Biking throughout Canada: Summerside children tackle the problem


Helmets are on, bike bells are ringing and children are getting off – driving two by two on the boardwalk in Summerside.

It appears to be like like a typical island bike trip however this group of youngsters ages six to 10 has larger plans.

“We’re making an attempt to bike throughout Canada,” stated seven-year-old Finn Cameron McCann. “It appears like enjoyable.”

Youngsters come to the Desires Limitless Baby Care Heart in Summerside. Their journey started this summer season—now the youngsters are out virtually every single day making an attempt to succeed in their purpose.

“We bike a sure variety of kilometers after which we mix it as a bunch,” stated eight-year-old Wyatt Lothar.

“In the event you stroll 30 kilometers, we’ll add 30 kilometers and all.”

Summerside to Winnipeg

In line with the hand-drawn maps, to date the crew has traveled a mixed 3,426 kilometers – or someplace close to Winnipeg from Summerside.

Subsequent cease is Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.

“That is the place we began,” stated 9-year-old Louisa Cameron, pointing to Summerside.

“That is the place we find yourself,” whereas placing his finger on Vancouver.

This map helps youngsters preserve monitor of how far they’ve already cycled. Subsequent cease is Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. (Sheehan Desjardins/CBC Information)

The thought got here from Ken Trenholm, the summer season program coordinator on the heart. He stated he wasn’t positive how all the pieces was going when he proposed the concept, however the children exceeded expectations.

“This group coated 30 kilometers in at some point, which is unprecedented,” he stated, referring to a current journey from Summerside to Kensington and again.

“Okay possibly the impetus was some ice cream — it really works for me too.”

‘we by no means surrender’

The children did not know what to anticipate once they began the undertaking.

“I used to be terrified, as a result of I’ve by no means ridden a motorcycle in Canada earlier than,” stated eight-year-old Lauren Forster.

“I’ve by no means biked throughout Canada earlier than,” says 8-year-old Lauren Forster. (Sheehan Desjardins/CBC Information)

However nonetheless everybody was able to strive it.

“We bike every single day, we bike actually exhausting and we by no means surrender,” stated 8-year-old Nathan Hammill.

studying management

Youngsters are doing extra than simply brushing up on their biking expertise. In addition they turn into the group leaders who information the staff every day.

“It is simply a possibility for them to be taught what it takes to maintain a bunch secure,” Trenholm stated.

“I believe each expertise is created by itself and a small step, on this case, a brief pedal stroke could make something occur.”

As the warmth continues so does biking – so far as children are assured they’re going to attain their purpose.

Actually, nine-year-old Madison Forster already is aware of what she plans to inform her classmates again in school:

“I biked throughout Canada.”



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