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Motorcycle Touring :: Itineraries :: Ride Grey Bruce

Ride Grey Bruce (2 - 3 Days)

This 2 - 3 Day Georgian Bay Coastal Route motorcycle tour will have you cruising the best roads from Collingwood to Tobermory, Ontario, while enjoying great food, motorcycle friendly accommmodation and stops along the way.


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Day 1

Start your tour in Collingwood today, touring to The Blue Mountains and Scenic Caves Nature Adventures to start.  Explore the labyrinth of caves and spend some time suspended above the world, as you cross Ontario’s longest suspension footbridge hanging 25 metres above the treetops!  Be sure to stop and savor the view of Georgian Bay more than 300 metres in elevation below!  When you’re finished, take a cruise through the Beaver Valley, along the windy path through the villages of Clarksburg and Heathcote.  In Eugenia, park your bike and follow the short path to Eugenia Falls.   On your return, through Kimberley, take Grey County Road 7 to the left.  Upon ascending out of the valley, stop on the right at the Epping Lookout for a view of the valley below.  Continue on Grey Country Road 7 to Meaford, then head west of town (via Hwy 26) to Grey County Road 112. Here turn right (north).  At the end of the road, you’ll find the Irish Mountain Lookout (on the right after you ascend the hill) – and another great view over the valley to the Bay below.  If your stomach is starting to grumble, consider a stop at Ted’s Range Road Diner on your way back down the hill.  Ted’s serves up lots of local and interesting cuisine, and offers a dining experience like no other.  Continue on south County Road 12, to 40 through Walters Falls and the village of Bognor.  Follow the route through Annan, and Leith, finally landing in Owen Sound for the night.  Once in Owen Sound, be sure to visit Inglis Falls before checking in for the night.

Distance:
Collingwood to Owen Sound via above route (150 km (95 m), 2 hrs 30 min driving time)

Accommodation Options:

  • Best Western Inn on the Bay
    1800 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound
    P. 866-719-9200
    http://www.bestwestern.com/ca/innonthebay
  • Days Inn
    950 6th Street East, Owen Sound
    P. 519-376-1551
    http://www.the.daysinn.com/owensound07107
  • The Falls Inn
    113 Robert Street, Walters Falls
    P. 519-794-4388
    http://www.thefallsinn.com

Lunch Options:

  • Ted's Range Road Diner
    138490 Grey Road 112,, RR#1, Meaford
    Directions: Head north on Grey Road 112
    P. 519-538-1788
    http://www.meaford.com/rrdiner.htm
  • The Dam Pub
    53 Bruce Street South, PO Box 793, Thornbury
    P. 519-599-2110
    http://www.thedampub.ca

Dinner Options:

  • Kettle's Back Home Cooking
    317239 Hwy 6/10 , Chatsworth
    P. 519-794-0330

Things to Do:

  • Epping Lookout
    Kimberley
    Location: Grey Road 7, North of Kimberley
  • Eugenia Falls
    Eugenia
    Location: Grey Road 13 at Eugenia

    http://public.greysauble.on.ca/ca_lands/eugeniafalls.html
  • Inglis Falls
    Owen Sound
    Location: From Rockford - take Grey Road 18 West to Inglis Falls Road. From downtown Owen Sound - south on 2nd Ave E to 2nd Ave SE, take Inglis Falls Road.

    http://public.greysauble.on.ca/ca_lands/inglisfalls.html
  • Irish Mountain Lookout
    Meaford
    Location: Grey Road 112 North of Hwy 26 West of Meaford
  • Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
    260 Scenic Caves Road, The Blue Mountains
    Location: From Collingwood, drive west on First St. to the First St. extension. Continue west on Mountain Rd which becomes Grey Rd 19. Follow the traffic circle onto Scenic Caves Rd. Follow this road to the top of the hill.
    P. 705-446-0256
    http://www.sceniccaves.com

