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
Enjoy an early-morning Grab and Go breakfast before boarding the luxury coach bus taking us to Sault Ste. Marie. Please note that the cost of coach transportation and bike transportation between Barrie and Sault Ste Marie is NOT included in your registration.
Afternoon ride to Lake Superior: 50km (25 km one way)
Tonight the whole group will stay at:
Delta Inn and Suites, 208 St Mary’s River Dr, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5V
Opening night dinner
Meet your fellow riders at our opening night dinner.
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 Nation’s 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 the appropriate 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.