Cycling around lake offers an adventure in history – Orillia Matters.com

Cycling is a permitted activity during stay-at-home orders and this 55-kilometre route offers something for every one.

about 2 hours ago By: Kathy Hunt

  • Cyclists, and others, are happy to find the bridge at Lock 42 open, after a long closure to restore the Trent-Severn Waterway bridge.
  • Here is your columnist taking a side trip on the around the lake cycling route to explore an old railway near Portage Bay Road in Ramara.
  • The Uhthoff Trail offers a quiet route to get back into town from Severn Township.

Cyclists, and others, are happy to find the bridge at Lock 42 open, after a long closure to restore the Trent-Severn Waterway bridge.Kathy Hunt/OrilliaMatters

If you feel like going for a bike adventure, but can’t go too far from home, here’s a route that takes you around Lake Couchiching that has lots of opportunities for exploring.

The 55-km route, starting from the Atherley Narrows, travels through two townships, the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, the City of Orillia and features three unique national historic sites. It also passes through or nearby lakeside parks, Simcoe County forests, and offers a variety of trails and paved roads, suitable for road or gravel bikes.

The first historic site on the route is the Mnjikaning Fish Weirs, the largest and best preserved wooden fish weirs known in eastern North America. The weirs were in use from about 3300 BC until the recent past. Today the Anishinaabeg are stewards of the site.

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