Route 16 Thunder Rally

3rd Annual Thunder Rally

Returning in 2022, the Canso Area Development Association is pleased to present the third annual Thunder Rally Aug 5-7th at Canso’s Stanfest Grounds.

We’re excited about our future. The event is evolving to Nova Scotia’s Music Festival for Motorcycles.  Quality food is the biggest challenge and we will continue working with local caterers and volunteers to make sure everyone is well fed. For 2021, we grew modestly in spite of a pandemic and enjoyed almost 80 bikes on the poker run. Check out the Gallery page (above right)  for some wonderful images.

Your weekend pass includes 2 nights camping, 4 meals, poker run, field games, 2 nights live music and bonfires. Early birds will get a bit of a discount.  We’ll also offer the $75 Saturday daypass including poker run, lunch, supper and music.  Once again we are weaving in a modest fundraising initiative to support local minor hockey and figure skating at the adjacent Canso Arena.

You will find the updated poker run route map at . We shortened the Poker Run, once again finishing at Canso’s Whitman Wharf with a brief tribute to fallen riders.  Some field games were added for Saturday afternoon smiles and good fun. We also welcome motorcycle related vendors at an attractively low cost since they add to the entertainment factor and we have tons of space available.

Thank you to Stanfest for an amazing event site and music expertise. We’re also grateful to Canso Lions Club for their amazing breakfast fare, the event sponsors and program advertisers, Lost Shores Gallery for event management, Nova Scotia Dept of Public Works for beautiful windy oceanfront routes and of course the many locals for music, volunteers and enthusiastic support.