Not only was the riding  at Turkey Point phenomenal, but the whole experience of  glamping, hitting a beautiful beach, touring  an award-winning winery  and stargazing at night  was just so unique and fun, it blew past any of my expectations. Nate L.
 

Why do we require an application?

Our application process is in response to two of the most common questions our Riders have prior to booking a trip with us:

1) Am I skilled/fit enough to participate in this Ride?
2) Will the other people on my Ride be skilled/fit enough?

Ensuring that you - and the other Riders on your Ride - are a good fit for the Ride selected is of paramount importance to us. We want to help you pick the Ride that's perfect for you, and ensure that everyone booked on a Ride is on the right Ride for them. That's why we want to know a bit more about you - your mountain biking history, where you ride, how often, etc... - before we take your money.

We review every application and if, based on your responses, we think you're a good fit, we'll approve your application and you'll receive a link to place a deposit. If we think you might not be a good fit (either too skilled or not skilled enough for the Ride you chose), then we'll give you a call to discuss your preferences in greater detail.

Please note: our application process isn't about excluding anyone, or making anyone feel like they're not 'good enough' to participate in one of our Rides. It's about ensuring that you end up on the right Ride for you, with people of similar skill, fitness and riding preferences. In the end this ends up being a much better experience for everyone.

Along the shores of beautiful Lake Erie lies one of Southern Ontario's most unique and unpretentious gems.

 

Leave the city and find your groove on miles of fun, flowy singletrack winding through stunning Carolinian forest near Turkey Point Provincial Park. You'll get to ride  all  the  classics including  Dizzy Lizzy, West Ridge and Jimmy's Joker  while being guided by your friendly local guide (and 2-time national & 5-time provincial mountain bike champion), Paul  Meiklejohn .

 

Top things off with the region's award-winning wine and marvel at the skies through the lens of Canada's newest astronomical observatory. Enjoy fine-dining at Burning Kiln Winery followed by s'mores by the campfire and a glamping experience like no other in wilderness pods or suites!

 

Who says a weekend of fun and adventure can't be done in style!


Be sure to review our Skill and Fitness Rating System for a better understanding of what to expect.

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

One word: FLOW. You love fast & flowy intermediate-level trails winding through a beautiful forest. You don't mind the odd technical feature such as roots and tight switchbacks, and can pop your front wheel over logs up to 6 inches off the ground. You keep a good level of fitness by riding and training regularly and consistently. The thought of a unique experience like glamping (glamorous camping) in a wilderness pod without electricity excites you, as long as you get to enjoy your creature comforts like a warm shower, a comfy bed and perhaps a nice bottle of Pinot Noir to go along. If you prefer to have your own private bathroom, shower and power source, you may choose to upgrade to your very own wilderness suite (see add-ons for more details).

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    INTERMEDIATE 5/9

    SKILL LEVEL 5 - INTERMEDIATE

    At a controlled speed and on mellow singletrack terrain, you are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand.

    You are comfortable and confident rolling over small obstacles (a couple inches high) like roots, rocks and small rollable drops (a couple inches high).

    You do not take your wheels off the ground.If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green trails and easy blue trails. You roll over obstacles with ease, although keep both wheels on the ground.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    SKILL LEVEL 5 - INTERMEDIATE

    At a controlled speed and on mellow singletrack terrain, you are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand.

    You are comfortable and confident rolling over small obstacles (a couple inches high) like roots, rocks and small rollable drops (a couple inches high).

    You do not take your wheels off the ground.If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green trails and easy blue trails. You roll over obstacles with ease, although keep both wheels on the ground.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $695 CADABOUT CURRENCIES

    About Currencies

    The default currency of the Ride, as displayed, is the same as the currency that we pay our local guides and suppliers in. This helps mitigate our risk of currency fluctuation. However, although the price of the Ride is set in this currency, our payment processing system processes in Canadian dollars (we're a Canadian company, eh).

