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Route & Itinerary Day 1

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6th

Point Pelee National Park - 40km

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 Participants will do one of the following:

a) Meet in Toronto and take the charter bus to Point Pelee National Park.

b) Meet at Point Pelee National Park to begin the ride at approximately 2pm. Pick up your registration package at the White Pine Campground. Long Term Parking available at Point Pelee National Park. 

 

We will kick off the 2017 GWTA with a self guided ride around Point Pelee National Park. GWTA participants will be amongst the first to experience Point Pelee's brand new facilities. There are new cycling trails available in 2017 and plenty of activities to keep you occupied for the afternoon. Check out the Point Pelee Visitor Guide and map for the Top Ten things to do at Pelee:

  1. Visit the southernmost tip of Canada
  2. Explore the marsh from the boardwalk, observation tower or canoe
  3. Gather with friends and family for a picnic
  4. Hike a trail
  5. Learn with activities, exhibits and videos at the Visitor Centre
  6. Relax at the beach- swim or play in the sand
  7. Cycle one of the bike trails
  8. Observe incredible biodiversity - go birding
  9. Discover the park's rich history
  10. Admire the sunset over Lske Erie

Those who are interested in a longer ride can explore the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail riding West from Point Pelee. Maps will be provided and this ride will be in the form of a self guided itinerary, supported by a limited volunteer staff.

 

Today's Beaches

The GWTA 2017 passes by 41 beaches! In partnership with Swim Drink Fish Canada, we've listed beaches near or on the route every day with a link to Swim Drink Fish Canada's great beach water quality data and descriptions.

Seacliff Park Beach, Leamington (not directly on the Route) https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/525

North West Beach, Point Pelee https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/526

Hillman Beach, Leamington (not directly on the Route) https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/518

 

Evening Reception and Dinner

Ontario's Southwest will be hosting an opening reception and dinner at the Brand New North West Pavillion at North West Beach. Take the time to meet your fellow riders and enjoy this amazing new facility on the beach.

 

Campground 

Tonight's campground will be at the White Pines site on the West of the Point - please see map. Shower facilities will be available approximately 500m walk away at the Otentik site. Please take a moment to check out the brand new Otentiks - something to consider for accommodation on future visits to Point Pelee!

Luggage will not be available at the campground until 3pm - please allow our volunteers time to unload and sort your luggage.

Comfy Campers will not be open until 3pm.