Sunday August 8th, 2021

Owen Sound to Lions Head approximately 90km

7 to 8 am
Breakfast –Boxed breakfast picked up at Travelodge Hotel parking lot. Please note that there will be no coffee supplied with breakfast – coffee is supplied in your room and the lobby of the Quality Inn – alternatively Tim Hortons is directly across the street.

If you are staying in the village of Lion’s Head tonight please place your luggage in the luggage truck ensuring that your luggage tag correctly notes the name of your hotel or B&B in Lions Head.

If you are staying at the Northwinds or Bear Tracks in Ferndale please place your luggage in a separate vehicle labelled Northwinds/Bear Tracks.

Take care as you leave the City of Owen Sound to head north. Please follow GWTA mapping carefully.

4.6 km Kelso Beach Park and the Giche Namewikwedong Reconciliation Garden Project

The Giche Namewikwedong Reconciliation Garden will be a permanent Healing and Reconciliation Garden, a gathering place for all; a place that will feature Indigenous art, history and cultural references. The City of Owen Sound has dedicated a portion of Kelso Beach Park in support of this initiative.

Located on the traditional territory of the Saugeen Ojibwa Nation, very close to the site of the original Nawash Village, 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.

8km – Indian Falls Conservation Area
318614 Grey Rd 1, Owen Sound
8:30 – 8:45am

Bruce Peninsula’s landscape is protected and celebrated with  conservation areas managed by Grey Sauble Conservation.

Public washrooms are available with potable water in case you want to top off your water bottle.

Take a 10 minute (0.8 km) hike on a rigorous trail to see the lovely Indian Falls. Be sure to lock up your bike before heading out. In late summer the flow of water over the 15 m drop is minimal exposing a beautiful rock face. The hiking trail begins next to the washroom building and is rated “difficult” – rocky terrain, steep path/cliffs. Cycling cleats not recommended.

16km – Cobble Beach Golf Course
221 McLeese Dr, Kemble

36km – Big Bay General Store
250854 Big Bay Side Rd, Wiarton, ON
9:30am – 10:30am

Big Bay General Store is famous for their delicious home made ice cream and today they are opening especially early for us. In addition to their amazing ice cream they also sell coffee and some specialty items.

Grey County Tourism students will be on hand with water refills.

41 km – Cedar Hill Park
503103 Grey Road 1

Take in the amazing scenery including Colpoy’s Bay, the Niagara Escarpment, and both White Cloud and Griffith Island from the shores of the park. Portapotty.

49 km -Bruce Caves Conservation Area
Grey Rd 1, Wiarton, ON
10:15am – 11:30am

Bruce’s Caves Conservation Area derives its greatest significance from the unique cave formations found along the escarpment face. These caves were formed by the wave action of post-glacial Lake Algonquin, 7,000 to 8,000 years ago. If you wish to visit the caves they are located approximately .4km from the parking lot on the trail.  Please note that the trail is unsuitable for cycling shoes.

Bruce’s Caves Conservation Area has washrooms.

55 km – Wiarton, South Bruce Peninsula Rest Stop, Bike Corral and strongly recommended lunch stop.
Wiarton Arena and Community Centre
Please eat in Wiarton since there are limited spots to buy food between here and Lion’s Head.
526 Taylor St, Wiarton, ON N0H 2T0
11:00am – 12:30pm

We’ve all heard of Wiarton Willie, Ontario’s very own star of Groundhog Day. Why not visit Willie? Located across from Bluewater Park on the waterfront, Willie the groundhog can be visited 365 days of the year.  In the nicer weather you may find him sunning himself in his outdoor area.

Grey County tourism students will be on hand at the Wiarton Arena and Community Centre, where you can use the washroom, refill your water bottle and leave your bike while you check out town for lunch or visit Willie. If your lunch is take out, you are welcome to bring it to the Wiarton Arena and Community Centre to eat.  It is about 700m  from the Community Centre to Berford Street, where you can find a variety of different restaurants and coffee shops for lunch:

Dockside Willies Bar and Grill across from Bluewater Park. Take out service, no reservations. Hours are 11 to 7 pm. Very popular, you can expect it to be busy.
Frosty Freeze, 498 Berford St, Wiarton, ON N0H 2T0. Take out service. Ice cream and more.
Tim Hortons, 445 Berford St, Wiarton, ON N0H 2T0
Subway, 487 Berford Street

57km – Spirit Rock Conservation Area
Highway 6, Wiarton, Ontario
11:30am – 1:30pm

Spirit Rock makes a fascinating post lunch stop with the ruins of an 1880’s mansion. Take the trail to the spiral staircase which leads down to the water (not suitable for cycling cleats!) Take care to avoid poison ivy. Washroom available.

59km – Recommended Stop: Solway’s Farm Market and Bakery
267 Hwy 6, Wiarton

Take a little detour (800 m on Hwy 6 , so take care) to visit the charming market serving butter tarts, baked goods, local cheeses, sausage rolls and coffee.

65 km -Bruce Peninsula Mountain Bike Adventure Park
661 Bruce Road 9, Wiarton, ON N0H 2T0

Add this to your bucket list–Local riders consider the MTB Park one of the most challenging trail properties within the County of Bruce. Rocky outcrops, armored tread sections, wicked rock outcrops and newly created family friendly loops put this property high on the “to-do-list” of MTB riders.

76 km – Hope Bay
2 Hope Bay Rd, Wiarton, ON N0H 2T0
12:30 – 2:45pm

A quick 500 metre trip off the trail, Hope Bay has a small sandy beach and is the perfect place to enjoy a quick swim. Hope Bay Campground is right across the road and has a small general store, perfect for an ice cream or snacks. Its a sweet ride down, but that you know what that means. GWTA vehicles will be available to top up water.

89km – Lions Head

Luggage

Lions Head luggage –  pick up from the luggage truck outside Lion’s Head Beach Motel after 3:30pm. Be prepared to carry your bag to your  overnight accommodation from the Lion’s Head Beach Motel – yet another compelling reason to pack light!

Northwinds/Bear Tracks Inn – a volunteer will have your luggage available from a vehicle in the Northwinds Motel parking lot from 3:30pm

Dinner: On Your Own

Dinner Suggestions in Ferndale near the North Winds Motel or Bear Tracks Inn and Restaurant:

  • Mom’s Pizza, 2845 ON-6, Lion’s Head, ON. Phone: 519) 793-4020 Take out only. Open Sunday to 7 pm.
  • Bear Tracks Inn and Restaurant, 2837 ON-6, Lion’s Head, ON (Hours 9 to 8 pm). Dine in or take out (no delivery). View the menu at: https://beartracksinn.ca/ Phone: 1-519-3555.

Dinner suggestions in Lion’s Head

  • The Taste Kitchen, open 11 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  Online ordering, take out 1-519-793-4224. View the menu: https://www.thetastekitchen.ca/
  • Lion’s Head Inn, 8 Helen St, Lion’s Head, (Hours Noon to 7 pm, Tuesday to Sunday). Call 1-519-793-4601 to order take out or outdoor seating.  First come, first serve (no reservations). Please enjoy your meal but to help the restaurant serve more people under the current restrictions, please don’t linger too long after finishing.  View the menu: https://lionsheadinn.wordpress.com/184-2/
  • Cindy Lou’s, 81 Main St, Lion’s Head, ON N0H 1W0 ( open until 8pm)  www.cindylous.ca
  • Groceries and Supplies
  • Pick up groceries from the Foodland Supermarket, 4 Webster St. Hours 9 am – 5 pm).
  • LCBO, 1 Ferndale Rd, Lion’s Head (intersection of Ferndale and Main Street). Hours 10 am to 8 pm.

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