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Rediscovering Canada’s heartland, from sea to sea, at the speed of life.

A group of Canadian adventurers will travel from sea to sea on bicycles in the summer of 2021 in a nation-building exercise aimed at reconnecting, restoring and rebuilding our communities as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The core group will leave Victoria, B.C., on May 28, with a planned arrival in St. John’s, NL, by October 8. As we travel through the countryside at the speed of life, we will learn more about the rich mosaic that makes this country unlike any other.

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Join us for the entire cross-Canada tour or at various stages along the way. Daily or weekly riders are also welcome to join.
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To see the entire ConnecTour 2021 route, zoom in or out using the plus and minus buttons in the bottom left corner or click and drag the map to see the location you wish to focus on. To see one province or region at a time, click the little “window with arrow” icon beside the map’s title. Turn provinces on or off as required.

 

The ConnecTour route will intersect and be on the Great Trail of Canada for approximately 3,798 km. Zoom in and click on the icons for more information.    Overnight destination  Overnight destination with a rest day    Community Action Event Day at an overnight destination with a rest day

A stage-by-stage description of the route

Date Day Route TO / FROM Activity Distance (KM)
28‐May‐21 Friday Sooke to Victoria (Mile -) to Sidney Ride Day 75.4
29‐May‐21 Saturday Sidney to Hatzic Lake ‐ (Mission) via ferry Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen Ride Day 89
30‐May‐21 Sunday Hatzic Lake (Mission) to Harrison Hot Springs Ride Day 51.2
31‐May‐21 Monday Harrison Hot Springs to Hope Ride Day 41
01‐Jun‐21 Tuesday Hope to Manning Park Ride Day 66.3
02‐Jun‐21 Wednesday Manning Park Resort to Princeton Ride Day 68.4
03‐Jun‐21 Thursday Princeton Rest Day Rest Day
04‐Jun‐21 Friday Princeton area event day Event
05‐Jun‐21 Saturday Princeton to Keremeos Ride Day 66.4
06‐Jun‐21 Sunday Keremeos to Osoyoos Ride Day 54
07‐Jun‐21 Monday Osoyoos to Midway Ride Day 69.1
08‐Jun‐21 Tuesday Midway to Grand Forks Ride Day 52.1
09‐Jun‐21 Wednesday Grand Forks to Nancy Greene Provincial Park Ride Day 75.7
10‐Jun‐21 Thursday Nancy Greene Provincial Park to Marsh CG Ride Day 57.7
11‐Jun‐21 Friday Marsh Creek Campground to Ymir Ride Day 35.3
12‐Jun‐21 Saturday Ymir Rest Day Rest Day
13‐Jun‐21 Sunday Nelson area event day and then ride toward Balfour Event 59.2
14‐Jun‐21 Monday Balfour to Creston Ride Day 83
15‐Jun‐21 Tuesday Creston to Yahk Ride Day 41.6
16‐Jun‐21 Wednesday Yahk to Wycliffe Ride Day 84.1
17‐Jun‐21 Thursday Wycliffe to Canal Flats Ride Day 75.8
18‐Jun‐21 Friday Canal Flats to Radium Hot Springs Ride Day 64.9
19‐Jun‐21 Saturday Radium Hot Spring Rest Day Rest Day
20‐Jun‐21 Sunday Radium Hot Springs to Kootenay Park Lodge Ride Day 63.6
21‐Jun‐21 Monday Kootenay Park Lodge to Canmore Ride Day 94.6
22‐Jun‐21 Tuesday Canmore to Ghost Lake Recreation Area Ride Day 55.8
23‐Jun‐21 Wednesday Ghost Lake Recreation Area to Calgary Ride Day 57.7
24‐Jun‐21 Thursday Calgary Rest Day Rest Day
25‐Jun‐21 Friday Calgary event day (Start of Stage 2) Event
26‐Jun‐21 Saturday Calgary to Beiseker Ride Day 75.4
27‐Jun‐21 Sunday Beiseker to Michichi Ride Day 92.9
28‐Jun‐21 Monday Michichi to Youngstown Ride Day 98.9
29‐Jun‐21 Tuesday Youngstown to Alsask Ride Day 89.1
30‐Jun‐21 Wednesday Alsask to Kindersley, SK Ride Day 63.1
01‐Jul‐21 Thursday Kindersley Rest Day Rest Day
02‐Jul‐21 Friday Kindersley area event day Event
03‐Jul‐21 Saturday Kindersley to Rosetown Ride Day 84
04‐Jul‐21 Sunday Rosetown to Outlook Ride Day 74.5
05‐Jul‐21 Monday Outlook to Kenaston Ride Day 55.6
06‐Jul‐21 Tuesday Kenaston to Nokomis Ride Day 88.7
07‐Jul‐21 Wednesday Nokomis to Punnichy Ride Day 62
08‐Jul‐21 Thursday Punnichy to Ituna Ride Day 67.8
09‐Jul‐21 Friday Ituna to Melville Ride Day 56.3
10‐Jul‐21 Saturday Melville rest day Rest Day
11‐Jul‐21 Sunday Melville to Russell, MB Ride Day 113
12‐Jul‐21 Monday Russell to Shoal Lake Ride Day 75.7
13‐Jul‐21 Tuesday Shoal Lake to Neepawaw Ride Day 88.8
14‐Jul‐21 Wednesday Neepawa to Portage la Prairie Ride Day 101.1
15‐Jul‐21 Thursday Portage la Prairie to Winnepeg Ride Day 98.3
16‐Jul‐21 Friday Winnipeg Rest Day Rest Day
17‐Jul‐21 Saturday Winnipeg area event day (Start of Stage 3) Event
18‐Jul‐21 Sunday Winnipeg to Elma Ride Day 90.4
19‐Jul‐21 Monday Elma to Whiteshell Ride Day 69.8
20‐Jul‐21 Tuesday Whiteshell to Kenora, ON Ride Day 55.9
21‐Jul‐21 Wednesday Kenora to Sioux Narrows Ride Day 78
22‐Jul‐21 Thursday Sioux Narrows to Nestor Falls Ride Day 84.5
23‐Jul‐21 Friday Nestor Falls to Fort Frances Ride Day 94
24‐Jul‐21 Saturday Fort Frances rest day Rest Day
25‐Jul‐21 Sunday Fort Frances to Mine Centre Ride Day 68.1
26‐Jul‐21 Monday Mine Centre to Atikokan Ride Day 85.2
27‐Jul‐21 Tuesday Atikokan to Kashabowie Ride Day 97.3
28‐Jul‐21 Wednesday Kashabowie to Shabaqua Ride Day 47.7
29‐Jul‐21 Thursday Shabaqua to Thunder Bay Ride Day 65.6
30‐Jul‐21 Friday Thunder Bay rest day Rest Day
31‐Jul‐21 Saturday Thunder Bay event day Event
01‐Aug‐21 Sunday Thunder Bay to Shunia Ride Day 59.1
02‐Aug‐21 Monday Shuniah to Nipigon Ride Day 84
03‐Aug‐21 Tuesday Nipigon to Schreiber Ride Day 91.2
04‐Aug‐21 Wednesday Schreiber to Marathon Ride Day 96.2
05‐Aug‐21 Thursday Marathon to White River Ride Day 91.7
06‐Aug‐21 Friday White River to Wawa Ride Day 92
07‐Aug‐21 Saturday Wawa rest day Rest Day
08‐Aug‐21 Sunday Wawa to Agawa Bay Campground Ride Day 89
09‐Aug‐21 Monday Agawa Bay to Goulais River Ride Day 94
10‐Aug‐21 Tuesday Goulais River to Sault Ste. Marie Ride Day 39
11‐Aug‐21 Wednesday Sault Ste. Marie rest day Rest Day
12‐Aug‐21 Thursday Sault Ste. Marie area event day (Start of Stage 4) Event
13‐Aug‐21 Friday Sault Ste. Marie to Thessalon Ride Day 84
14‐Aug‐21 Saturday Thessalon to Spragge Ride Day 84
15‐Aug‐21 Sunday Spragge to Espanola Ride Day 71
16‐Aug‐21 Monday Espanola to South Baymouth Ride Day 111
17‐Aug‐21 Tuesday Ferry from South Baymouth to Tobermory, bike to Wiarton Ride Day 75.7
18‐Aug‐21 Wednesday Wiarton to Owen Sound Ride Day 41.8
19‐Aug‐21 Thursday Owen Sound Rest Day Rest Day
20‐Aug‐21 Friday Owen Sound to Wasaga Beach Ride Day 78
21‐Aug‐21 Saturday Wasaga Beach to Orillia Ride Day 81
22‐Aug‐21 Sunday Orillia to Coboconk Ride Day 57
23‐Aug‐21 Monday Coboconk to Bancroft Ride Day 101
24‐Aug‐21 Tuesday Bancroft to Cloyne Ride Day 80.6
25‐Aug‐21 Wednesday Cloyne to Christie Lake Ride Day 79.7
26‐Aug‐21 Thursday Christie Lake rest day Rest Day
27‐Aug‐21 Friday Christie Lake area event day Event
28‐Aug‐21 Saturday Christie Lake to Ottawa Ride Day 104
29‐Aug‐21 Sunday Ottawa, ON to Grenville‐sur‐la‐Rouge, QC Ride Day 95
30‐Aug‐21 Monday Grenville‐sur‐la‐Rouge to Oka Ride Day 72.4
31‐Aug‐21 Tuesday Oka to Montreal Ride Day 53.8
01‐Sep‐21 Wednesday Montreal Rest Day Rest Day
02‐Sep‐21 Thursday Montreal area event day (Start of Stage 5) Event
03‐Sep‐21 Friday Montréal, QC to Lanoraie Ride Day 71
04‐Sep‐21 Saturday Lanoraie to Trois‐Rivières Ride Day 71
05‐Sep‐21 Sunday Trois‐Rivières to Portneuf Ride Day 73
06‐Sep‐21 Monday Portneuf to Quebec City Ride Day 71.4
07‐Sep‐21 Tuesday Quebec City rest day Rest Day
08‐Sep‐21 Wednesday Québec to Saint‐Jean‐Port‐Joli Ride Day 95
09‐Sep‐21 Thursday Saint‐Jean‐Port‐Joli to Rivière‐du‐Loup Ride Day 94
10‐Sep‐21 Friday Rivière‐du‐Loup to Rimouski Ride Day 100
11‐Sep‐21 Saturday Rimouski to Sayabec Ride Day 85
12‐Sep‐21 Sunday Sayabec to Causapscal Ride Day 53
13‐Sep‐21 Monday Causapscal to Campbellton, NB Ride Day 81
14‐Sep‐21 Tuesday Campbellton rest day Rest Day
15‐Sep‐21 Wednesday Campbellton, NB area event day Event
16‐Sep‐21 Thursday Campbellton to Bathurst Ride Day 109
17‐Sep‐21 Friday Bathurst to Bathurst to Black River Bridge Ride Day 100
18‐Sep‐21 Saturday Black River Bridge to Shédiac Ride Day 115
19‐Sep‐21 Sunday Shédiac, NB to Borden‐Carleton, PE + Confederation Bridge Ride Day 72
20‐Sep‐21 Monday Borden‐Charleton, PE to Charlottetown, PE via Confederation Trail Ride Day 67
21‐Sep‐21 Tuesday Charlottetown rest day Rest Day
22‐Sep‐21 Wednesday Charlottetown, PE event day Event
23‐Sep‐21 Thursday Charlottetown, PE to Pictou, NS Ride Day 92
24‐Sep‐21 Friday Pictou, NS to Antigonish, NS Ride Day 74
25‐Sep‐21 Saturday Antigonish, NS to Whycocomagh, NS Ride Day 104
26‐Sep‐21 Sunday Whycocomagh, NS to North Sydney, NS Ride Day 93
27‐Sep‐21 Monday Ferry North Sydney to Port aux Basques Ferry
28‐Sep‐21 Tuesday Channel Port‐aux‐Basques, NL to Robinson’s junction, NL Ride Day 106
29‐Sep‐21 Wednesday Robinsons to Corner Brook, NL Ride Day 119
30‐Sep‐21 Thursday Corner Brook rest day Rest Day
01‐Oct‐21 Friday Corner Brook, NL to Deer Lake, NL Ride Day 65
02‐Oct‐21 Saturday Deer Lake, NL to Sheppardville, NL Ride Day 96
03‐Oct‐21 Sunday Sheppardville, NL to Grand Falls‐Windsor, NL Ride Day 116
04‐Oct‐21 Monday Grand Falls‐Windsor, NL to Gander, NL Ride Day 101
05‐Oct‐21 Tuesday Gander, NL to Mallorytown, NL Ride Day 101
06‐Oct‐21 Wednesday Mallorytown, NL to Arnold’s Cove, NL Ride Day 119
07‐Oct‐21 Thursday Arnold’s Cove, NL to Whitbourne, NL Ride Day 50
08‐Oct‐21 Friday Whitebourne to St. John’s Ride Day 89.1
09‐Oct‐21   Final day events Event
Number of Days 135   Total Distance (KM)   8292.3

