Scenic vistas and lakeshore trails await those lucky enough to cycle in Bruce County
From vivid rides along the Lake Huron shoreline to quiet journeys in the country past tranquil farmland, Bruce County offers a cycling experience for everyone. If you are visiting for the day, a week, or the summer, Martin’s Bicycle Shop has your rentals covered. They offer a variety of bikes plus chariots and trail-a-bikes for younger riders.
Please note: many roads do not have paved shoulders and caution should be used in these areas; helmets are mandatory while cycling in Bruce County.
From Southampton to Sauble Beach and back, this loop journeys past one great lake and five small ones. Head north along the shores of Lake Huron on Bruce Road 13 first thing in the morning while traffic is at a minimum. Stop for a gelato at Amici’s Coffee or Mexican at Casero Taco Bus. Head west out of town to County Road 14 to start your return trip. Zig zag your way south past Gould, Maryville and Chesley Lake. Cross Highway 21 in Elsinore on your way to Arran Lake. Taking the route to the west of the lake directs you out to County Road 3 to cross the Saugeen River before heading back into farmland along the Doll Sideroad and Concession 14 to Fairy Lake in the heart of Southampton.
This is an easy ride for the family to enjoy with lots of sights to see and things to do along the way. Starting in downtown Southampton, follow the shoreline where a paved trail takes you over easy rollers and curves to Port Elgin. Head back on the Saugeen Rail Trail, a hard-packed crushed limestone trail that winds through residential areas and farmer’s fields. In Port Elgin, hop aboard the miniature steam engine at the main beach or pop uptown for your selection of lively cafes and restaurants. Southampton offers a downtown core with fun shops, eateries and the works of local artists. End your day at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre for ever-changing interactive exhibits and activities.
Ready for a challenge? Following the path of the twisting Saugeen River, this route takes you east from Port Elgin to The River Road. Bike past Smith’s Apples & Farm Market and the Dunblane Historical Church to County Road 3 and a short trip into Paisley for a refreshment break at Big Dipper Café or Marty’s Bar & Grill. Heading home, you’ll wind your way along the west side of the Saugeen River, sometimes on gravel roads. But not to worry, the gravel roads are well maintained and hard-packed. Back in Port Elgin, complete your experience with an amazing sunset at the beach.