This article was originally published in the 2020 Summer digital issue of Invest In Style Magazine.
“The Collingwood area has become a mecca for cyclists due to the wide variety of options for all types of riders,” explains Noelle Wansbrough, of Pedalpushers Cycling, which offers clinics, coaching and tours for road riders. “The area is home to one of the most extensive multi-use trail networks anywhere in Canada, and the Escarpment provides great climbs and scenic vistas for road and gravel riders.”
Road cycling rises to exciting new heights here. Take a ride around historic Collingwood. Venture into the hills along winding roads, parking your bike to sample wines at a roadside vineyard and enjoy sweets at a cafe. Tour an orchard. Indulge in finely made craft ales at a craft brewery. Snap photos of the blue expanse of Georgian Bay. Ride along the shores of Georgian Bay at the longest freshwater beach in the world at Wasaga Beach.
Inexperienced riders need not be dissuaded by the region’s dominant terrain feature, the towering heights of the Niagara Escarpment, says Wansbrough. “The area does have a lot of vertical compared to surrounding areas, but there are also opportunities for novice riders,” she explains. “The Georgian Trail is a flat rail trail linking Collingwood to Thornbury and Meaford, and the top of the escarpment has tons of paved and gravel roads and loops can be put together from up top to avoid climbing the escarpment.”
With all the options to choose from, how does one pick a route to for their first Collingwood cycling excursion? Wansbrough has a suggestion.
“A classic road ride is the Creemore Beer Run,” she enthuses. “Collingwood to Creemore (approximately 60km) is a local favourite for many riders. Creemore is a quaint town with great coffee shops and the famous Creemore Springs Brewery. Expect to see a ton of cyclists there on any given Sunday.”
Quaint small towns, picturesque farmland, and appealing roadside attractions – what’s not to like about the cycling experience in Collingwood?
For more information on cycling routes and trail networks, visit www.cyclesimcoe.co. Pedalpushers Cycling can be reached at www.pedal-pushers.ca.