One-Tank Trip for Sept. 27/14
(c) By Jim Fox
It’s time for the “Tour de Fall” as the hills are taking on a vibrant hue of autumn colours across Southern Ontario.
Just an hour north of Toronto is one of the most picturesque regions for fall touring – Ontario Lake Country on the shores of Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.
|Enjoying a ride in the Copeland Forest at Horseshoe Valley are (from left) Jenna Hunter, Natasha Ilic and guide Sara Archer. (Jim Fox photo)|
It encompasses five distinctive districts: Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama, Ramara and Severn.
“Enjoy the peacefulness away from the busy city life and take in the breathtaking fall colours,” said Jennifer Whitley, country marketing manager.
A series of “distinctive fall getaways” has been established across the region.
Newly developed are seven cycling, seven hiking and four driving routes, with many points of interest along the water, including the Trent-Severn Waterway.
“Whether you are looking for a long or short drive, a leisurely stroll or something more involved, an easy trail or an advanced hilly route, there is something for everyone,” Whitley said.
Head for the hills
The leaves were just starting to turn colour last week when I joined a mountain bike ride along the scenic and hilly terrain of the Copeland Forest at Horseshoe Valley.
|Sara Archer of Ride Guides instructs the group before heading out. (Jim Fox photo)|