From sheer rock faces to rattlesnakes to tight, technical runs to “the sweetest single track ride in all of Ontario,” Bruce County offers 12,500 acres of “ride fast, get dirty” biking for seasoned and novice cyclists alike. Choose from five distinct, multi-dimensional trails that follow the contours of the unique Niagara Escarpment, highlighting the stunning natural landscape in and around the Bruce Peninsula. Up for a challenge? The Mountain Bike Adventure Park—locally known as the Albermarle Tract—just north of Wiarton offers one of the toughest tracks in the region, featuring stony outcrops and steep, thigh-burning inclines. For a more relaxed ride, check out the Brant Tract’s Brainbuster, West Road, Red Pine loop and Rolling Ferns trails. More info: Mountain Bike the Bruce
What’s nearby: If you’re biking the Mountain Bike Adventure Park, check out Wiarton, the home of Ontario’s most famous rodent, the weather-predicting Wiarton Willie. While you’re there, grab a burger at Coal Shed Willie’s and have a picnic overlooking Colpoys Bay, shadowed by a larger-than-life statue of Willie himself.
How to get there: Take the 401 west from Toronto, then take highway 10 north towards Owen Sound. For directions to specific trails, check out Mountain Bike the Bruce.