Day 2

Follow the scenic route along Grey Road 1 from Owen Sound to Wiarton this morning.  In Big Bay, be sure to stop at the Big Bay General Store for delicious homemade ice cream.  Once in Wiarton, you’ll find a statue of Wiarton Willlie at the Bluewater Park – take the time for a photo op.  The real live version lives across the street in his display burrow in front of the library.  If you’re lucky you may catch a glimpse of him before you hit the road again.  Continue north of Wiarton, turning right onto Bruce County Road 9 at the top of the hill outside town.  This route will take you on the roads less travelled all the way to Lion’s Head, where you’ll head for the Marina and another photo opportunity with the Lion’s Head Lighthouse.  If you feel like a short ride today, stop for the night at Taylor Made B&B in Lion’s Head. Owners Barb and Dave Wynd are Harley owners themselves, and will make you feel right at home.  If you’re back on the road, take Highway 6 North to Tobermory.  As you enter the town, turn right onto Codrington Street. At the end of the road, you’ll find the Parks Canada Visitor Centre, a great place to learn about the local area.  The lookout tower on site provides an eagle eye view of the Bay.  Next, head to the harbour in Tobermory for a glass bottom boat cruise of Fathom Five National Marine Park with the Blue Heron Company. View the ship wrecks and the islands, or go to Flower Pot Island to view the massive sea stack first hand.  Upon your return, check in at your accommodation and relax as you head out for diner in this picturesque port village. It’s a great place sit on a bench and enjoy the ambiance while you savour some ice cream or some hand made fudge from The Sweet Shop. 
 

Distance:
Owen Sound to Tobermory via backroads (135 km (85 m), 2 hours)

Accommodation Options:

  • Taylor-Made B&B
    31 Byron Street, Lion's Head
    P. 877-434-9464
    http://www.taylormade.bb-bruce.com
  • Cedarholme B & B
    108 Beech Street, Hope Bay
    P. 519-534-3705
    http://www.cedarholmebb.com/
  • Adventure Inn the Bruce
    #7362 Hwy 6, Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2273
    http://www.adventurethebruceinn.com

Camping Options:

  • Bruce Peninsula National Park
    407 Cyprus Lake Road & Hwy 6, PO Box 189, Tobermory
    Directions: Hwy 6 south of Tobermory
    P. 877-737-3783
    http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/bruce/index_e.asp

Dining Options:

  • Lion's Head Inn
    8 Helen Street,, Lion's Head
    P. 519-793-4601
    http://www.lionsheadinn.ca
  • Rachel's Bakery and Cafe 50's Diner
    79 Main Street, Lion's Head
    P. 519-793-3982
    http://rachelsbakeryandcafe.webs.com/
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise
    At the Ferry Terminal, Tobermory
    P. 800-265-3163
    http://www.chicheemaun.com
  • Crowsnest Pub & Restaurant
    5 Bay Street, PO BOX 98,, Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2575
    http://crowsnestpub.ca/

Things to Do:

  • Blue Heron Cruises
    24 Carlton St, Tobermory
    Location: Little Tub Habour
    P. 855-596-2999
    http://www.blueheronco.com
  • Bruce Anchor Cruises
    7468 Highway #6 , Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2555 / P. 1-800-591-4254
    http://www.bruceanchorcruises.com/
  • Flowerpot Island
    Tobermory
  • Lion's Head Lighthouse & Marina
    Lion's Head
    Location: Take Cty Rd 9 east off Hwy 6. Turn left and follow the signs to the harbour
    P. 1-800-268-3838
    http://www.brucecoastlighthouses.com
  • Parks Canada Visitor Centre
    Chi sin tib dek Road, Tobermory
    P. 519-596-2233
    http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/bruce/ne/ne01_E.asp
  • Parks Canada Visitor Centre Lookout Tower
    Chi sin tib dek Road, Tobermory
    Location: 7374 Highway 6 (on Alexandra St off of Codrington St)
    P. 519-596-2233
    http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/bruce/ne/ne01_E.asp
  • Wiarton Willie Statue
    Wiarton
    Location: Bluewater Park
    P. 519-534-5344 / P. 1-800-268-3838

Day 3

If you stayed in Lion’s Head last night, you’ll want to head to Tobermory today to see all the sites (see Day 2).  If Tobermory was the place you hung up your chaps, head back down the Bruce Peninsula today, taking the time to stop and enjoy some of the sights along the way as you make your way home.  Make your way through Sauble Beach on beautiful lake Huron.  Be sure to cruise the strip of this 11 kilometre stretch of pure golden sand beach.  Of course if you have a few more days available to spend touring the Georgian Bay Coastal Route, you can always ride onto the Chi-Cheemaun ferry at the dock in Tobermory.  A two hour ride will get you to Manitoulin Island, and some backroads made for a motorcycle!

Distance:
Distance depends on route today.

Things to Do:

  • Sauble Beach
    Sauble Beach
    Location: Take Bruce County Rd 8 to the Town of Sauble Beach
    P. 519-422-1262
    http://www.saublebeach.com

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