Take a Ride to Nova Scotia This Summer for Canada's Largest Motorcycle Rally

By Thomson, Aly | The Canadian Press, August 11, 2014 | Go to article overview

Take a Ride to Nova Scotia This Summer for Canada's Largest Motorcycle Rally


Thomson, Aly, The Canadian Press


Ride into Canada's largest motorcycle rally

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UNDATED, - The typically quiet streets of a small Nova Scotia fishing town will soon be rumbling with the sound of thousands of motorcycles.

The Wharf Rat Rally will see a legion of bikes blaze into Digby for the 10th annual event that's set for Aug. 27 to 31.

Motorcycle clubs from across Canada, the United States, Switzerland and Germany have travelled to the event in past years, and this year will be no exception, says the event's executive director, Andy Kerr.

"What it is, even for the non-biker, is a family friendly spectacle of bikers, of vendors of all sorts, music and entertainment," says Kerr.

The free event bills itself as Canada's largest outdoor motorcycle rally.

Last year, about 25,000 bikes drove into the coastal town on Nova Scotia's southwestern shore over five days, with about 64,000 people attending rally events, says Kerr. That's nearly nine times the population of Digby.

Kerr says Digby's main road, Water Street, will be fundamentally transformed, with thousands of bikes and vendors lining the curb.

"It's usually pretty empty, a fishing town. Not a lot of business goes on in the other months," he says. "But the creep into town of the bikes and the vendors every year, it's incredible.

"It's just a sea of bikes and people."

But the rally isn't just for motorcycle enthusiasts. Just ask Kerr, who doesn't own a bike. …

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