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The North Of Seven 770

THE NORTH OF SEVEN 770


Route Information

  • Recommended Days - 5 - 8
  • Terrain percentage - 65% dirt, 18% unspecified, 17% paved
  • Distance - 756 km
  • Vertical - 7834m
  • Difficulty (out of 10) 6
  • Rideable time - 99%

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.

A misty view across a lake in fall

Two cyclists head down a sunny backroad


Trip Highlights

  • The Kawartha Highlands Park
  • Lower Madawaska Valley
  • Calabogie Brewing
  • Ferris Park Suspension Bridge
  • Callaghans rapids
  • River Road
  • Peterborough Cafe District
  • The Canadian Shield
  • Endless Gravel Roads

Must Knows

  • Ideal seasonal ride time is August to October
  • Plenty of fuelling options, General stores, gas stations, towns
  • 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

Camping

  • There are plenty of provincial parks along the route (Sharbot Lake, Ferris Park, Bon Echo, etc)
  • Calabogie Lodge, Elmhirst Resort, Stoco Lake Lodge
  • Camping on crown land, south of Crystal Lake, North of Bon Echo

Food & Water

  • Ontario Is full of lakes, water filters are a good choice
  • Plenty of local food markets, cafes, breweries and general stores

Resources


A cyclist crosses a small wooden bridge
A cyclist, seen from across the water, bikes down a wooded road

Take the Road Less Traveled