Event Info

The Event

The Growling Beaver Brevet made its debut in 2015 to celebrate cycling and to help people with Parkinson's to live well today. All fundraising proceeds will go to support the work of Parkinson Canada, including their partnership with our original charity partner the Davis Phinney Foundation.

Whether you join us in Collingwood, or sign up as a virtual participant and track your miles throughout the summer, we are making it easy for everyone to ride the Growling Beaver in 2021.

Our event is different. It’s as social as it is athletic. It was designed for cyclists by cyclists to be accessible to everyone: the hard core road warrior, the devoted gravel grinder, young and old, uber-fit or slowed by Parkinson’s. Inspired by Davis and Connie Carpenter Phinney, our ethos is to “Live Well Today,”

Parkinson Canada believes in this too. Our ride supports a vision of a better life today for Canadians living with Parkinson’s; a world without Parkinson’s tomorrow.

The Growling Beaver Brevet is a social (non-race) ride to celebrate cycling with 250 cyclists riding 40, 60, 100 or 200 km routes through the scenic Beaver Valley at what should be the height of the fall colours. The day features the Beaver Valley and Georgian Bay communities and merchants that have supported cyclists through the summer season.

The routes have been conceived with a mix of tarmac and scenic country gravel roads. In the European "brevet" tradition, every rider will carry a “passport” that is authenticated at checkpoints.

Our Co-Founders

Dede Barry
Michael Barry
Garnet Pratt
Evan Siddall
Jody Wilson
Laura Wilson

Past Ride Highlights:

  • Epic 40/60/100/200 km courses that cover scenic rail trails, gravel roads, and paved roadways.
  • Stunning vistas overlooking the beautiful Beaver Valley and the surrounding region at the peak of fall colour.
  • An intimate event limited to 250 riders.
  • "Passport” authentication at checkpoints which will spoil you with local cuisine and entertainment.
  • Post ride meal and social upon your return to Side Launch Brewing Company.
  • Receive a Growling Beaver swag bag.

Through the amazing support of our sponsors, registration fees have been kept to a minimum and 100% of your fundraising dollars go to projects focused on helping Canadians with Parkinson's live well. Given this, the suggested fundraising minimum is $500 per participant.

Note: The event will occur on open roads ways, thus all participants must follow the Highway Traffic Act.