Barrie Midland History Loop Tour
Take a bicycle tour into history.
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.
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.