Gather some friends, hop on your bikes and enjoy the “2018 Discover L & A Ride” on Saturday, September 22. The 58 km route begins and ends at MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company in the village of Bath. The picturesque route leads you along quiet paved roads that overlook the water’s edge and authentic Eastern Ontario landscapes.
You’ll hear live music, tour historic sites, sample local wine and cider, and enjoy an ice-cold glass of craft beer at the end of the ride. It’s going to be an unforgettable day of cycling in Lennox & Addington! Register now at the event website here.
The County of Lennox & Addington was the first county in Eastern Ontario to adopt a pave shoulders policy for all county roads over a decade ago. The objective was safer roads for all, development of the cycle tourism sector to draw visitors north from the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, and to save taxpayers money through road maintenance operational savings. Success on all counts!
For more information on cycling routes in L & A County, visit their website here.
The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands is working in partnership with Gananoque to complete a Joint Recreation Master Plan. This Plan will guide recreational services over the next ten years and will include a needs assessment to support the future direction of parks, trails, recreation and leisure services. It will also include a series of recommendations and policy guidelines around the delivery of programs, events, facilities and services.
If you’re a program participant, a volunteer helping to make recreation and leisure services possible, or a community champion helping to promote and support programs, then this is an opportunity to help shape the future.
Community consultation sessions are scheduled at the Seeley’s Bay Community Hall on June 6, and again at the Lou Jeffries Recreation Arena in Gananoque in June 13.
If you are unable to attend, you will still have the opportunity to make sure that your voice is heard. Online and print surveys will be launched June 6 and will be available on the website until the end of the month.
“The Townships of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Front of Yonge and the Town of Gananoque are partnering to host the third annual 1000 Islands Parkway Challenge.
Participants can run, walk, wheel or cycle from Brown’s Bay, Mallorytown Landing or Fox Run to the Rockport Recreation Hall where they can then enjoy refreshments and watch the prize presentation.”
This is a family-fun event for all ages, all abilities. Read more here.
In Brockville, our Brock Trail provides opportunities for a leisurely walk or roll in a green space, away from the noise and smell of the roads. Community trails like the Brock Trail also offer the opportunity to connect with friends and neighbours, and meet new friends. “Hike with Mike” is an opportunity created to encourage just that, on June 16 at 9 AM, starting at the trailhead beside Westminster Public School. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Trail to downtown, where you can tour the Tunnel or visit the Farmers Market for a well-earned snack. For details, on the attached poster.
Also in planning, are some leisurely, family-friendly “slow rides” along the trail. On your bike, you will be able to meet up with the group at various times and places along the Trail, starting at Laurier Blvd and ending downtown at the Farmers Market, once again for that well-earned snack. Stay tuned for more info.
It’s Spring, and with Spring comes the annual round of Bike Summits to rejuvenate and re-stoke our interest in working for public roads that better serve the needs of the general public.
All of the summits draw elected representatives, professionals, advocates and other interested parties from public works, transportation, planning, consulting, economic development, education, tourism, recreation and other disciplines together.
“Ontario’s 150th anniversary is an opportunity for people to come together and to experience the incredible resources our province offers,” says Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Ontario 150: Celebrate by Bike will showcase incredible cycling opportunities and enable people of all ages to connect with their
communities by bike.”
There are three parts to this celebration, including signature events in 15 communities, new online guides to routes, events and resources, and a new cycling education program for 4,000 10 year olds, in partnership with the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation. See the media release below.
Cycle tourism is the fastest growing segment in Ontario, one that’s seeing development and investment in almost all regions. To get a sense of that and see the extensive opportunities available, check out the April newsletter from Ontario By Bike. See the newsletter here.
This year’s ‘School Mountain Bike Challenge’ will be held Friday May 19th. Over the 12 years of this annual event, it has demonstrated to be safe and fun for students as well as an inspiration for many. Why should a student attend this particular event? The Mountain Bike Challenge offers kids a chance to try a new activity – or challenge friends to try it with them. It is perfect for a fun or first mountain biking experience. It is not about results or winning, it is about doing the challenge. The event has both individual events as well as an optional team event.
The event is held at Limerick Forest, north of Prescott on a course thta’s beginner-friendly and fun for all, yet has challenge for more seasoned riders. Students as young as 5 have participated.
Since the event has independent insurance a student does not require official school participation to attend. Many teachers who bring students do not ride themselves, yet they do enjoy introducing their students to this healthy activity. The volunteers who run the event do not profit from it.
Check out the latest newsletter from Ontario By Bike – your best source of information on the cycle tourism scene, for those looking to discover Ontario in an up-close way, as well as those looking to benefit from the most rapidly growing tourism activity.
This month’s edition features Waterloo Region, Windsor/Essex County/Pelee Island (where the annual Great Waterfront Trail Adventure is currently underway), the Rideau Heritage Route and more.