Victoria Holiday Long Weekend
Note: Due to COVID-19, this trip has been postponed. Check the TBN calendar and this page for future trip information.
Friday May 15 to Monday May 18, 2020- Victoria Day Holiday Long Weekend
This is a chance to get your 2020 cycling season off to a great start, by joining the sixth anniversary of 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.
“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 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.
Friday Warmup Ride and Potluck Dinner
For those who can get away early , on Friday afternoon at 2 pm we start with an optional warmup ride along the bike path from Niagara on the Lake to Niagara Falls and back, covering about 50 kms. 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 – participants are asked to bring a salad or dessert or your own main course if you don’t like the choices provided, as well as anything stronger than pop to drink. This year we’ll also have veggie burgers for those looking for non meat options. You’re welcome even if you can’t make the warmup ride - in past years most riders have been able to make it for dinner on Friday evening.
“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, do a winetasting at one of the nearby wineries or try award-winning beer from the Niagara College Teaching Brewery.
Saturday’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 those going to Benchmark, last year we discovered that the price for dinner to go as a group is greater than to order as individuals (this makes no sense but there you are). As a result, members who want to go to Benchmark will book reservations directly in small groups. Once registrations are 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.
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 last year and polish off the left overs from Friday’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.
This ride is limited to members of TBN. Your fee of $245 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 are extra.
Registration for the Niagara Bike & Hike ride will open again in June. If you’re interested, plan to book early as the last couple of years this ride has sold out quickly.
Any questions please contact the trip organizers:
Janet Hudson firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Richards email@example.com