This tour through Oro-Medonte is both challenging and beautiful. This route begins on the quiet Bass Lake Sideroad, but don’t get comfortable, because once you turn left on the 7th line the hills begin. Riders can test themselves against some of our largest and longest climbs, including the Eady Stairs! For a rest, stop in the town of Moonstone for a quick snack before descending Moonstone Road, towards the 10th Line. Hills of Oro-Medonte is designed for recreational and avid cyclists looking to test their abilities, with challenging hills and long descents throughout the entire route.
Starting on Bass Lake Side Road and continuing on the 8th Line, it’s no surprise where the name “Canopy Cruising” came from. Taking you through the canopied section of Bass Lake Sideroad, enjoy the scenic, windy roads and test yourself with the 5k grind up the 2nd Line on this tour of central Oro-Medonte!
This fun, and scenic route is great for cyclists of all abilities. Enjoy one of the most scenic routes in the entire County! Riders start on the tree canopied Bass Lake Side Road and are faced with a couple challenging climbs, such as the first right turn on to the 8th Line and rolling terrain on the 4th Line heading back towards Horseshoe. The Canopy Cruising route is perfect for cyclists looking for challenging climbs with beautiful scenery along the way.
The Copeland Forest is 4,400 acres with many kilometres of trails used for multiple purposes. Owned by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests. The beauty of this forest in all seasons can be enjoyed by a wide variety of recreational users including hiking, biking, equestrian, hunting, snowshoeing, x-country skiing and more. There are a couple of access points available to enter the Copeland Forest, you can visit the Friends of the Copeland Forest website for a map with trail information and parking lot locations. n October 2015 the Copeland Forest Friends Association formed a Non-Profit Coproration, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the MNRF, and began offering memberships. The organization has been structured to ensure that all of the major recreational user groups are represented equally. There are many ways to join us including becoming a member, volunteering, making a donation, and signing up for our newsletter. We look forward to seeing you in the forest!
The Ganaraska Trail covers over 500 km of trail perfect for walking, snow shoeing and cross country skiing. In Orillia, the trail begins in Ramara, it skits the shore of Lake Couchiching and runs along the Lightfoot Trail system through the City of Orillia where it runs south on the Mariposa Trial to Woodland Avenue on the south edge of the City of Orillia. It then runs west along Woodland Avenue to Memorial Avenue then south to where it crosses highway 11 at Forest Home. The trail runs through Scout Valley on the west side of highway 11 and north of the parking lot on Old Barrie Road. It then runs east along Old Barrie Road to Ruby on Line 12 of Oro-Medonte then north for a short distance on Line 12 then east through fields and woods. There is some road walking between the Scout Valley Parking lot on Old Barrie Road and Line 12 but the trail through Scout Valley is picturesque and suitable for novices. See also the re-route warnings.
The Oro-Medonte Rail Trail is 28 km long and goes to the outskirts of Orillia. The abandoned rail line was turned into a rail trail which gives users the opportunity to explore beautiful Oro-Medonte along the way. The trail surface is crushed stone. Great for walking, biking and running year round. The trail is also used as part of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club trails during the winter months.
Follow Waterview Trail and learn how Bass Lake park, a farm for more than 100 years, was transformed to a recreational area. Just west of Orillia – close to historic Huronia – it is a popular spot for swimming, hiking, fishing and boating. Its fields and trails are good for skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Bass Lake offers canoe, kayak, paddle boats and stand up paddle board rentals.
Hardwood Ski and Bike is a full service cross country ski and mountain bike center. The facility features award winning trails for every age and every level of ability. Hardwood has over 80 km of one way trails on 7 different loops along with a pump track, trails area and other fun features including an 9 hole disc golf course. In the winter Hardwood has 40 km of cross country ski trails and over 20 km of snowshoe trails. Also in the winter Hardwood allows fat tire or winter bikes on the trails during the week and has a small number of rentals available for guests. Ski, snowshoe and bike rentals are available plus the retail and service shops can help you with your cross country or mountain biking needs. Facilities include a great café, free parking, first-aid, free WiFi and other amenities. Hardwood offers ski/bike lessons and programs. Certified “Bicycle-Friendly” by Ontario By Bike. Another new activity that will be featured summer 2017 is the new ebike boards, these are 3-wheel electric scooters, another great way to experience the great trails at Hardwood! For more information on these great scooters, visit http://bit.ly/2sSZ3Qu!