Ride The Edge – Motorcycle Touring in Explorers’ Edge
Pristine forests. Lakes, rivers and cliffs. Winding backroads that range from tame cruisers to technical twisties. This is what riding in Explorers’ Edge is all about.
Whether you’ve ridden in the region before, or are new to our roads, we’ve got something incredible to show you. A place where your ride includes popular cottage country haunts, and untouched forests surrounding twisty backroads that go on for miles. In Explorers’ Edge, you can have it all.
Explorers’ Edge is home to four vastly different areas, which sets it apart from all other riding destinations.
Starting in the south, Muskoka is an internationally recognized vacation destination, with the tradition of resorting its cornerstone. Check out the wharf at Gravenhurst, the falls in Bracebridge, the arcade in Bala and the dining in Rosseau. You’ll want to make sure you ride Southwood Road, Muskoka Beach Road, and County Road 26, as well as the mind-bending Highway 632 (you might want to keep your speeds down until you know what you’re dealing with.)
Parry Sound is home of some of the best freshwater cruising in the world – you’ll see Georgian Bay and the dozens of boats launching from the town harbour, and ride epic backroads like the 520, which goes on and on.
The Almaguin Highlands brings riders into some untouched Canadian wilderness, with a down home charm. Highway 522 and the Screaming Heads of Burks Falls can’t be missed, nor can a stop in the charming town of Magnetawan. The Almaguin Highlands Visitor Information Centre is known as a staging point for riders arriving from all over the province.
And finally, majestic Algonquin Park contains only one highway – but this piece of twisty asphalt winds through Ontario’s oldest and most beloved provincial park, taking riders to some of the best roadside stops in the province, like Lake of Two Rivers beach.
Of course, this is only a few of the roads and towns you’ll experience on your trip through Explorers’ Edge.
We’ve created two loops with your on-road riding experience as our top priority. We’ve taken the top roads in the region and combined them to give you two great touring options.
Our Short Loop is ideal for a weekend trip, at just over 650kms (400 miles) from it’s starting point. It can be done in a day, but with all of the scenic backroads, we recommend staying at least one night. If you’re travelling from the USA, or from a great distance, we really recommend making a weekend out of it. The short loop gives you a taste of each of the regions within Explorers’ Edge, without tackling the major mileage of that Algonquin Park adds. It also focuses on packing more of the top roads into the loop.
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The Long Loop is built for high-mileage touring. Ringing in at just under 1000 km (620 miles) this route takes riders on a slightly different combination of roads, and adds a ride through Ontario’s oldest and most beloved provincial park, Algonquin. Using a different set of roads, it takes riders deep into the wilds of the northern reaches of Explorers Edge.
View Ride the Edge – The Long Loop in a larger map
We’ve included downloadable maps below – if you want to pre-book your hotels, which is recommended throughout much of the riding season, check out our accommodations.
Both routes are built with an eye towards the best on-road experience possible. We’ve ruled out anything straight and flat, and made sure to keep you entertained. Scenery, road quality, and entertainment value take the front seat here.
These GPX files will work with Garmin and TomTom GPS units: