Frequently Asked Questions
These are a few of the most common things we are asked. If you need more, reach out to us!
The most common questions are in the tabs below. Additional questions are listed at the bottom of the page.
We’re keeping costs to a minimum so this trip is affordable for anyone. We have a pricing structure for joining the entire trip across Canada or specific stages. You may join us along the way as an overnighter or weekly rider if that fits your schedule better. Please contact us to work out when and where you want to join the group and we will customize your tour experience to fit your schedule.
Some sections of the route have a surcharge to cover the extra cost of indoor accommodation in areas where there are no campgrounds. The amount of the surcharge will be based on the cost of the group staying indoors in cabins, hostels, dormitories or shared hotel rooms. Shared rooms may be of mixed gender with two or more people per room. Additional cost details will be outlined in your registration materials. Alternatively, you can reserve your own room/cabin at your own expense.
Route stages and dates:
Please note: Due to the nature of bike travel, we will confirm the exact dates for these stages closer to the actual date. Please allow a few days on either end of the date range when making plans.
Cross Canada (Entire Trip)
Victoria to St. John’s | 8275 km | 135 days | $4,800 plus indoor accommodation surcharge*
May 28 – Oct 9, 2021
Victoria to Calgary | 1465 km | 27 days | $1,200 plus indoor accommodation surcharge*
May 28 – June 23, 2021
Calgary to Winnipeg | 1385 km | 20 days | $950
June 26 – July 15, 2021
Winnipeg to Sault Ste. Marie | 1573 km | 24 days | $1,000
July 18 – Aug 10, 2021
Sault Ste. Marie to Montreal | 1270 km | 19 days | $900 plus indoor accommodation surcharge*
Aug 13 – 31, 2021
Montreal to St. John’s | 2583 km | 36 days | $1,600 plus North Sydney to Port aux Basques ferry charge*
Sept 3 – Oct 9, 2021
□ The weekly rate (7 days) is $420 per week
□ The overnight rate is $65 per day/night
Family discount rates are available. Contact us for details email@example.com or (403) 402-1688.
*Additional cost details will be outlined in your registration materials.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
The COVID-19 pandemic has left us questioning our assumptions about what community is and what we want from ourselves and our society. Canadians are reeling from this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Travel has the power to connect us, to enrich our lives and to inspire us. Traveling fundamentally transforms us. A bike tour across Canada at the speed of life is a way to encourage all of us to, as Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
- ConnecTour will create opportunities for us to share, express and appreciate our Canadian identity.
- ConnecTour will contribute to building a sense of pride and attachment to Canada.
We recognize the uncertainty of making travel plans with this rapidly evolving situation. To minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission, we will follow government health protocols, and will monitor developments closely. Our top priority is to safeguard the health and safety of the group and the communities we visit. We will be smart, be kind, and be healthy – and we will also be optimistic that by May 2021 responsible travel will be allowed. If travel restrictions prevent us from doing the tour as planned, we will adjust our efforts for more localized bike trip experiences. In the event of a cancellation, we have you covered.
Please read our blog about how we will ride and relax safely during COVID-19 >>.
This is not a race! We truly mean to travel at the speed of life. Traveling by bicycle is a lot of fun, but let’s be real – not every day will be amazing. There will be difficult and challenging days because of the weather, road conditions, terrain and/or group dynamics. For this cross Canada ride, you should be relatively fit and comfortable with riding 65 km/day and up to 115 km/day on a long day. We would also expect that you be cooperative and attentive even in difficult situations.
You can go at your own speed – the important part is communicating with the group about your speed and expectations. As a group, we will have regular check-ins to talk about the daily plans and to manage healthy group dynamics. Each member of the ride team will be expected to participate in activities to support the well-being of the group, e.g., route planning, safety, grocery shopping, meal preparation, camp set-up, bike mechanics, and fun and games.
From past experiences with groups on bike trips, most people end up riding together with others at their own speed. Faster riders can enjoy riding faster; slower riders can enjoy riding slower. Depending on the weather and terrain, an average day will be about 80 km at an average speed of around 15 km/hour. Our goal is to be in the saddle no more than about five hours a day – taking breaks about every hour for snacks, sightseeing and letting our bodies get some rest.
No. The beauty of this is that, although we’d love to have you along for the entire ride, that may not be feasible for you. So, you can join us for a few hours, a day or three or five. Or, if you have the time, you can ride with us for a week or a month. A pre-determined route with planned stages and events is set up for the ride across Canada. See our Route page for a description of each stage.
Register online here or contact us to talk about how you can join the tour. Registering for the entire tour or stages of the tour requires a $50 deposit. Once your registration and tour dates are confirmed, the deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to the full cost of your tour. The balance owing and payment schedule will be sent to you by email. All confirmed trip participants will also have to complete various personal information forms and sign a waiver.
We can help. Do you need a bike tune-up or overhaul? Racks, panniers, new tires, new drive train? We work with a number of bicycle industry wholesalers and can offer competitive prices on bicycle touring setups. Contact us for details firstname.lastname@example.org or (403) 402-1688. Visit our online Shop for panniers and other items.
Your bicycle touring and camping gear should include the usual camping items, such as a sleeping bag, tent, outerwear and other essentials that you would bring on any outdoor adventure. Because this is a bike tour, you should also carry some basic bike items: helmet, tire repair kit, spare tubes and a multi-tool.
In summary, these are some essential items you should have for the trip.
□ Tent – lightweight, small when packed
□ Sleeping Pad – Self-inflatable mats are the most common choice that are usually lighter and more compact
□ Sleeping Bag
□ Panniers or bike-packing-style bags – Unlike backpacking, you don’t want to carry a lot of weight on your back. Instead, most of your gear should be placed in bike panniers or bikepacking-style bags. We carry a limited selection of panniers and bags for any length tour. Order direct from our store. Free pickup or delivery in Calgary.
□ Multi-tool – The core group of ConnecTour trip leaders will have tools for on-the-road repairs and maintenance and a few spare components
□ Dishes and cutlery – The core group of ConnecTour trip leaders will have a basic camp kitchen, stove(s) and utensils for food preparation. Bring your own plate, bowl, cup and cutlery
□ Rain gear and outerwear for a variety of weather conditions
A complete list of bicycle touring and camping gear will be provided prior to your trip to make sure you have the right stuff. We work with a number of bicycle industry wholesalers and can offer competitive prices on bicycle touring setups. Contact us for details email@example.com or (403) 402-1688.
There is no support vehicle. This is a self contained bike tour and you will have to carry all of your own gear.
It is important that you have the right clothes, camping gear and essential bike components for the trip. Please contact us if you have specific questions about what to bring or not bring. We want you to be prepared. Keep in mind that you have to carry everything on your bicycle.
Download the suggested packing: Packing List – ConnecTour_2021 >>
Yes! Yes! Yes! We welcome local volunteers along the route, as well as people with specific areas of expertise (e.g., medical or photo/videography) to join us on the ride. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many, and here’s a great one:
If your bike computer includes cadence, use it to find the gear that let’s you ride comfortably at about 80-pedal-revolutions per minute. Uphill, downhill or over a long flat, it doesn’t matter. Keep your cadence at that tempo and it will help you achieve your goals with maximum efficiency.