Canadian Events

Canada has some amazing bikepacking and gravel events for you to participate in. Listed below are events throughout the country that I have added or that have been submitted to the website. We at Bikepack Adventures hope you are able to participate in some of these amazing events.

Keep on pedalling!

June

bt700

Created by
Matthew Kadey

BT 700

Situated in Southwestern Ontario, the BT 700 is a 760 km loop in southwestern Ontario designed for any rider who revels in unpaved backcountry roads, testy climbs and trails through thick forests. The route as a whole is designed to be an adventure cycling route, mainly using unsurfaced riding surfaces, that bundles southern Ontario’s greatest hits into one neat package. Are you ready to join the butter tart fellowship? 

Location

St. Jacobs, Ontario

Date

June 19th, 2022 @ 8am

Distance

775km

Elevation

7600m

BC EPIC LOGO

Created by
Lennard Pretorius

BC Epic 1000

The BC Epic follows a 1000km route with 11,000 meters in elevation. It traverses South Central BC starting in Merrit and ending in Fernie mostly along the Trans Canada Trail. The route is about 80% off road on mostly old decommissioned rail grades, with a few sections of challenging singletrack and the rest mostly rough gravel forest service road and about 100km paved. It is spectacular ride crossing through a great diversity of terrain and ecosystems with remarkable scenery, trestles hundreds of feet high and multiple tunnels (longest almost a kilometer!) along the bed of some of the most expensive railway ever laid through the mountains. Take on the challenge and ride the Epic!

Location

Merritt, B.C.

Date

June 25th, 2022

Distance

1037km

Elevation

11225m

July

Created by
Chris Panasky

Canadian Shield Bikepacking Route

The Canadian Shield Bikepacking Route is a bikepacking route unlike any other in the region. At 1300km in length and with nearly 17,000 metres of climbing, there is no other route that can provide the same amount of challenge. This route will take you through, over and across some of the most rugged and beautiful parts of Western Quebec. With the vast majority of the route being unpaved, this route takes you over hills and mountains, around beautiful hard to reach lakes, on some of the best rail trail in the region and along backcountry roads that are for the most part free of traffic.

Location

Chelsea, Quebec

Date

July 3rd, 2022 @ 8am

Distance

400km / 1000km / 1300km

Elevation

5356m / 11508m / 16794m

Lost Elephant Ultra Race

​It’s likely the toughest 500+ km route that you’ll find while still being called gravel grinding or bike packing… both names being used loosely in this case. And we’re proud of that. You want a bit more straight forward with shorter distance? Check out our Dumbo Course. 
We’d appreciate it if you shared this with your riding chums. The beauty available for your eyes and other senses along this course is tough to beat.

Location

Cranbrook, B.C.

Date

July 23rd, 2022 @ 6am

Distance

548km / 344km

Elevation

7636m / 4670m

August

AR700 logo2

Created by
Jonathan Hayward

Alberta Rockies 700

This is a fully self supported bike packing event. The route is over 80% gravel. It will be run similar to events such as the Tour Divide and other long distance self supported rides. The grand depart for 2022 will take place in Canmore Alberta and will offer two separate distances of loops. 

Location

Canmore, Alberta

Date

August 13th, 2022

Distance

500km / 700km

Elevation

8270m / 10534m

Created by
Eric Betteridge & Jennifer Adams

Log Driver's Waltz

The Log Driver’s Waltz is an 800 kilometre, multi-day cycling route that traverses a large variety of terrain in the Ottawa Valley and Outaouais regions of Ontario and Quebec and passes through Ottawa, Canada’s national capital, with its World Heritage Site the Rideau Canal. Come and find yourself immersed in the endless network of lonely backcountry gravel and dirt roads, forested paths and charming towns. It’s easy to see why this area of Canada has emerged as a bikepacking hot spot.

Location

Almonte, Ontario

Date

August 20th, 2022

Distance

797km

Elevation

7160m