Friday, August 6, 2021
Registration and Simcoe Day
Overnight accommodations at the Blue Mountain Village Inn
110 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains, ON
Our registration and GWTA Hub will be set up at the Blue Mountain Inn – check map here. Look out for GWTA signage and flags to direct you there.
GWTA registration – open 9:30am -11am and 3pm – 5pm. GWTA staff and volunteers will be available all day – since this will also be the location for daytime and overnight bike storage. Overnight bike storage will be in the Wieder Room at the Blue Mountain Inn.
To register you may park your car in Blue Mountain Inn Parking Lot.
Long-term parking for the week of the GWTA will be at Blue Mountain Village Inn.
Simcoe Day Cycle Loop tour (optional) 70k loop
- Arrive between 10 – 11am and join our friends from Simcoe County and Clearview Township on an optional but highly recommended looped cycle tour. Pick up a map from our friends at the Cycle Simcoe Tent and set off on a self guided tour to the village of Creemore. The Township of Clearview has organized a Selfie Stop on Fairgrounds Rd. just before 12/13 Sideroad, and music by Jess Bowman at Mad River Park.
- This popular route will be supported by our volunteer team and will include a stop in the beautiful village of Creemore for lunch at one of the cafes/restaurants. Clearview Township will welcome you with samples at the famous Creemore Springs Brewery.
If you would prefer to leave the cycling until tomorrow and experience more of what the Blue Mountain/Collingwood area has to offer – we suggest the following options. Booking in advance is required: Please note that at this time it is recommended that you book activities up to a week in advance to avoid disappointment.
Apple Pie Trail
Alternatively check out all of the amazing activities available at Blue Mountain, from Hiking, Yoga and Golf to the amazing Mountain Roller Coaster. Booking in advance essential.
Shopping in Collingwood Downtown
We are staying overnight at the Blue Mountain Inn.
On Friday 6 August, please park your car for the day at the Blue Mountain Inn (rather than the main Blue Mountain parking lot). Hotel check in is available from 4pm – although rooms maybe released earlier if available.
Please note that bikes are not allowed in the hotel rooms – bike storage is in the Wieder Room of the Blue Mountain Inn. Bike storage will be supervised by GWTA staff and locked up at 6pm – doors open on Saturday morning 7 August at 7am.
Tonight’s dinner will be “on your own” to allow GWTA participants to choose from one of the over 20 restaurants in Blue Mountain Village or in the nearby town of Collingwood (car required).
Don’t burn the midnight oil too brightly though since we will need to be bright and early to begin our adventure.
Thank you to our event partners
CAA South Central Ontario, the Greenbelt Foundation, Grey County, Bruce County, Simcoe County, Visit Grey Bruce Simcoe-RTO 7, Creemore Springs Brewery, Town of Clearview, Town of Blue Mountains, Meaford, Tom Thompson Trail Association, Owen Sound, Georgian Bluffs, South Bruce Peninsula, Northern Bruce Peninsula, Saugeen Shores, Kincardine, Kincardine Trails Association, Huron Kinloss, Grey Sauble Conservation Authority, Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority, and Ontario Parks.
The expansion of the Trail into the counties of Bruce, Grey and Simcoe was supported by 26 waterfront communities, the Ontario Government through the Ministry of Heritage Sport Tourism Culture Industries and Visit Grey Bruce Simcoe-RTO 7.
A Salute to Kindred Spirits–Monarch Ultra
Last year we met Carlotta James, founder of Monarch Ultra and connected with her passion and mission. Monarch Ultra is a grassroots, volunteer-led project committed to advocating for monarch and pollinator awareness and biodiversity conservation. This fall they are hosting the Monarch Ultra Relay Run, an 1,800 kilometre running event to raise awareness for monarch butterflies. Starting in Peterborough on September 19th, 2021 and ending in Barrie on October 9th, 2021, relay runners, will cover distances between 30km and 50km segments over 21 days often on the Great Trail and Waterfront Trail. Learn more and check out registration