Experience the Route
The Bike Rally is not a race – it is a community of people who undertake an amazing journey together.
Road Support, Food, Wellness and a host of volunteers support you along the way. All your training has brought you to this point. Find a pace that is comfortable and safe for you. And, take time to enjoy the ride.
Below are highlights for the 2016 Bike Rally – and thanks go to Mark Fisher for videos of Bike Rally 2010.
To review each day's route in detail or to "EXPORT" the correct GPX file for your portable navigation device, e.g., Garmin, go to Ride with GPS by clicking the links below. Note that these routes may be subject to last minute updates due to unanticipated road construction. Route changes will be announced mealtime and in the Daily Cog.
|Day||Distance||Visit Ride with GPS||Download map and cue sheet|
|1: Sun, July 24, 2016||109.6 km||Toronto to Port Hope||Day 1 FFLBR18 Rider|
|2: Mon, July 25, 2016||127.7 km||Port Hope to Adolphustown||Day 2 FFLBR18 Rider|
|3: Tues, July 26, 2016||50.8 km||Adolphustown to Kingston||Day 3 FFLBR18 Rider|
|4: Wed, July 27, 2016||110.7 km||Kingston to Johnstown||Day 4 FFLBR18 Rider|
|5: Thurs, July 28, 2016||108.5 km||Johnstown to Lancaster||Day 5 FFLBR18 Rider|
|6: Fri, July 29, 2016||103.0 km||Lancaster to Montreal||Day 6 FFLBR18 Rider|
Day 1: Sunday, July 24, 2016
The Bike Rally departs early Sunday morning, starting out from Allan Gardens (Carlton St & Sherbourne St).
Toronto to Port Hope - 110 km
The Day 1 route follows familiar training ride routes before heading into the countryside. The roads can be busy as we travel parts of the Kings Highway and rolling hills make the afternoon challenging, but the energy will be high as we start out, those rolling hills make for some pretty views, and the day ends in a beautiful campsite overlooking the lake.
23 km: 1st Break - East Point Park, Scarborough
61 km: Lunch - New Location: Lakeview Park, Oshawa
84 km: 2nd Break - Bond Head Parkette, Bond Head
108 km: Campsite - The Haskills' Farm
The Haskills' Farm is a gorgeous location, high atop a cliff overlooking Lake Ontario just before Port Hope. Swimming is available off the rocky shore (use appropriate footwear). For today only, we head offsite to shower, so starting at 3:00 pm, buses depart every 30 minutes to take Participants to the local sports complex for showers. Onw may also swim in the newly renovated pool ($5.50). The sports complex closes and the last bus returns to camp at 8:00 pm.
Highlights: Our emotional departure, a scenic afternoon ride and a gorgeous arrival overlooking Lake Ontario as we cheer in our 1-Day Riders.
(One-Day Riders see Return to Torontno)
Day 2: Monday, July 25, 2016
Port Hope to Adolphustown - 128 km
Day 2 is the longest day of the Bike Rally. We ride through the countryside now, crossing the swing bridge at Murray Canal before we stop for lunch at Henderson's in Consecon. The afternoon is spent riding along the lake as we head to Picton – and up the largest hill of the ride.
We follow the scenic and historic Loyalist Parkway (Hwy 33) which connects Prince Edward County with the mainland via the Glenora Ferry. Once we’re on the other side, it's a short ride to camp … the longest day of the ride is over!
39 km: 1st Break - Wicklow Beach Park, Wicklow
68 km: 2nd Break - Brighton Road Swing Bridge, Murray Canal, Lovett
82 km: Lunch - Henderson's, Consecon. Heather Marr and her wife, Chantal Grondin, owners of Henderson’s House have been long-time champions of the Bike Rally and have hosted us at their home for Day 2 lunch for many years. Shortly after our visit in 2015, Heather suddenly passed away. To commemorate Heather’s generosity of spirit and kindness, the route from Consecon to Break 3 will be dedicated in her memory. Please pick up a purple ribbon on the way out of lunch and wear it in honour of Heather.
103 km: 3rd Break - Schroedter’s Café and Bakery at Huff’s Corners (just outside Picton)
131 km: Campsite - U.E.L. Heritage Centre/Park Adolphustown is a lakeside retreat, a short ride after crossing on the Glenora Ferry. Swimming and showers are both available; however, showers are limited and may have long wait times. We recommend taking an eco-shower on the beach. Showers take $0.25/$1.00.
Highlights: Being cheered through the main streets of small town Ontario, Henderson’s House in Consecon, the ride along Lake Ontario after lunch, the Glenora Ferry and riding through downtown Picton.
