We are so glad you are interested in joining us on the 2021 Great Lakes Waterfront Trail Adventure from Blue Mountains to the Bruce Peninsula and Lake Huron!

Registration for the 2021 Great Waterfront Trail Adventure opens soon.

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The sliders below provide information regarding fees, what’s included, and what isn’t.  Please note, prices may be adjusted for 2021 Registration.

If you have any questions please check out the FAQs or contact us at tourdirector [at] wrtrust.com or 416-943-8080.

Fees

Adult:

  • To June 30, 2021: $1220 + $158.60 HST + $20 processing fee = $1398.60
  • Lists of what is and is not included are included below.

Waterfront Trail Champion – Fundraising Option:

Student rider (aged 15- 25):

  • $700 + $91.00 HST + $20 processing fee

Child:

The 2021 GWTA is considered unsuitable for children under the age of 15.

Meals: All breakfasts and two dinners are included in the 2021 registration fee. Meals will be prepared and served in compliance with public health restrictions.  Vegetarian and Gluten Free diets are accommodated.

All other meals are on your own in the local communities–one of the ways the GWTA supports local businesses and promotes communities. It also allows you to schedule and budget your lunches and dinners according to your needs.

Transportation

In 2021, registration includes school bus transportation for participants on Wednesday, August 11th from Port Clark, Huron Kinloss to Long Term Parking at Blue Mountain Village. Busses will be run in accordance with public health guidances, at 50% capacity, and with passengers wearing masks. People travelling together will be permitted to share a seat on the bus.

Bikes transport is also included.

Alternatively, you are welcome to ask someone to pick you up from the finish at Port Clark, Huron Kinloss.

Merchandise (aka "The Jersey!")

2021 SOUVENIR JERSEY?

Too soon! 2021 marks the 25th +1  anniversary of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, and we’ll be thrilled to share the 25th+1 anniversary commemorative jersey design with you in coming months. For now, feast your eyes on the popular design inspired the the Group of Seven for 2019.

Payment Methods

Credit Card:

Payment by credit card will be processed securely by PayPal. You do not need to have a Pay Pal account for amounts under $1,500. If registering more than one participant and total comes to more than $1500, you will be prompted to create a PayPal account for added security.

Included in Registration Fee

  • Breakfasts from 7th August – 11th August, served take-out style in compliance with public health restrictions. Breakfast is on your own for August 6th.
  • Opening night dinner in Owen Sound, served take-out style in compliance with public health restrictions.
  • Community Dinner in Lion’s Head, served take-out style in compliance with public health restrictions.
  • Refreshments at the Finish Line.
  • Designated route for week.
  • Printed itinerary with maps.
  • 5 nights camping (own tent) in host Waterfront Trail Communities and 1 night in non-camping accommodation (Blue Mountain Inn 0n Friday, August 6th).
  • Long term parking in Blue Mountain.
  • Programmed events and activities other than cycling (some may be subject to an additional charge).
  • Luggage transfer (subject to weight & size restrictions).
  • Support vehicles for riders who do not wish to cycle the full distance.
  • A team of experienced volunteer cyclists to provide on route first aid, basic bike repair, help with navigation, and good cheer.
  • Commemorative Finishers Medal.
  • Tour organization and support.
  • CAA Mechanical Support.

Not Included in Registration Fee

  1. Snacks – if you have food allergies or preferences we recommend that you bring your own cycling snacks.
  2. All lunches. Dinner on August 6th, 9th and 10th. There are communities and choices available for lunches and dinners.
  3. Camping gear
  4. Non-camping accommodations such as Hotels, B&Bs.
  5. Optional cycling and non cycling activities – for example a cycling day trip to Manitoulin Island on Monday August 10th which will be offered at an additional cost to include shuttle to Tobermory, return ferry to South Baymouth, programming, lunch and snacks.
  6. Commemorative cycling jersey – these will be offered at an additional cost in the Spring of 2021.

Checklist

Congratulations on registering for the 2021 Great Waterfront Trail Adventure!  We are excited to have you join us and want to make sure that you have everything you need in order to have a great experience. Please use this checklist to help you organize your trip.

