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Sample Tours: Central Canada

Georgian Bay Coastal Route

Get up close and personal with nature along the Georgian Bay Coastal Route. Follow this 15 day itinerary around the Bay, stopping at the best natural attractions. Please see www.visitgeorgianbay.com for more information on this area.

 

Duration: 15 Days
Total Distance:  1285 km/805 mi


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Itinerary
Spirit Catcher Barrie Ontario - Stock photo
Day 1 - Toronto to Bradford or Barrie - 70-98 km/44-62 mi
Pick up your CanaDream RV from our Toronto location.  Pick up times are generally between 1.00pm and 4.00pm and you will need to phone our station after 8.00am this morning to find out when your RV will be ready for pick-up.   full details

After picking up your RV,  head north on Hwy 400.  Plan to travel only a short distance today and stay at a campground within an hour of our location to enable you to become familiar with the RV .   We suggest travelling as far as Vaughan, Bradford or BarrieEn route you may wish to stop at Vaughan Mills Shopping Mall to stock up on any last minute items before you continue your vacation.  

Overnight in Bradford or Barrie.  Check your Ontario Campground Guide for campgrounds in these areas.

 

 

Boat Dock - Geogian Bay Islands NP - Photo: visitgeorgianbay.com
Day 2 - Bradford or Barrie to Honey Harbour - 73-110 km/46-69 mi
An earlyish start today as you leave Bradford for Honey Harbour and a day trip to Georgian Bay Islands National Park.   full details

Take Hwy 400 to the junction of Hwy 5 and turn off onto Honey Harbour Road, taking this road until it ends.  Allow at least two hours to reach Honey Harbour.  The “Day Tripper” boat to Beausoleil Island departs at 11.00am, 12.00pm and 1.00pm daily throughout the Summer giving you four hours to spend on the island.  Please call 705-526-8907 for more information and reservations. 

Overnight in Honey Harbour 

Bear Claw ATV Tours - Photo credit: Bear Claw ATV Tours
Day 3 – Honey Harbour to Parry Sound – 83 km/52 mi
Today you continue north to Parry Sound, the world renowned jewel of the 30,000 island on Georgian Bay.  Take the Honey Harbour Road back to the junction of Highway 48  and take South Bay Road back to the Trans-Canada Highway then head north on Hwy 400 to Parry Sound.   full details

Parry Sound has a rich history to explore that includes Ojibway Indian settlements and pioneer homesteads and is revered for water activities that include sailing, cruising, canoeing, kayaking and fishing.  In late July the city hosts the Festival of the Sound, a series of classical voice and instrumental concerts featuring music from around the world.

For an appreciation of the history, art and culture of the West Parry Sound District we recommend you visit the Museum on Tower Hill.  There is a small admission fee.  Outdoor adventure abounds in Parry Sound and there’s something to suit all tastes.  How about an ATV Adventure with Bear Claw Tours or a scenic flight over Georgian Bay with Georgian Bay Airways.  For something a little more sedentary, check out one of the two cruise companies offering  2-3 hour cruises through the wild and rugged 30,000 Islands.   Kayaking enthusiasts can rent equipment at various locations in the Georgian Bay area.

Overnight in Parry Sound.  There’s a provincial park with limited facilities 8km south of Parry Sound at Oastler Lake or you can stay at one of the private campgrounds in the area.

CanaDream Club partners on today’s itinerary are:

Bear Claw Tours
Georgian Bay Airways

Float Plane in Parry Sound - Photo: Georgian Bay Airways
Day 4 - Parry Sound

We suggest you spend another day in and around Parry Sound, perhaps taking a circle drive to Lake Muskoka along highways 69, 169 and 118 as far as Bracebridge. 

 

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Head south on Hwy 11 to Gravenhurst and then back up Highway 169 through Hardy Lake Provincial Park.  Here the road back to Parry Sound will leave you with a number of choices – check your  iPad or printed map for the route which best suits your interests.

If you prefer to stay local, how about a visit to the Parry Sound and Area Community Apiary to learn about bee keeping, honey bees in general and end with some honey tasting?  Admission is by donation for ongoing upkeep and guided tours are available Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm.  Advance notice is required by phoning 705-746-9222 but same-day visits can generally be accommodated. Allow at least an hour for your visit.

