Growling Beaver Brevet
Founded by cyclists for cyclists, The Growling Beaver Brevet invites participants to ride for wellness while fuelling research and raising awareness for Parkinson Canada.
The Growling Beaver Brevet was founded in 2015 by Dede Barry, Michael Barry, Garnet Pratt, Evan Siddall, Jody Wilson, and Laura Wilson, cyclists and members of the Parkinson Canada family from Collingwood, Ontario.
Inspired by Davis and Connie Carpenter Phinney’s “Live Well Today” philosophy, the Growling Beaver Brevet is a social (non-race) ride to celebrate cycling with 250 cyclists riding 40, 60, 100 or 200 km routes through the scenic Beaver Valley at what should be the height of the fall colours. The day features the Beaver Valley and Georgian Bay communities and merchants that have supported cyclists through the summer season.
The routes have been conceived with a mix of tarmac and scenic country gravel roads. In the European “brevet” tradition, every rider will carry a “passport” that is authenticated at checkpoints.
In 2022, the ride raised $358,399.09 for Parkinson Canada.