Motorcycle Events to check out in Ontario’s Highlands

/ May 19, 2023

Motorcycles and events go hand-in-hand, like epic curves and sidewall sizzle. In the summer, there isn’t a weekend in Ontario that you can’t find some kind of motorcycle event or ride taking place. The best part is many of these events raise money for a cause or local charity. This is why riders are so great. What’s better than going for a ride? Going for a ride while supporting a cause.

Ontario’s Highlands and nearby communities are filling up with event rides over the summer. We’ve got your guide here, and to make your planning easy, we’ve listed all of them by date and included the Ride the Highlands route you can find it on.

If we’ve missed your event or know of a ride that is not included in this list, please email us with the details.

Weekly Events

Thursday Night Bike Night – The Iron Rooster, Marmora

Route: The Highlands Loop, Dynamite Alley

Come have fun at The Iron Rooster’s bike night every Thursday, from 5pm-9pm, starting May 23rd. Enjoy food specials, 50/50 draws, great music, and Rooster swag, all while raising funds for Food for Learning in Madoc and Marmora.

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August 2024 Events

August 24 (Rain date August 25) – 4th Annual Show & Shine, Marmora, ON

Route: The Highlands Loop, Dynamite Alley

Host: Iron Rooster Rotisserie and Grill

The 4th Annual Big Bash Show and Shine will be taking place from 11am to 4pm at Iron Rooster Rotisserie and Grill. Come out to this great event, enjoy live music, a charity BBQ, 50/50 and charity raffle draw to support the Foundations of Youth Centre in Madoc. The event will also be collecting non perishable food items for the local food bank.

September 2024 Events

September 6-8 – Old Bastards Vintage Motorcycle Club Annual Rally, Delta, ON

Route: Rideau Ridge

Host: Old Bastards Vintage Motorcycle Club

This annual three-day family-friendly rally includes road rides, bike games, a show and shine for vintage and custom bikes, as well as a dance with a live band. The event will be taking place at the Lower Beverly Lake Campground, with entry/participation fee of $10 for the full weekend. Overnight camping is extra and can be booked through the campground.  

September 21- 22 – Corduroy Enduro, Gooderham, ON

Route: Dynamite Alley

Host: Rally Connex

This family-friendly event is for dual sport riders or anyone who is interested. Enjoy five days of activities including off-road demo rides, vintage show and shine, an ADV and dual sport spectator tour, as well as the fun of cheering on participants. Camping and food is available on-site at the Gooderham Community Centre.

Past Events

May 2024 Events

May 11 – 8th Annual Ride for Disabled Vets, Stittsville, ON

Route: Rideau Ridge

Host: Canada’s Capital Ride Info

The annual Ride for Disabled Vets is a 154 km route that raises money in support of PTSD Recovery and service dogs. The ride begins in Stittsville and takes you through parts of Ride the Highlands including the quaint towns of Perth, Smith’s Falls and Merrickville. This ride is a poker run which ends with a BBQ, 50/50 draw and prizes.

May 18 –  Royal Canadian Legion Poker Run, Renfrew, ON

Route: The Highlands Loop

Host: Templar Knights Motorcycle Club Canada

Join the Templar Knights Motorcycle Club in Renfrew to support the Royal Canadian Legion and Veterans in the Ottawa Valley. Registration for the poker run will begin at 9:30am, with the ride taking place between 10am – 2pm. A 50/50 draw and BBQ will also be taking place.

June 2024 Events

June 1 – Ride for Dad Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Route: Rideau Ridge

Host: Ride for Dad

The Ottawa Motorcycle Ride for Dad has raised over $7.7 million for the fight against prostate cancer since 2000. Join this annual event, riding through parts of Ontario’s Highlands, and ending at Canadian Tire Centre in Stittsville. The poker run will include a delicious meal from a selection of food trucks, live entertainment, souvenir and vendor sales.

June 22 – Blessing of the Bikes, Marmora, ON

Route: The Highlands Loop, Dynamite Alley

Host: Widows Sons Land O’Lakes Chapter

Join other riders at The Iron Rooster to get your bike blessed and your insurance from On High. There will be a collection helmet passed around. Come for fellowship, 50/50 draws, prizes, food and drink. All funds raised for this event will support prostate and bladder cancer treatment.

Motorcycle Events Map

Keep checking back as more motorcycle events get added throughout the season. If you’re looking to organize a motorcycle ride, rally or event of your own this season, Maplehaus Grill located in Hardwood Lake are happy to work with you and are a great location as the homebase for your event. Visit for more information and plan your trip around one of these great events.

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