August 7, 2019  

Time's running out: register for the picnic

You are running out of time to register for the TBN annual picnic, which takes place on Sunday at Toogood Pond in Markham. The picnic and its barbecue lunch are free, but we do ask riders to register by Thursday so we know how much food to buy. If you've got the new TBN jersey, please wear it for a group picture.TBN is offering six different routes to the annual picnic this year, with distances from 40km to almost 90 km. Check the website for details of the rides and the event.

If you're not riding, and can help organizer Susan Bishop, please email her at

Travel with TBN 

Goderich Getaway: Aug 23-25 WAITLIST ONLY

Our cycling weekend at Camp Kintail Conference Centre on Lake Huron is full, but you can still join the waiting list. Check the TBN website for details.

Wolf Den: September 13-15 STILL SPACE

There's still plenty of space on our always popular fall trip to the Wolf Den nature retreat. Enjoy quiet hikes and pretty bike rides on the edge of Algonquin Park. More details on the website.  

Thanksgiving in Madawaska: October 12-14 

A special Thanksgiving trip to the Madawaska Kanu Centre, just south of Algonquin Park, is open for registration. You can register on the TBN website, but you will need to phone the centre to pay for your stay. The price depends on where you stay -- options include camping, plus lodge and dormitory accommodation. Check the TBN website for more details.

Fitz Fall hiking: October 18-20 WAITLIST ONLY

Check out the TBN website to join the waitlist for our sold-out trip to the quaint Fitz Hostel on Lion Head. 

New trip ideas?

Contact Jeannie at if you have suggestions for a trip or if you wish to lead one. Trip leaders have their fees paid by TBN.


GO to Niagara Falls

Our long summer rides to Niagara Falls are on the agenda again for 2019, with the Tourist-class 166km special scheduled for August 17 and the 151km advanced Urban Roller version on August 24. You'll ride through lakefront parks and on quiet bike lanes, and reach Niagara Falls in time for the evening GO train back to Toronto.

Space on the bike train is limited. You must register ahead of time to join these rides.

Buying at a discount

Many bike stores in the Toronto area offer hefty discounts for TBN members, as do a number of bicycle related services. Check the website for the full list. 

What's coming up

During the cycling season, Chain of Events offers a quick summary of some events over the coming weeks and months. Please email the editor at if there are cycling-related items you would like us to add.

August 11: Toogood Pond picnic

August 17: Toronto-Niagara Falls GO home (Tourist version)

August 24: Toronto-Niagara Falls GO home (Urban Roller version)

August 23-25: Goderich Getaway

August 24: Toronto Bicycle Music Festival

September 8: Alan Gordon Metric Century ride

September 13-15: Wolf Den cycling/hiking/kayaking weekend

October 18-20: Fitz Hostel fall hiking weekend

As always, check the TBN website for details of all rides and other events, and remember to check back a couple of hours before a ride in case it's changed or cancelled because of poor weather or other factors beyond our control.

Remember to visit the TBN calendar of events to find out more about what's coming up. That little TTC logo below will help alert you to any subway closures.

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