  • Completed Registration for the 2021 GWTA – Blue Mountain to Point Clark.
  • Booked accommodations if planning to stay in hotels.
  • A list of what to pack can be found here.
  • Order and pay your jersey when it becomes available.
  • Check out the itinerary pages for extra activities that you may be interested in.

Tour Rules

Rules have been created to help create a safe experience for everyone. Anyone who violates the rules will have their wristband removed at the discretion of the Tour Director and will be ejected from the Tour. There will be no refunds for people ejected for public health and safety violations.

  1. All cyclists are expect to practice social distancing, enhanced hygiene, and wear masks indoors and in tour support vehicles. Communities may adopt additional public health safety measures, which GWTA participants must follow.
  2. All participants are asked to notify GWTA staff in the event of feeling unwell. We will help you arrange for your departure from the tour and conduct the necessary follow-ups with you.
  3. All cyclists are expected to follow the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.  Bicycles are considered a vehicle as part of the Act.
  4. Helmets are required for all participants throughout each day of the tour.
  5. Drafting is extremely dangerous, and especially on a trail that will have other users present. This will not be accepted during this ride.
  6. Stopping; please make sure that you signal prior to stopping and move to the right of the trail, and remove your bike from the pathway to allow other people to pass. Also, make sure that no one is behind you before you come to a complete stop. When accessing areas off the pathway along the itinerary, please make sure that your bicycle is visible for guides who are sweeping the route.
  7. Passing on the trail; signal with a bell or by calling out to cyclists in front of you that you intend to pass on the left. Conversely when you are notified of someone’s intentions to pass, please move to the right to allow space.
  8. Stay to the right along the trail, this also applies to the sections that are along country roads as part of the trail. For your safety here is a link to the Hwy traffic act as it applies to cyclists (please read and understand). Staying to the right allows oncoming vehicles and cyclists alike the ability to pass safely.
  9. Headphones should not be worn while riding at any time. If you like music, there are bike speakers available.
  10. Anyone thought to be endangering the safety of others along the route due to the consumption of alcohol will be ejected from the tour. The bicycle falls under the HWY traffic act and is treated the same way as a motorized vehicle in these circumstances.
  11. Obey posted signs! Cyclists like motor vehicles are required to come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights. Also be aware of railway crossings and potential hazards in wet conditions.
  12. Be considerate of others while on the trail, in campgrounds and in the communities along the route! Be a welcomed guest.
  13. Ebikes – all the above rules apply. Please be especially considerate of other cyclists and give a warning as you pass – remember that you my take them by surprise.  All E-bike riders should be aware their battery capacity and operate accordingly to avoid unnecessary use of the support vehicles. The GWTA cannot guarantee that adequate charging facilities will be available at facilities en-route.
  14. Be safe & enjoy the ride!!!

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your registration, the cancellation fee will be determined according to the policy outlined below.

Deadline

Refund

Until May 31, 2021 Registration Fee paid less $75 processing fee
June 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021 50% of Registration Fee
July 1, 2021 to event day No Refunds offered

The fees retained reflect the costs to the Trust of administering the Tour registration and are not intended to be punitive in any way. Exceptions to the Refund policy may be made, on rare occasions, for extenuating circumstances only. There is no refund for arriving late or leaving the trip early.

What happens if the Waterfront Regeneration Trust (WRT) cancels the event? In the event the WRT cancels the event, a full refund less a modest administration fee will be offered to participants.

Transfer of Registration:   After June 1, 2021, the Trust will not issue refunds. However, you may sell or transfer or give your registration to someone else. The Trust will not facilitate these transactions. To transfer a registration, the Trust must have an email (tourdirector [at] wrtrust.com) from both parties (seller & purchaser) stating that the transfer has taken place and is accepted by both parties.

Registration Carry Overs:   All registrations apply to the Tour year only – 2021. No year-to-year carryovers will be granted.

Waiver

Download the waiver to read and sign for the Adventure.

FAQs

Do you have questions about the tour before you register? Read our FAQ on the About page.