PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally to depart Toronto for Montréal to raise critical funds for Toronto People With AIDS Foundation

It Takes a Village

TORONTO, July 27 2017 /CNW/ - A remarkable "village" of riders and crew will begin a six day, 600km journey from Toronto to Montréal on Sunday, July 30, as part of the 19th annual PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally presented by Scotiabank.  

The Bike Rally features two ride options, both leaving Toronto's Allan Gardens Sunday morning.

  • The 6-Day Ride is a 600km ride with over 200 riders and support crew traveling to Montréal, arriving the afternoon of Friday, August 4. 
  • The 1-Day Ride will have over 50 riders traveling 110kms, arriving in Port Hope Sunday afternoon.


As the Bike Rally rolls through communities across Ontario and southwestern Quebec, local elected officials, community organizations, businesses, and other AIDS Service Organizations will become a part of the "Bike Rally Village", by raising awareness and reducing the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, greeting and cheering participants and raising funds for PWA. Family members, friends, and past Bike Rally participants who are permanent or summer residents in many of these communities will also be out cheering on riders.

Scotiabank returns for its ninth year as presenting sponsor of the Bike Rally.

Photo opportunities will be available during departure ceremonies and as riders and crew leave on their life-changing journey.


PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally


Allan Gardens, Carlton Street and Sherbourne Street, Toronto


Sunday, July 30, 2017


8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.


Departure Ceremonies Schedule

8:00 a.m.

Departure ceremonies begin with group photos

8:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Departure - Riders and crew will depart Allan Gardens, North on Homewood Avenue to

Wellesley St. E., East on Wellesley St. E. to Parliament St., North on Parliament St. to

Bloor St. E., to Danforth Avenue and leaving the city's downtown core. 


The Bike Rally will travel through the following communities:

Sunday, July 30: Toronto, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Port Hope;
Monday, July 31: Port Hope, Cobourg, Colborne,  Consecon, Picton, Adolphustown;
Tuesday, August 1: Adolphustown, Bath, Amherstview, Kingston;
Wednesday, August 2: Kingston, Gananoque, Mallorytown, Brockville, Maitland, Prescott, Johnstown;
Thursday, August 3: Johnstown, Cardinal, Iroquois, Morrisburg, Long Sault, Cornwall, Lancaster; and,
Friday, August 4: Lancaster, Rivière-Beaudette, Coteau-du-Lac, Notre Dame de I'Île Perrot, Beaconsfield, Dorval, Montréal.

About PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally

PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally offers a 6-day, 600 km bike ride from Toronto to Montréal and a 1-day 110km bike ride from Toronto Port Hope.  Now in its 19th year, the Bike Rally is the sustaining fundraiser for the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA) supporting its ability to provide critical services and support to individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto. To learn more, visit

About the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA)

Established 30 years ago, PWA is Canada's largest direct support service agency of its kind for people living with HIV/AIDS. PWA engages people living with HIV/AIDS in enhancing their health and well-being through practical and therapeutic support services and broader social change, and inspires them to live into their dreams and discoveries. PWA aims to enhance awareness, resilience, strength and knowledge among the members of its immediate community and in the broader social world. To learn more, visit

SOURCE Scotiabank

For further information: Jeffrey Graham, Media and Communications, Friends For Life Bike Rally, 647-965-0771,; William Axelrod, Media and Communications, Friends For Life Bike Rally, 647-500-1750,; Mike Twamley, Director, Philanthropy and Communications, PWA, 416-895-9033,; Erin Truax, Global Communications, Scotiabank, 416-578-9659,


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