  • FITNESS RATING

    5/9

    FITNESS LEVEL 5

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 2-3 hours of pedal time each day.   You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 4 hours of pedal time.

    • You are confident climbing up to a total of 300 vertical metres (1,000 ft.) in a day.

    • You exercise on average 4 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    FITNESS LEVEL 5

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 2-3 hours of pedal time each day.   You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 4 hours of pedal time.

    • You are confident climbing up to a total of 300 vertical metres (1,000 ft.) in a day.

    • You exercise on average 4 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    $139 CADLIFETIME DEPOSITS

    Our Lifetime Deposit policy protects you from unexpected events that may cause your trip to be cancelled or delayed.

    If you need to cancel for any reason, your initial deposit is good forever and will remain on file with us until you’re ready to use it. You can even pass it on to a friend.

  • RIDE TYPE

    Singletrack

    RIDE TYPES

    • SINGLETRACK:for experienced mountain bikers
    • EXPLORER:for beginner mountain bikers
    • BRING-YOUR-PARTNER:for experienced mountain bikers and their non-MTB-ing partners
    • WOMEN'S:skills camps and Rides for women only
  • DURATION

    3 days
  • DATES

    June-SeptemberSEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Familiar

    Level Familiar

    • On our Familiar trips, Riders from Western countries/cultures will generally experience familiar languages and cultures, and experiences that are generally familiar.
    • While the riding and activities themselves may be quite adventurous and/or challenge you, you'll still find the overall environment quite familiar if you come from a 'developed' country.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Adventurous' and 'Out There' Rides.

    Level Familiar

    • On our Familiar trips, Riders from Western countries/cultures will generally experience familiar languages and cultures, and experiences that are generally familiar.
    • While the riding and activities themselves may be quite adventurous and/or challenge you, you'll still find the overall environment quite familiar if you come from a 'developed' country.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Adventurous' and 'Out There' Rides.

WHY RIDE WITH US?

  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Lifetime Deposits
  • Risk-Free Booking Window
  • Travel Concierge

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Day 1 - Friday

Arrive at Long Point Eco Adventures anytime between 5 and 9, and get settled into your wilderness pod or luxury glamping suite. You can have dinner beforehand in beautiful Port Dover or Normandale, or we'll get the grill fired up with some burgers for those arriving before 7pm. Our friendly staff will show you around the premises and give you the lay of the land, before gathering around the campfire to enjoy the darkest skies and most visible stars in Southern Ontario (and some delicious s'mores, too).

 

Day 2 - Saturday

Wake up to the beautiful sounds of nature before fueling up on a hearty buffet-style breakfast. Once legs stretched and bikes properly inspected, we'll warm up on Dizzy Lizzy - a swooping 2km loop of snaking singletrack through pine plantation forest. We'll then make our way to Hot Flash - a trail built and designed by LOST (Ladies on Single Track) - the Turkey Point Mountain Bike Club women's affiliate! A fun flowy trail that offers wide turns and open straight away's that meander through a thin cut hardwood forest. We'll grab grub in town at the famous Sandbar on the Beach (we highly recommend the Smoked Beef Po Boy!) with great patio views of Lake Erie and a very handy Steamwhistle Bike Station to tend to any mechanicals.

 

In the afternoon, we'll ride Ear Shot, an undulating trail with massive amounts of flow packed into it. A steep climb covered in roots and ruts will challenge even the most adept - this trail is SERIOUSLY fun! Then, it's time to unwind on One for the Vine - a fantastic trail on its own, made even better by ending at an award winning winery! That's right, enjoy the aroma of grapes growing on the vine and allow the motivation to push you the extra 2km to Burning Kiln Winery for a tour of their beautiful, historic winery (with a glass of fine white or red in hand, of course). It sounds too good to be true, but believe us, it's all true!

 

We'll clean dirt and grime off bikes and bodies before returning to the winery for a delicious dinner featuring local cuisine, all the while enjoying the superb setting (and perhaps another bottle of exquisite wine). As the sun sets, we'll head towards the Long Point observatory where the 16” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope will reveal planets, nebulas and galaxies far far away, leaving even the least astronomically inclined in awe.

