Barrie Midland History Loop Tour

Take a bicycle tour into history.

See Below for Tour itinerary and what's included.

This Tour Has Been Cancelled

Founded in 1639, site of the first European settlement in Ontario, and the local for over a decade of war between the Iroquois and  Huron First Nations  -  Midland will be your destination.

You can take a day ride to Christian Island, one of three where the Hurons and Jesuits fled to escape the Iroquois. Gordon Lightfoot wrote a song about Christian Island. Built in 1857, the Christian Island Lighthouse is one of six Imperial style lighthouses located along the Georgian Bay - Lake Huron shores to aid marine navigation. 

Your tour will begin with a Friday overnight at the Georgian College in Barrie where you can leave your car during your four day ride.

Saturday, after a breakfast stop at the famous Mom's Restaurant, you'll work your way north with a lunch stop in Elmvale before ending your day at the Quality Suites, Midland.  The rest of the day you're free to explore Midland's downtown to find your own special dinner spot.

Sunday, it's your choice.   You can take a day ride to visit the Christian Island First Nation's settlement and get an up close and personal look at the 160 year old, still operational, Christian Island Lighthouse along with a short history presentation by a rep from the Beausoleil First Nations then, lunch on the island before returning to Midland.  

OR you can stay local and explore the Huronia Museum and its 300 year old working village, the Martyr's Shrine and Saint Marie among the Hurons to learn more about the missionary work where 8 Jesuits were slain by Iroquois and later Canonized by Pope Pius XI.  OR just explore the local bike paths.  Your day will end with an included group dinner at the hotel.

Monday, you'll follow a paved bike path along the scenic Georgian Bay shoreline where you can take a side trip up to Port McNicoll to visit the S.S. Kewatin marine museum. Further on you can check out the views from Victoria Harbour or stop by the now famous Waubaushene wall mural created by local First Nations artist and secondary school student Richelle Chartrand McCue.

From here you can continue on the screened gravel portion of the bike path or return to the cut off for the road course.  Either way will bring you to the town of Coldwater for a lunch stop. After lunch you'll continue on to Orillia's Best Western, Mariposa hotel. The rest of the day you will be free to explore the local water front bike paths or follow the bike route over to Casino Rama to try your luck.  Dinner is on your own.

Tuesday, you can choose the front door and a road course or the back door to follow the rail trail bike path. Either route will bring you to the water front of downtown Barrie. If you came by GO train, the support vehicle will meet you at the station to return your luggage. If you came by car, your luggage will be waiting for you back at Georgian College along with your vehicle.

Barrie Midland Orillia Barrie Loop 

4 night / 4 day itinerary  

Friday July 20         

  • Georgian College Barrie  overnight
  • luggage pick up at station for anyone arriving by GO (must pre-arrange)
  •  vehicle parking while on tour (optional extra)
  • Check Inn at Georgian College student residence from 6-8 
  • pre tour briefing session starts at 8 pm

Saturday July 21   

  • Breakfast not included but MacDonalds, Tim Horton's and MOM's restaurant are near by
  • cycle Barrie to Midland (55 km – 3.5 hrs)  lunch stop in Elmvale
  • arrive Quality Inn & Suites for overnight
  •  remainder of day/evening free time
  • dinner on your own

Sunday July 22

  • Breakfast included with QS room
  • Pre ride briefing
  • option a day ride to Christian Island Lighthouse /return (70km)
  • OR local rides to area attractions, e.g. Huronia Museum, Martyr's Shrine (40- 60 km)
  • Dinner on your own / evening free time

Monday July 23     

  •  Breakfast included
  • Pre ride briefing
  • cycle Midland to Orillia  (75km - 4 hrs) 
  • lunch stop in Coldwater
  • arrive Best Western, Mariposa for overnight
  • dinner on your own, evening free time

Tuesday July 24     

  • Breakfast included
  • pre-ride briefing
  • cycle Orillia to Barrie (35-40 km - 2.5 hrs)
  • transfer luggage back to participant  

End of Tour

Included with your tour:      

  • 4 nights accommodation based on double occupancy
  • 3 breakfasts,
  • Ferry fee to Christian Island
  • support vehicle with luggage transfer
  • daily pre-ride briefings
  • registration/welcoming package
  • individual route maps and instructions 
  • RWGPS route instructions

Registration fee

  • TBN member Registration  until June 10     $405
  • Non Member Registration  until June 10      $445
  • Single supplement                    add     $335
optional extra 
  • four days vehicle parking at Georgian College        $20

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