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Discover L&A Ride
History | Scenery | Music | Brew

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017
10am Departure Time
Start & Finish: MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company
1915 County Rd. 22, Bath, Ontario


Hop on your bike and enjoy the '2017 Discover L&A Ride', happening in Lennox & Addington County, Ontario!

Beginning at MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company at 10am, this 58-kilometre journey takes you along paved roads that overlook the water's edge and authentic rural Eastern Ontario landscapes. Rest stops are at fascinating historic sites, beautiful parks, and award-winning wineries & apple orchards for a day of cycling you won't soon forget.

This event is proudly presented by Lennox & Addington County and the L&A County Trails Cycling Network. See below for more information...

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The Route

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Beginning at MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company, the Discover L&A Ride will take you on a 58-kilometre journey along paved roads that overlook the water's edge and authentic rural Eastern Ontario landscapes. Rest stops are at historic sites, parks, wineries & apple orchards for a day of cycling you won't soon forget.

Start/Finish: MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company

1915 County Road 22, Bath


It's the perfect spot to start... and finish!  Your 'Discover L&A Ride' begins and ends at MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company in Bath.

Located on a bicentennial family farm, there's more than 200 years of farming heritage in every glass of MacKinnon Brothers brew. They've renovated century old barns to house the equipment, and planted the hops and malting barley in the surrounding fields. The character and history of MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company shines through in every glass.

Registration packages may be picked up at the site beginning at 9 am on event day. The ride begins at 10 am. At the end of the ride you'll be able to enjoy a delicious glass of MacKinnon Brothers beer back at the brewery while listening to great local music.

 

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Stop #1: Pickerel Park

665 South Shore Road, Greater Napanee
Distance from Start: 17 km
Distance from Finish: 41 km
Hours of Operation: 10:45am - 12pm


The first stop on the Discover L&A Ride is Pickerel Park. Water, snacks and washroom facilities will be available.

Discover Pickerel Park...
A popular destination for decades, Pickerel Park offers camping sites and RV sites for family and group stays. The property features over 700 feet of shoreline and 21 acres of shaded woodland surroundings for friends and family to enjoy. Besides superb fishing and beautiful views of Hay Bay, Pickerel Park has plenty of activities and events for everyone, from bingo and horseshoes to dances on long weekends and live music performances. Anglers and lovers of the great outdoors alike will also appreciate our fishing supplies and fish cleaning stations. Pickerel Park offers over 200 sites for seasonal and overnight use, staffed year-round by professional managers to assist with any of your needs.

 

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Stop #2: Old Hay Bay Church

2365 South Shore Road, Greater Napanee
Distance from Start: 25 km
Distance to Finish: 33 km
Hours of Operation: 11am - 1:30pm


The second stop on the Discover L&A Ride is at Old Hay Bay Church. Water, snacks and washroom facilities will be available.

Discover Old Hay Bay Church...
Old Hay Bay Church is the oldest Methodist building in Canada and the second oldest church in Ontario. Built in 1792 on land donated by Paul Huff, Hay Bay Church was the first meeting house for Loyalists in Ontario. In addition to weddings and special parties, the restored church is host to an annual service on the fourth Sunday of August. Hay Bay Church is recognized as a national Canadian historic site.

 

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Stop #3: Bergeron Estate Winery & Cider Company

9656 Loyalist Parkway, Adolphustown
Distance from Start: 34 km
Distance from Finish: 24 km
Hours of Operation: 11:30am - 2:30pm


The next stop on the Discover L&A Ride is Bergeron Estate Winery & Cider Company. Water, snacks and washroom facilities will be available. Participants are also entitled to a free wine tasting. If you like it, you can purchase some to take home with you. And you won't need to strap it on your bike, it will be waiting for you at MacKinnon Brothers at the end of the ride. How great is that!?! This is the unofficial half-way point of the ride, and a delicious lunch will be available for purchase if you're interested. See the 'Food' tab for more information.

Discover Bergeron Estate Winery & Cider Company...
Bergeron Estate Winery has the distinction of being the first winery to be open for business in L&A County. After a six-year process, Bergeron Estate Winery has been open to the public and has been selling its wine since 2007. Bergeron Estate produces Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, Vidal, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and a Rosé from wines that are made exclusively from grapes grown on their 10-acre vineyard. As well, they produce a delicious cider made from apples from a local orchard. Bergeron Estate Winery & Cider Company also features "Nona's Pizza", with crust made from scratch and topped with local ingredients.

