“The Bunker” will be our educational and events center.
60' wide x 24' deep, it will house our Museum/Artifact Displays.
It is here that we intend to honour Captain Robert Pardell, who was killed in a tutor plane training crash at Moose Jaw and other regional soldiers of note who were not killed during war.
Captain Robert Wayne Pardell:
“The Bunker” is intended to become a hive of activity to support education for our youth and our citizens.
“The Bunker” will host school field trips and allow kids to take part in “Project: Soldier Education”. This is a three station, interactive look at what it was like to be a soldier.
This educational program is being developed for the CMTA by the museum public program education kit coordinator who was sourced for us by the Loyal Edmonton Regiment Museum.
The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Museum is also providing us with access to expert researchers to guide and assist in the telling of these important stories.
The purpose of this “Soldier Education” kit (which will be contained inside of a shippable tote) is to have available for school and community groups this outreach/public program tool.
These groups will investigate how Canadian soldiers communicated, lived and remained optimistic during wartime. Interactive activities include the use of historical objects and documents to compliment the Alberta Learning Social Studies/Language Arts Curriculum Connections: historical thinking and research, Canadian histories and stories.
Through the various events and activities that the Canadian Motorcycle Tourism Association intends to host at “The Bunker”, it is our hope that many will come to understand the meaning of the words:
respect, service, sacrifice, loyalty, honour, strength and that they will learn about our local & regional military history and how it fits into the national story of "Canada at War and Peace."
“The Bunker” will be available for the public to rent to host small functions.
Partnered with Paul Jamiol of "Bikers are Animals" fame we are creating a series of colouring books for download.
They will feature the creatures of the "Bikers are Animals' Children's books but are meant for adults and kids alike.
We will be hosting monthly online colouring competitions with some great prizes that will be up for grabs!
Watch for "Road Trip Rita & Friends" colouring books coming to a computer near you soon!
Partnered with Belt Drive Betty Media, the History Check App and several Community Futures and Regional Tourism Offices, we are working on the creation of Scavenger Hunt Ride/Drive Maps like the one created for Two Hills, Canada's very first winner of the Most Rider Friendly Community Contest.
Our organization appreciates the support and guidance of our Advisory Council, regarding Veterans Memorial Gardens and it's creation and planning:
President of the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans In Canada Unit #389 - John Bartlett
President of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 54 - Maurie Pyrcz
District 1 Royal Canadian Legion Alberta Northwest Territories Command - Kevin Holt
The Army & Air Cadets are represented by their respective parent councils & Captains Tanya Owen, Tracy Hartman and Scott Hagarty
Canadian Aboriginal Veterans - Richard Blackwolf and Vivian MacDonald
Deborah Gibeault - First Nations Horticulturist and designer of our gardens
Gurevitch Burnham Law Office - Tim Burnham
The Canadian Motorcycle Tourism Association believes that our heritage, history and tourism are natural partners in growing better communities. Our relationship with our communities, motorcycle & veterans motorcycle organizations and the tourism industry allow us to promote heritage and historical education that encourages motorcycle and military history tourism development. We also impact the quality of the customer service that tourists of any kind receive through our workshops that are offered on-line and in person.
We promote motorcycle tourism in Canada, the preservation/promotion of our rich military history & great customer service.
The Canadian Motorcycle Tourism Association was founded to address the gaps in the education of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries as to who motorcyclists really are and what ammenities and supports they are looking for as a tourist.
Often times, motorcyclists face barriers in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries, be it from campground operators that think that motorcycles are too noisy, to those in food and beverage that are uncertain about motorcycle gear & patches and what they mean.
We place a big emphasis on educating others about motorcycling veterans.
- Many veterans who ride, do so because of operational stress injuries like PTSD.
- Those with PTSD enjoy some relief from this injury because of the focus that is required to ride a motorcycle.
- Those with PTSD do not always react to situations the way one would expect them to.
- Many veterans ride with motorcycle clubs that wear three piece patches. Their patches can be a point of contention and consternation for those in the food and beverage industries.
Many times uncertainty and or lack of knowledge on how to deal with a visitor manifests itself as unpleasant customer service experiences.
Our goals are to:
- Help educate those who wish to learn more about motorcyclists as tourists and citizens
- Help to grow the sport of motorcycling and the tourism offerings for motorcyclists of all walks.
