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Ready to hit the road: Canada Life Ride to the Lake gears up for 2020 event

Cyclists support wetland conservation in 220-kilometre trek

July 13, 2020
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Never. Stop. Pedaling.

Cyclists are known for their ability to stay strong and persevere through challenging stretches on the road. This year, however, riders and organizers of DUC’s Ride to the Lake, sponsored by Canada Life, faced an entirely different type of headwind when COVID-19 threatened to put the brakes on their annual event. But these intrepid cyclists and conservationists pledged to never stop pedaling in support of Canada’s wetlands. Today, they’re gearing up for a safe and responsible ride that’s raising critical funds to help conserve these precious natural areas.

Following extensive consultation with medical professionals and provincial health organizations, the Canada Life Ride to the Lake fundraiser will be rolling down the road between Winnipeg, Man. and Kenora, Ont. on Friday, July 17, 2020. The event will take cyclists of varying ages and experience along a 220-kilometre route that ranges from flat prairies to more challenging hills of the Canadian Shield between the Manitoba border and Kenora.

To ensure the safety and well-being of all riders, this year’s event includes staggered departure times for a maximum of 50 participants. All necessary social distancing and health protocols will be followed.

Now in its fourth year, the Canada Life Ride to the Lake has been referred to as “an adventure of a lifetime” by previous riders. Held during the height of summer—when many people are enjoying their vacations in popular “cottage country” like Lake of the Woods in northwest Ontario—it’s a fitting reminder that wetlands are critical to Canadians’ enjoyment of the outdoors. Wetlands keep the water in our lakes and rivers clean. They protect our communities from floods and droughts. And, they provide beautiful backdrops to all kinds of recreational activities.

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