Founded in 1975, the Great Canadian Theatre Company is Ottawa’s longest established independent English professional theatre company. I and a group of fellow GCTC board members with the help of theatre staff, are organising the first annual GCTC Bike-a-Thon to raise funds to go towards mounting upcoming productions. It all takes place early in the morning on Sunday, September 15th.
This Spring I test rode the following route with Eric Coates, GCTC’s new Artistic Director AND avid cyclist. I recently re-visited the route to celebrate the recent launch of our fundraising website and to blab about it in this blog!
It’s a participaction / distance achievement type of bike-a-thon i.e. not a race. Very laid back. In keeping with the bee icon on the cover of next season’s program and posters, all the riders are encouraged to wear whatever yellow and black combo’s they can pull from their wardrobe. Rumour has it some may even sport wings and antenna. The Bike-a-Thon will start from the Irving Greenberg Theatre located at the corner of Holland and Wellington St W, home of the GCTC.
We will ride east on Wellington and head north on Parkdale to where it joins the Ottawa River Pathway.
Continuing east along the pathway we will be treated to such wonderful sights as this…
… and this, where the path follows the edge of the river and continues behind Parliament Hill.
We will leave the Ottawa River and climb up beside the Rideau Canal locks between Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier.
After passing under Sapper’s Bridge…
… we will pull up to our good friends at the National Arts Centre.
Once we’ve paused long enough for everyone to catch their breath after the climb up from the river, we will continue along the Rideau Canal where one is treated to glorious views such as this.
The path circles around Dows Lake and weaves its way through the Arboretum.
One more short climb up beside the locks across from Carleton University before our route takes us through the Experimental Farm.
A section of the route that runs parallel to Fisher wanders through a stand of tall majestic trees like so.
The route then crosses Carling and follows the bike lanes along Island Park Drive, like so.
A few blocks east along Byron Avenue.
Then one block north along Holland, and voila! – We arrive at the finish line back at the GCTC.
So dear friends, bikers, and readers, if any of you may be interested in helping fund the great art created at the GCTC, as well as indirectly promote biking as a wonderful activity within our area, please visit the Bike-a-Thon site and follow the instructions.