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Niagara-On-The-Lake (NOTL) - Scenic & Social Ride

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 5:00 PM until Thursday, June 1, 2023, 2:00 PM
Shaw Cafe & Wine Bar
92 Queen St.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON  L0S 1J0

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Claude Valade
Ride Leader
Lisa M Valade
Ride Leader
Registration is required before Monday, May 29, 2023 at 11:59 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
IMPORTANT: All who wish to participate in this event must pre-register by midnight the night before the event. If you find you are unable to attend, kindly cancel your registration.

If you are a non-members wishing to participate, you must first join the Lambton Outdoor Club, which includes completing the member waiver. A one month free trial membership is available for first time participants. Having enjoyed an outing or two, we hope you’ll join our wonderful club following your free trial membership. The annual membership fee is $25.

While participating, be respectful of other members' health management decisions and protective steps.

Do not participate if you have symptoms of, or have been exposed to, any communicable disease.
Available Slots:
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Event Description This is a 3-day scenic/social cycling event in the area surrounding Niagara-on-the Lake. Several rides will take place on paved bike paths and concession roads along the Niagara Parkway, Welland Canal and adjacent to vineyards and orchards. Car traffic will be minimal.  Consideration will be given to washroom breaks and to ensure bikes are left in secure/supervised locations during stops. 
Participants are asked to arrange for their own accommodations. Suggestions of hotels with bike storage are provided below. A variety of bikes are also available for rent at Zoom ( and Grape Escape ( should you decide to leave your bike at home. All activities, including meals are optional.

This event is limited to 12 participants on a first come first serve basis. There will be a waiting list in the event of participant cancellations. 

Meeting Place
Location: Tuesday, May 30th, 5 pm at Shaw Cafe & Wine Bar, 92 Queen St, NOTL
Level Need to meet Speed and Distance criterias listed below
Distance Day 2 ~ 55 Km, Day 3 ~ 44 Km
Speed Cruising18-20 Km/hr.
Duration Tuesday May 30 - Thursday June 1. Rides Durations: Day 2 ~ 8 hrs, Day 3 ~ 5 hrs. These durations include meal times as well as rest stops and tours. See the event details below to better understand each rides.
Costs Money is Required For: Travel Expenses such as gas, hotel accomodations, meals, tours, tastings and other typical expenses.
Required Items to Bring bicycle helmet, water bottles, clothing for various weather conditions.
Recommended to Bring tire pump or CO2 cartridge, spare tube, bike mirror, personal ID, cell phone, snacks, sunscreen, bike lock. 
Current Conditions Participants Should Be Prepared For:
weather changes ie hot and cool, sun and rain. The itinerary might be modified if needed due to weather. A selection of alternative activities is listed below if one of the rides needs to be cancelled due to severe weather (heavy rain or wind or lighting). 

 Activity Details

Day 1 will begin with a meet and greet at the Shaw Cafe & Wine Bar, 92 Queen St, Niagara-on-the-Lake (metered parking on the main street or free parking on back streets) at 5:00 where drinks are available for purchase on their beautiful street-side patio. Dinner will follow at Corks is a short walk down the street(19, Queen St, NOTL). A discussion of the next day's activities will ensure questions are answered.

Day 2  will consist of a 0900AM bike ride from downtown Niagara-On-The-Lake (meeting place, at angled parking spots in front of St Andrew's Church on Simcoe St near Johnson St) through the region's countryside and along the Niagara Parkway. A planned stop around 1100AM will be made for a free tour and sampling at CFX Chocolate Factory. ( )
The morning ride will be around 37 kilometres. Casual lunch ($$) will be at Reif Estate Winery and will be followed by an optional tour of the facility (Cost $20/person which will include a tasting flight of 3 wines. Tasting without the tour will also be available for purchase).

From there we will proceed with the afternoon ride which will include 1 more winery stop at Greztky's and Trius which are side by side. memorabilia, stroll the property and/or purchase wine, whisky or vodka tastings) followed by one final stop at Oast House Brewery free tour and tastings on their patio). 
Following this last stop we will return to our cars where the ride started in the morning. The afternoon ride will be around 18 kilometre for a grand total of 55 kilometres for day 2.

After returning to hotel rooms with some time to relax and freshen up, there will be an optional dinner at Johnny Rocco's  in St Catherines (700PM) which will conclude the activities for the day.

On day 3 we will ride along the Welland canal from Port Weller to Thorold and back.  The morning meeting place will be at 9:00 at Charles Ansell Park (320 Lakeshore Rd at Bunting St, St Catharines).  A paved bike and walking path will take us along the canal and hopefully give us an up close view of boats as they navigate the locks. Along the way, we will stop at the Welland Canal Centre and Museum (free admission, donations appreciated) to briefly view exhibits before returning  for lunch at MJ's Own Munchies (406 Lakeshore Rd, St Catharines, menu available on their Facebook site) and then some ice cream at the Avondale Dairy Stewart Rd, NOTL) just a short 4.7 kilometres away. After returning to our cars, the trip will conclude in the mid afternoon. The morning portion of the ride will be ~ 35 Kilometres and the total ride for the day will be around 44 kilometres. 

Participants are required to arrange for their own accommodations.  The Niagara region has many different options, ranging from luxury hotels to more budget-conscious rooms. The following are a list of suggested hotels that offer bike storage.  Feel free to choose from this list or not to make the best choice for yourself.

Col John Butler (Best Western, NOTL) - separate bike storage and breakfast included, 15-minute walk to downtown NOTL

Shaw Club Hotel - bikes kept in rooms, 5 minute walk to downtown NOTL

Stone Mill Inn - separate bike storage, in St Catharines near canal, connected to Johnny Rocco's (Lisa and Claude already booked here)

Holiday Inn, NOTL - separate bike storage, just off of QEW near Niagara Premium Outlets mall, 15 minute drive to NOTL

Hampton Inn, St Catharines, separate bike storage, off of QEW, approximately 20 minute drive from NOTL           

Inclement Weather

If it is determined that the weather will make for an unsafe or unpleasant experience, participants can decide to choose from options such as:   Winery Tours, Niagara Butterfly 
Conservatory, Niagara Parks Greenhouse and Fragrance Garden, Floral Showcase, Shaw Festival (pending matinee ticket availability), Niagara Falls attractions and outlet shopping