Published on April 21st, 2017 | by Vicky Perez

Great Waterfront Trail Adventure Awaits You.

CAA is proud to support the 10th annual Great Waterfront Trail Adventure, starting from Point Pelee National Park to Rouge National Urban Park.

From August 6–12, 2017, cycle along Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, visit 24 unique communities and explore two National Parks. Along the way, take time to shop, discover some local wineries and learn more about the rich history of the areas you’ll visit.

Sign up today for this 530-km cycling vacation that will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

‘I Love Cycling’ Enthusiast.
For me, cycling is more than a great cardio workout – it’s about connecting with nature, people and making the most of the great outdoors. That is why the GWTA is one of my favourite challenges. I have been partaking in this wonderful event for a few years now. The last time was in 2015 with the launch of the newest addition, the Greenbelt Route. This route starts in Roseneath, a small community north of Cobourg, and finishes in Niagara. The routes are always scenic and it just makes the ride so much more enjoyable.

Another thing to note – from the young to the young at heart, you will meet cyclists of all ages who hail from cities within Canada and the U.S. It’s a fun event and you will get to ride and hang out with many amazing people along the way.

Credit: Goh Iromoto

Why I Love This Event?
There are numerous reasons why I love this event, but two stand out for me. The first is seeing the camaraderie among riders. I was overwhelmed by the support and concern riders had for me when I stumbled and fell from my bike during one of the rides. The other is discovering unique, hidden places offering the best butter tarts, ice cream and fresh produce along the route. While I was riding, all I wanted to experience was beautiful scenery and good local food.

What Am I Excited About in This Year’s Ride?
I can’t wait to be part of the GWTA and ride on my new road bike this year! I want the opportunity to explore new communities, make new friends and to cycle through Point Pelee National Park (Leamington, ON) – Canada’s most southerly point!

This is What You Can Look Forward To:

Day 1 – Point Pelee National Park (Leamington)

Day 2 – Rondeau Provincial Park (Lake Erie, Chatham-Kent County)

Day 3 – Port Stanley

Day 4 – Port Dover

Day 5 – Hamilton

Day 6 – Toronto

Day 7 – Rouge Park (Pickering)

Participants will ride 40-105 km per day between designated overnight stops. Cycle with peace of mind knowing that CAA’s Bike Assist1 team will be supporting the participants along the way!

How Do I Prepare for These Rides?

To ride the GWTA, it requires some training. During the spring and summer, I usually ride my bike three times a week for an hour or so after work.

On weekends either on Saturday or Sunday, I ride between 3-4 hours with many short breaks to eat and rest.

If you have never cycled long distances before, start riding short distances first and then gradually add more until you feel you can ride at least four hours in one day.

Make sure you drink lots of water before, during and after the ride to prevent muscle cramps, fatigue and dehydration. Eat well – carry extra snacks, like bananas, apples, nuts, dry fruit or energy bars.

Helpful Tips:

  • Wear a helmet
  • Carry a cell phone
  • Have your bike tuned up properly and in good working condition to enjoy a safe ride
  • Padded shorts are highly recommended when cycling long distances
  • Dress in bright colours so that you are highly visible
  • Ensure your routes are safe for cycling
  • Apply lots of sunblock
  • Carry a couple of spare tire tubes and some basic cycling tools

Credit: Goh Iromoto

Sign up today for this 530-km cycling vacation that will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

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