Circumnavigating Lake Simcoe
The Simcoe Circle is a circumnavigation of Lake Simcoe, a weekend trip that starts and ends in Bradford, Ontario just north of Toronto.
Three Day Trip
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. This ride takes you away from the bustle of a busy daily life.Availability Register
Day One to Orillia
Riders meet in Bradford in the morning for the first day's ride. Parking will be available for the duration of the tour. We'll travel to Barrie and ride around the beautiful harbour. We'll ride past the famous » Spirit Catcher sculpture by Ron Baird. Continuing from Barrie we'll hug lake Simcoe till we arrive in Orillia for our first overnight stay in Orillia, 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.
Optional Side Trip
There is an optional side trip to Georgina Island, a Chippewa First Nation that was a thriving community long before the Europeans arrived.
Day Two to Jackson's Point
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 resort on Lake Simcoe.
Day Three, a Short Day to Bradford
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 and end our ride in Bradford.
Tour Summary Dates and Fees
- Loop around Lake Simcoe
- Fees are per person in Canadian funds, double accommodation
|Optional Single Supplement|
- Total amount includes Registration Fee ($150.00) which is non-refundable (please refer to our cancellation policy)
- Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). There is a discount of 50% of the HST amount for non-Canadian residents.
Accommodation & Meals
- Nights indoor — 2 nights
- 1 dinner and 2 breakfasts
- Snacks during the ride
Distances and Rating
- Total days — 3
- Riding days —2.5
- Total distance by bike 290 km (180 mi.)
- Daily average — 103 km (64 mi.)
- Longest day — 128 km (79 mi.)
Challenge Level: One Cog (least challenge)