Once a colonization road to early settlers, and now part of the Trans Canada Trail, the Old Nipissing Road tells stories of hope, hardship, perseverance, and despair. Seguin Falls, Dufferin Bridge, Spence, and Magnetawan, are only some of the original settlements along the southern portion of the trail, most of which are camouflaged and overgrown by nature and time.
Magnetawan, mid-way along the trail, is the only thriving village on the 'ghost road' today, and offers the visitor food, fuel, lodging, historical points of interest, water sports, hiking trails, picnic sites, and leisure activities.
Cycle the actual path of the pioneers and take in the natural beauty of the Almaguin Highlands. The tour starts at Magnetawan and winds its way to Eagle Lake Road. When reaching Eagle Lake road, you may choose to travel the Historic Rye Route which follows the original Nipissing Road (now Rye Road) to the Jerusalem Road and past the ghost town of Rye.
If you wish to cycle in a more populated area with paved roads, travel along Eagle Lake Road to Scarlett's Road along the Scenic Lake Route. It is paved and relatively flat. You can end your tour with a swim in Eagle Lake!
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