While you can’t be faulted for thinking the Squamish Motorcycle Festival is all about the love of two-wheeled action, the executive director for the third annual event says it is much more.
“The Squamish Motorcycle Festival promotes the joy of riding on dirt, trails, street, road and everything in between, while also promoting the community, local businesses and charitable causes,” said Suzanne Jolly. “It’s a family-friendly festival for all ages, and non-riders are always welcome.”
The two-day festival (July 2 and 3, 2016) is changing venue for this year and moving to the local high school grounds. “We’ve moved to the Howe Sound Secondary School so we can expand and offer more parking areas,” said Jolly. “We will have a Kids’ Zone with a variety of games and activities specifically for children, such as Pin the Helmet on the Biker and Tug of War. We want to ensure that families have a great time at our festival and offer them more.”
She said the Saturday (July 2) will feature a variety of activities, food and motorcycle vendors, plus a Show and Shine event. “We also have adventure riding clinics on Saturday led by the amazing and talented Dakar rider Don Hatton, as well as a variety of helpful clinics, such as motorcycle maintenance and solo riding tips,” she said.
“Sunday, July 3 will feature a dirt bike ride from the Squamish Dirt Bike Association, a dual sport ride with Don Hatton, and a road ride to Pemberton, with a wrap-up party at Mags 99,” she added, referring to the restaurant on the Sea to Sky Highway just south of downtown Squamish.
Jolly said the previous two versions of the Motorcycle Fest proved to be popular with both Squamish residents and visitors.
“There are so many riders in Squamish,” she said. “Riders have a tough time finding riding friends in the community, particularly when they’re new. We design our festival to welcome seasoned and new riders, with a variety of options to allow everyone to have a good time. Squamish residents who are not riders also likely appreciate our festival as we encourage safe riding behaviours and allow visitors to Squamish to learn about so many different local businesses.”
The festival has also raised funds for local charities and initiatives, such as the food bank and high school’s machine shop. And for Jolly, the festival will always be about the community.
“We bring people together to celebrate the way in which riding brings joy to our lives and we allow people to learn about the amazing community of Squamish,” she said. “And we wholeheartedly welcome non-riders and especially families. This is a very friendly and fun atmosphere for everyone.”
For more info, go to squamishmotorcyclefestival.comor find the festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/squamishmotofest.