Friday May 20 to Monday May 23, 2022- Victoria Day Long Weekend
Registration Opens Saturday, March 5th at 10 am
After a two year absence, this is a chance to get the 2022 cycling season off to a great start by joining one of TBN’s most popular rides along the quiet roads and off-road paved trails of the Niagara Region. This year we have 40 spots - note that this trip sold out quickly in previous years.
Throughout the four days, we will be observing safety protocols set by the TBN Board based on provincial health guidelines. Please note that all participants will be asked to show proof of being fully vaccinated. As well, in the event that there is a resurgence of cases, there is a possibility that the number of participants could be reduced or the event could be cancelled.
“Easy to get to know people”
“A great place to bike with lots of options, this weekend is very good value … the small group of friendly riders makes it easy to get to know people.”
Anne Marie Corrigan, participant in 2016 and 2017
We’ll once again stay at the comfortable Niagara College residence near Niagara-on-the-Lake. You’ll have your own bedroom in a shared suite, complete with a shared full bathroom and shared kitchenette, including a refrigerator. Coffee, tea and juice are provided. Beyond this, for people looking to keep costs down, consider bringing your own supplies for breakfasts. There is also a Tim Hortons and McDonald's in the large outlet mall, just a three minute drive or ride away.
Note that given the shared bathroom and common area, attendees will be invited to select the other TBN member with whom they would like to share the suite.
Friday Warmup Ride and Potluck Dinner
For those who can get away early , on Friday afternoon at 2 pm we will once again start with an optional warmup ride along the bike path from Niagara on the Lake to Niagara Falls and back, covering about 50 kms.
Friday’s ride will be followed by a group supper, at your choice of either Benchmark, the award-winning student run restaurant that is part of the culinary training program at Niagara College or the more affordable Johnny Rocco’s, a 15 minute drive away. For Benchmark, assuming that it will be open, in the past we discovered that the price for dinner to go as a group is greater than to order as individuals (you can add this to life’s mysteries). As a result, once registration for the ride is closed, we’ll canvass the attendees for interest in Benchmark and then connect those interested to let you sort yourselves into groups and make reservations. For those interested, here’s the link with more info on Benchmark.
For everyone else, we will make a reservation at Johnny Rocco’s and will plan to car pool there in small groups. In 2019 the restaurant made a private room available for our group and we will ask for this again.
“Beautiful countryside, nice accommodations and great choice of places to eat. “
Patsy Cook & Mick O’Meara, participants in 2017, 2018 & 2019
Saturday’s rides feature long and short distances and run along the little-known paved off-road trail beside the Welland Canal, with a stop for lunch along the way. After their ride, participants can visit Niagara on the Lake or do a winetasting at one of the nearby wineries. Alternatively, we will schedule time for anyone interested to meet for an informal get together and beer at the Niagara College Teaching Brewery, located next the location where we are staying.
This will be followed by a pot-luck supper for all weekend participants, taking place in the Niagara College dining room and weather permitting out on the patio. Soft drinks, bbq chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers will be supplied. Once again we’ll also have veggie burgers for those looking for non meat options. Closer to the date, we’ll let attendees know whether health guidelines will allow participants to bring a salad or dessert, if not we will look to provide these. Please bring your own main course if you don’t like the choices provided, as well as anything stronger than pop to drink. Once again we’ll also have veggie burgers for those looking for non meat options.
Something else to bear in mind is that in past years some members followed this by a drive to Niagara Falls to watch the fireworks over the gorge.
Sunday’s rides (again, long and short) begin from a remote start 15 minutes away in Niagara Falls along the paved trail beside the Niagara River Parkway – with a stop for lunch en route.
Sunday evening will feature group suppers at local restaurants, with a variety of cuisines and price points to choose from. Alternatively, some riders will repeat what we did on past rides and polish off the left overs from Saturday’s pot luck.
“Loved the Welland Canal bike trail”
“One nice thing was how easy Niagara was to get to, we loved the Welland Canal bike trail up to Port Colborne and back.”
Dawn and Randy Domm, participants in 2017, 2018 & 2019
Monday is your chance to join a final short early morning ride, do some hiking along the Bruce Trail, visit the Outlet Mall nearby or tour some wineries. To beat long weekend traffic, most riders head home by noon.
For anyone wanting to come out a day early or to extend your stay, contact Niagara College directly to make a reservation, mentioning that you are part of the TBN group staying from Friday to Sunday nights.
Please Review TBN's Overnight Trip Cancellation Here.
This ride is limited to members of TBN. Your fee of $275 per person gives you access to trip planning and maps, the basic provisions for the Saturday evening potluck and three nights’ accommodation on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (includes your own bedroom, towels, sheets, blankets). All meals except for the bbq chicken and hamburgers for the pot luck are extra.
Registration for the Niagara Bike & Hike ride will open at 10 am on Saturday March 5th. If you’re interested, plan to book early as the past this ride has sold out quickly.
For any questions, please contact the Trip Organizers:
Janet Hudson firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Richards email@example.com