Motorcycle Events to check out in the Highlands
Motorcycles and charities go hand-in-hand, like epic curves and sidewall sizzle. In the summer, there isn’t a weekend that you can’t find some kind of motorcycle event or poker run taking place to raise money for a foundation or someone in need. This is why riders are such an awesome bunch. What’s better than going for a ride? Going for a ride 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 not included in this list, please email us with the details.
June 2020 Events
TBD – Haliburton Highlanders Charity Poker Run, Haliburton, ON
This is a charity poker run supporting Community Living (Trent Highlands) and will take place rain or shine. There will be a BBQ and prizes. To register, arrive between 9:30-10:30am.
TBD – OBVMC Motorcycle Show, Shine and Swap, Arnprior, ON
Spend the day checking out motorcycles from pre-1960 to modern (1999 and up), or show off your loyal steed. Admission is free, and it’s only $5 to enter your bike in the show.
July 2020 Events
July 4 – Rideau Rendezvous Motorcycle Rally, Smiths Falls, ON
Route: Rideau Ridge
This rally starts at 9am and runs until the band wraps up, around midnight. This eastern Ontario motorcycle rally will be happening at the Railway Museum in Smith’s Falls. Camping is available on-site, with vendors and the world record attempt at the world’s largest all-female burnout. Biker rodeo & games, show & shine, poker run, and kid’s zone. All proceeds from the charity run will go to the Jumpstart program for youth in Smiths Falls. Free shuttle buses throughout town are available so you can enjoy the community
July 4 – 2020 Burnout Attempt for Charity, Smiths Falls, ON
Route: Rideau Ridge
Host: Part of the Rideau Rendezvous
Calling all riders to become participants in this years Motorcycle Burnout Attempt to raise money for charity. This event will raise funds for numerous women’s shelters across Ontario and Quebec. The registration fee is $20. Reserve your spot today.
July 5 – 2nd Annual Show & Shine, Madoc, ON
Route: The Highlands Loop
This year Iron Rooster will be raising funds for a local 3 year old boy who was born with Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome. 100% of the money raised will go to his family to help with the costly treatments to manage his symptoms. Registration begins at 10 am at the restaurant with the ride leaving at 11. A BBQ and band will follow, with the show & shine and silent auction.
TBD – Renfrew Freedom Ride, Renfrew, ON
Host: Ottawa Valley Men’s Centre
Help raise money for the Ottawa Valley Men’s Centre in Renfrew by participating in the inaugural Freedom Ride. Registration begins at 9 am with the ride to begin at 11:15. A BBQ will follow the ride with a family friendly rodeo to complete the day.
TBD – Wheels, Water & Wings and Shake the Shield Ride, Bancroft, ON
Host: Bancroft BIA
This is a fun filled weekend of events, including paddle challenges, concerts, dances and food trucks; with the main festivities taking place at 68 Hastings St. North in Bancroft. This is also where you register for the Shake the Shield Poker Run and get your passport. Part of the proceeds from the $25 registration fee will be donated to the local OPP’s Kids in Need Charity. There is no set start time, but to qualify you must finish the 393 km ride and the passport by 3:30pm on Sunday July 7th. A free Show & Shine will take place Sunday afternoon.
August 2020 Events
TBD – Vicious Varieties Bike Night, Merrickville, ON
Route: Rideau Ridge
Host: Vicious Varieties
Starting at the Harvey’s on Brookdale Ave in Cornwall, the ride heads towards Merrickville with a stop at Tim Hortons for a quick coffee and bathroom break. Stopping at Merrickville, you’ll enjoy some food with each other, picnic style, taking in the sights and sounds of the gorgeous area. Don’t forget your camera. If you’re lucky, there might be a boat passing through the locks. Pack your snacks or there is a chip stand nearby if you prefer to travel light.
August 22 – Cruise Don’t Bruise, Orleans, ON
Host: Eastern Ontario Resource Centre
This is the 11th anniversary of the annual Cruise Don’t Bruise motorcycle event. This ride will help raise awareness about domestic violence and funds for programs against abuse. Registration begins at 7:30am at the new locations 1515 Tenth Line Road in Orleans. Be ready for your kick stands to be up at 9am for the ride.
September 2020 Events
TBD – 8th Annual Toys for Kids Ride, Renfrew, ON
Help make a child’s Christmas a little brighter by participating in the Toys for Kids Ride. Registration takes place from 9 to 10:30am at the Renfrew Information Booth with a toy donation per bike entry fee. The ride begins at 10:30am and ends with lunch by donation at the Renfrew Golden Age Activity Centre. There will be prizes drawn at lunch.