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Bruce County – Southwest

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Bruce County - Southwest

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Stretching from Point Clark to the southern portions of the Bruce Peninsula, Bruce County – Southwest offers cyclists frequent water views along low traffic volume, flat roads across a region defined by the coastlines of Lake Huron on the west and Georgian Bay in the east, with agricultural lands as one travels inland.

A wide-range of cycling experiences includes a number excellent regional trail systems, road routes and mountain bike facilities. The stunning road riding in Bruce County – Southwest features quieter and lake-side county roads and rural riding in the County’s hinterlands, perfect for more experienced cyclists.

A well-developed network of mountain bike locations continues to put Bruce County – Southwest on the map for mountain bike enthusiasts in Ontario and beyond. These, as well as the extensive off-road bicycle trails, including regionally significant rail trails, are attracting a variety of cyclists, including mountain bikers and recreational cyclists.

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opens in a new windowInteractive Cycling Map (Saugeen Shores) – Visit the new interactive cycling map for Saugeen Shores, which includes the entire trail network as well as locations of amenities such as bike racks, washrooms, water fountains and icons for the certified bicycle friendly businesses in the communities of Port Elgin and Southampton.

  • opens in a new windowSaugeen Rail Trailopens PDF file  – Approximately 11km in length, this trail features a combination of surfaces including, stone dust, asphalt and woodchip. The trail connects Southampton, Saugeen Township and Port Elgin. Options to loop back along the scenic North Shore Road creates a loop with lake views. Other trails within the Town of Saugeen Shores include:
    • opens in a new windowShoreline (North Shore) Trail – Approximately 6km in length, this separated paved trail connects the communities of Port Elgin and Southampton along the Lake Huron coastline. This waterfront trail offers stunning lake vistas and views of Chantry Island. This is a multi-use accessible trail.
    • opens in a new windowWoodland & Biener Trails – These trails are approximately 15km in length and connect the communities Port Elgin and Southampton through a forest trail. The trail surface is wood chips and best suited for mountain bikes. Pedestrians and horseback riders are permitted.
    • opens in a new windowShipley Trail – Approximately 1.5km in length, the Shipley Trail is an ideal connection for cyclists riding south from Port Elgin to Gobles Grove beach, or onto the trails at MacGregor Provincial Park. The trail has a wood chip surface, and runs through a natural forested area.
    • opens in a new windowCaptain Spence Path – A short 0.8km path that takes riders from the Southampton Main Beach to the Southampton harbour and Pioneer Park with views over Lake Huron.
    • opens in a new windowCopway Trail – This stone trail leads from Copway St. in Southampton towards a small beach area.
    • opens in a new windowGore Drain Trail – Approximately 3km in length, the Gore Drain Trail connects the MacGregor Provincial Park trails to the Saugeen Rail Trail. The trail is a stone dust surface, and takes cyclists past the Port Elgin Airport.
  • opens in a new windowMacgregor Provincial Park – This provincial park has approximately 14km of trails suitable for hybrid or mountain bikes. Some trails get rough in areas. , including the Lake Ridge Trail. Trails feature campgrounds lake views, cedar groves and opportunities for wildlife and waterfowl viewing. Cycling along trails is recommended over cycling on park roads, which can get very busy.
  • opens in a new windowSaugeen River Trail – This trail is approximately 5.5km and runs along the Saugeen River into the town of Walkerton. This trail is primarily hard-packed gravel with multiple parking locations and 8 access points and loops.
  • opens in a new windowBruce County Rail Trailopens PDF file  – This trail is approximately 80km and runs from Port Elgin to the Bruce-Huron Line and from Port Elgin to Bruce Road 33 near Kincardine. Signed and gated with a trail surface of compact soil and coarse aggregate.
  • opens in a new windowPaisley Trail – A 6km linear trail travels through fields and forests to downtown Paisley passing the historical Hose Tower and Town Hall. The trail continues across the Teeswater River Bridge to the flood dykes along the Saugeen River.
  • opens in a new windowKincardine Trailsopens PDF file  – The town of Kindcardine boasts a network of interconnected trails. Totalling approximately 30km, the network brings cyclists along the shores of Lake Huron and north and south of the Penetangore River. An interactive map that lets you filter by individual trail can be found  opens in a new windowHERE
    • Blue Trail – This 9 km trail now connects to the Red Trail in the east and the Pink Trail in the west and traverses both natural settings and parklands.
    • Red Trail – At 6 km, this trail allows cyclists to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Penetangore River as it meanders along the river and through parklands.
    • Green Trail – Cyclists will enjoy this 6 km trail as it explores the eastern portions of Kincardine south of the harbour.
    • Yellow Trail – This 5 km trail features cycling along marshes and wetlands with excellent opportunities for bird watching. The trail also connects to both the Green Trail at Kincardine Ave and the Pink Trail at Goderich Street.
    • Pink Trail – At 4 km this linear trail stretches along the waterfront from the southern municipal boundary and features a scenic ride with access to the beach, board walk and other paved path connections.

The following routes are found on the Bruce County Cycling Routes map. See the Published Maps section for more information.

For additional information and resources for mountain biking in Bruce County, visit  opens in a new windowExplore The Bruce Website

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opens in a new windowThe Great Lakes Waterfront Trail – Stretching over 3600km, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a route connecting over 151 communities and First Nations along the Canadian shores of the Great Lakes: Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, Lake Erie, Detroit River and Lake St Clair, Lake Huron, Georgian Bay and the North Channel. The fully signed Trail uses the safest infrastructure possible, a mix of both on-road and off-road facilities, and is primarily paved, with sections of unpaved path and gravel roads. It can be enjoyed for as part of a day trip or on a multi-day long distance cycling adventure.

The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail traverses the entire Bruce County and the south west, starting south of Kincardine to Southampton and all the way to Tobermory.

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