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Waterloo Region Rides The Trans Canada Trail

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Cycling advocates and friends are invited to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday by riding Waterloo Region's connection to the Rest of Canada. Join us on an informal, leisurely ride along the Trans Canada Trail (AKA the Great Trail) from West Montrose in Woolwich Township to the Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail in North Dumfries. The ride is split into two 1 day sections, which are 32 km and 40 km respectively. There is no cost to the ride. Feel free to come for one or both days.

On Saturday, July 8, we will meet at 9:30 am at the north end of the Kissing Bridge in West Montrose. The Kissing Bridge Trail proceeds north from West Montrose to the Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail. It then follows the rail trail to Wallenstein. From there we will cycle along country roads and the Mill Race trail into St. Jacobs. (Feel free to stop for lunch or some shopping!) The trail then winds along the Conestogo River to a multi-use trail which takes us to the St. Jacobs Market. We will finish in time to browse the market and buy lunch from one of the many vendors. See route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1552140013

On Sunday, July 9, we will meet at 1 pm at the LEGO entrance to the St. Jacobs Outlet Mall. We will ride through Waterloo to join the Iron Horse Trail into Kitchener. For safety, we will detour from Courtland at Carwood, returning at the Courtland Tim Hortons. There is then a short walk or ride to Fairway and Manitou. From there, we will proceed to Doon and across the pedestrian bridge over the 401 into Cambridge. We will follow the Grand River into downtown Galt and cross onto the Cambridge to Paris rail trail, finishing just south of Everglades Park Drive and East River Road. See route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1453753081

Please note that this is an unofficial unsupported ride. Bring lots of water, snacks, sunscreen and, of course, your bike helmet. You will need to arrange your own transportation to the start and from the finish points. On Sunday, it is possible to put your bike on an express bus (every 30 minutes until 8:15 pm) from the Ainslie St. Bus Terminal to Conestoga Mall.

While much of the Trans Canada Trail in Waterloo Region is on multi-use trails and quiet streets, it crosses a number of busy roads and there are some on-road sections on busy urban and rural roads. Riders participate at their own risk. The rides are free, although you are encouraged to make a donation to The Trans Canada Trail at https://thegreattrail.ca/.

If you are unable to join us on the weekend of July 8-9, send a photograph of yourself and your bike at the start and finish points, and you will be added to the list of participants.


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