Ride the Highlands – The Ultimate Motorcycle Trip Planning Tool

/ June 7, 2022

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Have you been lucky enough to ride the Highlands yet? If not, you should make this your year. Located in Ontario’s Highlands, two hours northeast of Toronto and bordering Quebec, Ride the Highlands offers twisty roads you would think were built by motorcycle riders themselves. To make planning your trip as smooth as the roads you ride, the Ride the Highlands team has created many planning tools to help you and your riding crew.

Have you ordered your free Ride the Highlands map? GPS is great, but sometimes it is so much easier pulling a map out of your saddle bag in order to see the full picture. Cell service can also be scarce in some of the valleys, so having a backup navigation source is key. This map highlights the four main Ride the Highlands routes, our Top 10 Roads, as well as local rides for those who prefer hub and spoke riding. Need gas? Each map reprint, we work hard to keep gas station locations up to date, as well as repair shops for when the unexpected happens.

Looking at Ride the Highlands Map

No Guessing Game Here – Motorcycle Friendly Operators

Every business that has been added to Ride the Highlands has been vetted by our team to make sure they are motorcycle friendly, and provide you the best experiences when you drop your kickstand. We make sure businesses understand how the little things such as a kickstand pad, motorcycle parking or a rag to wipe off the morning dew go a long way.

Parking Sign and kickstand pads

Our Ride the Highlands website offers an interactive map that helps make planning easy. Hop on your computer and click through the routes to see what attractions, accommodations and food stops are located on the route you plan to ride. The filters make choosing where you want to stop easy. Choose from different accommodation options or types of restaurants. Forgot your map at home? That’s ok, we’ve highlighted where maps are available enroute.

Go one step further with your planning and use our Saddle Bag feature. If there are places that pique your interest, you can save them to your Saddle Bag. Once you’re done, you can look at them all in one location and share it with the rest of your riding crew.

What better way to get information about the Ride the Highlands region than ask other riders who have ridden it? New this year, we’ve created the Ride the Highlands Official Forum. This Facebook group has been created with the intention for you our riders to share and discuss anything Ride the Highlands; from your favourite roads, places to stop, trip planning questions, meetups and road conditions. If you haven’t joined this Facebook group, join now.

GPX Files

If you’re looking to add the routes to your GPS, we have GPX files available for download. When using your computer, you can find the GPX files on the righthand side of each route. On your phone, click on the route you want, and scroll down to find the link.

Let’s not forget the little gem that is our blog. Over the last nine years, we have curated over 40 blogs with various themes to help you in your trip planning. If there is something you would like us to write about, let us know and we will try our best to add it to our roster.

The Ride the Highlands Team

Who better to help plan your upcoming ride, than the people who created Ride the Highlands? If you have any questions regarding the routes, send us an email at ontariohighlands@gmail.com or DM us on our Facebook or Instagram pages. We love helping you out and living vicariously through your trips. Just make sure you share your ride with us by tagging @ridethehighlands or using #ridethehighlands.

Now that you have all the tools necessary and know how to use the Ride the Highlands website, it’s time to start planning. We can’t wait to see where the road takes you this season. Happy riding!

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  2. Are there still patches available? And where could we pick them up.

    1. Patches are available at:

      Rosie’s Cafe & General Store
      The Perth Cheese Shop
      Esson Creek Maple & Greenmantle Mineral Tours
      Dog House Brewing Company
      Lumbertown Ale House

      Click here for more information

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