Pre Tour Programming

Pre Tour Meeting Point, packet pick up and Long Term Parking

Georgian College, Barrie

1 Georgian Dr, Barrie, ON L4M 3X9

We highly recommend staying in Barrie overnight. Overnight accommodation is NOT  included in your GWTA  registration. Georgian College is offering preferential rates to GWTA participants. See the link on the accommodations page.

GWTA  GO Train shuttle

GWTA will offer a shuttle from the Allandale Waterfront GO Station in Barrie GO Station to Georgian College. We will meet the 5:10 GO train from  Toronto Union Station  which arrives at 6:50pm.

Long Term Parking 

Free long-term parking is available at Georgian College. We suggest people park their car early.

Bike Packing

After picking up your package please tag your bike and deliver to our volunteers for packing.

SUNDAY, JULY 28th– travel to Sault Ste. Marie

From Barrie

Pick-up an early-morning Grab and Go Breakfast from the Board room on the first floor of the residence to enjoy on the luxury coach bus taking us to Sault Ste. Marie. The light breakfast includes yogurt, bagel (with an option of the fixings), fruit and choice of coffee, tea or juice.  Please note that the cost of coach transportation and bike transportation between Barrie and Sault Ste Marie is NOT included in your registration. Purchase bus transportation here:

Breakfast served in the Board Room – 6:30am

Bus leaves Barrie for Sault Ste. Marie – 7:00am

Scheduled arrival in Sault Ste. Marie – 2:00pm

From Sudbury

Sudbury Long-Term Parking: Travelodge, Sudbury, 1401 Paris St, Sudbury, ON P3E 3B6

Registration opens at 9 am.

Bus leaves Sudbury for Sault Ste. Marie – 10:00am – please arrive by 9:00am to pick up registration materials and your GWTA jersey ( if you pre-ordered one) and load your bike.

Please note that the cost of coach transportation and bike transportation between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie is NOT included in your registration. Purchase bus transportation here:

Please note that there are no meals included with the Sudbury bus, please eat breakfast before you board – the bus will make a quick stop at Tim Hortons in Blind River for coffee and lunch but the lunch is not included in the price of the bus.

Scheduled arrival in Sault Ste. Marie – 1:30pm

Arrival in Sault Ste. Marie

Once we arrive at the Delta Inn, Sault Ste. Marie, please pick up your luggage and head to the WRT information table where we will have your room key waiting. Rooms are based on double occupancy. Your registration form responses were used to assign rooms.

You will not be able to make room charges.

Volunteers will unload and move bikes into the secure storage while you head to your room to settle in and change into your cycling gear if you plan on riding the Hub Trail or taking in the views of Lake Superior.

Bikes are securely stored in the Etienne Brule Room and are not allowed in rooms. The WRT has the key to the room and will have a person outside the doors from 4 to 7 pm. Please return your bikes to the Etienne Brule Room by 7 pm. You will not have access to Etienne Brule Room after 7 pm.

Here are our recommendations for how to spend your time in Sault Ste Marie before dinner.

Afternoon ride to Lake Superior: 50km (25 km one way)
Today’s gravel grind: 0km.

Those who wish to ride out to Lake Superior at Gros Cap can do so by following the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail – maps will be provided.

Ride the 28km John Rowswell Hub Trail.

A great circuit route that guides you to some of  Sault Ste Marie’s lovely attractions including Fork Creek Conservation Area, the Canadian Bush Plane Heritage Centre where you can take the pilot’s seat in a passenger plane’s cockpit, and climb into the cargo holds of a real waterbomber. Be sure to stop by the Northern Superior Brewing Co. They have a great tap room and patio where you can enjoy one of Sault Ste. Marie’s favourite craft beers.

Paddle Lake Superior

Enjoy an unmissable Lake Superior experience including a guided canoe tour from the Gros Cap Marina Park led by Joanie McGuffin, acclaimed explorer, conservation photographer, writer, documentarian and conservationist.

To make sure you get more time on the Lake and at the Bluffs, there is a school bus shuttle (25 minute trip) to take you to and from Gros Cap Marina Park. Spots are very limited so please book early.

Overnight Accommodations

Tonight the whole group will stay at:

Delta Hotels by Marriott Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront Hotel

208 St Mary’s River Dr, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5V

Bikes will be securely stored in the Etienne Brule Room.

Opening night dinner and celebration

Meet your fellow riders at our opening night dinner.

7:30 pm  — Algoma Ballroom West Centre at the Delta Hotel.

Moccasin Identifier Program

The Waterfront Regeneration Trust is pleased to work with Carolyn King of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations to promote the Moccasin Identifier program. The program was developed by her to create greater cultural awareness for the Indigenous presence and heritage in Ontario with installations featuring the distinctive moccasin art. If you are from Toronto, you may have admired the moccasin carving in the ravine wall in Trillium Park (Ontario Place). Authentic moccasin styles have been identified for various First Nations so that the appropriate moccasin can be used to represent Indigenous presence throughout traditional territories.

This year’s commemorative jersey displays the Anishnaabe style moccasin for the Lake Huron North Channel.

Indigenous communities are found on all sides of Sault Ste Marie, with Batchewana First Nation and Garden River First Nation being adjacent to the City. Approximately 10% of the population is considered urban Indigenous. Family and cultural ties link Indigenous communities across the river to Michigan’s Sault Tribe of Chippewas as well as Bay Mills and other locations. Along the GWTA route, we will visit Garden River First Nation, Mississauga First Nation and Serpent River First Nation.

The Moccasin Identifier program is part of a pilot program funded by the Greenbelt Foundation to install the art at priority heritage sites throughout The Greenbelt. In conjunction with this, an educational tool kit will be created: The Greenbelt Moccasin Identifier Teachers Education Kit will be developed and distributed to all school boards within The Greenbelt.

New!! Download GPX data for the GWTA below.

Note: Due to extensive construction on Second Line, following the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is not recommended. Follow alternate routing on Base Line Road as an alternative or visit Ride With GPS to locate a locally sourced routing of the John Rowswell Hub Trail.

For alternate GPS formats visit Ride with GPS – select “export” and your desired file format. Note, some formats require a subscription to Ride with GPS.

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