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Great Waterfront Trail Adventure

Slowly but surely, pedal power is changing the tourism landscape.

That’s how organizer Marlaine Koehler described the impact of  events such as the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure, a cycling tour that brought visitors from as far as Florida, Idaho and British Columbia through Brockville Thursday.

“What we’re seeing is that the cycling tourism argument keeps growing and growing,” said Koehler, executive director of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust.

The tour, which this year returns to the eastern portion of the trail, is taking 150 riders on a five-day, 320-kilometre  trek from Brighton to Cornwall that started  Monday.

The youngest rider, who is sharing the effort with family members, is four years old, while the oldest is 78, said Koehler.

The Waterfront Regeneration Trust, established in 1988, is a non-profit organization working to create a waterfront trail along the Canadian Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.

The more than 1,400-kilometre trail connects 68 communities and over 405 parks and natural areas.

The cycling tour, which promotes awareness of the project, began seven years ago and is part of a large cycle tourism industry, said Koehler.

Ontarians spend nearly $400 million a year on vacations that include cycling, she said.

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