Ride The Edge Check 2015: Top 10 Motorcyle Roads in Ontario’s Cottage Country
Each spring, Explorers’ Edge sends a dedicated rider out to check the routes recommended in our “Top Roads
” list. Based on the findings during this “Ride The Edge” check, we update our two main touring routes
and create our annual Top 10 Roads
list, a handy tool to ensure touring motorcyclists have the smoothest rides possible – every year.
Top Ten Motorcycle Roads in Explorers’ Edge: 2015
It’s a bit short compared to other recommended roads, but you won’t be disappointed. The pavement is beautiful, traffic is light, and it makes for a escape from the major highways on your loop tour. This is a connector between the village of Orrville in the north and the village of Rosseau in the south – both in Seguin Township
. As picturesque as it gets.
While it’s tough to ride the full length of this road without a smile on your face, it’s generally only ridden by those comfortable with a little bit of road wear as the second half turns into Stisted Road – which has some sand and frost heaves.. But if none of that bothers you, you’ve gotta ride this road. This is a connector between Sprucedale and Huntsville
A quick connector between the village of Rosseau (where you’re likely to see bikes parked outside Crossroads Restaurant
) and Huntsville, Muskoka
, locals know to keep their speed down in the tight corners here. You’ll see plenty of pine groves along the way too.
Connecting the towns of Gravenhurst
, this is a great start to riding in the region. Leave Highway 11 in Gravenhurst and following this through to Bracebridge, and enjoy the canopy of trees over all the curves. (Just take it easy in the fall when leaves can make the surface a little slick.)
iconic touring road from the village of Rosseau in Seguin Township
to Port Carling in the Township of Muskoka Lakes.
Essentially you’re riding a ridge between two lakes on what is the most technical road in the region – best for sport touring bikes. Watch for a tiny bit of gravel near Rosseau, but otherwise the road is all clear.
Starting in the scenic village of Burk’s Falls, and right around the corner from the unique “Screaming Heads” sculptures (and Midlothian Castle), Highway 520 is packed with vistas. Don’t forget to stop in beautiful Magnetawan for a snack.
If you can avoid long weekends (when folks are travelling to and from Algonquin Park
and volume is a little busier), this windy roller-coaster of a road will whip you around lakes, plunge you through deep rockcuts and take you all the way to the top of Dorset’s Lookout Tower where you can survey the road you just covered. This is a connector to the Lake of Bays area
and the charming village of Dwight.
A connector between the villages of Rosseau in Seguin Township and Windermere, Muskoka, this route features fresher pavement, long sweepers, descending radius corners, and probably the most iconic turn in the region – maybe in all of Ontario (at Bent River
). Make sure you give yourself the time to enjoy this road, and have your camera ready. (NOTE: Bridge repair started on August 27, 2015 means that riders cannot pass between Bent River and Rosseau until construction is completed later in the fall.)
This quiet road in the Loring-Restoule
area (at the northern tip of the Explorers’ Edge region) is likely one of our best kept secrets, and is backcountry touring at it’s finest. You’ll need to take Highway 69 north of Parry Sound
, but once you turn off, it’s pure bliss all the way to Trout Creek in the Almaguin Highlands
. Long sweepers with gentle rising and falling hills, plenty of lakes and a little waterfall halfway through the ride are just part of the reason this road rocks. Watch for wildlife, and take it easy on the first 30k, which is chip-tar (good condition, but a little rougher on the tires).
There’s probably nothing more blissful than a tour through the Canada’s oldest provincial park. The pavement is great, there are plenty of places to stop and take a break (check out Lake of Two Rivers for a great little beach and stop in at the Visitor Information Centre
). The only negative is that it’s hard to strap a canoe onto your bike…but maybe one day.
That’s the Explorers’ Edge Top 10 Roads list for 2015! How many have you travelled? Got some more recommendations for roads in the Explorers’ Edge region of Ontario? Visit our Facebook page to share your with pics – and tell us where you love to ride in the great Canadian wilderness just north of Toronto.
Be sure to visit some to the best motorcycle touring roads in Ontario’s cottage country in 2015. To plan your stay, click here.
For more info on motorsports touring in Explorers Edge, visit RideTheEdge.ca.
(Note: Last year’s edition of our Top Roads list included Highway 118, The Bunny Trail and Southwood Road. These are still great rides, but our Spring Ride The Edge Check revealed that a little frost got into pavement, that potholes may be a problem this year, or they haven’t been cleared of debris. More than usual volume may be an issue in some cases too. Be sure to enjoy these roads as well – but exercise a little discretion.)