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Ride by the shores of the City of Kawartha Lakes Region, from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport) along roads and highways through the towns of Peterborough, Burleigh Falls, Burleigh Falls, Bancroft, Bobcaygeon, Lindsay and a few more. The motorcycle route can be completed in 3 Â½ hours in 115 mi (185 km) of great easy lake-front riding and some twisty roads.
The City of Kawartha Lakes is cottage country for the Metro region of Toronto and includes all of the towns in the area (formerly Victoria County). For more information on what to see, where to eat and sleep in Kawartha Lakes see: www.explorekawarthalakes.com
Start from Mosport to Peterborough; go East merging onto Ontario Highway 115, then go Northeast on 115 for 26 mi (42 km) until you reach Peterborough. This portion of the road is a long straight-a-way along the Trans Canada Highway system.
Peterborough is a metropolitan of 120,000 people located 78 mi (125 km) Northeast of Toronto. Peterborough is known as the gateway to the Kawarthas cottage country and has some great lake front riding to explore. Canada Heritage sites such as the Peterborough Locks (Lock 21 of 45 on the Trent Severn Waterway) and the Cox Terrace are worth a stop. For more information on what to see, where to eat and sleep in Peterborough see: http://www.peterborough.ca/
From Peterborough go to Burleigh Falls along the Trans Canada Hwy for 4.3 mi (7 km) then ride North on Ontario Highway 28 for 19 mi (30.6 km). This motorcycle route winds though the Lower Buckhorn, Stoney, Katchewanooka and Clear Lakes.
Burleigh Falls isn't really a waterfall, other than a few small chutes and one low falls, it's actually a long stretch of river rapids. Still, it provides a lot of opportunities for exploring and is a good spot to stop. Water from Lower Buckhorn drains into Stoney Lake through a short river 328 ft (100 m) in width. The best way to explore the falls is by walking along the exposed bedrock on the south shore of the river. Bare gneiss and granite rock ridges, white pines and rushing water make for some beautiful photo opps.
From Burleigh Falls to Bancroft take Hwy 28 for 16.5 mi (26.5 km) passing through Apsley where you'll transfer onto Regional Road 504 (RR 504); go heading East for 15.5 mi (25 km). Continuing the motorcycle route East on Regional Road 620 for 11.6 mi (18.7 km) passing through Woolaston then turn left on Ontario Highway 62 riding North for 14 mi (22.5 km) to Bancroft. The road on RR 504 is very curvy, featuring several sweeping turns; however RR 620 and Hwy 62 are relatively straightroads. You'll ride along Chandos Lake and the Eastern edge of the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park.
Bancroft is a small town of 3,900 people, it'smotto is 'Ontario's Hidden Gem'. Bancroft calls itself the "Mineral capital of Canada" and holds an event called the "Rockhound Gemboree", the largest gem and mineral show in Canada, held every August. There's also a Mineral Museum in Bancroft dedicated to the area'smininghistory. For more information on what to see, where to eat and sleep in Bancroft see: http://www.bancroftontario.com/
From Bancroft go to Bobcaygeon West on Hwy 28 for 24.5 mi (39.4 Km) then take Hwy 118, and transfer to County Road 503 Southwest-bound for 7.5 mi (12 km). The motorcycle route is relatively easy riding - the exciting road is coming up at Gooderham. The motorcycle road South on Regional Road 507 (RR 507) is full of twisty sections for 23.6 mi (38 km) you'll also find some nice sweeping turns as you ride along Catchacoma, Mississauga, Pigeon and various other small Lakes. As you pass the Western edge of the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, go West on Regional Road 36 for 10.4 mi (16.7 km) to reach Bobcaygeon.
Bobcaygeon is a town of 3,000 people located on the Trent Severn Waterway between Sturgeon Lake and Pigeon Lake. The town is known as the "Hub of the Kawarthas"; the first lock in the Trent-Severn Waterway was built in here in 1833. The official name ‟bob-ca-je-wan-unk” is somewhat of a mystery, with several possible connections including the Ojibwa word ‟baabaagwaajiwanaang” meaning at the very shallow currents or the French word ‟beau bocage” meaning beautiful hedged farmland. A good place to stop for a bite of some good fish and chips is Just for the Halibut, 17 King St. East next to the Beer Store. You can also relax before continuing onto Lindsay at Bobcaygeon Beach Park.
From Bobcaygeon reach Lindsay heading Southwest on Regional Roads 24 and 36 for 19.1 mi (30.8 Km). The road here passes along the Southern shore of Sturgeon Lake, where you'll pass through the small beach towns of Ancona Point, Kenstone Beach, and Dunsford.
Lindsay is a cute small summer town of 20,000 people located about 2 hours Northeast of Toronto on the Scugog River. It's the central location of the City of Kawartha Lakes so you'll find a number of restaurants and local stores. In 2001, Lindsay played host to an episode of the OLN Reality Series 'Drifters: The Water Wars' as they passed through the Trent-Severn Waterway.