Gravel Travel Basecamp






Reality vs Sport

As of January 2017, Gravel Travel acquired a permanent Basecamp. Faced with the reality of camp fees doubling, acceptance of vehicle noise & the compatibility of the sport with a public venue, it became obvious a Basecamp was needed. After years of searching we found an appropriate location, residing on a gravel road, centrally located & close to excellent trails.





Basecamp Overview

     Just like the Rally our intent is to keep Basecamp rugged & primitive. The setting hosts two large wild meadows among a cedar forests. There is no electricity or running water, so prepare accordingly. Outhouses will be rented & on site for the duration of the event & a central fire pit will be created & stocked. As always, the condition of the camp will be dependant on mother nature so be prepared for a variety of ground texture.


Camping Fee & Storage Invitation

     Camping access at the Basecamp is included in the entry fee of a rider, driver, or navigator. Any additional attendants, support crew members, spouses, media associates or persons not be on the trail but utilizing the camp are required to register also. A small fee is being requested this year to help support toilet rentals & firewood.

There is ample room for participants to store trailers, towing vehicles, supplies or equipment at no additional charge. This invitation is especially open for bike riders who do not want to transport items when away from the camp.  



Check In

     Upon arrival to the Basecamp a registration process is required. We ask that this be completed prior to setting up camp. This allows us to communicate any last-minute information & manage the madness of varied vehicles & arrival times. This will be the only formal check in of the entire rally.



Basecamp Etiquette

     The Basecamp is private property, among residential acreages & an active wildlife corridor. It is necessary that we remain friends with our neighbours after this event & no undo attention is drawn to us. By keeping the neighbours & township happy we will be able to return without penalty the following year. The property is also rich in hosting deer, coyotes, fox, racoons, wolves, turtles, rabbits, unique birds & bears. We are dedicated to maintaining this balance the remaining days outside of our event. Once a participant has registered a formal information package will be sent out which will include more Basecamp guidelines & helpful preparation tips.



Local Amenities

     The town of Merrickville is approximately 4km away from the Basecamp. It is a historic lock town on the Rideau River. The town is full of charm & it is easy to wander the day away either shopping, eating, enjoying a beverage on a patio or watching the boats manage the lock system. Stores are all Mom & Pop owned as the town bylaw prohibits franchises. 

It hosts:

  • LCBO - A basic liquor store, numerous shops & galleries.
  • Foodmart - A small grocery store with a good butcher but limited fresh produce.
  • Drummonds – The only gas station & it has two pumps. Line ups tend to form quickly.
  • Royal Bank – One ATM machine & exchange foreign currency.
  • Brewed Awakenings – Only coffee shop in town. Serves breakfast but closes after the lunch rush.
  • Mainstreet Café - A family diner that serves all meals & hosts a great patio.
  • Downtown Ice-cream Shop - Homemade & worth the wait in line.
  • Spa Sans Souci – Registered massage therapist & great services. Book well in advance.
  • Goose & Gridion Pub – Largest pub in town, great beer selection & courtyard patio.
  • Chip Trucks – 3 to choose from.
  • Bathrooms – Public bathrooms are in the park beside the locks.





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