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    hey, planning a trip to camp this spring/early summer. two factors im looking for are trails close by and dog friendly. any help would be awesome, and feel free to post your favourite spots, pics, or stories. thanks!

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    Where in Ontario are you?

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    You said post your favourites so here ya go...

    Corney Brook campsite on Cape Breton is my favourite spot of all time. Totally amazing and it is directly on one of the best "trails" in all of Canada: the Cabot Trail. So beautiful!

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    i should've been more specific lol, im in the niagara area but i want to camp outside of it hopefully. the distance of the drive doesnt really matter

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    Another favourite that's a bit shorter drive from Niagara (and that has some decent riding and hiking along the way) is Bruce Peninsula National Park. Some of the more "back country" campsites are fantastic! There are platforms for your tent and you're just seconds away from some great swimming!
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    I took weekend trip this summer to the Bruce area and stayed at MacGregor point provincial park. It was pretty descent and was very bike friendly for touring around the park.

    http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/macg.html

    During the day we hit some 'local' trials, most are under 30 minute drive from the park.

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    If you're up for a longer drive, Lake Superior Provincial Park and Pukaskwa National Park are also fantastic. We didn't ride much when we were out there though, mostly hiking... the canoeing is ridiculous!
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    Algonquin. a classic camp and bike trails within the park
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    Take a look across the river. Lots of great camping and trail opportunities from 45min to 2hrs from the Peace Bridge. You avoid the GTA traffic and have a great selection of new beers and cheap fuel and no exchange penalty right now. Some of my favorites.

    http://http://www.wnymba.org/
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    http://http://www.erie.gov/parks/sprague.asp
    ride out of your campsite 45min drive
    http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/79/details.aspx
    "the grand canyon of the east" trails across the gorge from the campground 1.5hr drive
    http://www.nysparks.com/parks/158/details.aspx
    trails in the park,15min drive to Ellicotteville where ther are IMBA epic trails, Ellicotteville Brewing Company and Allegheny National Forest is across state lines in PA. just under 2 hrs

    Turkey Point has good trails but you will need a guide and Buckwallow has a KOA right next to it.

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    I have a seasonal site at Brant Conservation area. Benefits are; 1) close drive (I live in Hamilton so for you in Niagara it should only be an hour or so), 2) easily accessible from the 403, 3) literally 5 minutes from Sobey's, Shoppers, Tim Hortons in the edge of west Brantford. 4) it doesn't have a "beach" but admission to the 1.25 acre pool is included in your site fees (unserviced site = $34 a night and serviced site = $42 a night) - the Pool opens 2nd weekend in June, 5) fishing is on the far side of the grounds in the Grand River or at Wilkes Dam, and 6) the SC Johnson trail runs across the entrance to the park.

    Granted it is only a rail trail, but it leads all the way to Cambridge making it a 60+ kilometer run there and back to the park. It also connects with the Gordon Glaves Memorial Pathway on the north side of the river which takes you east through Brantford and ultimately also connects to the "rail trail" back to Hamilton for an even longer ride.

    As I said, it's not too much "off road" fun, but from Paris northward, there are several "Lookouts" and it runs along the Grand River for quite a bit going into Cambridge too, so there is a lot of scenery to take in. There is lots of Wildlife to see too. I've seen rabbits, racoons, skunks, chipmunks, deer, snakes, and turtles on my rides.

    Overall, it's a nice winding mostly flat path. Between Brantford and the bridge over the 403 there are two "hills" that require serious pedalling or about 10 seconds but from there to Paris and then subsequently Cambridge, it's 'flat'. Probably better suited for family adventures or in my case a decent ride to push yourself and see how fast you can get there and back.

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    Don't forget Albion Hills - I camp there a few times every year.

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    Yikes..... I didn't think I would have to post because someone would have said Buckwallow.
    Camping + biking = Buck,,,,,,, and well maybe Porky Village too.

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    From post #9
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    Buckwallow has a KOA right next to it.
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    Yikes..... I didn't think I would have to post because someone would have said Buckwallow.
    Camping + biking = Buck
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    Oh yes I see it now way down near the end there.

    Do any of those other places have someone who always greets you with a smile and a friendly hello? shopvac the water off the trails? Leaf blows the dust off the trees? Wash and shine you car while you ride or feeds the blacks flies so they are all full before you find them. Well........ Mike might not do all those things but I always enjoy a friendly chat before I go out for a ride on some very well maintained trails.

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    Amen...

    Quote Originally Posted by Near north
    Oh yes I see it now way down near the end there.

    Do any of those other places have someone who always greets you with a smile and a friendly hello? shopvac the water off the trails? Leaf blows the dust off the trees? Wash and shine you car while you ride or feeds the blacks flies so they are all full before you find them. Well........ Mike might not do all those things but I always enjoy a friendly chat before I go out for a ride on some very well maintained trails.

    Well said and completely true. And of course you are at Muskoka ; a short drive from canoeing and swimming.

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    wow thanks for all the replies, i'm gunna have to check these places out and book. i wont be going until the weather gets a little more "reliable".

