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Route & Itinerary Day 1



Point Pelee National Park - 40km


 Participants will do one of the following:

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

Port Union Community Centre, 5450 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1C 3B2

Registration for the ride will take place at Port Union Community Centre between 7am - 9am. Please plan to arrive early since we need to pack your bikes for the journey to Point Pelee National Park. You will also need to sign a waiver and pick up your luggage tags and jersey (if you purchased one)

Long Term Parking for the week is next door at  Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute 5400 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1C 2C6.

We plan to leave for Point Pelee National Park by 10am latest - estimated arrival at Point Pelee is 2pm.

b) Meet at Point Pelee National Park between 12 noon and 2pm. Pick up your registration package at  our Information Tent at the White Pine Campground. After registering proceed to move your luggage to the campground ( if camping) long term parking will be at North West Beach.

Long Term Parking available at North West Beach, Point Pelee National Park

 A bagged lunch will be distributed from the Info Tent at the White Pines Camground at approximately 2pm.

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 Lake Erie

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

CWATs sponsoring Ice Cream - Our friends at the County of Essex County Wide Active Transportation System (CWATS) are generously sponsoring ice cream for GWTA participants for the second year! Pick up your coupon from the Info Tent and take a short ride outside the park to Freddy's to pick up an Ice Cream - there are so many choices! Don't forget to take a photo and post it to Instagram and/or Twitter tagging @getactiveCWATS or #getactiveCWATS.


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


6:00 pm Meet and Greet Reception

North West Pavillion, North West Beach

1118 Point Pelee Drive, Leamington, ON N8H3V4


Ontario's Southwest will be hosting an opening reception and long table 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. Food is supplied by our amazing friends at Windsor Eats and there will be a cash bar on site. It promises to be a wonderful evening on the beach. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.


ON PP Northwest Beach PavillionLR 2017 06 0213


Tonight's campground will be at the White Pines site on the West of the Point - please see map. Shower facilities will be available both in a shower trailer and a staff building approximately 500m walk away at the Otentik ( Camp Henry) site.There are also a number of outdoor showers available at North West Beach. Please take a moment to check out the brand new Otentiks which are available from September 2017 - 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.

Contact Information

(416) 943-8080
4195 Dundas St. West - Suite 227,
Toronto, Ontario M8X 1Y4

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