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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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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