The ride will begin at Mile 0 in Victoria as we dip our wheels in the Pacific Ocean. Then, we will ride east, working our way along mostly secondary highways and trails in southern B.C., across the prairie provinces, entering Ontario north of Lake Superior, and down through Georgian Bay communities. As we enter Quebec, we will travel the bike-friendly La Route Verte on our way to New Brunswick. From P.E.I., we’ll catch the ferry to Newfoundland, on our way to the tour’s final destination in St. John’s. 

Some people will not have the time to complete the full ride. No problem! We’ve broken the trip into stages, described below.

You may also 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.

Contact us for details info@connectour.ca or (403) 402-1688.

The Trans-Canada Mile 0 Marker in Victoria is located at Dallas Road and Douglas Street. Dip your wheels in the Pacific Ocean at nearby Holland Point Park. We will leave Victoria and follow the Lochside Regional Trail, a regional multi-use bike trail stretching along the Saanich Peninsula-Victoria to the ferries at Swartz Bay.

Landing at Tsawwassen, we will avoid both the City of Vancouver and the Trans-Canada Highway, travelling through the Fraser Valley on smaller roads. From Hope, we will take the southerly route that travels mostly along Highway #3. It is a circuitous route through the mountains of British Columbia, with wild rivers, forests and several small towns along the way, where we will meet interesting people and resupply. There are several mountain passes to cross; each one with their own degree of challenge, amazing views and breathtaking downhills. At Castlegar, we will veer north to Nelson, follow Kootenay Lake and head down to Creston for an easier ride – albeit with a few more mountain passes. At Cranbrook, we will veer north again toward Invermere and Radium and then over to Castle Junction on Highway 93.

The Bow Valley Parkway will take us to Banff where we will catch the Legacy Trail to Canmore. Avoiding the Trans-Canada, we will follow Highway 1A from Canmore to Calgary, where we can travel on bike trails and dedicated bike lanes. Calgary is home to the ConnecTour team and we will certainly have a welcome-to-town-event planned with pancakes, craft beer, music and local fun – maybe not all at the same time. 

Riding the Prairies. From Calgary, we will head toward Drumheller in the badlands and through Hanna and Oyen toward the Alberta and Saskatchewan border. This part of Alberta is known for agriculture, oil production, power generation, tourism, and coal mining.

Whoever claimed the Prairies were flat definitely did not cross them by bicycle. They are relatively flat, but there are also sustained, never-ending hills that will challenge your mind and body. Add wind and rain to the mix and the Prairies will take all you have. We will be travelling in wide-open spaces under  big skies. The landscape won’t change much as we cross Saskatchewan through Kindersley, Outlook and Yorkton and other small towns along less-traveled routes across the province and then into Manitoba.

