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2013-08-13 4:51 PM

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Subject: Bruce Peninsula
We are going to visit the area in early September. We'll be staying very close to the Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Any good mtb riding or road rides?

How is the weather in early September?



2013-08-14 6:35 AM
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Guy you are going to one of the most beautiful areas of Ontario imo. You have the Bruce Nat. Park there, lots of trails. I havn't been up there for a a while but it wont take you long to find good riding. c

As an aside, if you get a chance to goto Tobermory its worth the trip. Has the second largest concentration of sunken ships in North America I believe is the claim to fame. Great SCUBA diving.

September is cooler. Its not freezing yet, but definitely cooler. +6 cel. to +17 cel. there abouts. Its been a cooler summer so plan for temperatures in the single digits by mid sept. (Celsius..not Fahrenheit)

If your willing to make a little trek...Lakeside Triathlon is Sept. 14th......last one in Ontario for the season...



2013-08-14 12:11 PM
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Are mountain bikes allowed on trails in Canadian national parks?

They are not allowed in US national parks. I could not find any mention on the Bruce Peninsula National Park website.

17 degrees for the high? That'll be a nice break from the temps here were the low overnight is still around 24 degrees.

Someone in our group is bringing a canoe. I hope to canoe out to a couple of ship wrecks.
2013-08-14 3:22 PM
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Bikes are typically allowed in Canadian National Parks.
Tons of trails and loads of opportunities for road rides.
Check mapmyride or Strava for road routes.

The weather should be perfect - cool evenings with pleasant days between 15C and 25C. At the start of September the nights are nice (low teens) and nearthe end of Semptember they get cooler (single digits)
The lake water will still be warm enough to be swimmable without a wetsuit... kind of...

There are some very good races in that time frame:
- Wasaga Beach Triathlon weekend is Sept 7, 8 (1hr drive) ( http://www.multisportcanada.com/tri/)
- Muskoka IM70.3 is Sept 8 (about 3hrs drive)
- Lakeside Traithlon weekend is Sept 14,15 (2.5hr drive)

the mosquitoes won't be as bad by then but bring some mosquito spray if you're camping.






Edited by mgalanter 2013-08-14 3:23 PM
2013-08-19 12:47 PM
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Originally posted by mgalanter Bikes are typically allowed in Canadian National Parks. Tons of trails and loads of opportunities for road rides. Check mapmyride or Strava for road routes. The weather should be perfect - cool evenings with pleasant days between 15C and 25C. At the start of September the nights are nice (low teens) and nearthe end of Semptember they get cooler (single digits) The lake water will still be warm enough to be swimmable without a wetsuit... kind of... There are some very good races in that time frame: - Wasaga Beach Triathlon weekend is Sept 7, 8 (1hr drive) ( http://www.multisportcanada.com/tri/) - Muskoka IM70.3 is Sept 8 (about 3hrs drive) - Lakeside Traithlon weekend is Sept 14,15 (2.5hr drive) the mosquitoes won't be as bad by then but bring some mosquito spray if you're camping.

Great advice... but the drive times are little off. Wasaga Beach is 2.5 hours from Bruce Peninsula National Park... minimum. Muskoka IM70.3 is a minimum 5 hours. Lakeside is 4.5 hours from the park.  (I live 30 minutes North of Lakeside and it takes me 3.5 hours to get to the tip of the Bruce, on a GOOD day). You have to understand that the park is on the end of a very long peninsula... it takes at least an hour to drive from Wiarton to Tobermory on Hwy 6.

As for Mountain biking in the park... I'd check with the park service. I'm sure there is an internet page with info on each park (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/on/bruce/index.aspx) and possibly email contacts for the particular park (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/on/bruce/contact.aspx).

We were at Cypress Lake last summer and I didn't see a single MTB on the trails we were walking. This is the list of activities available at the park (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/on/bruce/activ.aspx). There could be MTB trails though, I didn't look for them as I was walking with the family and didn't have a bike. However, I'm thinking that they don't allow MTB ANY where near the escarpment. The trails near the escarpment are VERY rough and the drop is rather fatal. Most of the other trails that we were on, were exclusively walking trails, no bikes allowed.

Check out this site for Cycling opportunities up on the Bruce Peninsula http://www.thebrucepeninsula.com/cycling.html

Have fun and enjoy this beautiful area of Ontario... it is by far my favourite place to hike.

Kev

2013-08-20 8:48 AM
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I forgot about mosquitos. Where we live we have a very large bat colony and the bats take care of the mosquito population.

The escarpment actually sounds intriguing. The description is just like Porcupine Rim in Utah or Horsethief Bench in Fruita, Colorado. But if there are no bikes allowed, I have to respect the rules.

I checked out the link to the national park previously and did not see mention of bikes either allowed or not.

I will probably just hike those trails with the wife and her group.



2013-08-21 4:59 AM
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Originally posted by Hugh in TX I forgot about mosquitos. Where we live we have a very large bat colony and the bats take care of the mosquito population. The escarpment actually sounds intriguing. The description is just like Porcupine Rim in Utah or Horsethief Bench in Fruita, Colorado. But if there are no bikes allowed, I have to respect the rules. I checked out the link to the national park previously and did not see mention of bikes either allowed or not. I will probably just hike those trails with the wife and her group.

There are actually some good mountain bike trails just south of the park.  Check this link out.  

http://www.mtbthebruce.com/trails/lindsay-tract.php

However, do make sure you hike the Bruce Trail going south, starting inside the park and get at least 7km in, if you can, before you turn back - spectacular scenery and some challenge.   

Enjoy your visit. 

Anne

 

 

 

2013-09-04 8:13 AM
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Originally posted by Hugh in TX I forgot about mosquitos. Where we live we have a very large bat colony and the bats take care of the mosquito population. The escarpment actually sounds intriguing. The description is just like Porcupine Rim in Utah or Horsethief Bench in Fruita, Colorado. But if there are no bikes allowed, I have to respect the rules. I checked out the link to the national park previously and did not see mention of bikes either allowed or not. I will probably just hike those trails with the wife and her group.

Mosquitos shouldn't be too big an issue this time of year... it's getting to cold at night for the little buggers. Just keep your Bug spray handy... I haven't noticed a big issue this year, but then I may be getting to old and tough for the insects to bother with.

Hope you have an AWESOME trip. Such a beautiful area to camp/hike! You'll love it.

Kev

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