 

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Stop #4: Thirty Three Vines

9261 Loyalist Parkway, Adolphustown
Distance from Start: 36 km
Distance from Finish: 22 km
Hours of Operation: 11:45am - 2:30pm


The next stop on the Discover L&A Ride is Thirty Three Vines. Water and snacks will be available. Participants are also entitled to a free wine tasting.

Discover Thirty Three Vines...
Thirty Three Vines is a boutique vineyard and winery located within the boundaries of Ontario's newest wine regions - Prince Edward County. Their site is also located on the historic Loyalist Parkway, 10 kms east of the Glenora Ferry in Adolphustown.  Thirty Three Vines has been producing ultra premium red and white wines from 10 acres of vinifera grapevines since 2007. Varieties include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. The wines display all of the wonderful characteristics of their location. The limestone and clay-based loamy soils provide crisp acidity, minerality and delicate flavours of fruit.

 

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Stop #5: Wynn Farms Apple Orchard

8191 Loyalist Parkway, Conway
Distance from Start: 42 km
Distance from Finish: 16 km
Hours of Operation: 12 - 3pm


The next stop on the Discover L&A Ride is Wynn Farms Apple Orchard. Water and snacks (including apples, of course) will be available. Please note that there are no washroom facilities available to cyclists at this stop.

Discover Wynn Farms Apple Orchard...
Wynn Farms Apple Orchard is a family-run operation that was planted close to 30 years ago as a pick–your-own apple orchard. All of the apples grown in the orchard are enjoyed locally. Apple picking begins each year in mid-August and continues until the end of October (or until they sell out of apples). Varieties of apples available include Jersey Mac, Paula Red, Lobo, Macintosh, Honey Crisp, Cortland, Spartan, Empire, Red Delicious, and Ida Red. Wynn Farms also has a very cool Corn Maze that operates in the fall.

 

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Stop #6: Fairfield Gutzeit House

341 Main Street, Bath
Distance from Start: 54 km
Distance from Finish: 4 km
Hours of Operation: 12:30 - 3:30pm


You're almost there! But before you reach the finish, be sure to visit the final rest stop on the Discover L&A Ride.  Rhe historic Fairfield-Gutzeit House in Bath is a great spot to take a break and tour of the grand home. Water, snacks and restroom facilities will be available.

Discover the Fairfield-Gutzeit House...
The Fairfield-Gutzeit House is a Georgian Style home; one of the first dwellings built in Ontario on the shores of Lake Ontario in the historic village of Bath. The campus consists of a large waterfront property that is owned and cared for by the charitable non-profit Fairfield/Gutzeit Society. This beautiful example of early Canada is fully furnished in the Victorian era with the gardens being cared for by the Bath Gardening Club. Many cultural and historic programs are offered for all age groups by the Society in conjunction with the Royal Ontario Museum. The main house is open for tours from the middle of June until Labour Day.

 

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Pathfinder Bicycle Repair


Pathfinder Bicycle Repair will have two certified technicians on site at MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company pre-ride from 9 - 10:30am and at Bergeron Estate Winery & Cider Company from 11:30am - 2:30pm.

Pathfinder Bicycle Repair is a fantastic locally owned and operated bicycle repair shop located in the beautiful village of Bath. They service a broad range of bicycles and are professionally trained in repairing, rebuilding and maintaining of all types of bikes. For more information, please visit www.pathfinderbicyclerepair.com.

Basic repair kits will be available at each rest stop along the route.

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Food

Re-charge with lunch at Bergeron Estate Winery

Bergeron Estate Winery & Cider Company, 9656 Loyalist Parkway, Adolphustown
Available from 11:30am - 2:30pm

After cycling for 34 kilometres, we're sure you've worked up quite an appetite. The unofficial half-way point for the Discover L&A Ride is Bergeron Estate Winery & Cider Company. In addition to your complementary wine/cider tasting, there will be an assortment of food you can purchase at this rest stop. Delicious Nona's Pizza will be available by the slice ($3.95 each). Prepared at the winery, the crust is made from scratch and topped with local ingredients.

Cash, debit & credit card payment options are available

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Enjoy a post-ride meal back at MacKinnon Brothers...

MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company, 1915 County Road 22, Bath
Available from 1:30 - 5pm


After a satisfying day of cycling in Lennox & Addington, nothing quenches your thirst like glass of beer made by L&A County's MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company. And nothing goes better with said glass of beer than a delicious meal. More details to follow...

Entertainment

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A variety of enteratainment options will be available before, during and after the 2017 Discover L&A Ride. Stay tuned for details...

Event Partners

Lennox & Addington County Trails


We’ve done the route planning for you. All you need to do is hop on your bike and enjoy the ride!

The Lennox & Addington County Trails include 12 looping routes consisting of 600 kilometres of paved roadway where you never retrace your path, yet are able to end where you began.

The L&A County Trails are found in the heart of beautiful Eastern Ontario. Stretching northward from the shore of Lake Ontario, the routes are found on well-maintained county and select local roadways – ideal for on-road cycling enthusiasts.  As you travel, you'll experience the natural beauty, unique history, and unforgettable rural charm that Lennox & Addington has to offer.

Some routes are more challenging than others but all are well-marked, easily accessible, and promise to be exciting. Whether you're on your bike, in your car, walking, or in-line skating, the L&A County Trails are an ideal getaway for anyone seeking a day-long or extended excursion.

Be sure to visit www.CountyTrails.com for more great riding information.

 

 

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Lennox & Addington County


Lennox & Addington County is a great place to explore by bike. We're located in the midst of beautiful Eastern Ontario, our borders stretching from the shore of Lake Ontario to Canadian Shield land north of Denbigh. Southern L&A is only 30 minutes from the cities of Belleville and Kingston, only 2 hours from Toronto and Ottawa and only 3 hours from Montreal. Our unique, rural communities give the County a rich local flavour that we're sure you'll fall in love with.

For more information about all the great things to see and do in Lennox & Addington, be sure to browse this website or visit www.BestDayEver.ca.

 

 

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Rules & Regs

Rules & Regulations


The Discover L&A Ride is an open course, meaning you and your bicycles will be sharing the road with motorized vehicles. Please be safe and obey all traffic laws. All participants are required to wear a helmet. Please ride single-file on the extended paved shoulders where applicable.

All participants will receive a 'Discover L&A Ride' route map at registration. The route is marked with turn signage ('500m ahead' and 'turn here' signs). Rest stops will be well-marked as well. Each rest stop has a water bottle fill station (please bring your own bottles) and snacks to keep you refreshed and charged for the ride. Support vehicles will be making regular trips around the route. If you require assistance, please flag us down and we will assist you.

Although wineries and breweries are highlighted in this tour, we ask that you please use your judgement when partaking in the consumption of alcohol. Two wine tasting tickets and a beer ticket will be distributed to each participant at registration. A single 2 oz. wine sample will be provided at each of the two winery rest stop locations when you present the ticket as part of your registration entitlement. Additional tastings may be purchased at each stop but it is at the discretion of the participant.

The glass of beer entitled to participants will not will not be served until the ride is complete. Again, additional beer may be purchased at the end of the ride. Please drink responsibly and arrange for a safe ride home.

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About L&A County

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Dining

Lennox & Addington County offers dining choices to suit any taste. With dozens of dining establishments offering delicious home-cooked meals to fine dining opportunities and everything in between, our restaurants will be sure to satisfy your cravings.

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Shopping

When you visit Lennox & Addington County, enjoy a relaxing pace in the backdrop of inspiring heritage and rural charm. Our towns, villages and hamlets each have their own unique attributes and shopping opportunities. Plan a great shopping day in L&A County.

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Accommodations

Looking for a comfortable stay in a cozy Bed & Breakfast? Or maybe you would like to experience a rustic camping adventure in the wilderness? Lennox & Addington County has a wide range of accommodations that we're sure will work for you.

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Attractions

When visiting Lennox & Addington County, be sure to take the time to visit some of great local attractions. From scenic gardens to historic tours and everything in between, we're sure you'll find something fun to keep you entertained.

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