Canada Day Long Weekend
Friday June 30 to Monday July 3, 2023- four days for $295
Registration Opens Saturday, March 11th at 10 am
Please Note: Due to availability of space, the timing of this year's Niagara Bike & Hike has been moved from Victoria Day weekend to Canada Day.
This weekend is a chance to join one of TBN’s most popular rides along the quiet roads and off-road paved trails of the Niagara Region. This year we are starting with 20 spots which we will try to increase if there is demand - 40 spots on this trip over the Victoria Day weekend sold out quickly in previous years. Note that as these are no-drop rides, all riders are expected to be able to maintain a comfortable pace of 18 kms per hour or higher. You are also expected to ride with a spare inner tube in the event of a flat.
Throughout the four days, we will be observing safety protocols set by the TBN Board based on provincial health guidelines. 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.
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 June 30 Warmup Ride
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 Play Bar & Grille at the White Oaks Resort, which is located nearby. Alternatively you are welcome to organize informal group dinners at restaurants in the area.
Saturday July 1
We’ll celebrate Canada Day on Saturday with rides that 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 pizza, salad and dessert in the Niagara College dining room and weather permitting out on the patio. Pizza and soft drinks will be supplied. In addition we’ll be asking people to bring a salad or dessert. Please bring your own main course if you don’t pizza, as well as anything stronger than pop to drink.
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 July 2
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.
Monday July 3
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.
Overall logistics: :
Registration for the Niagara Bike & Hike ride will open at 10 am on Saturday March 11th If you’re interested, plan to book early as the past this ride has sold out quickly.
For any questions please contact Dan Richards at firstname.lastname@example.org