From Sault Ste. Marie to Ottawa, the Ontario portion of the GNBR offers up a substantial diversity of geography and riding terrain. Gravel roads, dirt forest paths, rowdy unmaintained roads and flowy singletrack are all on offer here.
This route includes UNESCO Biospheres, National Historic Sites, National and Provincial Parks, Conservation Areas, a bounty of tranquil lakes, the largest freshwater island in the world (Manitoulin) and bicycle friendly communities.
The Ontario ride includes portions of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail , The BT 700, Log Driver’s Waltz and North of Seven 770.
For the most part, there are services at regular intervals on this route. So there is no need to carry provisions for multiple days.
The Ontario portion of the GNBR can be considered a moderately challenging bikepacking route. While the province does not have any major mountains to traverse there is no shortage of punchy inclines that will test your fitness. Also, some sections contain rougher terrain that can vary on the season and current weather conditions. A proper adventure bike set-up is recommended.
For a shorter bikepacking adventure in the province, it is possible to ride a GNBR micro-route in Ontario.
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