Ever since the original Bikers Reunion event in New Liskeard shut down two years ago, we’ve been looking for the perfect way for riders to celebrate Canada Day on two wheels. And we’ve found not one, but five, amazing events that welcome riders.
We’ve added in recommendations for routes to take before and after the event to make sure you celebrate our national day the best way possible—flying down the highway with the wind in your hair!
Notre Dame-du-Nord, QC - June 29 to July 1, 2018
Billed as a semi-replacement for the Bikers Reunion, the Timiskaming Bikers Meet is actually taking place on the Quebec side of Lake Temiskaming, in Timiskaming First Nation. This adds a crucial flavour and difference to this event, as there will be Indigenous drumming, arts and crafts, and a mini pow-wow on June 30. The big ride happens on July 1, and visits the Temiskaming Hospital just like the original Bikers Reunion did.
We highly recommend doing the Temiskaming Loop Tour to get to the event, and ride home—it’s one of our favourite rides and is definitely worth the drive. The Ontario side of the loop is all long sweepers through hills and valleys around lakes, rivers and streams, and the Quebec side showcases boreal forest alongside massive sections of farmland.
Barrie, ON - July 1, 2018
Plus, money raised goes to folks with intellectual disabilities in Simcoe County—so the $35 registration fee is for a good cause!
Kenora, ON - July 1, 2018
Kenora is a beautiful city that lives surrounded by water. And that’s what makes celebrating here so spectacular—the fireworks shimmering off the lake, surrounded by boats, and the wide open motorcycle cruising grounds you’ll find in every direction. The Kenora Canada Day Festivities begin at 10 am and go to 4 pm. Later, for those who want to ride all day and slide in at night, live music starts at 10 pm and fireworks begin at 10:45 pm. For riders coming from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Manitoba, we recommend the Nor’Wester Route.
Windsor, ON - July 1, 2018
This event supports Canadian Vets who served in the Vietnam War. There’s a breakfast at 9 am and the ride starts at 11:30. If you’re looking to extend the ride, check out www.CruiseTheCoast.ca.
Timmins, ON - June 24 to July 1, 2018
Smack dab in the middle of Northeastern Ontario’s Great Legend Tour, last year's Stars and Thunder was a monumental success and this year promises to be bigger, better and badder. Stars include Bryan Adams, Burton Cummings and The Beach Boys, and the ride should prove just as entertaining. Larry Berrio actually filmed his video “What A Ride” at last year's concert—to get a sense of how big it actually is.
If you’re thinking about just going for a ride on Canada Day—don’t forget to tag us on your Instagram and Facebook posts: #ontariomotoroads. Have a blast out there!