- Help improve the quality of customer service for all tourists, riders and non riders, veteran and non veteran.
- Create tourism venues that provide a natural place for motorcyclists, veterans and civilians to come together.
We do that through:
- Whitepapers and reports on Motorcycling in Canada and the USA (every 18 months or so we amass the most current statistics on who motorcyclists are, their age ranges, their spending habits and their travel habits.
- Educational platforms like Learn2 that allow us to deliver courses on customer service and what it means to be rider friendly.
- Manuals like our "Motorcycle Events Planning Guide".
- The creation of attractions like Wayside Fallen Riders Memorial Park and Veterans Memorial Gardens
- The creation of large road Side attractions like our miniature St Louis Peace Arch.
- The creation of webinars on a wide variety of topics.
- The creation of programs geared towards our youth.
1) To provide a public amenity by establishing and maintaining a memorial garden in Grande Prairie Alberta.
2) To provide a public amenity by establishing a military museum display room as part of Veterans Memorial Gardens in Grande Prairie Alberta.
3) To provide a public amenity by establishing and maintaining a memorial garden in Two Hills Alberta.
4) To promote and maintain efficiency and high standards of practice in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries of Canada for the benefit of the public and motorcycling veterans and tourists by developing online training programs for our members, and providing them for the free training of individuals engaged in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries.
5) To provide for the recreation of the members and to promote and afford opportunity for friendly and social activities.
6) To provide a meeting place for the consideration and discussion of questions affecting the interests of the community.
7) To promote responsible motorcycle tourism activities.
The Canadian Motorcycle Tourism Association believes that when organizations partner they all flourish.
To that end, we have entered into contracts and agreements for cross promotion with many organizations:
1) History Check App to promote Rider Friendly Businesses
2) Belt Drive Betty Media on a Ride/Drive Scavenger Hunt Map Program and on providing their members with Rider Friendly and other Customer Service and Employee Development Courses.
3) Bullying Enns and Champion Gym to host a annual Bullying Awareness event.
4) Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 54 on their First Responders Day
We are open to partnerships that make sense and help us further the causes we champion.
If you have a partnership opportunity, please reach out to us and let's have a chin wag!
Contact Renee Charbonneau:
Educational Programs for Youth
Our first program is a colouring sheet that depicts the Afghanistan War Monument in Grande Prairie Alberta.
Colouring helps children develop a number of skills:
Hand eye coordination, motor skills, improved hand writing, self esteem, creativity, education and language are just a few.
Colouring also allows us to educate on complex topics like respect, sacrifice and service in a fun and non threatening way.
Paul Jamiol is the creator of the "Bikers are Animals" series of childrens books and he is the creator of the line art for our colouring page.
Our first use of this line art will be on September 15th, 2018 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No 54's First Responders Day.
Grande Prairie Regional Tourism is sponsoring the crayons and A & W is sponsoring prizes for the participants and age category winners.
Grade School Programs:
The CMTA is partnered with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment Museum and is working towards the creation of programs that will teach our youth (Grades 4-6) on what it was like to be a Northwestern Alberta, Canadian Soldier!
OPERATION: Soldier Education Kits
These programs will be contained in rentable totes and will feature a teachers manual, a students manual, an activities list and artifacts from the appropriate War.
We look forward to rolling out these programs beginning in late 2019.
Educational Programs for the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
These courses cover topics like:
- Customer Service
- Customer Support
- Boby Language Basics
- Telephone Ettiquette
- Event Planning and more!
We have 130+ courses that we are going to be adding to the e-learning platform, many of them will be free or severely discounted for our industry members.
We have also developed, with the aide of the motorcycle community in Canada, a small series of courses on "How to be Rider Friendly".
These courses are meant for the staff and management of hotels, motels, beds & breakfasts, convenience stores and campgrounds.
Our first course, "Being Rider Friendly for Campground Operators" rolls out September 3rd, 2018.
Educational Programs for Riding Clubs, Associations, Charities and Non Profits
If your riding club, association, charitiy or non profit holds motorcycle events, then our FREE Motorcycle Event Planning Guide will be a must have in your tool chest!
