Town to celebrate trees at Oakville Canopy Club bike ride

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 – for immediate release

Town to celebrate trees at Oakville Canopy Club bike ride

Free events for the whole family at Celebration of Trees opening event

The Town of Oakville invites residents and visitors to celebrate the benefits of trees at the inaugural Oakville Canopy Club Bike Ride and Celebration of Trees event on July 26 in Coronation Park starting at 8:30 a.m.

“Trees are definitely worth celebrating. Not only do they enhance the beauty of our community, but they provide oxygen and food,” explained John McNeil, manager of Forestry Services. “Trees help cool the environment and our homes. They create habitats for wildlife. And most importantly, they are teachers and playmates. Trees bring people together.”

During the opening festivities, attendees can take part in the Mom and Tot tree climb; experience a bucket truck ride like a real arborist; witness a horse-drawn log pull; or take part in a drumming circle. Plus, event-goers can learn what to do to protect Oakville’s ash trees from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

Presented in partnership with the Toronto-to-Niagara Tour des Trees eh! bike ride, the Oakville Canopy Club Silver Route portion is a leisurely, 22 kilometre, three-hour ride along Oakville and Burlington’s beautiful tree-lined waterfront.

Cyclists wanting to take part in the ride should register before July 25 at The $55 ride registration fee includes all the opening activities, breakfast snack, bike jersey, post-ride massage, lunch at the ride’s final destination at Barangas on the Beach restaurant, plus a contribution to the Canadian TREE fund which supports urban forestry research and education.

Riders are encouraged to have their bikes tuned; carry an extra inner tube; and to bring sunglasses, helmet and water bottle. The ride will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by lunch. Those not wishing to ride back after the lunch stop should pre-arrange a ride home from Van Wagners Beach after 3 p.m.

The event will take place rain or shine. The activities and ride kick-off will be held at the west end of Coronation Park located at 1426 Lakeshore Road West. For more information please visit the Canopy Club events page at

The town launched the Oakville Canopy Club in 2011 in response to EAB infestations. This innovative community outreach program educates residents about EAB and other urban forestry initiatives.

For more information:

John McNeil, RPF
Manager, Forestry Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3395

Jill MacInnes
Communications Advisor, Forestry Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3096

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