Alvar Cycle Tour
5 days fun riding, 4 nights stay
6 vacation date options in 2021
Discover Manitoulin Island the largest fresh water Island in the world
Take advantage of Ontario's 2021 staycation rebate, up to 20%
6 different weeks to choose from
June 14-18, 312km week, 60-80km per day
June 21-25, 312km week, 60-80km per day SOLD OUT
June 28-2 July, 205km week, 36-52km per day
September 6-10, 312km week, 60-80km per day SOLD OUT
September 13-17, 312km week, 60-80km per day
September 20-24, 205km week, 36-52km per day
Discover the world’s largest fresh water Island. Take in the majestic views over Georgian Bay, the famous North Channel, the vast expanse of Lake Huron with glimpses of some of the 108 sparkling inland lakes, while riding along the silent, serene pastoral country roads. On Manitoulin, we move at a leisurely pace, locals call it "Island Time”. Come and see for yourself why Manitoulin is one of the best loved cycle destinations in Ontario and nationwide. Your ever present tour guide tells you the stories letting you emerge deeply into the fascinating marine, geological and agricultural history. We will show you the natural Alvar formations, First Nations art and culture, art galleries, many museums, one-of-a-kind Mom and Pop shops, and locally produced food and drink.
The longer tour includes a visit to the famous Bridal Veil Falls, and a tour to an Alpaca farm located on an original old settlers homestead.
The short tour includes a bike and hike to the famous Cup and Saucer.
Your guide is with you in a car every day, all day. He is able to carry your personal items all day so you can ride pannier free.
|AVAILABLE DATES||FERRY DETAILS|
June 14-18, 312km week
June 21-25, 312km week
June 28-2 July, 205km week
Board Monday early ferry leaving Tobermory at 9am, departing Friday 3pm
|September 6-10, 312km week||
Board Monday early ferry leaving Tobermory at 9am, departing Friday from South Baymouth 11:10am
September 13-17, 312km week
September 20-24, 205km week
Board Monday early ferry leaving Tobermory at 8:50am, departing Friday from South Baymouth 11:10am
Board Monday early ferry leaving Tobermory at 8:50am, departing Friday from South Baymouth 3:50pm
312 km week
Day 1, 68 km: Welcome and start of your cycle vacation riding along the safe cycle infrastructure of paved shoulders to lunch on the lake in Manitowaning besides the old ferry and Mill. Visiting High Falls and Ten Mile Point’s spectacular view of Georgian Bay, the views visible all the way into the North Channel and the La Cloche mountains. Next stop is Sheguaidah’s old town site and fish ladders, then onto Little Current, the only Island town with land access over the century old swing bridge.
Day 2, 67 km: After a tour of Little Current, we ride along the paved shoulders of Hwy 540 overlooking the vast expanse of the North Channel, followed by a power break at a innovatively built greenhouse. A spectacular view into the famous Cup and Saucer is followed by a lunch on the shores of Lake Manitou. Meander along Lake Manitou to Big Lake and into Mindemoya, your town of rest.
Day 3, 73 km: We will visit a Pow-Wow ground and the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, experience an Alpaca farm-tour, see famous Bridal Veil Falls with the sculptures found in town and the splendid view of the North Channel. Rolling along will bring you back to your accommodation near Mindemoya.
Day 4, 60 km: After a stop at the impressive war memorials, we will hear details about Manitoulin's Alvar formations, visit both the Perivale and Mutchmor Gallery, and overlook the largest sand beach and boardwalk in Providence Bay, Returning back to you accommodation.
Day 5, 40 km: On the final day we will stop at a stream rehabilitation site and return to the Ferry dock.
205 km week
Day 1, 40 km: Welcome and start of your cycle vacation riding along the safe cycle infrastructure of paved shoulders, visit to the fisheries, lunch break on beautiful lake Manitou, rolling past Big Lake into Mindemoya.
Day 2, 39 km: Bike and Hike day, starting early biking along the west side of Lake Manitou will bring you to the famous Cup and Saucer. Quick change of shoes, grabbing a bagged lunch and your off to climb part of the Niagara Escarpment, rewarded with the stunning views from the highest elevation on Manitoulin Island. Riding on safe paved shoulders you will find yourself in M’Chigeeng overlooking West Bay. At the museum, amongst many other items, you will see, exquisite quilt boxes, moccasins, paintings and wonderful Indigenous pottery. You will visit the Pow-Wow ground and the Ojibwa Cultural Foundation. Wide paved shoulders will bring you back to Mindemoya.
Day 3, 52 km: Cycling along the west side of Lake Mindemoya brings you to one of Manitoulin's Alvar formations, you will visit the Perivale Gallery, one of Ontario’s best . Lunch break will be at Lake Kagawong, Manitoulin's second largest lake. Past the small town of Spring Bay, through wonderful farming country you will find yourself back in Mindemoya.
Day 4, 38 km, After a stop at the impressive war memorials, you will soon be at the largest sand beach in the little hamlet of Providence Bay. The lovely boardwalk with lunch overlooking the vast expanse of Lake Huron are sure to lift your spirit. Cycling along gently rolling farmland will bring you back to Mindemoya.
Day 5, 36 km, On your last day you will visit a century old hardware store and soon after find yourself at the ferry Terminal.
Take advantage of Ontario's 2021 staycation rebate up to 20%
$ 1475.00 + HST = $ 1666.75 double occupancy
$ 1875.00 + HST = $ 2118.75 single occupancy
· 5 days, 4 nights stay in a hotel & lakeside Cottage or beautiful B&B
· 4 breakfasts,
· 4 lunches,
· 4 dinners (Alcohol excluded),
· Daily road side snacks
· Luggage shuttle
· A guide in a support vehicle is with you, telling the stories, pointing out what to see and providing assistance with
whatever he can, to make your trip interesting and safe.
· Mechanical support
· Manitoulin lsland & La Cloche Mountains Cycling Routes & Road Map
· Museum Fees
· 10% meal gratuity
Schedule: Welcome at the South Baymouth ferry terminal. We shuttle your 1 piece, well-marked luggage to your accommodations. Provide you with a daily itinerary, a Manitoulin Island Cycling route and Road map and make sure you get to where you need to be (please be sure to bring at least one inner-tube and a tire with you that fit your bicycle). Your luggage will be transported to the Ferry terminal in South Baymouth for your departure.
Experience Level: Manitoulin has gentle rolling hills and not too much elevation on most routes chosen for these particular packages. Feeling comfortable with on road riding is needed.
Bike rentals available at: www.sportsrentals.ca in Toronto
Payment details: see OK Cycle booking