 

Day 3 - Sunday

Homestyle-cooked breakfast awaits before gearing up for another epic day of riding.  Paul will lead the way as he takes you on an array of ultra fun cross-country rides. First up is White Tail, where rolling hills provide great acceleration points with some technical rooty sections to keep you honest. Keep your eyes and ears open for deer! We'll then ride though a beautiful forest that changes from dense hardwood to old growth hemlocks to pine in about 3km. Try to spot the abandoned Chevy big block motor (hence the appropriately named 'Motorhead').

 

We'll grab lunch at the historic Normandale Century Inn and unwind on the large outdoor patio. In the afternoon, we'll ride Jimmy's Joker, a trail riddled with roots from enormous, 70 year-old Beech trees that finishes into the gut of a protected, ultra-flowy Carolinian forest. We'll make our way to Punctured Lung, a super fun and at times grueling trail that offers climbs and descents galore! It's time to throw some well deserved high fives and crack open a few microbrews.

 

We'll wrap up by 4:00pm, giving you time to pack up and casually make your way to the city. For those wanting to extend their weekend into Monday (which we highly encourage you do), there's so much more to discover at Long Point: go for a swim at Turkey Point beach, give zip lining a try or head back to the winery! Just head over to our add-ons, select an extra night accommodation and the canopy tour add-on, and let us handle the rest!

  • 2 friendly, experienced guides
  • 2 nights accommodation in your own cozy wilderness pod (or suite upgrade)
  • 2 delicious, buffet-style breakfasts and 2 lunches at local restaurants
  • 1 dinner, winery tour and wine tasting at Burning Kiln Winery
  • Stargazing exprience at Canada's newest astronomical observatory
  • Trail snacks and ice-cold microbrews

Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination, including Frequently Asked Questions by site visitors and our Riders at the bottom. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for below, click the ‘Ask a Question’ button below.

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GETTING THERE AND BACK +

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BIKE AND GEAR INFO AND PACKING LIST +

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Important Stuff +

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS+

Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

Paul Meiklejohn
Paul has been competing successfully in the sport of Downhill Mountain Bike racing for well over 15 years. He was raised in Norfolk County and started his cycling career at the age of 12. He received provincial honours in BMX, XC and Downhill... My sacred ride is Jimmy's Joker located on my home trails in Turkey Point, ON. This trail was built in 1998 and I have ridden it thousands of times since then, yet every time I drop...[more]

Nate Lessnick
Like most of us here, I fell in love with the outdoors and riding a bike at an early age. Joining the Sacred Rides crew in 2012 has allowed me to combine my passions for traveling, mountain biking and building one awesome company. Perhaps the... My Sacred Ride would have to be the amazing Kirwan's Track in New Zealand. There's nothing quite like the feeling of descending 1100 metres through various ecozones, from rugged...
Below you will find some of the videos for this Ride. Please keep in mind that some of these videos may have been recorded by our guides and the speeds they are riding at aren't necessarily indicative of the speeds you'll be riding at!
Wilderness Luxury Suites Upgrade
Ride Guide TV does Long Point
Long Point Observatory
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Front-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$140.00 CAD
Wilderness Luxury Suite upgrade$400.00 CAD
Trip Extensions
ADD-ON PRICE
Zipline and canopy tour$95.00 CAD
2017
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Booking Private? Availability
Friday, June 16, 2017 Long Point Eco-Adventures, 5 pm Sunday, June 18, 2017 Long Point Eco-Adventures, 4 pm 695.00 139.00 CAD Book Now! Guaranteed
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2018
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Booking Private? Availability
Friday, June 8, 2018 Long Point Eco-Adventures, 5 pm Sunday, June 10, 2018 Long Point Eco-Adventures, 4 pm 745.00 149.00 CAD Book Now! Guaranteed
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