The first "Great Canadian Bike Rally" is to be held this coming year July 14 to 17th 2011 in Merritt BC. The 4-day rally is scheduled to begin on Thursday, July 14th through until Sunday, July 17th and will feature outdoor concerts, show bikes, builders, vendors and an exciting line-up of activities for those that love to ride. Daytime activities will take place primarily in the city center including the street mall, entertainment venues, motorcycle games and demonstrations. Poker runs and dice runs are planned for those that wish to get out on the open road, with stations at surrounding communities like Spences Bridge, Ashcroft, Kamloops and Quilchena. Evening concerts, including beer gardens and camping are planned for the festival grounds and a shuttle bus service will be in place connecting Merritt to Kamloops.
Money raised from the event will be going to two very worthy causes. The BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Circle Square Ranch Children’s Fund. Apparently the rally will be the first to offer an IMBBA sanctioned bike show on the West coast, I gather that there will also be a Miss Motorcycle Canada type competition there as well. The rally isn't aimed just at the Harley crowd although they are as welcome as all others, they are hoping to attract a lot of sportbikes and two stroke owners (of which I'm one) for a show and shine. Shame it's the same weekend as the Sturgis of the North rally, but if it's Harley's for Salmon Arm, then it's two strokes for Merritt.