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 accommodation and stops along the way.

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 savour 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. 519-371-9200
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

Dining Options:

Kettle's Back Home Cookin’
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://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails/view/eugenia-falls-conservation-trail
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.
Island in Georgian Bay Islands National Park
http://ontarioconservationareas.ca/component/mtree/conservation-authorities-of-ontario/grey-sauble/inglis-falls-conservation-area
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 Willie 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 handmade fudge from The Sweet Shop.

Distance:

Owen Sound to Tobermory via back roads (135 km (85 m), 2 hours)

Accommodation Options:

Taylor-Made B&B
31 Byron Street, Lion's Head
P. 519-793-4853
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. 519-596-2233
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
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
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://explorethebruce.com/things-to-do/lighthouses/
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. 519-534-1400

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
http://www.saublebeach.com