Wednesday August 11, 2021
Southampton – Point Clark— 65 to 75km
7 am – Pick up your boxed Breakfast at luggage truck located Southampton Quality Inn, 100 North Rankin Street, N0H 2L0, Southampton. Please note that we have been unable to secure coffee service in Southampton – plan to drink coffee in your hotel room or to visit a local coffee shop/ gas station for your early morning coffee fix.
Luggage to the Luggage Truck parked in the parking lot
7:30 am – Boxed breakfast will be delivered to Port Elgin Travelodge by GWTA team. Bring your luggage to the GWTA van in the parking lot
Port Elgin Water Stop and Beach break
8 to 8:30 pm
For those you need it, there is a washroom at the Beach House and water refill station. Choose to ride through the bush, natural trail or use the road.
Route Option–your choice. At the end of Saugeen Beach Rd before heading north on Concession 4, you have an option to use Old Shore Road Trail, a natural path, to ride to the MacGregor Point Visitor Centre. The Trail will take you along the waterfront by the beach, in case you want to dip your toes in the Lake. Unpaved but firm the trail is suitable for road bikes.
As alternative, turn left on Provincial Road and take a Ridge Street to CR 25 where you will reconnect with the Trail.
Gobles Grove has a public washroom and bike repair station.
MacGregor Point Provincial Park
593 Bruce County Rd 33, Port Elgin, ON N0H 2C5
One of Ontario’s gorgeous provincial parks, MacGregor Point Provincial is worth a 2km detour to enjoy a short self-guided walk to one of Ontario’s surviving provincially significant wetlands, or a walk out to Sunset Point, the park’s best lookout. There is a vaulted porta-potty available, and a blue tap for bottle refills near to the visitor centre, which is closed unfortunately due to the pandemic.
Pop-up GWTA water stop
Brucedale Conservation Area
9 to 10:30
137 Sprucedale Drive, RR.#1 Port Elgin, ON N0H 2C0
Refill your water bottle at the tap located near the Picnic Shelter. Washrooms are available just a short distance down the park roads.
Gap Alert: the 5 kilometres on County Road 23, which does not have shoulders at this time. Usually a quiet road, CR23 is best avoided during shift changes at the Bruce Plant. Thanks to the Kincardine Trail Association this gap will be closed soon. KTA raised $240K to create a 12 km dedicated trail connecting Inverhuron Provincial Park to Kincardine. To learn more about the work of this dedicated group or for maps of the Kincardine Trails network visit: http://www.kincardinetrails.net/
Kincardine Welcome and Bike Corral
Highly recommended Lunch Stop
Location: Victoria Park, 310 Durham Market St N, Kincardine, ON N2Z 1Z9
11 to 1:30
The town’s motto is “Where you are only a stranger once.” That hospitality will be on view as the Kincardine Tourism team welcomes riders to Victoria Park in downtown Kincardine. To find Victoria Park ride right into town through Queen Street and turn right opposite the Dairy Queen onto Durham Market Street. Looking for recommendations for lunch?–the team will give you the options and watch over your bike while you grab a bite to eat or pick up your take out to enjoy picnic style at the beach. This is the last location where you can pick up a nice meal today, and don’t forget the shuttle to Blue Mountain is 2 hours.
You’ll notice the Kincardine Lighthouse at the mouth of the Penetangore River, Ojibwa for “river with sand on one side”. One good reason to return to Kincardine is to enjoy the Phantom Piper who pipes down the sun atop the lighthouse during the summer months–a popular tradition of 24 years thanks to the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band.
Point Clark Lighthouse and Beach, Huron-Kinloss
1:30 to 3:00 pm
School Bus Shuttles (approximately 2 hour drive) will be leaving between 2 pm and 3 pm (once full at designated capacity).
Celebrate the finish of your ride on one of Huron-Kinloss’ gorgeous beaches. Note that we are setting up the flags to guide onto the green space by the lighthouse.
Receive your commemorative medal to mark your accomplishment by the heritage Point Clark lighthouse. The Township of Huron-Kinloss is bringing some of its finest baked goods to the finish– Armstrong’s tasty tarts and Ripley Variety’s cinnamon buns served with cool lemonade. The lighthouse is located at one of the Township’s lovely, protected beaches and you may just allow yourself to be tempted to take a quick dip into the Lake Huron’s blue waters. The beach has public washrooms, a change room and water bottle refill station.
There is wonderful butterfly mural in Point Clark on the west side of the public washroom building by the Point Clark Lighthouse. A lovely backdrop for a great selfie, please share your photos on social media using the hashtags #CelebrateHK
Take your bike over to be loaded in the truck and pick up your luggage. Please do not board the shuttle without your luggage.
School bus shuttles will return you to Blue Mountain and your car parked in the North Parking Lot
Thank you again for joining us this year to celebrate this incredible Trail, healthy sustainable waterfronts and cycling! In the next few days, you will receive a survey asking for your feedback on the Trail and the event. Your voices through these surveys have helped us achieve so much over the years, and there is still much to do, so please take the time to complete it.
A final thank you to our event partners: CAA South Central Ontario, the Greenbelt Foundation, Grey County, Bruce County, Simcoe County, Visit Grey Bruce Simcoe-RTO 7, Creemore Springs Brewery, Town of Clearview, Town of Blue Mountains, Meaford, Tom Thompson Trail Association, Owen Sound, Georgian Bluffs, South Bruce Peninsula, Northern Bruce Peninsula, Saugeen Shores, Kincardine, Kincardine Trails Association, Huron Kinloss, Grey Sauble Conservation Authority, Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority, and Ontario Parks.
The expansion of the Trail into the counties of Bruce, Grey and Simcoe was supported by 26 waterfront communities, the Ontario Government through the Ministry of Heritage Sport Tourism Culture Industries and Visit Grey Bruce Simcoe-RTO 7.