors can pause, learn, reflect and consider the legacy of Residential Schools and the intergenerational trauma that still exists today. Through understanding our history, the healing process can begin. The project will enable all cultures within our community to move forward with shared understanding and respect, humility and love in our hearts, walking softly and ever mindful.
Shuttle 1: 22 spots (half capacity)
Pick up from Travelodge 5:20pm
Pick up from Diamond Motor Inn 5:25pm (there will only be one pick up from the Diamond Motor Inn)
Arrive at Farmers Market: 5:35pm
Shuttle 2: 22 spots (half capacity)
Pick up from Travelodge 5:45pm
Arrive at Farmers Market: 5:55 pm
Buses will be available to shuttle you back to the Travelodge/ Diamond Motor Inn after dinner.
The luggage truck will be parked in the Travelodge parking lot by 3:30 pm. Participants should check in and then come pick up their luggage and the next day’s itinerary. Please note that we will not be handing out itineraries in the morning this year, so please remember to pick up an itinerary when you get your bags. If you miss picking up an itinerary, they are available on the website.
Travelodge by Wyndham Owen Sound
880 10th St E, Owen Sound, ON N4K 1T4, (226) 909-0235
- 3 pm check-in.
3 floors (lower, main and upper levels, no elevator).
Free WiFi, continental breakfast.
Bikes stored in rooms.
Volunteers will be in the parking lot by 3:30 pm with your luggage. Participants should check in and then come pick up their luggage.
Diamond Motor Inn
713 9th Ave E, Owen Sound, ON N4K 3E6, (519) 371-2011
There’s a handful of GWTA riders staying here. A van will be available with your luggage from 3:30pm – in case of luggage delay please text Tour Director Jo.