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The Ride Grey Bruce "Epic Tour" was created as a series of smaller rides. You can pick it up anywhere along the route and enjoy as many – or as few – rides as you have time for. Use our 5 Epic Tour rides to enjoy rolling hills, scenic lookouts, sandy beaches, picturesque waterfalls, fun roadside attractions, great eats, fabulous sunsets and much more. Plan to clock about 10 hours of road time if you do all the rides. You can do a single ride in a day, but spend 3 days to a week touring and you’ll really get that “epic” feel!
Epic Tour – Ride 1
The Beaver Valley & Blue Mountains
Lean in to the corners and enjoy the winding roads and rolling hills of the Beaver Valley as you tour a dramatic and rugged part of Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment.
Great in summer and especially fall, this ride offers a brilliant mix of activities including a cruise through the world-famous Blue Mountain Village. Start in the village of Flesherton, head north-east to Eugenia where you can enjoy the falls and poke around at the Emporium. Stay on Grey Rd 13, stopping at the Beaver Valley scenic lookout. Watch for Grey Road 30 on your left for a great side-loop up the west side of the Niagara escarpment.
On the way to Thornbury, enjoy a stroll at Farmers Pantry where you can fill your saddlebags with crisp Beaver Valley apples. Enjoy the Georgian Bay coastline in Thornbury before heading up to the Blue Mountain Village where you can eat, sleep, shop and even enjoy a Hummer tour! From there, head up to Scenic Caves Nature Adventures for the suspension bridge and more.
Epic Tour – Ride 2
Owen Sound, Walter’s Falls and Meaford
Crashing waterfalls, scenic lookouts and a vibrant little city make for a great day on and off the bike.
You can start this tour from Thornbury or Meaford (where it meets Ride 1) or Owen Sound (Ride 3). Some of the highlights of this leisurely tour include the Epping lookout over Georgian Bay, and Walter’s Falls (stop at the general store for directions to the falls); the Big Apple in Meaford; the Irish Mountain scenic lookout and the unforgettable Ted’s Range Road Diner, where you can dine on caribou and quaff local beer in a Quonset hut next to a tank range! NOTE: Need a bike fix? Fox Harley Davidson is on the south side of Owen Sound on Hwys 6&10.
Epic Tour - Ride 3
The Owen Sound and Georgian Bluffs “Figure 8”
Bluffs and beaches, caves and coastline: Owen Sound and area have a lot to offer.
This ride gives you great views from both sides on Owen Sound Bay, but you can leave off the eastern loop if you’re crunched for time. Highlights in Owen Sound include unique shops, restaurants and the beautiful Harrison Park in the heart of town and Inglis Falls south of town (it’s a gorgeous ride up 2nd Ave W to the falls – just follow the signs). Pick up the western leg of this ride from Kelso Beach on the west side of Owen Sound Bay. Head north and follow the road all the way around the bay to Wiarton. Along the way, stop in Big Bay for ice cream, check out the Keppel W.I. and Colpoy’s scenic lookouts and have a leg stretch at Bruce’s Cave. After stopping to visit Wiarton Willie, you have 3 options: head back east to Owen Sound, west to Sauble Beach or north up the Bruce Peninsula to Tobermory.
Epic Tour – Ride 4
Sauble Beach, Lion’s Head and Tobermory (Manitoulin Island - optional)
White sand, dramatic rock formations, sunken ships!
Sauble Beach is known as “the Daytona of the north” for good reason: an endless stretch of white sand and 11 kilometres of beach cruising day and night! The route from Sauble through Hope Bay to Lion’s Head is a fun, twisty ride, and Lion’s Head is home to Taylor Made B&B, a spot that caters almost exclusively to riders. Note: north of town the road turns to gravel, so head out to on the Caudle SR to Highway 6 and continue northward up to Tobermory and the ferry to Manitoulin Island.
Don’t miss the Observation Tower at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre, or a glass-bottom boat tour in Tobermory. On the way up or back, consider a side trip out to Cape Croker Indian Park off of Purple Valley Road, especially in mid-August on pow-wow weekend.
Epic Tour – Ride 5
Lake Huron Shore
Lighthouses and sunsets make this stretch of the road famous world-wide.
The Lake Huron shoreline is known worldwide for dramatic skies and stunning sunsets. Enjoy them from one of the many lighthouse jetties or docks in towns all the way up the coast. For a change from the bustle of Sauble Beach, try a visit to Southampton or Kincardine where you’ll find great food, shopping and live music, or a visit to the Bruce Power Visitor Center in Tiverton. Make sure to follow the ride inland to Paisley, home to artist studios, a fantastic trestle bridge and the best selection of single malt whiskey in rural Ontario!
If you have any questions about the Epic Tour, feel free to contact our Live Help at 1-800-268-3838. Enjoy the ride!
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