On site activities include a solar heated swimming pool, 18 hole miniature golf, nature interpretive centre, educational hiking trails, cycling routes, astronomy, birding, archery, playground, store, fossils, orienteering, picnic area, and RASC (Royal Astronomical Society Canada) designated dark sky preserve.
Our summertime calendar of events includes Thursday nights Astronomy, Tuesday 2 for 1 mini putt, Sunday afternoon fossil hikes, Manitoulin Star Party, Drumming and Astronomy, Women's Outdoor Weekend, Stargazing Manitoulin, Moonlight Hike & Wolf Howls, Focus on Forests, Perseids Meteor Showers Party, Geo-caching Manitoulin Frenzy, and Murder Mystery Orienteering.
We are very cycling friendly and have four free cycling routes that begin and end at our park for guests who stay with us overnight.. We also have available in our library the reference book 'Cycling the Backroads of Manitoulin" available to our guests.
One of our first, and still most enjoyable rides, was a week long tour of Manitoulin Island. During that trip we stayed 2 very enjoyable nights at Gordon’s Park, which I initially discovered the year before our trip while working on the Island.
In addition to the clean, comfortable B&B accommodation, great food and exceptional hospitality, we were particularly please to find:
• secure bike lock ups;
• basic bicycle repair kit/tools (Terry's shop, it seems has everything needed to repair a bicycle);
• healthy snack options, readily available drinking water and rest areas; and
• local cycling information (4 cycling routes that begin & end at Gordon's Park & also the reference book "Cycling the Backroads of Manitoulin”).
After reviewing the routes suggested by Rita, we spent part of one day riding the Lakeshore Route, which is a loop of about 31 kilometers over paved, blacktop and gravel terrain. Points of interest along the route include views of unspoiled shorelines, wetlands, mixed forest areas and quaint farm operations. We spotted many varieties of birds (although we wouldn’t call ourselves birdwatchers), the “shoe tree” and painted rocks along the roadside and at Roger's Creek there was a rest area (with an outhouse) where one can enjoy the view, go for a swim (we did) or try fishing.
While not cycling, at Gordon’s Park we enjoyed a refreshing swim in the outdoor solar heated swimming pool, a relaxing tour of the nature interpretive centre and a brisk hike with Terry on the interpretive hiking trails in the park. We didn’t play mini-putt only because we ran out of time as the rest of Manitoulin Island was beckoning us to explore it by bike.
Certainly Gordon’s Park is conveniently located -- on Highway 6, not far from the ferry terminal at South Baymouth. We both highly recommend Gordon’s Park as a stop for cyclists (and other Manitoulin visitors) and look forward ourselves to returning soon for another visit.
Featured Cycling in Ontario
Manitoulin Island & LaCloche Foothills
Manitoulin Island & the LaCloche Foothills are attractive destinations for both recreational and touring cyclists. On the island, quiet roadways take cyclists past scenic vistas, 108 inland lakes and lush forested areas allowing cyclists to experience unique attractions enroute and connect with the area's rich cultural heritage and First Nations communities. Small towns with an array of amenities and unspoilt shoreline add to the romance of an island getaway easily enjoyed by bicycle.
LaCloche Foothills offers long distance touring cyclists a great opportunity to experience the beauty of the North Channel and nearby Killarney Provincial Park. The spectacular views will make the hilly climbs connecting Espanola to Manitoulin Island worth the effort. Long distance cyclists can connect from this area to Sault St Marie, Sudbury and using the ferry service, to Bruce Peninsula.
Toronto and Greater Toronto Area
Cycling in and around Toronto is a fun and fast way to visit unique neighbourhoods, attractions and enjoy nature in the city. Visitors to Toronto will be pleasantly surprised by its large bikeway network with 563km mix of bicycle lanes, off-road trails and signed routes, the relatively flat and grid like layout of the city makes getting around by bike easy.
For those who want to stay off the city streets, days can be spent riding trails through parkland and forested ravines, following heritage watershed rivers and discovering the waterfront on the Martin Goodman/Waterfront Trail that covers 56km as it crosses the city from east to west.
Hamilton and Greenbelt Areas
Hamilton and Greenbelt areas have a wide selection of scenic bicycle trails and routes, thru urban settings and into the Greenbelt areas.
Lush forested escarpment rail trails, with or without challenging climbs, waterfalls and Dundas Valley with numerous cross-regional trail options to connect you to all the numerous cycling options.