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Discovering Andalucia on a Week Long Cycling Trip

A week long cycling trip through Andalucía is one of the most interesting ways to explore this region of Spain. Located in the south of the country, Andalucía is a region of big hills punctuated with olive groves and white villages, with a long history of habitation. You can expect challenging cycling with lots of elevation and some fast, fun descents.  John and I did a bike ride that took us from Granada to Ronda,…

25 of the Very Best Outdoor Adventures in British Columbia

If you're traveling to British Columbia in search of adventure, I've got you covered. Check out these 25 adventures that include everything from hiking to backpacking, and biking to canoeing and kayaking. I've done 23 of them and the two I haven't are at the top of my wish list.  Backpacking in British Columbia Backpack the Juan de Fuca trail Not sure if you can handle the full West Coast Trail experience? Hike the 47…

Crazy and Fun: Winter Fat Biking in Calgary

Fat biking in Calgary is an awesome way to see the city in winter. While the thought of bundling up and heading out in the cold may not sound appealing to many, it's actually a lot of fun. The trails around Calgary are plowed after a snowfall as are the bike lanes so getting around the city in theory is easy. I say in theory because fat biking takes way more energy than regular biking.…

Discovering the Comox Valley by Bike

If you want to experience a completely different side of Vancouver Island's Comox Valley - one that engages your senses and shows off a side more familiar to locals than tourists, sign up for a bike ride with Island Joy Rides. Owner, Laurel Cronk and I spent a wonderful summer afternoon cycling a mixture of off-road trails and quiet backroads before trying out various culinary delights in the Courtenay area. Island Joy Rides is now…

Breathtaking Red Deer: It Can Be on a Bike

In April 2017 Red Deer was named by Expedia as one of the 34 most breathtaking cities in North America - high praise indeed for a city that many think of as a stop for gas or food between Calgary and Edmonton.  I'd spent a very pleasant few days in Red Deer a few years ago cycling quiet backroads outside of the city and visiting the Ellis Bird Farm. But I wanted to see what…

Biking the High Rockies Trail in Kananaskis Country

Kananaskis Country is the new home of an 80 kilometre section of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT). It travels uninterrupted from the Goat Creek trailhead at the border of Banff National Park near Canmore through three provincial parks, Bow Valley Wildland, Spray Valley and Peter Lougheed to finish on the Alberta - British Columbia border at Elk Pass. It's the westernmost section of the TCT in Alberta. The trail, designed primarily for mountain bikers and…

5 of the Best Bike Rides Around Calgary

We're extremely lucky when it comes to biking in Calgary. According to the City of Calgary "there are approximately 900 kilometres of pathways and 400 kilometres of on-street bicycle routes within the city." None of these numbers reflect the opportunities for biking in Fish Creek Park. These five standout bike rides showcase the best the Calgary area offers. Glenmore Reservoir This is my go to bike ride in Calgary as it's easy to access from…

Where to Hike, Bike & Raft in a Day in New Hampshire

If you drive 90 minutes north of Boston, you'll reach an area that includes three traditional New England towns - Andover, Franklin and Northfield. In one day in this small area it's easy to hike, mountain bike and raft - and then finish the day with a good meal. I was based at the Highland Lake Inn in Andover. It was never more than about a 25 minute drive to adventure! The Northern Rail Trail …

15 Mountain Biking Tips for Beginners

If you're new to mountain biking, these 15 tips are going to shorten your learning curve and make it fun to get out on your bike. I spoke with several very keen mountain bikers and asked them for their best advice for first time riders. I'll throw some of my own tips in too. Then the exciting part part is going out to practice and explore. Matt Mosteller, aka Powder Matt takes to the mountain biking trails with…

Exploring Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail

I get quizzical looks when I tell friends and family in Calgary that I'm off to explore the Iron Horse Trail. My husband guessed at its roots - an abandoned rail line but its location stumped everyone. The Iron Horse Trail is the longest completed section of the Trans Canada Trail in Alberta. Located northeast of Edmonton, it cuts a 300 kilometre swath across the province beginning 20 kilometres west of Smoky Lake at Waskatenau and continuing to a junction…

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