Mooseback Trail Ride

Canada Rides is pleased to introduce its first adventure 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.  All overnights will be in motels or at private locations, no camping. 

 

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

The price of the Mooseback Trail Ride is $400 (50% off our regular price). 

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!

Below is the detailed itinerary of where we will be riding over the 8 days. Note: things could change due to weather or other conditions.

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Mooseback Trail Ride August 2020
Sun, Aug 23
Barrie
Aug 23, 9:00 AM – Aug 30, 5:00 PM
Barrie, Barrie, ON, Canada
An epic 8-day odyssey from Barrie to northern Ontario, with lots of sights on the way there and back!
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Mooseback Trail Ride September 2020
Sun, Sep 20
Barrie
Sep 20, 9:00 AM – Sep 27, 5:00 PM
Barrie, Barrie, ON, Canada
An epic 8-day odyssey from Barrie to northern Ontario, with lots of sights on the way there and back!
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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 2

Sudbury to Halfway Haven (~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 in to Halfway Haven, a trail rider’s dream destination. Don’t be surprised if we encounter a bear or two along this route!

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DAY 3

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day 4

Dubreuilville to Hearst via Hornepayne (~300kms)


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!

Halfway Haven to Dubreuilville (~300kms)

The day starts out with a challenging but rewarding ride out from Halfway Haven through trails, 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 offroad will bring us to Dubreuilville, home of the Magpie Relay Motel, a mecca for motorized travelers. 

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DAY 5

Hearst to Kapuskasing (~400kms)


The day starts off with a fun ride from Hearst to Kapuskasing. After a quick bite to eat, we’ll head north to Abitibi Canyon, crossing a 6km dam and riding some interesting terrain. We’ll come back south to Smooth Rock Falls for gas, and then head to Kapuskasping for the evening.  

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DAY 6

Kapuskasing to Ritchie Falls (~350kms)


We’ll stick to logging roads as much as possible, making our way south throughout the day to Ritchie Falls, Northern Ontario’s premier indigenous eco-tourism experience.  We can check out the local waterfalls and relax after a long day’s ride with an excellent meal in a unique outdoor environment.

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DAY 7

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DAY 8

Day 8 – Manitoulin Island – Tobermory
(~100kms, 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!

Ritchie Lake to Manitoulin Island
(200kms, 400km with optional Island Tour)


Day 7 uses a lot of side roads to take a scenic ride from Ritchie Lake 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.

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