OUT OF TOWN PARTICIPANTS
Depending on where you’re coming from, we recommend the following transportation hubs:
- Pearson Airport: Toronto’s largest international airport. Take the UP Express train to Union Station for quick and convenient access to downtown Toronto for $12.00 CAD. Cab to downtown Toronto ranges from $45 – $60 CAD.
- Billy Bishop Airport: Conveniently located on Toronto Island in downtown Toronto. Flights serve many Canadian and US cities. Porter Airlines provides complimentary bus shuttle from the Airport mainland terminal to the Royal York Hotel across from Union Station.
- Union Station: Toronto’s central train station. Catch the TTC subway at Union Station for $3.25 CAD.
BIKE SHIPMENT & SERVICING
Travelling with your bike can be nerve wracking but worth it when considering the amount of time you’ll be on it during the ride from Toronto – Montreal. Bike shipment options and costs vary depending on where you are coming from and the mode of transportation you are using. We recommend you check with your carrier (airline, train) on transportation options and prices.
U.S. and Canadian Customs only permit sales, repairs and gifts to ship Ground. You must select Int’l Economy or Int’l Priority to ship your bike as personal effects when traveling.
TIP: Past participants have reported some carriers providing shipping discounts or waiving the fee altogether when you inform them of the reason for your travel/bike shipping. Contact your carrier and tell them your cycling 600 km and how much you have raised for charity!
The Bike Rally has partnered with Cycle Solution as the Official Bike Shipping Arrival Location for out of town participants. When coordinating the shipment of your bike prior to the Rally:
- Designate the arrival location as:
Attn: PWA’s Friends For Life Bike Rally
444 Parliament Street
Contact: Kale Powell
- Email a copy of your shipping information to Kale at email@example.com and cc firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you will require assistance assembling your bike, or want to have your bike serviced, please contact 3-4 weeks in advance Kale to confirm a service appointment.
The Bike Rally has partnerships with Cycle Solutions and Sweet Pete’s. Be sure to book your appointment 3-4 weeks in advance of the date. Mention you are a participant with PWA’s Friends For Life Bike Rally and receive a discount on servicing.
Here are some helpful articles that are meant as food-for-thought. While there are many informative resources on the web (just google “travel with bike”), we think the articles below give some good advice:
During the week of the Ride, your accommodation in Kingston and the first evening in Montreal (for Riders), and both evenings in Montreal (for Crew) is taken care of by the Bike Rally.
Traveling with camping gear can be a pain. Consider the following suggestions to help make your packing and travelling a little easier:
- Post to the Bike Rally Facebook group asking if people have extra camping gear that they’re not using. There are many Bike Rally participants who are part of the Facebook group who may not be doing the ride this year.
- If you are coming with another person, consider only packing 1 of the necessities (e.g. tent, pump) and share your tent for the week.
Toronto has a few camping gear rental options:
Staying in Toronto:
Summer time is tourist time and the city of Toronto, as Canada’s largest city, is a destination. Hotel accommodations can be pricy and depending on the number of nights you plan on staying in the city before and after the Ride, it can add up!
We recommend the following:
- Discuss your travel plans with your Team Leader and ask for recommendations
- Post your accommodation needs to the Bike Rally Facebook group page and ask if anyone has a spare room they could let you use while you’re in town
- Toronto has many student residences. Visit the following University of Toronto websites for student residence availability:
Things To Do In Toronto:
Staying in Montreal:
As part of your participation, your first night in Montreal is provided to you as part of your participation. Bike Rally accommodations in Montreal are provided by Concordia University – Grey Nun’s Residence – find out how to reserve your room here [link to step by step]. We will also bus you back to Toronto on Saturday or Sunday without charge.
If you’re planning on staying in Montreal for more than one night, you will want to make arrangements in advance. The weekend we arrive in Montreal is always very busy so accommodations are in high demand.
- Book a second night at Concordia – Grey Nun’s and utilize the Bike Rally discount rate [insert link]
- The Le Centre Sheraton Montreal has been a supporter of the Bike Rally for many years. They have a discount rate for participants. Book through their Bike Rally reservation link.
Things To Do In Montreal:
On Packing Day you will pack almost all of the items you will need for the week of the Bike Rally. Unlike local participants, you will have a few items such as toiletries, change of clothes, etc. that you will need for the night before departure.
Set a knapsack aside. When you arrive at departure the next morning, check in and pick up a label for your bag. Be sure to write your name on the table and attach it to your bag. Drop off your labelled knapsack at the check in table. It will be transported to Port Hope for you to pick up.
GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS & ADVICE
- We’re here to help! We want you to have an amazing Bike Rally experience. Utilize your Team Leaders, Training & Support Co-leads, and Bike Rally staff. Reach out to us and ask any questions you have and we will do our best to get you the help you need.
- Do your research. Before you book your flight or train, find out what restrictions or rules there are for bike transportation. The same goes for accommodation. Make sure you ask where your bike can be stored while staying at a hotel or student residence.
Utilise your Bike Rally family. We are a generous and supportive group. Inquire on the Facebook group page and ask for recommendations.