Ride Around the Lake for Cancer's Sake

Riding around Lake Nipissing at the 2017 Powassan Motorcycle Rally. Photo: Virgil Knapp


This event isn't about vendors, games, or t-shirt sales. It's all about the ride—and supporting a great cause.

Editor's Note: The first annual Ride Around the Lake for Cancer's Sake event was a success! Together, the riders, volunteers, donors, and sponsors raised over $5,000 for the North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation #cancercareclosetohome campaign.

From the organizers: "We are looking forward to planning next year’s ride and raising even greater support for cancer care for our community."

Stay tuned for another great time in 2019!

This summer, a new riding event is on the horizon. Saturday, August 18th, 2018 marks the debut of “Ride Around the Lake for Cancer's Sake”—a one-day motorcycle event that focuses on the ride—not vendors, or biker games, or t-shirt sales. This one is all about getting on your bike and going for a great ride in Northern Ontario.

On the road at the 2017 Powassan Poker Rally. Photo: Virgil Knapp

Last year's event in Powassan came to be known as the “Muddy Boot Fest” for the three days of rain that kept the ground (but not the local spirit) damp. This year's event starts at the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) and ends at the Trout Creek Community Centre.

Bikers visiting the North Bay Regional Health Centre at 2017 Powassan Poker Rally. Photo: Virgil Knapp

All proceeds are going to the NBRHC Foundation’s Cancer Care “Close to Home” campaign that funds the purchase of urgently needed equipment. Many people don’t realize that the government doesn’t fund medical equipment—it’s the responsibility of the hospital and community together. This ride helps to ensure the best possible screening, diagnosis, and treatment for those suffering from cancer.

Tickets can be picked up in person at the North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation, 50 College Drive, North Bay, and at the Powassan Municipal Office, 250 Clark Street, Powassan.

The Ride Around The Lake

Starting the ride at the 2017 Powassan Poker Rally. Photo: Virgil Knapp

Ride Around the Lake takes riders on a four-hour, 250-km tour around Lake Nipissing. The tour will showcase some of Northern Ontario’s best scenery, roads, and towns. And we’re expecting a pretty cool celebrity guest to lead the group ride. For the most up to date news about the event, make sure to check their Facebook page here.

Free camping is available Friday and Saturday night in unserviced sites. A $25 donation gets you into the entertainment on Saturday night, with three home-grown bands at the event grounds, as well as a spaghetti dinner after the ride. No bike? No problem! $10 gets you in to see the bands and the dinner too. All donations get you entered in the draw for the grand prize—but you’ve got to register before the 27th of July!

Fireworks at the 2017 Powassan Poker Rally. Photo: Virgil Knapp

Bands will be Sepatown, Tequila Brother’s Revival, and Jake and the Fundamentals.

Ready to register? Click here!

Use the hashtag #ridethelakeforcancer on your public Instagram and Facebook posts and watch them show up on this page after the ride! And check back here to see others posts as well!

Sponsors for the event include:

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