Nearly 200 years ago, during the War of 1812, Canadian and British soldiers successfully pushed an invading American army back across the Niagara River at Queenston Heights, Ontario.
This summer Americans and Canadians united at Queenston Heights at what was the 11th rally of the 2008 Sea to Sea cross-country bicycle tour.
Although rain poured down for two hours before the rally, the sun broke through as the crowd of 1,500 people sang the opening song.
Brian Walsh, campus chaplain at the University of Toronto, spoke on the fruit of the Spirit, the Sea to Sea tour theme. “He challenged us, ‘Become the change you want to see in the world; critiquing is not enough,’” said Ron VandenBurg, one of the Niagara rally organizers.
After a week of warm Canadian hospitality, the cyclists pedaled back across the American border to kick off the last week of the tour.