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post #1 of 18 Old 09-18-2006, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Need help choosing some great roads in Ontario

Hi all,

I am hoping you can help me. I have been living in Raleigh, NC for about 7 years now, and am going to ride up to my old stomping grounds in Fenelon Falls, Ontario Tomorrow night. I am trying to think of some decent areas to take a crew of 2 that's coming with me. I am looking for some nice twisty roads I can take the crew on. Keep in mind, we live about 4 hours from deals gap, and I have warned them that it's not going to be like our local NC riding. We do a lot of east coast trips, and they are pumped. Please bring on the recommendations! We usually hit about 300-500 miles a day depending on complexity of roads. Looking for anywhere in Ontario. (South of North Bay)
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post #2 of 18 Old 09-18-2006, 11:00 PM
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For intense twisties, don't miss Hwy 507 from Gooderham to Hwy 36 or Southwood Road 13 from Severn Bridge on Hwy 11 up to Torrance. Also great is Hwy 508 from Calabogie (near Renfrew) down to Griffith and Petersen Rd W out of Maynooth north of Bancroft then down Elephant Lake Road. Watch out for wet leaves on the road at this time of the year!!

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I'f you're going to do 508 out of calabogie, go into calabogie from the south on 511. It is probably the best road in the area, but it still doesn't compare to riding in your area. The other local hotspots are through hte roads of the Gatineau Park in Quebec just across from Ottawa.

Other roads which have more traffic on them would be highways 132 out of Renfrew, then taking highways 41 and 28 to go into Bancroft. If you don't have much traffic it can be a nice ride.

Of course the fall colours are starting to appear this time of year around here now so watch out for the people coming up to look at the colours, rather than pay attention to their driving.

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Thanks for the info sbdep and throttle hound! Keep the roads coming guys! I am also going to check the thread in the morning.

The leaves don't change for about another month or so down here. That's when we have to watch out for the 'leaf lookers'! Glad to hear the colours are changing already up there. It should be a great time.

What about roads up around Newmarket, Barrie, Orillia, and Bobcaygeon? Anything up that way?
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Well of course there are roads up that way as well

Actually that is an area I haven't ridden much. It is a little far for me for an afternoon ride and if I am passing through I am trying to make good time.

However, I can say that last time I was on it, the road north out of Havelock (on Highway 7 a little East of Peterborough is pretty nice. At least after you go north for a few KM and hook up with 46. Although you will end up an some poor pavement at tehe end depending on which way you go I think. Then you can loop over toward highway 62 or 28 on 504.
Last time I was on it (May) 504 was rough and there was a patch of gravel for a bit due to construction. I don't think the road gets much traffic. Basically explore sideroads that take you away from highway 7 if you are here on a weekend. Although the weekend holiday traffic shouldn't be an issue anymore like it would be in summer.

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&z=11...,0.587769&om=1

Actually you can nicely use this road to make a nice loop with the previously mentioned 507. The south end of 507 is reasonably close to Bobcaygeon.

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The 507 starts just a little east of Bobcaygeon off Hwy 36. If you are not able to get any farther east than that, then don't miss it. It's our Deal's Gap, although Southwood Road 13 has tighter twisties.

Not many twisties in the Newmarket area but if you go up Yonge to GreenLane, go east until it becomes Herald Road. It is rather scenic.

Around Barrie, go up the 400 to exit # 111 (Old Forbes) and go east along the Old Barrie Road to Hwy 11. Some fast sweepers here.

Around Orillia, head east on #12, north at Rama Road to County Road 45 (the Monk Road). You can run along the Monk Road all the way up to Kinmount where it becomes 503 then leads over to the north end of the 507 at Gooderham. To the west, you can try River Road running off Airport Road (County Road 18 ) just north of Mansfield thru Terra Nova over to #24 (Horning's Mills).

To the northwest of Orillia, you can try the Big Chute Road running out of Cold Water. From the top of that you can go up the 400 to #38 and head west over to Bala, then down 169 to Torrance where you can go south-east on Southwood Road 13. Makes a nice loop I've done in both directions several times.

