SATURDAY, JULY 27th
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 stating in Barrie overnight. Overnight accommodation is NOT included in your GWTA registration. Georgian College is offering preferential rates to GWTA participants.
GWTA will offer a shuttle from the Barrie GO Station to Georgian College.
Long Term Parking
Free long-term parking is available. We suggest people park their car early.
After picking up your package please tag your bike and deliver to our volunteers for packing.
SUNDAY, JULY 28th– travel to Sault Ste. Marie
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
Sudbury Long Term Parking: Travelodge, Sudbury, 1401 Paris St, Sudbury, ON P3E 3B6
Bus leaves Sudbury for Sault Ste. Marie – 10:00am – please arrive by 9:15am latest to load your bike and pick up registration materials and your GWTA jersey ( if you pre ordered one)
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.
Afternoon ride to Lake Superior: 50km (25 km one way)
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.