Great Waterfront Trail Adventure launches the Northern expansion of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail
Later this month wheels will be in motion for the 12th annual Great Waterfront Trail Adventure (GWTA) from July 28th to August 2, 2019 with 145 cyclists, riding 450
kilometres through 23 communities and three First Nations over six days enjoying the
majestic scenery that inspired the Group of Seven.
This year, the Waterfront Regeneration Trust’s annual ride marks the completion of a four-year program to expand the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail along the Lake Huron North Channel. It is the first provincially recognized cycling route in Northern Ontario and also designated as part of The Great Trail, Canada’s national trail system.
“We now have a fantastic cycling route that connects people from Southern Ontario to Northern Ontario along the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes”, said Marlaine Koehler, executive director of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, the charity leading the work to regenerate the Great Lakes with the creation of the Trail. With the expansion, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail now stretches 3,000 km from Quebec to the new western terminus at Lake Superior. “People can now cycle from downtown Toronto to downtown Sault Ste. Marie—only 1726 km, 1750 if you want to dip your toes into Lake Superior.”
“People are going to love this section of the Trail. It is different from any other part of the
Waterfront Trail, but equal in its power to remind us of why we love Ontario and our Great
Lakes,” continued Koehler. “We are thrilled to make the North part of Ontario’s iconic cycle
The Lake Huron North Channel celebrate the spirit of the North, following 12 heritage rivers,
connecting with 11 northern lakes, winding through forests, Amish and Mennonite farmland,
historic logging, mining and fishing villages, and 24 beaches. The expansion is the collective
accomplishment of partnership including local communities, The Great Trail, the Ontario
Trillium Foundation, Tourism Northern Ontario, and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
The cycle tourists taking part in the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure depart from Sault Ste.
Marie on July 29th arriving in Sudbury on August 1st with overnight stops in Bruce Mines, Blind River, Espanola and Sudbury. During the week, they will enjoy northern hospitality, tour
historical landmarks, visit local breweries hear local music performances, and share Indigenous traditions in three First Nations.
CAA South Central Ontario, a long-time supporter and co-presenter of the Great Waterfront
Trail Adventure, will be on hand to provide participants with CAA Bike Assist support along the
450-km ride. CAA Bike Assist is a CAA member bike service, much like roadside assistance for their cars.
This year’s cyclists hail from four Provinces (Ontario, Alberta, Quebec and New Brunswick) and seven States (Alabama, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Arizona and
Pennsylvania) and range in age from 23 to 81. Thanks to the support of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), also included in this group are two 2019 Youth Ambassadors from Waterlution, a charity cultivating the next generation of water leaders and advocates.
The itinerary and maps from the event will be available for download as a mini-guide from the
Waterfront Trail website to assist people with their own adventure planning.
Follow our cyclists on social media as they Cycle the North next month. #GWTA19. For more
information about the ride please visit https://waterfronttrail.org/great-waterfront-trail-adventure/gwta/