Hiawatha Highlands, ‘The Lines’ and Gros Cap
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Line provide excellent bike routes, as does Landslide Road up to the Hiawatha Highlands. Up Landslide Road to 5th or 6th Line, down the highway and west on 4th Line provides several steep climbs, including People’s Road, Old Goulais Bay Road, Brule Road, the road to Crimson Ridge Golf Course, and the site of the yearly Back in Motion Hill Climb, Goulais Ave. Continuing further west to Maki Road and out to Gros Cap (on Lake Superior) can make for a challenging ride. Extend this ride even further by cycling out to Pointe de Chenes before returning on 2nd Line.
Searchmont Highway, Bellevue Valley / Goulais River
Highway 17 North to the Searchmont Highway (Highway 556 at Heyden) provides about a 100km round trip from Sault Ste. Marie. Highway 556 continues along a hilly route to Searchmont Ski Resort. The truly adventurous can turn down Highway 552 (near Island Lake) on the way home and enjoy a long downhill run (with little traffic), eventually joining up with Highway 17 North near Goulais River. Slog up the “Mile Hill” on Highway 17 on your return trip to Sault Ste. Marie.
Bruce Mines, Sylvan Valley and Echo Bay
For a round trip of about 130km from Sault Ste. Marie, continue on the Trans Canada Highway (Highway 17) to Bruce Mines, then turn onto Highway 638. This road has little traffic and lots of hills all the way back to its exit at Echo Bay. Complete the ride by riding the final 25km to Sault Ste. Marie on the Trans Canada Highway.
St. Joseph Island
Highway 548 and an extension using the A Line will provide a full day of cycling on St. Joseph Island. This is an excellent way to tour through the area. Roads are scenic and have little traffic.