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Mobile Workshop

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Leaders Mobile Workshop

In support of implementation of the Véloroute Voyageur Cycling Route, a Mobile Workshop took place along 200km of the route from September 19-22, 2016.  Modeled after the successful Great Lakes Waterfront Trail’s Leaders Mobile Workshop, the event was an opportunity to learn more about the Voyageur Cycling Route, its implementation plan and to hear from local and visiting presenters who have expert knowledge on cycle tourism and active transportation.  A group of six experienced cyclists from around the Province participated in the four-day ride to evaluate the new route’s tourism and recreational potential.  The riders were accompanied daily by local advocates, politicians, municipal staff and project proponents who were interested in learning how the Voyageur Cycling Route stacks up against long-distance cycling routes in other jurisdictions. The mobile workshop was hosted by Discovery Routes Trails Organization in partnership with the Voyageur Cycling Route Working Group and supported by seed funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Greetings from the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, in support of the cycling route and the mobile workshop were received by the Voyageur Cycling Route Working Group and shared during the mobile workshop. The greeting can be found below:

 

 Full album here

 

Mobile Workshop Map - Day 1 Mobile Workshop Map - Day 2Mobile Workshop Map - Day 4Mobile Workshop Map - Day 4


 

 

Download Workshop Presentations:

Cycle Tourism – Anne-Marie Forcier, Amplitude Tourism Consulting
Voyageur Cycling Route Overview – Jennifer McCourt, Executive Director, Discovery Routes Trails Organization
The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail – Marlaine Koehler, Executive Director, Waterfront Regeneration Trust

Daily Itinerary:

Monday Sept 19, 2016   Mattawa to Bonfield (46km)

Breakfast and Presentations at The Moon Café, 312 Main Street, Mattawa ON
                 Presentations:
                · Cycle Tourism – Anne-Marie Forcier, Amplitude Tourism Consulting
                · Voyageur Cycling Route Overview – Jennifer McCourt, Executive Director, Discovery Routes
                · Video Greetings from Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
                · Welcome – Donna Maitland, Mattawa-Bonfield Economic Development Corporation
                · Greetings – Councillor Guy Thibery, Town of Mattawa
                · Cycle Events – John Pugsley, Ontario Cycling Association

Optional 22km Cycle Ride to Eau Claire
Lunch and Route Discussions at Calvin Community Centre, 1355 Peddlers Dr, Eau Claire
Optional 25km Cycle Ride to Bonfield
Informal Route Discussion/ Evaluation at Kaibuskong Park, Bonfield 365 Hwy 531

Tuesday Sept 20, 2016   Bonfield to Gormanville Road, North Bay (46km)

Ride Briefing at Kaibuskong Park, Bonfield 365 Hwy 531
Optional 27km Cycle Ride to Callander
Lunch Workshop and Presentations at LuLu’s Bar & Grill, 5 Main St, Callander ON
                Presentations:
               · Cycle Tourism – Anne-Marie Forcier, Amplitude Tourism Consulting
               · Voyageur Cycling Route Overview – Jennifer McCourt, Executive Director, Discovery Routes
               · Video Greetings from Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
               · Local Perspective – Mike Purcell, CAO, Municipality of Callander
               · Local Perspective – Deputy Mayor Pauline Rochefort, Municipality of East Ferris
               · Local Perspective – Councillor Mark King, City of North Bay
· Trans Canada Trail – Mark King, Chair, Discovery Routes Trails Organization
               · Provincial Cycling Network – Jason Ranger, Ministry of Transportation staff 
Optional 18 km Cycle Ride to North Bay
Informal Route Discussion/ Evaluation at Twiggs Coffee Company, 501 McKeown Ave, North Bay

Wednesday Sept 21, 2016   Sturgeon Falls to Monetville (55km)

Breakfast Workshop and Presentations at Twiggs, 300 King Street, Sturgeon Falls ON
                  Presentations
                  · Voyageur Cycling Route Working Group – Alan Korell, Chair
                  · Great Lakes Waterfront Trail – Marlaine Koehler, Waterfront Regeneration Trust
                  · Voyageur Cycling Route Overview – Jennifer McCourt, Executive Director, Discovery Routes
                 · Video Greetings from Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
                  · West Nipissing Cycle for Charity – Dan Roveda, Event Coordinator

Optional 25 km Cycle Ride to Lavigne
Lunch and Route Discussions at Lavigne Tavern, 10521 Hwy 64, Lavigne, ON
Optional 30km Cycle Ride to Monetville
Informal Route Discussion/ Evaluation at Monetville Tavern & Lodge, 53 Shanty Bay Road, Monetville

Thursday Sept 22, 2016   Monetville to Warren (52km)

Ride Briefing at Monetville Tavern & Lodge, 53 Shanty Bay Road, Monetville
Morning Ride to West Arm (30km), Rest Stop at Noelville Community Centre
Lunch and Route Discussion at West Arm Lodge and Restaurant, 2670 Hwy 535
Optional 22 km Cycle Ride to Warren, Rest Stop at St Charles Community Centre
Presentation Session at Boreal Berry Farm and Winery, 748 Little Brule Road, Warren
                    Presentations
                  · Voyageur Cycling Route Overview – Jennifer McCourt, Executive Director, Discovery Routes
                · Video Greetings from Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
                  · Great Lakes Waterfront Trail – Marlaine Koehler, Waterfront Regeneration Trust

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