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Best of the Bays - Cycling in Bruce County
Best of the Bays

This is a journey through First Nations territory to a secluded lighthouse on Georgian Bay. The start is the same as Route 2 - there’s a climb out of Wiarton, you’ll pass the intriguing Spirit Rock Conservation Area, make a grand descent into Colpoys Bay, and see the pretty waterfall on Kribs Rd. Coveney’s Rd is a fun downhill into the Chippewas of Nawash Reserve.

An old stone building serves as the police station. There’s a beautiful stretch along the lakeshore and a government dock extending into the bay. The road to the lighthouse cuts through forest and ends with a view. The lightstation itself was the first in Canada to have its fog plant and light powered by electricity.

On the return, Sydney Bay Rd will have you immersed in Ontario-rare grassland habitat. Where the road climbs, forest takes over. It’s a long climb, all the way to Boundary Rd, but Bayview Park provides a break on a cliff edge overlooking Sydney Bay. For a side trip, take Park Rd down to Cape Croker Park.

With the Niagara Escarpment as its backdrop, it’s a gorgeous campground with nature trails, a boardwalk and canoe rentals. At its entrance, Sydney Bay Store and Café includes Indian tacos, bannock, and Ojibway crafts.

Cautions: This is bear country; bike with bear bells. Also, dogs tend to run loose at the Cape, though they are familiar to cyclists.

Start Point

Wiarton

End Point

Wiarton

Distance
74km loop
Surface
Only the final 9 km stretch to the lighthouse is unpaved