Day 3: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Adolphustown to Kingston - 51 km
Today we ride into Kingston dressed in red. Day 3 is our shortest day – just 51km – and marks the halfway point of Bike Rally. It’s Dress in Red Day and everyone looks fabulous as we roll along, creating a long red ribbon of riders.
We ride along the edge of Lake Ontario and then the Bay of Quinte as we approach the historic town of Kingston. Lunch is an amazing buffet lunch at Queen's University. And there is no camping tonight … instead we sleep in the dorms at Queen's and have a chance to catch up on some laundry.
22 km: 1st Break - Finkle Shore Park, Bath
51 km: Kingston arrival
No campsite! We stay at Queen's Unversity. Laundry facilities are available (purchase laundry cards) or take clothes to a local "fluff and fold".
A Buffet Lunch will be available 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Highlights: Cycling along the bay, the buffet lunch at Queen's University, having the afternoon off, laundry facilities, showers ...and a bed.
See also: Welcome to Kingston
Day 4: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Kingston to Johnstown - 111 km
We start our day early, well rested, and with clean laundry. After a hot breakfast from the Queen's University cafeteria, we get back on the road towards Gananoque, the Thousand Islands and lunch at the best swimming spot of the week.
Today, we celebrate our Top Fundraisers. Riders and Crew are acknowledged with gold jerseys / T-shirts. Top Fundraiser Riders lead us out of Kingston.
Today we will also announce this year's recipient of the David Linton Spirit of the Rally Award.
31 km: 1st Break - Gananoque Town Park, Gananoque
67 km: Lunch - Brown’s Bay Park by Thousand Islands – beautiful for swimming.
84 km: 2nd Break - Armagh S. Price Park, Brockville
110 km: Campsite - Grenville Park Campground is located just past Prescott, at the foot of the bridge to the USA. Swimming and showers ($0.25) are both available.
Highlights: CELEBRATING TOP FUNDRAISERS, hot breakfast at Queen's University, Gananoque, cycling through the Thousand Islands Parkway, Brockville and the best swimming spot of the week.
We finish our day with the Candlelight Celebration – after dinner we gather on the beach, weather permitting, to celebrate our journey. It is a time to reflect upon and celebrate the people in our lives that have been affected by HIV/AIDS.
Day 5: Thursday, July 28, 2016
Johnstown to Lancaster - 109 km
Today we are going to take the time to think about the meaning of the ride. Think of the physical challenges you have overcome thus far. Who are you riding for? Take a moment and find out why others are on the ride. Today, those wishing to, can disclose their HIV status in a safe and welcoming environment by wearing their POZ jersey.
Today’s ride takes us along the Long Sault Parkway and includes a stop at Dairy Queen in Lancaster – where, for today only, $0.50 of every sale will go to PWA. With the number of calories we've burned, we can afford to splurge!
30 km: 1st Break - Morrisburg Beach Park, Morrisburg
61 km: Lunch - Milles Roches Island
79 km: 2nd Break - Cornwall Aquatic Centre, Cornwall
104 km: Dairy Queen
108 km: Campsite - Glengarry Park Campground is a beautiful wooded campground nestled along the shores of the St. Lawrence.
Highlights: The stunning Long Sault Parkway, Cornwall's bike paths, Dairy Queen, and tenting amongst the tall pines.
And this evening is the Night of Dreams.
Day 6: Friday, July 29, 2016
Lancaster to Montréal - 103 km
The last day of the ride! Today, we wear our official Bike Rally Jerseys and Crew T-shirts along with a red ribbon and Bike Rally pin. We head into Montréal – stopping to mark our crossing the border into Quebec – riding mostly along bike paths on the way into the city. It's a time to enjoy the scenery.
30 km: 1st Break - Parc Wilson, Coteau-du-Lac, QC
53 km: Lunch - Shamrock Park on L’ile Perrot, QC
87 km: Rendezvous - Lachine Canal. Group photos
Highlights: Crossing the border into Québec, the long line of PWA's Friends for Life Bike Rally jerseys as we ride into Montréal, and of course, our arrival.
All Riders must meet at the rendezvous point at Lachine Canal (at the beginning of the canal) by 1:30 PM. At 2:00 PM, Riders will then travel together into Montréal. For many, this is the highlight of their journey – a long line of Bike Rally jerseys stretching as far as the eye can see.
Congratulations! After six incredible days, you have finally made it.
See also: Welcome to Montréal
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 17:27