Mooseback Trail Ride

The Mooseback trail ride is an 8-day Adventure Touring ride is aimed at dual-purpose/ADV bikes of all sizes.  We recently did the ride with bikes ranging from a KLR 650 all the way up to a BMW 1250GSA.  This season we are please to offer two Mooseback rides: June 27-July 4 and August 8-15

 

All overnights will be in motels or at private locations, no camping. 

 

The price of the Mooseback Trail Ride is $400. 

What is included on the Mooseback Trail Ride:

 

  • We organize all routes from beginning to end, so you just show up and ride!  We’ll provide each rider with the GPS routes for the 8 days and load it onto their GPS for them if desired

  • Providing you with tips and hints ahead of time on things to pack, helping you prepare for this epic adventure

  • Arranging accommodations so all you have to do is call and book a room (single or double), some locations this won’t be necessary (hunt camps for example will be pre-booked for the # of riders)

  • A guide and a sweep for the entire journey to help ensure the group stays together and doesn’t get lost. The guide will know about bypasses and can make decisions on the fly to keep the group moving

  • Ensuring our routes have sufficient rest stops for gas and food, as well as having alternates arranged

  • Guides will have tools to do trail-side repairs for most common small problems (punctured tires, basic fixes)

  • Optional real-time communication using headsets (we use Cardo Packtalk DMC, but can talk to Sena and others if you have one)

  • Satellite tracking for the group, we provide a link that you can share with family and friends so they can follow along from home as we complete our journey

  • A "Canada Rides Mooseback" T-shirt and stickers to help you remember the ride long after it’s over!

What's not included:

  • There will not be a chase/support vehicle on this trip.

  • Meals and refreshments 

  • Cost of accommodations

  • Cost of fuel

  • Transportation to the start and end point (Barrie area)

For full terms and conditions, click the button below

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Upcoming Events

  • Mooseback Trail Ride August 2021
    RSVP Closed
    Sun., Aug. 08
    Barrie
    Aug. 08, 9:00 a.m. EDT – Aug. 15, 5:00 p.m. EDT
    Barrie, Barrie, ON, Canada
    An epic 8-day odyssey from Barrie to northern Ontario, with lots of sights on the way there and back!
  • Mooseback Trail Ride June 2021
    Sold Out
    Sun., Jun. 27
    Barrie
    Jun. 27, 9:00 a.m. EDT – Jul. 04, 1:00 p.m. EDT
    Barrie, Barrie, ON, Canada
    An epic 8-day odyssey from Barrie to northern Ontario, with lots of sights on the way there and back!

Trip Itinerary

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Day 1

Barrie to Sudbury (~400 kms)

A fair amount of pavement the first day get us headed north to start our epic journey.  

We’ll mix in some gravel and a few off-road sections to keep the ride from getting boring. Staying overnight at a motel in Sudbury.

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Day 4

Dubreuilville to Hearst (~300 kms)

Continuing north, we’ll take a leisurely ride up to Hornepayne on a mix of logging roads and pavement for lunch. Then we’ll swing by the tiny community of Oba, and then make our way to Hearst, where we’ll spend the evening at the Companion Hotel. Those who wish to can load into the Hotel Shuttle and take a 5-minute ride to a local lake where we can enjoy a refreshing swim. The restaurant, bar and patio make for a great place to unwind, have a delicious bowl of pasta and a few drinks and talk about the ride so far!

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Day 7

Elliot Lake to Manitoulin Island (~200 kms, 400 kms with optional island tour)

We will use as much rail trail as possible to get to Little Current, on Manitoulin Island, with some amazing sightseeing stops along the way.  For those interested, we’ll do an Island tour guided by a local resident and see some of the interesting sights the Island has to offer. We will spend the evening in South Baymouth. 

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Day 2

Sudbury to Chapleau (~400 kms)

We’ll continue north with a good mix of pavement, logging roads, gravel roads, and some offroad sections.  We’ll stop at the Arctic Watershed, travel the sought-out Sultan Road, eventually taking a mix of logging roads and crown land snowmobile trails into Chapleau. Don’t be surprised if we encounter a bear or two along this route!

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Day 5

Hearst to Dubreuilville (~300 kms)

We will continue to explore more of Northern Ontario's back roads as we head back to Dubreuilville for the evening. 

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Day 8

Manitoulin Island to Tobermory (~100 kms plus ride time to your final destination)

We’ll finish our epic journey with a ride on the Chi-Cheemaun ferry from the Island to Tobermory. This 1.5 hour ferry ride will be a great way to wrap up our trip.  We’ll have a final lunch together in Tobermory, and then riders will head off to their final destinations either in groups or individually, having made memories and friendships that will last a lifetime!

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Day 3

Chapleau to Dubreuilville (~300 kms)

The day starts out with a challenging but rewarding ride out from Chapleau eventually bringing us to Hawk’s Junction and the Big Bear restaurant for lunch. We’ll swing by a natural waterfall where you can dip your head (or your whole body!) into the refreshing water.  A nice, relaxing ride with a mix of pavement and off-road will bring us to Dubreuilville, home of the Magpie Relay Motel, a mecca for motorized travelers. 

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Day 6

Dubreuilville to Elliot Lake (~350 kms)

We’ll stick to logging roads as much as possible, making our way south throughout the day to Elliot Lake. On our way there, we will stop at the famous Black Creek Outfitters. For the evening, we will end up at the beautiful Laurentian Lode just outside of Elliot Lake.