From 2001 to 2014, more than 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces members served in the Afghanistan. While Canada’s efforts made a great difference, our contribution came at a immense cost to our nation. 158 Canadian soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice and thousands now bare the physical and mental scars of Canada’s longest war.
On June 9th, 2011, a dedication ceremony was held in British Columbia to officially rename a section of the Trans-Canada highway, between Langley and Abbotsford, the Highway of Heroes. It was the second such designation in Canada and honours the 158 men and women who were killed in Afghanistan, 13 of whom were from B.C.
ONE WEEKEND. ONE MISSION.
The first annual Wounded Warriors Canada Highway of Heroes Bike Ride BC (HHR18 BC) will take a group of Canadians on a two-day journey that will begin alongside this important stretch of highway to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice while raising important awareness and funds in support of our ill and injured Veterans, First Responders and their families living with Operational Stress Injuries such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
We’re excited to announce that HHR BC will be taking place simultaneous to the third annual Highway of Heroes Bike Ride in Ontario.
Meet Jacqueline Zweng – WWC HHR BC Ride Director
Jacqueline became involved with Wounded Warriors by signing up for the Battlefield Bike Ride 2016 in Italy. Unfortunately, in November 2015 she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and underwent surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and hormone treatments and was not well enough to attend the ride. The efforts of Wounded Warriors became that much more meaningful as she fought through treatment and her own trauma, which fueled her desire to give back and help others. This determination came to light when she became one of the 7 runners for the Wounded Warrior Run BC in February 2017, which was as month before completing active cancer treatments. She was also able to find redemption by completing the Battlefield Bike Ride 2017 through the UK, Belgium and France and she hopes to continue raising funds and awareness for this incredible cause.
Tour Provider –
Into The Wild is a fast growing cycling and adventure tour company based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. We design and develop individual and group tours throughout Western Canada, with options in the Yukon and Ireland. Into The Wild focusses on high quality adventure experiences that bring people to places they may not otherwise be able to explore. The company was founded by Paul Taplin, who is originally from Dublin, Ireland. Like the participants and members of Wounded Warriors Canada Bike Rides, Paul has a can-do attitude and is always up for a new challenge. He built his company from the ground up with the goal of sharing his passion for cycling and adventure with others. A corner stone to our business is our five-star rating, we are a customer focused organization and always ensure everyone has the best experience possible. We are honored to be a part of such a great event to help raise awareness for the veterans and first responders who have sacrificed so much for our country and community.