Riders gear up to conserve Rouge River

Dust off your bike, pump-up its wheels, and take it out for a spin. The Rouge Valley Conservation Centre is providing you the perfect opportunity.

A fundraising bike ride is to be held on May 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the proceeds going toward restoration programs provided through the centre.

“Money raised from the pledges and donations will go towards our Year of Energy Conservation, Restoration and Education programs as well as guided hikes,” the centre’s Serena Lawrie said.

Those wishing to participate can either choose a 25/50 kilometre bike ride to take them all the way through the superb Rouge River watershed.

Or if they prefer two feet over two wheels, take take part in a hike through the Rouge Valley with a guide.

Pat Mohr, who participated in a previous Ride for the Rouge event, said she thoroughly enjoyed her experience.

“It was a lot of fun, “ Mohr said. “I got to help the Rouge River watershed and visit many different parts of it. I also enjoyed the satisfaction that comes with completing a physically challenging task.”

This year, she is returning  and will be helping the centre run the event.

Lunch will be provided  and those who collect the most pledges can win prizes, such as gift cards, an electric guitar, and two first-class VIA Rail tickets to Quebec City.

“Ride for the Rouge is an excellent way to learn about the Rouge, to help protect it, to test your endurance, and to make new friends,” Mohr said.

“There is also a great BBQ after the ride.”

Organizers are expecting 200 to 250 participants.

For more information, visit rvcc.ca.