Manitoba is at the longitudinal centre of Canada but we are not even one-third of the way into our tour across Canada. In Manitoba, expect strong prairie winds, exposed sun and mosquitoes. The small town friendliness and history of the settlements in the Red River Valley toward Winnipeg will change the way you think about this part of Canada.

Winnipeg was at the heart of the country’s fur trade and instrumental in developing Canada’s Gateway to the West before Europeans arrived. It is also our gateway into the Canadian Shield.

Some describe the route from Winnipeg to Thunder Bay as the most nerve-racking part of the journey because there are narrow shoulders and speeding trucks. We will ride safely as a group and avoid busy sections wherever possible. From Winnipeg, there are a few alternate routes to avoid Highway 1 but at the Ontario border, we have limited choices.

Ontario’s license plate motto is, Yours to Discover, and that we will do! It’s a long ride through Ontario with many changing landscapes. At Kenora, we will head south to Sioux Narrows through wilderness and lake country. The TransCanada #11 heading east will take us through the western edge of the Canadian Shield country with many hills, pine forests and lakes. There are few services and towns on our way to Thunder Bay but plenty of opportunities to cool off in refreshing lakes and streams. From Thunder Bay, we will follow the northern shore of Lake Superior to Sault Ste. Marie. The hills along this section are some of the most challenging climbs in Canada, but it is also one of the prettiest parts of the tour as you ride along the north shore of Lake Superior. Small towns, beautiful lookouts and beaches along Lake Superior are highlights for this section. 

Sault Ste. Marie has a reputation as a great place to gather. This is just over our halfway point across Canada, so it might be a good place to join us. Sault Ste. Marie is located on the shore of the St. Marys River, connecting lakes Huron and Superior.

We will be biking through rich, lush forests and smaller towns along the north shore of Lake Huron. At the town of Espanola, we will head south toward Manitoulin Island and Georgian Bay, which sits on the northeastern arm of Lake Huron. It’s characterized by rugged bedrock and white pine forests to the north and sandy southern beaches.  The MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry will bring us to Tobermory, a harbour village on Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula. 

From there, we will pass through Owen Sound, Wasaga Beach, Orillia and then on rural roads toward Ottawa, we will reach the end of the Canadian Shield hills and the beginning of the Ottawa Valley.  This region is well known for butter tarts and has some of the quietest and prettiest roads in Ontario. Beautiful parkways and paths will lead us into Ottawa. And from there, Bienvenue a Quebec! With its quiet roads and dedicated cycle paths. In fact, National Geographic ranked La Route Verte #1 cycle route in the world. It contains more than 4,000 km of designated bike paths and rural roads across the province. We will follow segments of La Route Verte along the Ottawa River, passing through historic villages and enjoying Quebecois hospitality on our way to Montréal.

We will follow the St. Lawrence Seaway out of Montréal along La Route Verte and other bike paths. Discover lesser-known roads and bike pathways along the St. Lawrence Seaway. Step back in time and experience a unique cultural landscape. Enjoy the vibrant sights and sounds of Montréal and Quebec City and the picturesque towns and landscapes along the route.

From Quebec City, we will cross to the south side of the St. Lawrence Seaway and ride to Mont-Joli, and then head towards Campbellton, New Brunswick and along the Acadia Coast in New Brunswick to the Confederation Bridge.

We will spend a few days on Prince Edward Island, including a rest day in Charlottetown, before taking a ferry from Wood Islands, P.E.I. to Caribou, Nova Scotia. With less than two weeks to go until we reach our destination of St. John’s, we will pass through Antigonish, Cape Breton Island, take a ferry to Newfoundland, and then pedal on to St. John’s. After 8275 km and heaps of unforgettable experiences, St. John’s will be our final destination. 

Join us for a day, a week or a month, on this great adventure across our vast land.  

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