Four-Day Northern Ontario Excursion

Our Excursion trips pack four days of riding excitement into an extended weekend. These rides are suitable for all road-legal bikes, from dual purpose to touring, but they will be run at a spirited pace with daily distance in the 500 km range. You must feel comfortable riding this distance daily. We'll be taking adequate breaks for coffee/lunch/gas along the way as well as stops at points of interest. Each night, we'll be staying in motels/inns, and will make dinner reservations for the group. Relaxing over a good meal with new friends and recounting the day's experiences is a great way to end every day.

Our four-day Northern Ontario Excursion is a must-do, especially if you have never motorcycled into Northern Ontario. At 4 days, this will give you just a taste of what's available; you're sure to want to return to explore further. There will be some travel on Highways 400, 69, and 17, so you need to be comfortable riding in formation on major highways. The price of the four-day Northern Ontario excursion is $300/person, $400/2up.

Dates: July 8-11, 2022

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

What is included on the four-day excursion:

  • We organize all routes from beginning to end, so you just show up at our meeting point and ride!  

  • 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). In some locations, this may not be necessary.

  • A guide and a sweep for the entire journey to help ensure the group stays together. 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 road-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)

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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 endpoint (Barrie area)

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  • Four-Day Excursion: Northern Ontario
    RSVP Closed
    Fri, Jul 08
    Canada Rides HQ
    Jul 08, 9:00 a.m. EDT – Jul 11, 5:00 p.m. EDT
    Canada Rides HQ, Barrie, ON
    Our Excursion trips pack four days of riding excitement into an extended weekend. These rides are suitable for all road-legal bikes, from dual purpose to touring, but they will be run at a spirited pace with daily distance in the 500 km range.
  • Mid-Week Northern Ontario Excursion
    RSVP Closed
    Mon, Jun 20
    Canada Rides HQ
    Jun 20, 8:00 a.m. – Jun 24, 5:00 p.m.
    Canada Rides HQ, Barrie, ON
    This excursion is five days of riding excitement. This ride is suitable for all road-legal bikes, from dual purpose to touring. On average we will have a daily distance in the 500 km range.

Trip Itinerary

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Day 1

Barrie to Elliot Lake 

Heading north from Canada Rides HQ, we cover some great motorcycling roads (Southwood Road & Highway 518) before returning to 400/69. At Sudbury, we'll veer west on 17 and at 108 we'll head north to Elliot Lake for the night.

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Day 4

Espanola to South Baymouth/Chi Cheemaun Ferry

An easy 110 km run through Manitoulin Island, with some scenic stops along the way, puts us at South Bay for the ferry ride back to Tobermory. Once we head down the Bruce Peninsula to Owen Sound, we'll start to separate as each rider takes their most direct route home, happy in knowing that we've met people who have become friends are future riding companions.

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Day 2

Elliot Lake to Dubreuilville

Definitely the best day of the trip for twisting motorcycling roads. From Elliot lake we'll head up to 546: a scenic and winding road through Little White River Provincial Park. Then we'll hook up with 129: labeled as the Canadian “Tail of the Dragon”. Up to Wawa on 101, then a final blast of sweepers on 519 to get to our stop for the evening: Dubreuilville.

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Day 3

Dubreuilville to Espanola

This is the day of beautiful vistas and winding roads as we ride through Pukaskwa National Park, then hug the coast of Lake Superior down into Sault Ste Marie. There is sure to be numerous stops at the various lookouts to take pictures and soak up the scenery. We'll then ride the shores of Lake Huron along 17 until we reach Espanola, our destination for the evening