12 Great Events on The Great Trail

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From a leisurely music festival to an ultramarathon (and plenty of options in between), here are a dozen events happening on or near The Great Trail!

Join International Mountain Biking Association Canada in Fundy National Park as they unveil the park’s new Ride Centre, and host IMBA Canada Trail Partners Programming.

Event: Ride Centre in Fundy National Park
Location: Alma, New Brunswick
Date: May 18-21, 2018
Info: imbacanada.com


The Saskatchewan Marathon is renowned in the running community as “fast, flat and fabulous” — mainly because it takes place along the smartly-designed Meewasin Trail. Stop by the Finish Line Village, where you can try your hand at goat yoga.

Event: Saskatchewan Marathon
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Date: May 27, 2018
Info: saskmarathon.ca


Community members and visitors are invited to a three-kilometre “trot” in the spirit of healthy living. The route follows a short section of The Great Trail — aptly named the Tiny Trail — along a former CN railway line that’s been transformed into a footpath.

Event: Tiny Trot
Location: Tiny, Ontario
Date: 2 June 2018
Info: tinyhealthandfitnessday.com


Experience the raw natural beauty of the East Coast Trail and the historic Town of Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove, and help raise funds to maintain and protect the East Coast Trail. Fantastic fundraising prizes available!

Event: 2018 Trail Raiser
Location: Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove, Newfoundland
Date: June 2, 2018
Info: gifttool.com


Join Red River North Trails Association (RRNTA) in Victoria Beach for some exercise, fresh air and fun on International Trails Day. A cycle and walk will be held, and attendees will have a chance to fuel up with a hearty breakfast at the local community centre.

Event: International Trails Day Walk in Victoria Beach
Location: Victoria Beach Community Centre, Manitoba
Date: June 2, 2018
Info: trailsmanitoba.ca


TCT Champion and Olympic icon Nancy Greene Raine will join athletes in Halifax for early morning activities to celebrate National Health and Fitness Day. Early risers can enjoy a five-km run or a three-km walk, taking in the stunning views of Halifax Waterfront.

Event: Annual Scenic Morning for National Health & Fitness Day
Location: 1869 Upper Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Date: June 2, 2018
Info: nhfdcan.ca


The Town of Ponoka will host its 2nd Annual Trail Awareness Day. The event will be a fun, family-focused day that will include geocaching, treasure hunts, refreshments and more.

Event: 2nd Annual Trail Awareness Day
Location: Ponoka, Alberta
Date: June 3, 2018
Info: ponoka.ca


The Prairie Wind Music Festival is a three-day celebration of music and community. In its seventh year, the June festival offers a selection of bluegrass, country, rock and jazz. Onsite camping is available!

Event: Prairie Wind Music Festival
Location: Cypress River, Manitoba
Date: June 1-3, 2018
Info: prairiewindmusicfest.com


From humble beginnings over 10 years ago, this annual event has grown to become “the weekend to be in Caledon.” Ride your bicycle in support of senior citizens — or simply sample the local craft beer and listen to live music.

Event: Celebrate Caledon
Location: Caledon, Ontario
Date: June 15-16, 2018
Info: caledon.ca


Lace up your runners, grab the kids and join your friends and neighbours for a stroll along Katepwa’s section of The Great Trail. Funds raised will go toward paving the Trail!

Event: Katepwa Run/Walkathon
Location: Katepwa, Saskatchewan
Date: June 30, 2018
Info: facebook.com/katepwatrail


The Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club will host its second annual marathon event, the Shuniah Forty Miner. For those unfamiliar with the XC marathon format, the name of the game is seeing if you can outlast the course.

Event: Shuniah Forty Miner
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario
Date: September 23, 2018
Info: blacksheepmtb.com


The Simcoe County Loop Trail is a 160-kilometre route that travels through nine municipalities and reaches three major bodies of water. Each year an event is organized where cyclists do the loop in a single day!

Event: Simcoe County Loop Trail
Location: Simcoe County, Ontario
Date: Exact date TBA
Info: cyclesimcoe.ca


Long known for its extensive trail infrastructure, the Uxbridge area is also home to some of the best road-riding in Ontario. Festivities include a family-friendly environment, great music and local food!

Event: UxCycle 2018
Location: Uxbridge, Ontario
Date: September 23, 2018
Info: uxcycle.ca


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