Note – All bikepacking routes have been arranged from shortest to longest for a return trip.
Consists of three routes throughout Durham Region ranging anywhere the 100km Metric, 161km Century, and 302km EPIC across gravel, dirt, trails, and rail trails.
Burks Falls Gravel Loop
The Burks Falls Loop is the first of two unoffical routes I’ve shared here. I first came across this loop earlier this year while reading Team Colin’s blog, as noted above. It sounds like an excellent route and is on my must do list for 2021.
- My Ride Report of the Simcoe County Loop Trail – August 2020
- Biking in a Big Cities – Simcoe County Loop Trail – September 2020
- Ride Cycle Spin – Bikepacking the Simcoe County Loop Trail and More! – August 2020
The Simcoe County Loop Trail is an excellent intro to bikepacking and is popular as both a one or two day route. The 160km route is 90% on trail and passes by a number of towns including Barrie, Elmvale, Penetanguishene, Midland, Victoria Harbour, Coldwater, and Orilla.
I recently came across this new route posted by Paul Galipuea on comewander.ca. The Hastings-Haliburton 50/50 is a route he crafted which follows 50 percent gravel rail trail and 50 percent quiet paved roads. Paul markets this route as a beginner-friendly route with lots of options if you prefer not to bikepack by tent.
Haliburton to Uxbridge
The Haliburton to Uxbridge Rail Trail is an unofficial trail that is 90% rail trail from Haliburton to Uxbridge. The ride itself is excellent with many different types of views along the way from the bussiness around Fenelon Falls to the solitude of the forests south of Haliburton. Be warned, the trail from Kinmount into Haliburton can be very sandy, and may require a detour, the rest is excellent.
The Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail is a 127km point to point multi-use trail that runs from Guelph to the shores of Lake Huron.
The Cannonball300 is another beginner friendly intro to bikepacking route covering 330km from Dundas to Port Dover to Port Colbourne to St. Catharines and back.
The GNR is the baby brother of the BT700 covering a more manageable 350km around the Waterloo and Hamilton areas.
Miles Arbour who developed the BT700, GNR, and assisted with the Log Driver’s Waltz created an alternate version of the original COLT route below that passes through Peterborough, rather then the shores of Lake Ontario.
The COLT was one of Ontario’s first named bikepacking loops, consisting of a 400km plus route throughout Central Ontario consisting of gravel roads, rail trail, and ATV trails. An alternate version of the route was made by Matthew Kady and is available via his BT-700 website.
The BT700 is a 750Km plus route across gravel roads, single track, and rail trail touching parts of Waterloo, Port Elgin, Wiarton, Collingwood, and Orangeville.
Having just been published earlier this year, the LDW is the newest member of Ontario’s bikepacking community. The LDW follows an 800km route throughout Ottawa Valley and Outaouais regions of Ontario and Quebec.