Goderich, (credit: Martin Lortz)


Experience the beautiful sunset shores and soft sand beaches of Lake Huron

  • Connecting Sarnia to Tobermory at the peak of the Bruce Peninsula, roughly 500km (301 miles).
  • Something for everyone – From the rollers and rugged landscape of the Bruce Peninsula to the panoramic agricultural lands of southwestern Ontario, to connected urban nodes with paved multi-use pathways: if you enjoy cycling or walking it’s not a matter of if you like to do it in Lake Huron, it’s a matter of where.
  • All the beautiful beaches! – Visit over 40 beaches, with one in most shoreline communities, including Blue Flag beaches in Sarnia, Grand Bend and Inverhuron Provincial Park, and jaw dropping beaches in Goderich, Port Elgin, Kincardine and Sauble Beach.
  • Beachfront promenades: It’s not just about getting in the water. Take in waterfront views with a stroll along a boardwalk in Goderich, Kincardine, MacGregor Point Provincial Park and Southampton.
  • The Bruce Peninsula – Where else can you take in a shoreline sunrise and find a sunset shore a half-hour’s ride away? And while away the day between with climbs through caves, views of azure inland seas from forested bluffs, and some of the best hiking, mountain biking, sightseeing and kayaking that Ontario has to offer? It takes more than one tour to see the sights in the Peninsula.
  • Historic Lighthouses – 11 historic light houses lie along or near the Trail or are accessible by boat tour immediately from it. These include lighthouses at Point Clark National Historic Site, Goderich, Southampton, Tobermory and Lion’s Head.
  • Parks: Visit any of 22 Provincial Parks, National Parks and Historic Sites and Conservation Areas connected by the Trail
  • Ride the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry to Manitoulin Island: Nothing more to say. The ferry and the Island speak for themselves. The ferry is awesome and Manitoulin is a great next step on your Great Lakes Waterfront Trail journey.
  • Industry: The route connects two of the largest industrial facilities in the world: The largest underground salt mine in (Compass Mineral’s Goderich mine) and the largest operating nuclear power plant (Bruce Power). Note: You can tour the power plant, but not the mine.

What You Need to Know

Roughly 500km (301 miles) from Sarnia to Tobermory and Wiarton, including both coasts of the Bruce Peninsula

  • Connects 14 municipalities and First Nations. Most communities have amenities.
  • Family friendly/offroad sections in: Sarnia, Grand Bend to Pinery Provincial Park, Port Elgin to Saugeen Shores.
  • Highway 6: The route follows some sections of Highway 6 in the Bruce Peninsula where there were no other roads to achieve a continuous route.. While there are moderate paved shoulders on these sections, the road is seasonally very busy, especially in summer and specifically around Chi-Cheemaun ferry arrival/departures in Tobermory. The road has a posted limit of 90km/h and cyclists should be comfortable riding near traffic, including truck traffic. Use caution.
  • In Huron County, County Roads have a posted speed limit of 90km/h (55mph), and not all of these roads presently have paved shoulders.
  • Gravel: Only 16km of the entire 500km route on Lake Huron consists of gravel roads. These lie primarily along rural roads in Northern Bruce Peninsula (North of Pike Bay and Hope Bay). The longest stretch of continuous gravel is roughly 4.5km, roughly a 20 minute ride at a leisurely pace.
  • While the Trail connects some urban pockets, many of the communities connected by the route are not large. When visiting some of these lovely communities, we recommend timing your trip to arrive before 5pm to give yourself time to gather necessities and settle in for your night’s rest. Many communities will have businesses open later, but not all.
  • While it’s possible to cycle from Lion’s Head to Tobermory and back in a day, we recommend planning for an extra day and staying to see the sites.
  • The Trail can be very scenic and peaceful, however you should plan for roughly 20-30km distance between most amenities. Pack extra water and snacks for your trip. The route distance between Lion’s Head and Tobermory is roughly 62km.
  • There is a 36km gap in the official route between Grand Bend to the Bayfield River. We recommend following locally promoted routing to navigate this gap in the route.
  • Junctions: The Trail directly connects to the G2G (Goderich to Guelph) trail (Goderich), Saugeen Rail Trail (Southampton), and connects in many locations with some of the most spectacular sections of the Bruce Trail.

Trail Gaps

There are 4 gaps in the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail on Lake Huron:

Kettle and Stoney Point First Nation / Lambton Shores

  • Length and location: 2 short gaps totalling 6km exist between Army Camp Road and Outer Drive and Port Franks Road.
  • Future: The proposed future connection will make use of Highway 21, which does not have presently have hardened shoulders in this area. The ministry of transportation has recently announced a design and study that could see these gaps closed as early as 2020. A proposed detour is included on our interactive map, however this detour is lengthy and includes long distances on gravel. Experienced cyclists do travel this stretch of Highway 21, but exercise caution.

Municipality of Bluewater

  • Length and location: Roughly 36km between Main Street in Grand Bend and the Bayfield River (Bayfield).
  • Future: We recommend following locally promoted cycling routing to navigate this gap in the route. The WRT still hopes to achieve full connectivity through the Municipality of Bluewater and will work with local stakeholders to identify and map this route as opportunities allow.


  • The Kincardine Trails Association (KTA) and local and regional stakeholders to completed the Kincardine to Inverhuron Provincial Park (KIPP) Trail, connecting the municipal centre of Kincardine with the communities of Kinhuron and Lorn and Inverhuron Provincial Park. Formerly a gap in the Trail, this exceptional achievement provides a vital link for commuters and recreational travellers alike, providing an off-road alternative to Bruce County Road 23.

Background of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail in Lake Huron

The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail came to communities between Sarnia and Tobermory in two phases. Work on the Trail began as part of a greater expansion initiative connecting 16 communities between Niagara-on-the-Lake and Grand Bend, achieving connectivity in 2013. The second phase continued the connection north in 2018 with funding from the (then) Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport along the shores of Lake Huron to Tobermory and Manitoulin Island to Espanola and along Georgian Bay to Collingwood connecting a further 22 local and regional Municipalties and First Nations.

This all part of a historic link joining together the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail in Southern Ontario and Northern Ontario via the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry.

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Photos Showing Gravel Sections of Route

Sunset Dr.

East Rd, Northern Bruce Peninsula

Photos Showing Gap Sections – Highway 21 (North of Grand Bend)

Gap – Highway 21
(North of Grand Bend)

Gap – Highway 21
(North of Grand Bend)