Reasons for cycling:
- Save on Ferry fares
- Prize draw for cyclists
- No parking problems
The nitty gritty:
Total Tour route is about 34 kms of which 8 kms are on gravel roads. Gravel road could be avoided almost entirely by omitting two Gardens (not recommended). There are also three longer gravel driveways of about 500 m each.
Bring your lunch – meal services are only available in ‘downtown’ Denman
Enter the Prize draw at the Community Hall – in ‘downtown’ Denman
The Denman Island Home & Garden Tour is welcoming cyclists with a free draw for some great prizes. As a way of supporting human-powered, emissions-free and health-enhancing transportation, we have the cyclists’ draw: anyone cycling around the Tour can enter their name to win one of two gift baskets containing gift cards, yummy things to eat and drink, and beautiful hand-made objects.
In 2013 we had 108 people enter the draw and we hope and expect to exceed that amount this year, turning Denman Island into cycletopia for the weekend. The visible presence of many cyclists added a much-appreciated “green transportation” value to the Tour, which raises money for conservation on the island. This year, the Island has a new all-purpose trail alongside a substantial part of Denman Road which offers cyclists a safer, more tranquil option.
This year’s Tour, which takes place June 13 and 14, includes a spectacular rose garden, a permaculture farm, houses made of natural clay and local wood, Denman’s first commercial vineyard, soaring views and cozy hollows, and the Denman Island Chocolate Factory, showcasing a new green roof.
Here is a list of prizes assembled so far for the Cyclist’s Draw (there may be more):
• two passes for the Pacific Mist Spa Hydropath at the Kingfisher Resort & Spa
• a $100 gift card from Mountain Equipment Coop
• a Denman Island Chocolate organic chocolate gift pack
• a bicycle helmet from Mountain City Cycles in Courtenay
• earrings (from used bicycle parts) from Rose Pedal Jewelry
• a gift certificate for a night’s stay at the Riding Fool Hostel in Cumberland
• organic coffee from the Denman Island General Store
• organic tea from the Denman Island Guest House
• a ceramic tea-bowl from Gordon Hutchens
• two $20 gift certificates from The Broken Spoke Café and Store, Courtenay
To enter the draw, once you arrive on the Island for the Tour, come to the Denman Community Hall front porch and you’ll find us at the Cyclists’ Draw Table. Hope to see you there!