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    Algonquin Park

    Camp at Mew Lake which is close to the store, on a small lake and at the beginning of the rail trail. Nice ride. 17k to Rock Lake, with a little sight seeing, makes for a 40k ride. Did it many times pulling my kids on thier bike trailer.
    Algonquin also has a mountain bike trail, but is fairly technical, and fairly long, I didn't enjoy it as much.

    Killbear has a trail to, nice for family rides. I like riding out onto the rock at Harold point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanochef
    hey, planning a trip to camp this spring/early summer. two factors im looking for are trails close by and dog friendly. any help would be awesome, and feel free to post your favourite spots, pics, or stories. thanks!
    you do know about black flies? plan accordingly

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanochef
    i should've been more specific lol, im in the niagara area but i want to camp outside of it hopefully. the distance of the drive doesnt really matter
    go to timmins, take pine st south 20 or 30k, pick a trial, find a suitable campsite. zero cost, dog friendly, and hundreds of kms of trails to ride. it's all crown land so bring your gun and do some shooting before bedtime lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by awesomeame
    go to timmins, take pine st south 20 or 30k, pick a trial, find a suitable campsite. zero cost, dog friendly, and hundreds of kms of trails to ride. it's all crown land so bring your gun and do some shooting before bedtime lol
    chez nous for poutine also

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    Love the Timmins idea, I do have a dusty shotgun and beagle lol. I will check out chez nous as well, being a chef... It's my job to eat food from all over thx guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanochef
    Love the Timmins idea, I do have a dusty shotgun and beagle lol. I will check out chez nous as well, being a chef... It's my job to eat food from all over thx guys
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    Another favourite that's a bit shorter drive from Niagara (and that has some decent riding and hiking along the way) is Bruce Peninsula National Park. Some of the more "back country" campsites are fantastic! There are platforms for your tent and you're just seconds away from some great swimming!
    I second Bruce Peninsula. If you go, the Grotto is a must to visit.

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    Mmmmm fiddle heads.

    The Shabomeka (Legpower) Lake trails have ~60km of riding and are quite close to Bon Echo park. If you like the more rustic camping, I'm almost positive there's crown land surrounding little shabomeka lake so you could roll out of your tent and onto the trails.

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    Wow so many great places! Thank you everyone!

    Singlesprocket: I have some of the cheeses from thornloe, basically whatever upper Canada carries. They make a goats blue to die for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanochef
    Wow so many great places! Thank you everyone!

    Singlesprocket: I have some of the cheeses from thornloe, basically whatever upper Canada carries. They make a goats blue to die for.
    Since you're a chef, it just struck me that THE place for you to go visit is Prince Edward County. Go camping in Sandbanks and spend the day touring the County. It's unreal. Fifth Town Cheese, Waupoos Cider and East & Main...
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    prince edward county is on my list already lol, i'll be doing a wine tour there as well, so camping not so much.

    anyone been to "ithica"? friend pointed it out but i was curious to know some trailheads?

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    If you have any say in the wine tour, you must INSIST on visiting Norman Hardie (fantastic pinot noir and a really neat melon de Bourgogne) and Hinterland (sparkling wine specialist). You will not be disappointed!
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    Prince edward county's beautiful, full of charm AND you could hit up Macaulay mountain in picton while you're there.

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    ah so many places so little time!! i should've never started this thread lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug2000
    Algonquin Park

    Camp at Mew Lake which is close to the store, on a small lake and at the beginning of the rail trail. Nice ride. 17k to Rock Lake, with a little sight seeing, makes for a 40k ride. Did it many times pulling my kids on thier bike trailer.
    Algonquin also has a mountain bike trail, but is fairly technical, and fairly long, I didn't enjoy it as much.

    Killbear has a trail to, nice for family rides. I like riding out onto the rock at Harold point.
    Pick the Cannis Bay site in Algonquin. You can ride to the Minnesing trail head with your dog, which is the above mentioned technical trail. I'm pretty sure Cannis Bay allows pets too. There are 4 loops that you can tailor your ride length to. I love the Minnesing trail but none of my other buddies do so I rarely get up there anymore.

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    Kingdom Trails VT! long drive but, great riding. They recently opened the mountain with lift access so lots of variety.

    Defiant MTB are heading there with a big crew of about 30 peeps (guys and girls, mixed skill levels) Aug. long weekend. Feel free to join.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbone74
    Kingdom Trails VT! long drive but, great riding. They recently opened the mountain with lift access so lots of variety.

    Defiant MTB are heading there with a big crew of about 30 peeps (guys and girls, mixed skill levels) Aug. long weekend. Feel free to join.
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    Why not ride all over the world? That's one of the best things about the sport. You can take the bike and experience a country in a whole new way.

    I was assuming OP wanted to try something new and previous posters had already covered most of the riding around here.

    As a part of our Tour D'Ontario riding series that we started last year, Defiant MTB is also planning trips to Georgian Bay (3 Stage, Kolapore, Blue), Gravenhurst (Buckwallow, Porcupine Ridge, Torrence Barrens), Ottawa (Kanata Lakes, Camp Fortune, Gatineau Park), KW (Puslinch, WCC) and St. Cats (Hood, Shorthills). We are also talking about trips to Whistler, Fernie and Fruita. All are welcome and we usually try to meet up with local riders/club so we can get a tour of the best stuff. Keep checking our FB page for info as the schedule is being sorted.

