The HeartLand Tour comes to New Glasgow on July 15th!

JOIN US to celebrate a healthy, active lifestyle, Canada’s 150th anniversary and get some of the 150 minutes a week of physical activity we all need to promote our own health and well-being.

It will cost you nothing, you get a planned ride or walk, a new and improved Heartland Tour t-shirt, lunch, prize draws and some birthday cake – and that’s OK because you will have been very physically active.

All of this is made possible by volunteers in our community and the generous support of our sponsors who share this goal – a healthier YOU, one kilometre at at time.

Our day begins at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 0830.

We hope to see adults and children joining us for welcome messages, warm up exercises, and an exciting send off.

We encourage pre-registration (click Register on this page) but you will be able to register on site.

ADULT CYCLE At 9:00 am we have a 50 km scenic road ride on roads with paved shoulders for a good portion of the ride. A rest stop is provided (with a special treat this year) and police escort through town. The ride is a loop returning back to the Wellness Centre in time for lunch. GET YOUR RECOMMENDED WEEKLY DOSE OF 150 MINUTES OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN ONE RIDE.

WALK At 9:00 am we also have guided walk options of 3.5 and 5 km that leave and return from the Wellness Centre. The shorter route is, with one small exception, on sidewalk and children on small bikes with parents or guardians are welcome.

CHILDREN’S CYCLE EVENT At 12:15 pm in the Wellness Centre parking area there will be a bike ride for children under the age of 10 on a closed circuit. The more they ride the more chances they have to win a new bike and other prizes. Please ensure your child brings an approved helmets along with their bike.

LUNCH AND PRIZES At 1:00 pm inside the Wellness Centre we will have lunch, prize draws and a big birthday cake for Canada 150. We will also present the Big Heart Award before wrapping up the 2017 Heartland Tour.

Considerations: Over half of this route has paved shoulder available for riders to use. The heavier traffic urban portion of the ride will have police escort.

About 10 km of this ride uses highways without paved shoulders.

There are a few gentle climbs and one hill that is a bit of a challenge but it is short. On the first section of less than 1.5 km – from the Wellness Centre to the Truro Rd. – there is no paved shoulder and the asphalt may be in poor condition, exercise caution (riders will be bunched together at this point and the plan is to have police escort).

50 km road ride leaving Pictou County Wellness Centre at 9:00 am (be sure to arrive earlier to register and participate in the opening). The route loops back to the Wellness Centre returning near noon.

We hope to have police escort for the entire route but we are assured of escort within the Town of New Glasgow on our return. The route is left on the Westville Road, then right on the Truro Rd. (#4), right at the Irving continuing on the #4 through Alma.

At about the 15 km point, right on #376 (Blue Route).

At 28 km right into Piper’s Landing parking lot for a rest stop.

Continuing on, riders are asked to reassemble at the parking area just before the Rotary.

Entering the Rotary take the first exit (right) onto #6 to cross the Causeway (paved shoulder). At the first exit (Exit #2) turn right at the end of the ramp toward Abercrombie.

Proceed along this road (Granton Rd.) into the Town of New Glasgow re-grouping at the parking lot of Abercrombie Variety (on the right – at 44.5 km distance for our start).

Town police will escort us the rest of the way through town using the Westville Rd. to lead us back to the Wellness Centre.

Paper copies of the cue sheet will be available at the start of the ride.

These walks will have a leader, the only caution is the short section of McGregor Ave. near the Wellness centre where the sidewalk has not been completed.

11:00am – We have two walk options starting from and returning to the Wellness Centre.

Both walks will start together proceeding along the same route for the first 1.5 km.

3.7 km walk – leave Wellness Centre making a right turn on MacGregor Ave., left on Lawrence Blvd., right on Heritage Ave., right on MacGregor Ave. returning to the Wellness Centre.

5.0 km walk – leave Wellness Centre making a right turn on MacGregor Ave., left on Lawrence Blvd., at the rotary, right on Foord St., right on Kirk Ave., (no sidewalk but a very quiet side street), it merges with Foster Ave. joining Pleasant St., right on Pleasant to Heritage Ave., left on heritage and then right on MacGregor Ave., heading back to the Wellness Centre.

If you have any questions about this community event please contact Katherine Saulnier

Phone: 902-628-3224