Early October is a great time to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in Ontario’s Rural and Cottage areas. The autumn blanket of cool weather brings with it the mix of a beautiful array of colourful leaves of all shapes and sizes. Most of the irritating insects have receded, yet the weather is warm enough to hit the outdoors.
One of the most popular routes for experiencing Ontario’s wonders is the Georgian Bay Coastal Route. There is no better way to experience this wonderment, than on a motorcycle, with the fresh air caressing your skin and the smell of moist leaves bringing back memories of childhood adventures in the forest. It’s a great way to experience the sense of freedom and adventure once can only capture on country roads.
What makes October an even better month to experience the tour is the fact that the tourists have retreated and the roads are free and clear.
This is about 1,100 kilometers in distance and between 15-16 hours of riding time. To truly enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area and guide points you should plan for atleast a 3-4 day trip. However, if all you have is a weekend, then you can start Friday evening and end Sunday evening. Just be prepared to feel it the following day.
Summer is another great time to take this tour, especially if you can take a week to enjoy it. Remember to bring lots of insect repellent since black flies and mosquitoes are thick during the summer months.
Starting in Orilia: Home of Casino Rama
Motorcycle groups can ride out of Toronto and 90 minutes later begin their Tour from Orillia. For those that feel lucky, Casino Rama is in town. Orillia is also renowned for its year round outdoor activities from fishing to snowmobiling.
Among some of the hidden attractions are:
- The OPP Museum (Ontario Provincial Police)
- The Stephen Leacock Museum
- Orillia Fairgrounds Farmer’s Market
- Rotary Club Steam Train
Greater Sudbury: The Capital of Ghost Towns in Ontario
At the opposite end of the route is Sudbury. The Greater Sudbury area is known as the Capital of Ghost Towns in Ontario. It is also a hub for exploration and mining activities. If you’ve ever wanted to visit an abandoned mine or ghost towns, you’ll find some here. Three locations abandoned by the mining industry are Frood Open P it, Gertrude Mine, and Chelmsford Sawmill. You can still find deposits of the old mining equipment and get an idea of how hard life was just one century ago. However, be warned that these places can be extremely dangerous and I recommend that you find a skilled local guide to take you through the sites.
Other attractions in the Sudbury area include:
- Science North (You can use your Ontario Science Centre Membership for admission)
- Dynamic Earth (Science Museum)
- North Bay Heritage Train & Carousel
- Northern Ontario Railroad Museum & Heritage Centre
Trip Planning Resources & Tools
Ontario has a great online interactive planning tool to help you choose and plan a motorcycle route around some of the best Ontario locations. Try it out to plan a group motorcycle tour and let us know so we can share it with other members who might be interested in riding along. http://www.gotourontario.ca/Home/Plan?lng=en