Cottage country is the perfect place to get back to nature. A fun and healthy activity to do while you’re at the cottage is biking. Whether your escaping on your own or going with a group of friends and family, Muskoka has what you’re looking for in bike routes.
If you’re looking to explore backroads with a stunning lake view, the Ahmic Lake bike route is the one for you. On this route, you get the chance to adventure through Ahmic Harbour and the quaint village of Magnetawan. You can stop at the Magnetawan beach along the way and cool off with a swim. There’s plenty of places to stop and grab a bite to eat to keep your energy up. On your way, you’ll pass the Cornball Store, Swiss Country House Restaurant, Magnetawan Grill, and the Magnetawan Snack Bar. With a combination of pavement and gravel, it’s easy to go slow and enjoy the view for the full 40 kilometers.
Are you looking for a way to get your kids active in nature? The Yonge Street Trail in Huntsville is perfect for intermediate cyclers. With 1.5 km, it has an estimated cycle time of 10 minutes from one end to the other. This trail is a 20-minute bike ride away from Main Street, Huntsville. You can stop for an ice cream cone at the Nutty Chocolatier and check out some of the many of the unique shops on this street. One of my personal favourites is Up North Games. It has a large selection of board games and comic books that are sure to keep you entertained at the cottage.
For all of you experienced bikers looking for a challenge, Muskoka offers you the Bala-Lake Rosseau Loop. It’s a little over 93 km long and includes a 422-foot climb over 4 kilometers. If you stop in Port Caling, you can see the 111 by 44-foot mosaic known as “The Wall”. In 2007, this spectacle received a Built Heritage award from the Muskoka Heritage Foundation.
Remember to review your hand signals and wear the necessary equipment such as helmets, knee/shoulder pads, reflective gear etc. Please remind children about bike safety and what to do if they get injured.
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