Overnight in Parry Sound

 

Killarney Provincial Park Stock photo
Day 5 - Parry Sound to Killarney - 225 km/140 mi
It’s a leisurely drive ahead of you today as you drive north west to Killarney, a quaint village nestled at the base of the La Cloche Mountains.  Be sure to stop along the way at the French River Visitor Centre. full details

Here you will enjoy views of the French River gorge as you wander across the suspension bridge on your way to Recollet Falls.  Continue on to Killarney.  If you didn’t get your fill of Georgian Bay whitefish last night, be sure to check out the amazing fish & chips at Herbert Fisheries Mr. Perch right on the dock!

There are a limited number of private campgrounds in the area along with a provincial park campground at Killarney Provincial Park. Advance reservations are essential for this park, particularly during July and August. Visit Ontario Parks Reservation Service for more information.

Paddling in Killarney Provincial Park - Stock photo
Day 6 - Killarney Provincial Park
Today is the perfect day to check out Killarney Provincial Park, the jewel of the Ontario Parks, made famous by the group of seven artists who captured its beauty.   full details
Take a Motor Cruise to Baie Fine Fjord or visit George Lake at the Park’s main access point for a paddle or a hike.
Fall Colours Ontario: Stock photo (SS)
Day 7 - Killarney to Onaping to Espanola - 252 km/158 mi
After an early breakfast, make the trek to Sudbury (Hwy 69 north).  While in the city, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Bell Park Boardwalk, then visit Science North, an internationally renowned science centre offering hands on exhibits encouraging visitors to play and explore.  The centre also includes an IMAX theatre.  full details

After visiting Science North, take a 80km return side trip up Highway 144 to Onaping and the A.Y. Jackson Lookout.  The lookout offers a scenic view of High Falls as it plunges 55 metres (150 feet) into the Sudbury basin.  From Onaping, take Highway 144 south to the junction of the Trans Canada (Hwy 17) and head east to Espanola.

Overnight in Espanola. 

Bridal Veil Falls - Manitoulin Island - Stock photo
Day 8 - Espanola to Kagawong to South Baymouth - 154 km / 97 mi
Today you’re heading to the World’s Largest Freshwater Island, Manitoulin Island (Hwy 17 west of Sudbury to Hwy 6 south).  Enter the Island at Little Current, by crossing the oldest swing bridge in North America. full details

Built in 1913, it still swings 15 minutes on the hour to allow marine traffic to pass.  Once on the Island, head to Kagawong (Hwy 540 West), for a walk and some sightseeing at Bridal Veil Falls.  Take a dip, pull up a picnic table, and then follow the trails to the Bay.  If you’re traveling with your bike, be sure to take advantage of the limited traffic and magnificent scenic views by cycling Manitoulin’s backroads.  

 

First Nations Pow-Wow - Stock photo
Day 9 – Manitoulin Island
Manitoulin Island is rich in First Nations experiences.  Plan to spend a full day on the island immersing yourself in some of the best experiences the island's First Nations people have to offer. full details

Some authentic aboriginal experiences include traditional craft, art tours, museums, drumming, nature hikes, traditional cooking and golfing. More information about these experiences are available from the Great Spirit Circle Trail

Overnight at your chosen campground in the South Baymouth area. Don't forget to make reservations for the Chi-Cheemaun for tomorrow's sailing.

Useful Links:

Great Spirit Circle Trail
Chi-Cheemaun
Chi-cheemaun Ferry, Manitoulin Island - Stock photo
Day 10 - South Baymouth to Tobermory (Ferry)
Catch the morning ferry crossing to Tobermory aboard the Chi-Cheemaun.  (Be sure to check in one hour before your sailing to guarantee your reservation).full details

Once you dock in Tobermory, enjoy some time wandering the streets of this picturesque fishing village while you await your boarding on a Flower Pot Island excursion.  Whilst on the island, wander the trail to the former lightkeeper’s house.  Back ashore, check into your campground for the night.  If you’re planning on spending another day in Tobermory, we suggest you find a campground close to the town otherwise head south to Summer House Park, a CanaDream Club partner campground close to the Bruce Peninsula National Park.

CanaDream Club partners on today's itinerary are:

Summer House Park

The Grotto - Bruce Peninsula National Park - Stock photo
Day 11 - Tobermory to Owen South (via Bruce Peninsula National Park) - 105 km/65 mi
This morning, go exploring in Bruce Peninsula National Park (Hwy 6 south of Tobermory).  Park at the head of trails, and hike the main trail to the Grotto, a natural sea cave formed by years of Georgian Bay wave action. full details

When you’ve finished exploring, carry on down the Bruce Peninsula (Hwy 6 south), into Owen Sound, stopping at Inglis Falls for a breathtaking view as the Sydenham River cascades over the limestone cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment.  If you’re up for a walk, take the Pines Loop through the forest.  If it’s a more energetic hike you’re looking for, take the trail to Harrison Park.

Overnight in Owen Sound.

Wasaga Beach, Ontario - Stock photo
Day 12 - Owen South to Wasaga Beach - 100 km/63 mi
Travel to the town of The Blue Mountains (Hwy 26 East) today, for some caving and a gondola ride to the top of Blue Mountain.  Once at the top, enjoy a picnic, or walk the trail to Scenic Caves Adventures.   full details

Whichever way you get there (by car or by foot), be sure not to miss this opportunity to explore the labyrinth of caves and crevices.  Before leaving the Caves, venture cross Ontario’s Longest Suspension Footbridge, for a view while suspended above the world!  If you’re travelling with bikes, cycle the Georgian Trail, a rail trail running between Meaford and Collingwood

Overnight in Wasaga Beach

CanaDream Club partners on today's itinerary are: 

Wasaga Pines Family Campground

Family playing on beach - Stock photo
Day 13 - Wasaga Beach to Midland - 40 km/25 mi
A leisurely day today.   Wander along the 14km of sand which make up the World’s Longest Freshwater Beach.  Wasaga Beach has six designated beach areas including five for families and one for entertainment.   full details

A trip along the Blueberry Trail will take you to Ontario’s largest parabolic sand dunes for bird watching opportunities.   Next find your way to Midland (Cty Rd 92 East to Elmvale, Left on Cty Rd 27, then Left on Cty Rd 93), and the Wye Marsh a designated “Important Bird Area”.  Allow 1-2 hours for your visit.  An admission fee is payable.  If you have time, you may like to take a drive up to Awenda Provincial Park.  Here you’ll find opportunities to fish, canoe, boat, swim and view wildlife, in particular white tailed deer, porcupine, raccoon and squirrels.  There are six campgrounds in this park.

Overnight at Awenda Provincial Park or in a private campground near Midland.

CN Tower, Toronto - Stock photo
Day 14 - Midland to Toronto - 146 km/92 mi
Another leisurely day as your journey takes you south  back to Toronto. Spend the day exploring downtown Toronto.  Find  a campground close to tomorrow’s drop-off location and leave your RV there while you take public transport into the city.   full details

There’s lots to do in downtown Toronto and you’ll have no difficulty filling in the day.  We have a number of CanaDream Club partners in the area who will offer you discounts on attractions when you book through CanaDream.  How about a boat cruise on Lake Ontario, a guided city tour, overlooking the city in a helicopter or from the top or CN Tower or a visit to historic Casa Loma?    Check your CanaDream Club Passport to Savings Guide for details of discounts available and booking instructions.

Overnight at your chosen Toronto campground.

CanaDream Club partners in the Toronto area are:

Attractions

Mariposa Cruises
Toronto Harbour Tours
Haunted Walks of Toronto
Gray Line of Toronto
Toronto Helitours
Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Hotels

For a list of CanaDream Club partner hotels in the Toronto area, click here.

Historic Building in Toronto - Stock photo
Day 15 - Drop RV off in Toronto
Today marks the end of your Georgian Bay tour.  Unless you have a late drop-off, your vehicle is due back at our Toronto location between 8.00am and 10.00am.   full details

If you are planning to stay in the area longer, we are happy to recommend a hotel for you to stay in.  We’ll even drop you off at a Toronto airport hotel for free.  If you’re flying out today from Toronto airport, let our staff know when you have to be there and they’ll provide you with a courtesy shuttle.  If you enjoyed this tour, please check out our other tours at www.canadream.com/tripplanning.

CanaDream hotel partners in the Toronto area are:

View CanaDream Club partner hotels in the Toronto area.

Georgian Bay, Ontario - Stock photo
Useful Information
Reservations for provincial campgrounds are recommended, particularly during July and August.   full details
Reservations for most Ontario Parks campgrounds can be made online at https://reservations.ontarioparks.com
Parry Sound Ontario - Stock photo
Acknowledgements
CanaDream wishes to acknowledge the assistance fo the following organisations/websites for their assistance in compiling this itinerary:full details



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