Clara Hughes' epic ride around Canada ends on Parliament Hill 0
Pictured left to right, Jay Miller, Clara Hughes, Kevin Breel and Derek Forgie speak on stage at the Calgary French and International School on Saturday May 31, 2014 in Calgary, Alta. Many patrons and citizens of Calgary stopped by the school to support the, "Clara's Big Ride" campaign. The campaign's purpose is to raise awareness for mental health. Holly Mandarich / Special to The Sun / QMI Agency
Nearly four months after she began her historic ride to raise awareness of mental health, Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes will pedal into Ottawa Tuesday.
Clara's Big Ride - during which she shared her past struggles with depression - covered more than 11,000 kms, and she passed through 105 communities in all 10 provinces and all three territories.
"Happy Canada Day and thank you everyone for your incredible support! My journey around this great country has shown me that Canadians everywhere are ready to talk about mental health and eager to make a difference," Hughes said in a statement. "So many wonderful, open and welcoming people, from Canada's big cities to the small settlements of the North, communities in every province and territory - all sharing the dream of a stigma-free Canada, a place where those who struggle aren't afraid to ask for help."
Hughes said her Big Ride has shown her that "talking openly about mental illness, learning that we are all affected in some way, just destroys the stigma.
"It's the first step in moving mental health forward. Now, let's keep talking Canada and achieve the world's first nation free of the stigma around mental illness!"