Cycling in Almaguin

Almaguin prides itself on being a great cycling destination! We have great roads, scenic routes, bicycle-friendly businesses, and resources available for cyclists.

For information on our local cycling group Almaguin in Motion, please visit their Facebook page.

Road Routes in Almaguin

Our on-road routes are marked with route signage and some have paved shoulders for safer riding. Enjoy the rolling hills and routes that travel past lakes and through forests!

AIM Triangle

A nice, easy ride on good pavement that takes you through 3 of the Villages of Almaguin. A great half day trip.

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Sand Lake Loop

Beginning at the Burk's Falls Welcome Centre, the Sand Lake Loop is a half day ride through 4 of the Villages of Almaguin, with lots of great rural scenery.

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Screaming Heads Loop

Beginning at the Burk's Falls Welcome Centre, this half day trip brings you past the Screaming Heads outdoor art exhibit. Feel free to dismount and explore the 200 Acre Art installation. Wind your way through the rural landscape and challenge yourself to several mid sized inclines.

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Pickerel Lake Loop

Discover Pickerel Lake and the serenity of Rural Armour Township. Along this path there are a couple of places to dismount and cool off in either Pickerel Lake, or the Magnetawan River.

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Explore Burk's Falls

A short ride through Burk's Falls beginning at the Village Office. This short loop is a great way to learn where to find local businesses and points of interest.

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Hwy 124 Wide Shoulder Tour

The full Monty. Bring your road bike out for a Century ride on beautiful rolling Hwy 124. Wide shouldered the whole way. Very scenic, lots of points of interest.

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Ahmic Lake Loop

Hilly paved scenic route around Ahmic lake. Some broken pavement, sand and potholes. Some steep hills. Be careful if riding on a road bike. Good food in Ahmic lake and Magnetawan, and also along highway 124 at Ahmic lake resort , Quiet Bay Restaurant and Tanners.

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Rodeo Road Loop

Nice route for a hybrid bike. Rodeo Rd. And South HornLake Rd. are gravel. Services only available in Magnetawan.

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Burk's Falls Parry Sound

Secondary highways and service roads. 50% Paved shoulders.

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Doe Lake Loop

A punchy mix of dirt and pavement that will feel like more than 40km. Recommend clockwise travel to make the most of the climbs the route has to offer. Expect two grinding climbs after Katrine. The first after the 90 degree left away from Little Doe (some call the SoHoMishenberg) and then find a short reprieve before the Masonberg immediately after crossing the 518. The Masonberg, a short start on pavement quickly turns to dirt road and an incredibly steady gradient. Attack over the top to ruin your friend's day and then perform your best Cancellara impression as you turn right and press on over dirt rollers back to the sanctuary of pavement and HWY 518. Twisty technical roads, a steady rotation of dirt and pavement, punchy climbs and low traffic. This route fights back. Make the ride more civil by turning right onto 518 to avoid the Maseonberg and swap dirt for nice HWY 518 pavement. This route features multiple sharp corners after gradients or surface transitions - ride within your abilities.

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Trail Riding

Here we have a few trails that welcome cyclists who enjoy an off-road terrain.

Pictured above - Burk's Falls Bike Share at the Heritage River Walk. Enjoy a bike ride with the whole family.

Pines Interpretive Trail

The Pines consists of a network of three looping trails at the Powassan Mountain Conservation Area and surrounding public and private properties. The Red Pines, which are the namesake of this trail system, find their home below the northern shoulder of Powassan Mountain. Planted during the 1930s, under the guidance of George Ellesmere, the pines reclaim a burned-out waste of bald rock left behind by lumbermen and fire. Powassan Mountain itself rises steeply to the southeast.

The 2.2 km Big Bend (yellow trail) is an easy hike along a wide. well used pathway. The Genessee Loop (blue trail) at 1.9 km takes you through a Red Pine plantation and along the shores of Genessee Creek. The Lookout Trail (red trail) is only 2 km with a short, steep climb to a beautiful lookout of the surrounding highlands and Lake Nipissing in the distance.

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Seguin Trail

The Seguin Trail is situated on a section of the long abandoned JR Booth Railway system stretching from Ottawa to Arnprior and Parry Sound. This is part of the Park-to-Park Trail system.

This trail welcomes hikers, cyclists, cross-country skiers, snowmobilers, and ATVers.

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Old Nipissing Ghost Trail

The Old Nipissing Road is a ghost town trail that was once home to many settlements of hopeful pioneers but is now guarded by their abandoned log cabins and weathered barns.

There are no facilities between Magnetawan and Commanda and trail conditions vary with some sections wide and well-kept; and others little more than two ruts plunging into dark woods, much as the pioneers might have experienced it. A series of historic markers are located along the route.

The road runs through the centre of the Parry Sound District between highways 69 and 11. It winds along 77 km of gravel road, bush trail and paved highway (#510) from the ghost town of Seguin Falls on Hwy 518 to the Village of Commanda on Hwy 522.

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Old Bethune Trail

This section is the continuation of the Seguin Trail past the Walls Split.  Passing under Highway 11 and traveling through the town of Kearney to the Algonquin Park boundary this section has a diversity of trail types, from retired rail bed, road and dirt track. 

The Old Bethune Trail is shared with our partner the Algonquin West ATV Club

This section of trail is currently is managed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

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Settler's Trail

Heading south, first on dirt road then on off-road trail, Settler’s Trail provides incredible views of Highway 11 and access to Huntsville.  For motorized users this is the end of the route as currently ATVs are not permitted on the roads in Muskoka. For cyclists and hikers, the trail transitions to paved municipal road about 11km from the centre of Huntsville. 

This section of trail is currently managed by the Park to Park Trail Association.

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Heritage River Walk

The Heritage River Walk stretches from the racetrack in the arena grounds to the footbridge below the dam. With the Magnetawan River on one side, and lush forest on the other, it is the perfect place for walking, picnicking, and sightseeing. The history of the Heritage River Walk spans back to the turn of the century. The Magnetawan River Railway Company built a rail line connecting Burk’s Falls station on the Grand Trunk Railway and the village of Burk’s Falls station on the Magnetawan River. This steam-operated railway system was mainly used as a freight spur, transporting goods from the Magnetawan River to the Grand Trunk Line. Today, this historic spur line is connected to a traditional footpath, providing visitors with a scenic walking trail. (Multiuse trail)

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Discovery Routes

Discovery Routes Trails Organization is a charity and non-profit that promotes the use and development of trails and active transportation systems in Ontario’s Near North.

We support better health, tourism, strong communities, and environmental appreciation and protection. We have a thriving community of volunteers who provide stewardship for a vast and diverse trail network.

As a trails organization, we support our community-based trail partners through collaborations and resource sharing to keep growing and improving the trails and active transportation network.

Ontario By Bike

For cyclists, the Ontario By Bike Network offers a variety of information on cycling in Ontario, inspiring visitors and residents to explore more by bike. Find great places to cycle, links to useful cycling maps and plan your day trip or multi day cycling itineraries with stops at certified bicycle friendly businesses enroute.  View our on-line map with the location of and links to accommodations, restaurants, cafes, wineries, attractions, bike stores, tours and rental locations that all offer cyclists  extra services and amenities, creating a positive experience and fuelling your desire to get back on the saddle to explore more of Ontario by bike.

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Almaguin Highlands Information

From excellent trails and mountain biking to fantastic road riding, cyclists in the Parry Sound District will enjoy the spectacularly scenic landscapes through lush boreal forests with frequent glimpses of picturesque lakes, meandering rivers, the rocky Canadian Shield and the UNESCO designated Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. Road riding in the Parry Sound District offers quieter roads criss-crossing through the rural landscape with opportunities to stop at quaint general stores, interesting cultural heritage sites, and welcoming communities along the way.

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Bicycle-Friendly Businesses

Visit the businesses who are certified bicycle-friendly in Almaguin!