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20 Road Cycling Safety Tips

I don't know if any of you have been in a road cycling accident. I have. It was back in the days before bike helmets were even a thing. I was biking to St. Michael's Hospital in downtown Toronto where I worked as a dietitian. Because of the traffic, I cycled very close to the curb, so close in fact that my front tire got caught in a sewer grate and threw me head first…

Cycling Victoria: The Harbour to Farm Tour

April is an awesome time for cycling Victoria. While the rest of Canada is under snow advisories (at least this year) or even worse, still buried under many feet of snow, you can head off for a bike ride on an extensive network of flower lined trails around the city and the surrounding area. Victoria Biking Harbour to Farm Tour If you are an out of town visitor to Victoria you can easily rent bikes…

Cycling Andalucia from Grenada to Ronda Over 5 Days

Spending the better part of a week cycling 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.  Cycling Andalucia from Granada to Ronda, a distance of only 250 kilometres,…

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…

Biking in Red Deer, