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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 Omemee, Buckhorn, Bobcaygeon, and Lindsay. This route will have frequent road changes and can be completed in 4 hours or 123.6 mi (199 km) of good motorcycle riding along fresh water coastal roads.
The City of Kawartha Lakes is cottage country for the Metro region of Toronto, Ontario 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 ride to Omemee North on Concession Road 10 for 0.7 mi (1.2 km) then turn right onto Boundary Road going 2.5 mi (4.1 km). Go North on Ontario Highway 35 for 12.6 mi (20.3 km) passing by Pontypool. Turn right then drive 7.1 mi (11.4 km) on Mt. Horeb Road. . Turn right onto the Trans Canada and go 1.4 mi (2.2 km) to reach Omemee. . The roads between Mosport and Omemee are mostly straight-a-ways, with a few turns. Omemee is a town of 1,300 people; it's named after the Omemee Tribe who used to hunt in the area. The towns claim to fame is the Neil Young Museum called 'Youngtown Rock and Roll Museum', located here because it was the childhood home of Neil Young before he moved to Winnipeg.
From Omemee the motorcycle route continues to Buckhorn for 30.9 mi (49.8 km). Take Sturgeon Road North for 2.7 mi (4.3 km) then turn right onto Peace road for 2.2 mi (3.6 km). Next take the Yankee Line East for 8.1 mi (13.1 km) here you'll ride alongside Pigeon and Chemong Lake and pass through the towns of Cowan's Bay, Fee's Landing and Keneden Park. Turn onto Robinson Road then onto Moloney Line passing through Youngstown for a total of 2 mi (3.2 km). Go North on Tara Road for 5.3 mi (8.6 km) passing through Ennismore. Take Blackpool Road for 1.1 mi ( 1.8 km) riding a bridge between Buckhorn and Pigeon Lake. Take Lakehurst Road for 9 mi (14.6 km) along Sandy Lake to reach Buckhorn. The many roads between Omemee and Buckhorn are straight with sections featuring several turns. It may not be as twisty as some of your favourite roads, but it does have scenic lush greenery and beautiful lakeside views.
Buckhorn is a small town located between Lovesick and Buckhorn Lake. The town motto is 'Heart of the Kawarthas'. Boats pass through the Trent-Severn Waterway Lock (Lock number 31 of 45) in Buckhorn connecting Stony Lake to Lovesick Lake.
Camping at nearby Wolf Island Provincial Park is a great secluded spot to camp, free from the crowds found at the more frequented road-accessed parks. For more information on what to see, where to eat and sleep in the Buckhorn area see: http://www.buckhorncanada.ca/
From Buckhorn to Bobcaygeon ride North onto County Road 36 for 15 mi (24.2 km) once you pass through Flynns Turn, continue west on the same road. As you reach Bobcaygeon you'll ride along Pigeon Lake. County Road 36 has some sweeping turns before Flynns Turn, after tat the road is mostly a straight-a-way.
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.
Go from Bobcaygeon to Lindsay, 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, pass through or enjoy the small beach towns of Ancona Point, and Kenstone Beach, then pass through Dunsford as you ride down several turns of road.
Lindsay is a 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 and the hub for business and commerce in the region. 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.
From Lindsay to Mosport take the longer and more scenic motorcycle route. Go South on Hwy 35 for 6.8 mi (11 km) turn left then cruise along Regional Road 57 for 20.2 mi (32.5 km); there will be a short 1 km detour on Highway 7A. You'll pass the beautiful Lake Scugog and a small town named Blackstock. Turn left on RR 20 for the final straight-a-way for 5.4 mi (8.7 km) finishing the ride back at Mosport.
The motorcycle cruise along the water of the City of Kawartha Lakes is full of quaint towns and lush greenery and still sparkling waters. This route is great to do from Mosport (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) via various side roads and a few highways. This Kawarthas motorcycle route is a popular Ontario ride and can be easily completed in 4 hours in 123.7 mi (199 km) of good riding. Enjoy the ride! EatSleepRIDE.
Here are two more great motorcycle routes in the Kawartha Lakes region: