Dave MacKenzie recently completed a cross-Country trip on his bike to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. (Citizen file)

Dave MacKenzie recently completed a cross-Country trip on his bike to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Valley man completes cross-Canada bike trip

Dave MacKenzie raised more than $35,000 for the Canadaina Cancer Society

After spending 91 days travelling across the country on his bicycle, the Cowichan Valley’s Dave MacKenzie finally dipped the front wheel in the East Coast’s Bay of Fundy on Aug. 19.

It was the final act of his long trip after dipping the front wheel of the bike into Cowichan Bay on May 11 and biking for more than 7,500 kilometre across Canada.

MacKenzie, a retired Mountie, raised more than $35,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society during the trip.

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“It was very exciting biking the last leg to the Bay of Fundy with a police escort,” he said after arriving back in the Cowichan Valley on Sept. 5.

“Meeting all the great people along the way was my favourite part of the whole experience.”

MacKenzie pedalled through every province right to Newfoundland, and then backtracked to Saint John, N.B., where he is originally from, to dip the bike into the Bay of Fundy.

After recently completing a 35-year career with the RCMP, MacKenzie said he had the time to do something he has always been passionate about.

“I lost my mom, father-in-law, brother-in-law and other people I was close to through cancer, and I wanted to do my part to help find a cure,” he said.

“I’m really glad to be back in the Valley. I want to thank my wife Sherry who drove our van at about 20 kilometres an hour behind me the whole way across the country. It was a tough trip, but we really enjoyed it.”