Southern Ontario’s Algonquin Highlands is a vast, undeniably peaceful landscape that boasts countless hinterland lakes, densely-thicketed forestry, and rolling hills. People don’t escape the Greater Toronto Area to bump elbows with fellow travellers. No, people motor up to the region’s most secluded havens, such as serene Halls Lake, to unplug, rejuvenate, and explore. Many hope to rediscover their love for the outdoors, which is where Sandy Lane Resort enters the frame. You won’t find a more suitable destination to wholly regenerate than the azure blue water, emerald woodland, and fine sand found on this restful estate. However, it’s essential to leave room for adventure, primarily because Sandy Lane offers so many complimentary activity rentals, such as bicycles, canoes, and water skis. And some of the most breathtaking Southern Ontario cycling routes can be picked up near the resort.
Pedal around Halls Lake
Before we dive into the various well-travelled Southern Ontario cycling routes near Minden, Haliburton, and Carnarvon, let’s talk about the Halls Lake loop. This self-guided journey offers many unobstructed views of the lake, as well as up-close-and-personal vantage points of local real estate, curious wildlife, and massive white pines. Our small fleet of complimentary bicycle rentals is perfect for this paved, mostly-flat terrain that plays gracious host to Buttermilk Falls, Elvin Johnson Park, and Krista’s Baits ‘n’ Bites. Cyclists can utilize many backcountry roads; thus, oncoming traffic is slow and practically nonexistent.
Southern Ontario Cycling: Self-Guided Exploration
Believe us when we tell you that are thousands of potential Southern Ontario cycling routes within 30 kilometres of the resort. With so many backcountry lake roads at your disposal, your group can scan the terrain without worrying about droves of motorized vehicles. We’ve compiled a shortlist of our favourite paved courses in the area, many of which snake through nearby Blairhamption, Carnarvon, Minden, Haliburton, and West Guilford. There’s so much potential that it’s slightly overwhelming. Thankfully, resources such as MapMyRide and Cycle Haliburton exist! The best resource of all is Cycle Haliburton’s extensive trail map, which outlines 16 unique routes, including the 10-kilometre “Stanhope Heritage Cycling Tour” along the southwestern rim of Halls Lake. Click the links below to get matched with a path that perfectly suits your group’s size, style, and skill level.
- Around Kennisis
- Bark Lake
- Haliburton Loop
- North Shore Loop
- Queen’s Line
- Salerno Lake Loop
- Sunglasses from Minden
Classic Outdoor Adventure Cabin Rentals
Remember, folks: Sandy Lane Resort is an idyllic place to visit after spending so much time in self-isolation. With 16 fully self-contained cabins that are all independent of one another, you’ll feel safe, comfortable, and entirely at ease. This summer only: kids stay free. You read that right: KIDS STAY FREE! So, if you have a family of up-and-coming cyclists, don’t undervalue Sandy Lane’s affordability and proximity to adventure. After cycling atop some of the best bike trails in Ontario, return to your cabin for a warm meal, crackling campfire, ice-cold drinks, and the tastiest s’mores ever concocted. Oh, and the stargazing up here is truly heavenly! Please visit us online to learn more about our Haliburton getaway deals. Otherwise, you can call us at 705-489-2020.