Motorcycle Events to check out in the Highlands

/ June 21, 2019

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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.

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June 2019 Events

June 15 – Haliburton Highlanders Charity Poker Run, Haliburton, ON

Route: Dynamite Alley & The Highlands Loop

Host: Haliburton Highlanders Riding Club

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.


June 16 – OBVMC Motorcycle Show, Shine and Swap, Arnprior, ON

Route: The Highlands Loop & Deep Valley Run

Host: Old Bastards Vintage Motorcycle Club

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 2019 Events

July 5, 6 & 7 – Wheels, Water & Wings and Shake the Shield Ride, Bancroft, ON

Route: The Highlands Loop & Deep Valley Run

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. 

July 6 – 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 6 – The All Female Burnout, Smiths Falls, ON

Route: Rideau Ridge

Host: Part of the Rideau Rendezvous

Calling all women to join in the attempt to beat the 2015 Guinness World Record for an all-female simultaneous motorcycle burn out. This event not only empowers women, but will raise funds for numerous women’s shelters across Ontario and Quebec. The registration fee is $20. Reserve your spot today.

Motorcycle Event

July 13 – Renfrew Freedom Ride 2019, Renfrew, ON

Route: The Highlands Loop, Deep Valley Run, Valley Sally, Opeongo Loop

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.

August 2019 Events

August 10 – 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 24 – 
Cruise Don’t Bruise, Orleans, ON

Route: The Highlands Loop, Deep Valley Run

Host: Eastern Ontario Resource Centre

This is the 10th 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 2019 Events

September 7 – 7th Annual Toys for Kids Ride, Renfrew, ON

Route: The Highlands Loop, Deep Valley Run, Valley Sally, Opeongo Loop

Host: Templar Knights Motorcycle Club

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.

Be part of a great cause and plan your ride around one of these events. Visit ridethehighlands.ca for more information, accommodations and to plan your trip.

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