It’s time to ride and this year, there’s plenty going on in Ontario. Here are some events that may pique your interest this season.
Bayfield Old Bike Day
When and where: June 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Bayfield, Ont.
For more information: 519-336-8756
This is the third year for this event and the bikes will gather at the Clan Gregor Town Square from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Here’s the best part: there are no fees or registration.
Prince of Darkness Rally
When and where: June 8-10, Cherry Valley, Ont.
For more information: 613-476-4512
This intriguing Prince Edward County get-together has the motto: “The ghost of Lucas rides along with you” and will depart from the Sunset Shores Trailer Park, where you can pitch a tent, if you so choose. The event is presented by the Norton Owners Club of Ontario.
Elliot Lake Motorcycle Rally
When and where: June 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Elliot Lake, Ont.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
To quote the organizers of this event: “Not only will you experience the ride along the scenic Deer Trail Touring Route but a full day of activities is planned: Show N Shine, Live Music, Poker Run, Pancake Breakfast and Grill Night.” You can also Facebook this event under Elliot Lake.
CVMG Paris Rally
When and where: June 15-17, Paris, Ont.
For more information: cvmgparisrally.ca
This is one of the biggest get-togethers in Canada for vintage bike owners and this is the 40th year for this little shindig. There’s lots going on here, including a reliability run, a flea market, field games, concours show and shine, food vendors, and various seminars.
Ride To Work Day
When and where: June 18, various locations across Canada
For more information: ridetowork.org
This event is aimed at all riders, regardless of where you are or what you ride. The idea is to raise awareness of motorcycles and scooters, and demonstrate that motorcyclists are, among other things, “a social good” and motorcycles can reduce congestion and parking issues in Canadian cities.
Ride for Progeria
When and where: June 23, 9 a.m., Elmira, Ont.
For more information: 519-669-8915, or fytnessfanatik.com
This annual fund-raising ride raises money to fight Progeria, a rare and fatal disease that causes children to age faster than normal. The ride starts at 9 a.m. in Elmira, at the Tim Hortons, and finishes at the Central Tavern, also in town. Entry fee is $25 per rider and the ride leaves at 11 a.m.
When and where: June 24, Bobcaygeon, Ont.
For more information: bikefest.ca or 705-738-2202
This young annual event is in its second year and features all kinds of activities, and music provided by the BlackFly Band, Danni, and others. Organizers expect at least 6,000 people to show up.
Chrome Along The Canal
When and where: July 7, 10 a.m., Campbellford, Ont.
For more information: John at 705-653-4523
Vintage bikes and cars will be lined up along the Trent Severn Waterway and event organizers are looking for cars and bikes to put on display.
Friday the 13th in Port Dover
When and where: July 13, Port Dover, Ont.
This is probably the biggest event in Canada and it goes rain or shine. If you ride a bike in Ontario, you probably know all about the hullaballoo, but basically, every Friday the 13th, people show up in Port Dover and party. If you’re interested, just show up.
Rosie’s Rodeo and Roast
When and where: July 19-22, Kingston, Ont.
For more information: Junior at L.C. Cycles in Napanee, Ont., or at 613-409-6666
This is the 24th year for this little bun-toss featuring motorcycle events and live bands.
Ride For Sick Kids
When and where: Aug. 12, 8 a.m., Oshawa, Ont.
For more information: rideforsickkids.com
This event goes “from the streets of Durham Region to the pristine shores of Port Perry”, say event organizers, and is the fourth annual ride to raise money for the Hospital for Sick Children and The Research Institute. There will be live entertainment and a draw for a new Harley Sportster.