Some sport bikers also like Hwy 118 running east off Hwy 11 half way between Gravenhurst and Bracebridge.

If you have time to get towards Renfrew, I think the roads just to the south west of there are the very best in Ontario. The 508, 511, 132, 41, 28, 515, 512, 513 are all terrific.

Hope this gives you and your buddies some ideas. These are among the best roads Southern Ontario has to offer. Enjoy, and keep the rubber side down.

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This map should help you out. The "star" rating is peoples opinions and doesn't reflect what the road is realy like. The roads on the Niagara Penninsula and Hockley Valley / Forks of the Credit are not worthy of 9 stars as they are busy with traffic and somewhat boring whereas 507 only gets 7 stars and is a great road with nice sweepers.

The others here mentioned roads farther up in cottage country and they are much nicer than the stuff around Toronto. You can make many nice day loops from the Fenelon Falls area.

I have rode on most of the roads on the map that are around Barrie and the best in my opinion is 7 and 632 out of Port Carling to Rosseau, Petersen Rd (or Elephant Lake Rd.) from Harcourt to Maynooth and Southwoods Rd 13.

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This map should help you out. The "star" rating is peoples opinions and doesn't reflect what the road is realy like. The roads on the Niagara Penninsula and Hockley Valley / Forks of the Credit are not worthy of 9 stars as they are busy with traffic and somewhat boring whereas 507 only gets 7 stars and is a great road with nice sweepers.

The others here mentioned roads farther up in cottage country and they are much nicer than the stuff around Toronto. You can make many nice day loops from the Fenelon Falls area.

I have rode on most of the roads on the map that are around Barrie and the best in my opinion is 7 and 632 out of Port Carling to Rosseau, Petersen Rd (or Elephant Lake Rd.) from Harcourt to Maynooth and Southwoods Rd 13.

Have a good trip.
Hello The Shepherd:

That's quite the map. I have been on most of those roads but there are a few I would like to check out, probably next season. I went directly to the site to see if there was any more route - related stuff or bike stuff in general but it does not look like a typical web site. What is this site and how do you navigate it? When I clicked on Mail - my system said that the certificate was not trusted so I did not want to go further until checking with you first. Thanks.

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Hello pplummer:

I would be interested in hearing what roads you chose to do and your and your buddies' impressions of them. Thanks.

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Thanks all. Just got back today. We ended up riding, around lake simcoe, (my old stomping grounds) taking lake road from sutton to jacksons point. Some of the other roads we rode were 503, 507, 518, some back roads, and also the maynooth to Harcourt ride, which was scenic. We also took some back roads which ran just south of Maynooth. Basically, pokey trails. These guys were troopers. sandy roads on an FJR, and my other friend who collects bikes brought his rare '93 Yamaha GTS. I'll post up some pics to make you laugh on my website sometime this week.

Their overall impression was, beautiful scenery, long fast sweepers, roads in expected conditions for a winter country, and loved the Canadian hospitality. Glenn was saying, it was more than a bike trip, it was the entire vacation that he loved, and the surroundings and people also. We have ridden quite a few roads all over the contry and put anywhere between 20-50k miles per year on our bikes, and travel quite a ways to hit some decent roads, so I am glad they were pleased overall. That was nice to hear being a dual citizen, and having Canadian roots myself. (mostly a Canuk)

I have to tell you one thing, the GTA is growing like nuts. The amount of gravel trucks on the road was astounding, and people really don't give a s**t about bikers up there! I quickly realized that they just aren't as courteous as they used to be! You have to always be cautious and defensive, especially on 48 where the trucks and people all drive like nuts!

I want to extend an invititation to anybody out there who wants to ride down here in NC. I'd be happy to take any of you out on some wicked roads whenever you're coming down. We usually do a mountain trip once a month, which is about a three hour ride from my house. Email me if you're interested, and I'll help you navigate, or hook up with you to start your trip. There are some great TWO motorcycle campgrounds around here and in the local area. Email me at [email protected]

Thanks again all.

Patrick
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