For the second year in a row, Drumheller is in the running to be the most friendly community in Canada with respect to motorcycle riders.
"I've spent lots of time in the Drumheller Valley over the last many years riding, taking the Bleriot Ferry, riding through the Hoodoos and all that and I think it's a place that every rider should come and discover, because it has so much to offer," stated Renee Charbonneau, who goes by the alias Belt Drive Betty.
The valley is one of eight national finalists for Canada's Most Rider Friendly Contest 2017.
"A lot of people have been supporting Drumheller as a riding destination that don't live in Drumheller," noted Charbonneau. "When we're in the back end and we're looking at the statistics as to who is voting from where, we're seeing emails from places like Fort McMurray and Calgary and all over Alberta supporting Drumheller this year."
Last year's winner was Two Hills, Alberta, which received a marketing package valued at $35,000.
"Their rally happens every July and he ended up with about a 52 per cent increase in attendance, "recounted Charbonneau. "It was a really fortuitous thing because what people weren't spending in the beer gardens and on swag and other things was offset by the fact that there were more people there."
Drumheller was leading the vote getters as of this morning (Feb. 21) with 370 votes, 45 more than Port Alberni, BC. To cast your vote each day, follow this link.