BT 700 Bikepacking
Born out of a curiosity to explore Southwester Ontario’s lesser known nooks and crannies, the BT 700 (now about 790 km, but who’s counting) is a grand, multi-day jaunt that makes use of a combination of gravel roads, rail trail, bounding two-track, forest singletrack, rugged unserviced roads and just a whisper of tarmac to take riders through varied landscapes and the rugged beauty of this chunk of Ontario. It should be consider a mixed surface, all-terrain route and more mountain bike oriented than a pure gravel ride. Along the way, you’ll come into contact with inviting rivers, widescreen vistas, lush green pastures, charming communities and plunging waterfalls. A somewhat demanding route full of two-wheel challenges for cyclists of all abilities and one that benefits old-fashioned ‘rough stuff’ attitudes. It is not designed to be the easiest, most direct or fastest route, but one that inspires a sense of adventure. As always, take a breather, and a photo opportunity. A bikepacker’s toil is invariably worth the effort. Of course, butter tarts are the terrior of the route. Covering the route under your own steam will surely work up an appetite for routes namesake treat.
- Mennonite Country: The journey starts in St Jacob’s Mennonite country where the surrounding dirt roads are home to more horse-and-buggies than cars.
- Sunsets: A visit to Lake Huron, home to perhaps Ontario’s best sunsets.
- Escarpment country: Grand views in escarpment country.
- Provincial Parks: Riding the dirt through five provincial parks allows for plenty of forest-bathing.
- Backroads: Tapping into a bounty of long forgotten backroads where few venture.
- Waterfalls: Two photogenic waterfalls.
- Single and double-track Bayview Escarpment, Glen Haffy and other nature reserves and conservation areas dot the route to deliver the singletrack and forest two-track that is requisite for a true bikepacking adventure.
- Rural Communities: Pass through small communities that never seem rushed and are full of welcoming smiles.
- A collection of quaint general stores, each with its own character, history, and butter tart recipe.
- Rail trail: Some on Ontario’s most welcoming rail trail.
- Microbreweries: Microbreweries and cider houses to help celebrate a love for bikepacking.
The BT 700 was not created by the team at Bikepack Adventures. It being featured on this website is for informational purposes only and to give a full picture of the amazing rides in the region.
For more detailed information on this route, including the latest updates to the route and POIs, visit the BT 700 website.