Circumnavigating Lake Simcoe
The Simcoe Circle Bicycle Tour is a circumnavigation of Lake Simcoe, Ontario. It's a three day ride just north of Toronto. We start in Barrie Ontario which is located on Kempenfelt Bay on Lake Simcoe. Lake Simcoe is a relatively shallow lake with shoreline perimeter of 303 km.
Our overnight stays are in mid-size and smaller towns and we're not far from the lake.
Cyclists ride clockwise around Lake Simcoe, staying close to the shoreline wherever possible. Our route travels through summer cottage districts that hug the shores of this lake and past long-established farm districts that surround the lake.
Our departure time on day one will be at 11am. If driving to the start point, travel time is approximately 1.5 hours. Barrie is served by GO Transit and riders who prefer public transit will be able to travel to the start point by bus/train or train, with departures in downtown Toronto or on the northern end of the city at Downsview.Calendar Register
Day One to Orillia
Riders meet in Barrie, Ontario in the morning for the first day's ride. Parking will be available for the duration of the tour. Continuing from Barrie we'll hug lake Simcoe till we arrive in Orillia for our first overnight stay, the home of renowned Canadian author Stephen Leacock. Orillia is widely considered to be Mariposa, the fictional town in Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. The sinking of the ramshackle steamboat Mariposa Belle is among the more memorable episodes in that series of short stories.
Day Two to Georgina
Early the next day we pass by the Mnjikaning Fish Weirs, a national historic site. These freshwater fish traps pre-date the Great Pyramids of Egypt and are among the oldest remnants of human habitation in North America and we ride to a waterfront accommodation on Lake Simcoe.
Day Three, returning to Barrie
Our route follows the west side of the lake as we pass by farmland and through a cottage district that is being transformed to year-round residences away from the bustle of the big cities. We'll pass through the Holland Marsh, the richest patch of farmland in Ontario that often is referred to as the province's vegetable garden. Our ride ends in Barrie and we'll visit downtown Barrie and ride around the beautiful harbour, past the famous » Spirit Catcher sculpture by Ron Baird.
Tour Summary Dates and Fees
- Dates: Saturday, July 10 to Monday, July 12, 2021
- Fees are per person in Canadian funds, double accommodation
|Optional Single Supplement||$175.00||$22.75||$197.75|
- Total amount includes Registration Fee ($150.00) and Deposit ($150.00) which are non-refundable (please refer to our cancellation policy)
- Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).
Accommodation & Meals
- 2 nights indoor accommodation
- 2 breakfasts
- Vehicle and/or telephone backup, waterbottle and reflective triangle
Distances and Rating
- Total Distance —210 km 130 mi (estimate)
- Longest Day — 87 km 54 mi (estimate)
- Riding Days — 3
For our Mini-tours check-in on day one will be after our ride, and check-out on day 3 will be before our ride. If you require additional nights you can request this on the registration form.
Please read these information sheets on tips for riding through the time of COVID-19
- Cycle Canada Tour Protocols During COVID-19
- Best Practices for Cycling through COVID-19.
- What to Expect at Hotels.
Challenge Level: One out of four Cogs (medium challenge)