Major bike tours wind through Cornwall

August 13, 2019

Ottawa - Cornwall MS Bike
Ottawa – Cornwall MS Bike

Hundreds of visiting cyclists will pedal into Cornwall this week through a pair of high-profile bike tours.

Friends For Life Bike Rally

First up is the PWA’s Friends For Life Bike Rally, a million dollar fundraiser benefitting the Toronto People With AIDS (PWA) Foundation. The annual event is a six-day, 600-kilometre cycling trek from Toronto to Montreal, and it will wind its way through Cornwall on Thursday. The event has grown from humble beginnings of just two dozen participants to a trek that now features over 300-plus riders and 100-plus crew members.

Now in its 20th year, the Friends For Life Bike Rally has engaged over 3,800 participants as cyclists and crew and has raised over $15 million for the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation which supports men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS.

Participants will travel along the Long Sault Parkway and the Waterfront Trail through Cornwall with a break at the Cornwall Aquatic Centre before continuing on for an overnight stay at Glengarry Park.

For more information on the Friends For Life Bike Rally, please click here.

Ottawa – Cornwall PwC MS Bike

The Friends For Life Bike Rally will be followed by the 2019 PwC MS Bike Tour, a two-day cycling trek that supports the fight against multiple sclerosis. Participants will depart from Metcalfe on Saturday and cycle along County roads and the Waterfront Trail to the NAV Centre where they will enjoy dinner and stay overnight before starting the return trek on Sunday.

A total of 62 teams and 458 cyclists are registered to participate in the event.

The Ottawa – Cornwall event is one of several MS Bike events held throughout the province that raises funds to support those affected by MS.

For more information on MS Bike, please click here.

You can help!

Want to help our visitors enjoy their visit to the area? Offering a friendly hello and sharing the road is certainly welcome! But you can help in others ways too!

The MS Bike Tour is currently searching for volunteers to assist with the event in a variety of ways, including helping out at checkpoints along the bike route and tending to bike storage and luggage at the NAV Centre. Some of the checkpoint locations include Crysler, Finch, Newington, the Lost Villages Museum, Woodlands Beach and the NAV Centre.

For more information on the volunteer opportunities and how to apply, please click here.

Additional Events

Looking for other fun things to do in Cornwall? Make sure to check out our Events page for info on upcoming events in the area!

Stay with Us!

Planning to explore Cornwall? Extend your stay at one of our many great accommodations! For a listing of local accommodations, click here.

Additional Information

Planning a visit to Cornwall? Cornwall Tourism can help. Email us at to request a copy of our Visitor Guide or contact us at (613) 936-0842. You can also stop by our seasonal Visitor Information Centre inside the Cornwall Community Museum in Lamoureux Park. The Museum is located at 160 Water Street West, just steps away from the children’s splashpad and play structure. Free parking is available immediately north of the Museum along Water Street.

The seasonal Visitor Information Centre is open seven days a week (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) through the summer months.

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Article by Kevin Lajoie