Welcome to the Northern expansions of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.
In 2019, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail launched a 460km expansion along the Lake Huron North Channel, completing a 3 year program to connect 26 communities and First Nations from Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury along a signed, mostly on-road route–the first long distance cycling route in Northern Ontario. The expansion brings us to the shores of the final domestic Great Lake: Lake Superior. This work has been accomplished in partnership with local communities, The Great Trail, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Tourism Northern Ontario, and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. The Lake Huron North Channel expansion of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail provides users the opportunity to celebrate the heart and spirit of Northern Ontario communities.
Manitoulin Island is now part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail
Working with MICA, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Ministry of Transportation and 4 local communities, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail expanded to Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater island in the world. This 113km signed cycling route connects Espanola to South Baymouth where people can take the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry to Tobermory and the GLWT in the Bruce Peninsula. The connection is entirely on-road using Provincial Highway 6. It is part of an island cycling network of over 800km, which our partner MICA has championed.
Take the road seldom seen. Cycle the North.
Check out our mini-guide and maps for a 6-day self-guided cycle tour of the Lake Huron North Channel (Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury).