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The North Of 7 770

route
769 km

Distance

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7 days

Average time

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62%

Unpaved

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9/10

Difficulty

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8137 m

Total Ascent

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429 m

Highest Point

For those seeking the true spirit of adventure, there is a line that makes its way north of Hwy 7 and east towards the mighty Ottawa River. This is a line that snakes its way across the Canadian Shield, following a labyrinth of old logging roads from years past, along meandering rivers and down backcountry atv trails through the heart of the unsuccessfully settled Ontario North. Throughout the route riders are immersed in Canadian history as they roll past lands that the forests have reclaimed from settlers of old.

Spanning over 750km in distance and best suited for a duration of 5 - 8 days, this is one of the most diverse, adventurous bikepacking routes in Ontario. Camping can be split between provincial park campgrounds, private campgrounds, inns and crown land. There are plenty of food sources along the way with a mix of restaurants, general stores and breweries scattered across the length of the route. Water can be found almost anywhere with a water filter. This route can be easily tackled on a mixed surface gravel bike with 38c tires, 42s are best suited due to the nature of the off-road sections.

Giving a nod to the passionate local cycling community, the route starts in the heart of Peterborough, close to the cafe district - check out the boro.ca for more information. Secure overnight parking can be found in the King Street parkade downtown Peterborough. Keep in mind that it is only free on weekends and after 7pm on weekdays. Before setting off, be sure to stop into Wild Rock Outfitters for last minute gear needs or bike service.

Things You'll Definitely Want To Know:

    • Ideal seasonal ride time is August to October - expect flooding and severe bugs otherwise
    • Plenty of fueling options, General stores, gas stations, towns - Do your own food stop research, these places do close time to time
    • Secure Overnight parking is available for free in King Street Parking Garage in Peterborough
    • Don’t underestimate the terrain - expect mild ATV trail, gravel roads

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