Created with the help of our regional Tourism association, local and regional fire, police, health and liquor board agencies, and riding clubs the Motorcycle Event Planning Guide comes complete with samples of Poker Run Forms, Ride Waivers, Rodeo Games and their equipment lists and much more!
This manual and it's appendix's are available for free to our Industry members.
We offer special webinars and online e-learning courses for those who would like to hone their skills.
You can also join our event co-ordinators group once your association is an industry member.
Events for all Citizens (visit our Events Calendar for details):
Aboriginal Veterans Day - November 8th, 2018
Remembrance Day - November 11th, 2018
Join us at the Calgary Motorcycle Show, Jan 4-6, 2019
Join us at the Edmonton Motorcycle Show, Jan 11 -13, 2019
It's ALL About the Kids Day - June 1st, 2019 from 11 AM to 5 PM
Run to the Hills Memorial Rally - Vendors Alley - July 12-14, 2019
Special pricing for CMTA and RFBA Member Businesses!!!!
Wayside Fallen Riders Memorial Park's Monument Unveiling July 13th, 2019
Airdrie Bikes & Bulls Rumble on The Runway - Vendors Alley - July 26-28
Special pricing for CMTA and RFBA Member Businesses!!!!
For more information on our programs and events, please contact:
The Canadian Motorcycle Tourism Association welcomes sponsorship for it's various venues/projects and programs.
We have sponsorship opportunities for these venues/projects:
"The Bunker" - Our Educational and Social hub to be located next to Veterans Memorial Gardens. (The Bunker is a 24 x 60 building.)
We have sponsorship opportunities for these programs:
We are creating Educational Kits with the guidance and support of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment Museum.
We will be gathering oral stories from our First Nations and Metis Nations Knowledge Keepers, Elders and Veterans as well as from Family Members.
We intend to create educational documentaries and books that pass on these stories.
If our intended educational programs resonate with you, please contact us to see how we can bring them to life!
We offer four ways for you to become a member of our Association:
Rider Membership Fees - NON VOTING - $50/Year
Rider Membership Benefits Package:
- Access to the members only section of this website www.motorcycletourism.ca to partake in discussions on bettering motorcycle tourism offerings, customer service and other topics of interest.
- Access to the members only section of www.riderfriendly.com and all of the special offers, discounts and event information that is made available to our members through our partnership with Belt Drive Betty Media® and their Rider Friendly Business Association®.
- Preference when booking Wayside Fallen Riders Memorial Park for family and group services.
- Reduced rental rates for small events and ceremonies at Veterans Memorial Gardens - Grande Prairie AB (Coming for 2021)
- Ability to participate in special surveys meant to help the hospitality and tourism industries learn how to improve tourism offerings for riders.
- Ability to participate our Bikes, Beverages & Beavers Adult Colouring Competitions for your chance at some wonderful
- Monthly MEMBERS ONLY draws for gift certificates, it might be for gas, food, a book, you just never know! (Skill testing question must be answered to win)
- Annual MEMBERS ONLY Draw for the Ultimate Motorcycle Vacation! (Skill testing question must be answered to win)
- Special offerings from our Industry Partners like Two for One Weekend Passes to the Airdrie Bikes & Bulls Rumble on the Runway, special patches from events like Run to the Hills Rally and more!
$0 to $10,000 $0/Year
$10,000 to $49,999 $50/Year
$100,001 to $250,000 $225/Year
$250,001 to $500,000 $325/Year
$500,001 and over $425/Year
Industry Membership Benefits Package:
- Unlimited Access to specific FREE training courses on Learn2.guru for your staff. (Certificates of completion provided to those who successfully complete the workshops.)
Access to special webinars on motorcycle tourism, customer service, marketing and branding and other topics of interest.
Access to the members only section of this website www.motorcycletourism.ca to partake in discussions on bettering motorcycle tourism offerings, customer service and other topics of interest.
Access to the members only section of www.riderfriendly.com and all of the special offers, discounts and event information that is made available to our members for free through our partnership with Belt Drive Betty Media® and their Rider Friendly Business Association®.
Reduced Membership Rates for the Rider Friendly Business Association®.
Reduced advertising rates with the Busted Knuckle Chronicles ®and the BKC News Bytes® and the History Check App.
Ability to partner on a wide variety of promotions and marketing opportunities.
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