Congratulations to Two Hills for being shortlisted in a contest to be Canada’s most motorcycle rider-friendly community. Two Hills’ recognition stems from its Run to the Hills Memorial Bike rally which has been in place for eight years, attracting visitors from all over Canada, America, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
The memorial rally began as a way to raise money to build a monument for motorcycle riders who have passed away. At first, there was some opposition in town to the rally. A few years later and no incidents —not even a noise complaint—and attitudes have shifted gears as the town began to embrace the cause. The town has since signed a 99-year lease with the rally organizers for a vacant provincial rest stop just outside of town. The rally organizers are planning to build a monument and have raised about $20,000 toward paving and setting up camping areas at the rest stop. The rest stop has even enclosed an old cook shack to be used as a chapel for services.
Two Hills is the only Alberta community to pass the first round of voting and is now competing with communities across Canada in the second round of voting. At stake is $35,000 in tourism advertising support. Elsie Howanyk, the Town’s CAO said that, “If Two Hills wins the contest, it will put us on the map but the win will also provide an opportunity for surrounding municipalities to welcome visitors from all over Canada and the world. We need every vote we can get. Let’s bring more tourism dollars to Alberta”.
Please visit the contest website to vote for Two Hills daily. Every vote counts. Voting ends on March 22, 2016.