    I've ridden almost everything in Ontario (except far North) lots in Quebec and BC. Just starting to ride a bit more in the US. Rode Kingdom and Ellicotville last year and plan on going back.
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    why not keep the dollars in canada?
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    Maybe it's because I'm running on too little sleep and heading out for work on a saturday but shut....up....

    Why not keep the dollars in Canada? why not keep them in ontario? why not keep them in your little small town and never go anywhere or see anything?

    You ruin 60% of the threads in the eastern forum, everything turns into an argument.......I wish you'd just take a couple months off from this place and give us all a break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akura
    Maybe it's because I'm running on too little sleep and heading out for work on a saturday but shut....up....

    Why not keep the dollars in Canada? why not keep them in ontario? why not keep them in your little small town and never go anywhere or see anything?

    You ruin 60% of the threads in the eastern forum, everything turns into an argument.......I wish you'd just take a couple months off from this place and give us all a break.
    lol, that's rich. all i did was ask a question and it is a very valid one. why not promote local tourism?

    did i tell you to shut up... nope
    did i accuse you of ruining 60% of the threads... nope

    i wonder who is being the argumentative one here?

    by the way did you read the title of the thread?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbone74
    As a part of our Tour D'Ontario riding series that we started last year, Defiant MTB is also planning trips to Georgian Bay (3 Stage, Kolapore, Blue), Gravenhurst (Buckwallow, Porcupine Ridge, Torrence Barrens), Ottawa (Kanata Lakes, Camp Fortune, Gatineau Park), KW (Puslinch, WCC) and St. Cats (Hood, Shorthills). We are also talking about trips to Whistler, Fernie and Fruita. All are welcome and we usually try to meet up with local riders/club so we can get a tour of the best stuff. Keep checking our FB page for info as the schedule is being sorted.
    Thanks for this! I'd love to tag onto the Gravenhurst area rides as a "local" if it matches up with my schedule
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    I shouldn't have gotten sucked in to your comments. Maybe I read them the wrong way, my apologies.

    Anyway, I believe the Ganaraska forest has camping and has great riding, nice stuff for dogs and even great trails for families if you've got kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket
    why not keep the dollars in canada?
    Have you rode the Kingdom trails in East Burke?

    Also I seem to recall you posting about riding overseas somewhere...why didn't you keep those travel dollars in Canada?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shirk
    Have you rode the Kingdom trails in East Burke?

    Also I seem to recall you posting about riding overseas somewhere...why didn't you keep those travel dollars in Canada?
    that was a quite successful biz trip

    ummm the main word in the title of the thread is "ontario" in the "eastern canada" forum... are the kingdom trails of east burke in ontario or eastern canada?
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket
    why not keep the dollars in canada?
    Well I guess you aren't going to be joining any of our US rides. Too bad riding is killer and I'm not really sure a few bucks worth of campsite fees are going to make or break our economy

    By the way you may recall that I am promoting a Mountain Bike Ontario Festival that includes camping
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbone74
    Well I guess you aren't going to be joining any of our US rides. Too bad riding is killer and I'm not really sure a few bucks worth of campsite fees are going to make or break our economy

    By the way you may recall that I am promoting a Mountain Bike Ontario Festival that includes camping
    there lots of interesting rides all over the world also. the point being from a tourism point of view we are dropping the ball here in ontario. with the rising canadain dollar and other factors we need more afirmative projects. a mountain bike festival is a great idea. building an extensive trail network for all sorts of riders and other users will lay down a foundation for all kinds of festivals. the actual capital outlay vs the long term econmical benefits are actually quite good for such a project.
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    if we get a MTB festival, i'll gladly cater lol! i support local all the way when i can.\

    tbone74: can u send me more information on your trip? i'll have a few weeks off in aug so i'm definitely interested, dogs welcome by chance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanochef
    if we get a MTB festival, i'll gladly cater lol! i support local all the way when i can.\

    tbone74: can u send me more information on your trip? i'll have a few weeks off in aug so i'm definitely interested, dogs welcome by chance?
    Dogs welcome for sure! We do ask that the dog be 'experienced' with trail riding in a group to save any unfortunate incidents. Mostly me cursing as dogs love me and my front tire

    Did you want info on the August long weekend Kingdom VT trip or the Festival?

    Festival website is set to launch April 15th so stay tuned!!!

    WE are currently sourcing food and beer vendors for the Fest so if you are at all serious we could use the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog
    Thanks for this! I'd love to tag onto the Gravenhurst area rides as a "local" if it matches up with my schedule
    Defiant will be up at Buck for opening weekend and also we have a May 24 weekend annual. Usually a good crowd of 40+. We had +70 last year May 24 for the Buckwallow Skillz Sessions with Sacred Rides. We are hoping to do the same this year and talking to Mike at Sacred Rides. He is a busy guy!

    Most of the core Defiant MTB members have Buck season passes so we'll be there on the regular. Killer riding! Join the FB group for more info and check the Events sections.
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