location and parking

The Start and Finish Lines for Pedal for Portage take place at the Grand River Raceway. All participants will begin and end their ride here.

Located in scenic Elora, a short bike ride away from the historic downtown village centre, Grand River Raceway is located across the road from the Elora Gorge Conservation Area and a kilometre away from the Cottontail Road Trail. CLICK FOR DIRECTIONS

Check-in for all pre-registered riders will take place in the Annex Area located between the Barn and the Lighthouse Restaurant. New riders will also be able to register here. Ample signage onsite will help direct you to where you need to go on event day.

Parking is FREE to all riders. Participants will be able to park anywhere near the Barn.


Come early and plan to stay for a fun day in support of Portage Ontario.

  • 7:30 am – 9:00 am            Rider Check-In/Registration
  • 9:15 am                                  Simultaneous Start for all cyclists
  • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm       Final Sweep (trail & road rides conclude at 12:30 pm)
  • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm        Lunch and Entertainment
  • 2:00 pm                                Pedal for Portage Wrap Up


When registering for the ride, participants will be asked to choose one of two routes:

Road Ride - 54.5 km

 Your cycling experience starts in the wonderful town of Elora established in 1832 with its 19th century limestone architecture. From our Start Line at Grand River Raceway you will begin cycling along Water Street adjacent to the Grand River, towards the Scottish town of Fergus once known as “Little Falls”. You will then follow the route through the south end of Fergus, cycling the countryside of Centre Wellington farmland until you reach the small hamlet of Ostic, then onward toward Lake Belwood (home of the famous Shand Dam, 1942) in the town of Belwood. Your rest stop will be at Maple Park where snacks await you. Your return route takes you along Wellington Road 19 towards the north side of Fergus, then onto Wellington Road 18 towards the historic County Museum & Archives in neighbouring Aboyne.

Onwards you will ride into Elora towards the Finish Line at Grand River Raceway where lunch and entertainment await you. CLICK FOR MAP

Trail Ride - 27.8 km  

For those who prefer to avoid the roadways and ride along a stone dust surface trail, this route is for you. Cycling along the old railway line known as the Elora Cataract Trailway from the wonderful town of Elora, riders will head towards Fergus (once known as “Little Falls”) surrounded by farmland and wooded areas in the distance. This trail way will take you into the town of Belwood (home of the famous Shand Dam, 1942). We will have a rest stop at the Shand Dam where snacks await you. You then will cycle back along the Elora Cataract Trail to the Finish Line at the Grand River Raceway for lunch and entertainment. CLICK FOR MAP


Every adult cyclist is required to raise $75 in pledges. That’s asking less than 10 friends for $10 each! In return, every cyclist receives a Pedal for Portage T-shirt on event day! We’ll provide all you need to easily communicate with family, friends and colleagues and reach your $75 goal including your own Crowdfunding Page to personalize after you register.

INCREASE YOUR GOAL. WE HAVE INCENTIVES! We’ve got guaranteed prizes for those who raise $250 or more. Email to find out details.

Every pledge collected by will change a life for a young person who comes to Portage looking to change their life for the better without the use of substances. Someone like Dustin.

On behalf of Dustin, and other young people who will enter our Portage facility, we thank you. HAPPY FUNDRAISING!

For information contact:

416-531-1333 or 519-501-5135


Portage Ontario helps at-risk youth in your community

We all know someone, whether a family member, friend, or colleague, who has been affected by addiction in some way. It wreaks havoc on our society and it is our shared responsibility to help young people who are suffering before it’s too late. At Portage, they can acquire the skills to free themselves from the grasp of addiction. It will assure them a better future, and benefit all of society.

We’d like to share the stories of a few of our alumni and how Portage changed their lives:  Dustin’s Story    Samantha’s Story    Vince’s Story


"I believe that success is a journey not a destination. Coming to Portage was one of the hardest decisions of my life.  The Portage program helped me to realise that it wasn’t just the drugs that were the problem; it was also how I viewed myself. Over time in the program I gained confidence and when I left, it was with my head held high. I’m a year and 7 months sober. I don’t think I would have made it here today if it weren’t for Portage. There have been some rocky roads and some flat tires on my journey, and I haven’t reached my destination yet.  But I’m well on my way, thanks to Portage.” - Tyler
“The staff members were supportive and I learned to trust them. I learned to respect myself more and learned many coping mechanisms to overcome my addiction and to distance myself from negative friends. Thanks to Portage, I learned to use my stubbornness in a positive way to push myself. I am here today to tell you that I survived.” - Julie
"Throughout the program, I began to see that I was as valuable as anyone else. I have learned how to understand others and how to ask for help. I know that I can’t do it by myself, but because of the family I’ve gained at Portage, I know I won’t have to." - Cardier
"Since I came to Portage I've stopped using drugs, I've stopped talking to negative people. I started becoming more independent and respecting others and myself, learning basic skills of life and just having fun without being high." - Jennifer

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Portage Ontario Foundation

Portage Ontario’s drug addiction rehabilitation program for youth is financed in part by the Portage Ontario Foundation, which raises funds through individual and corporate donations as well as fundraising activities.

Portage Ontario Board

The Portage Ontario Board of Directors is chaired by Todd Nishimura. The Board is made up of dedicated volunteers who are involved in their local communities and who ensure the proper governance of Portage activities in Ontario.

  • Todd Nishimura, Chair
  • Peter Howlett, President of Portage
  • Richard Bowden
  • Elaine Casavant
  • Norman Lord
  • Piera Morra
  • Michael Mundy
  • Peter O'Brien
  • Colin Stairs
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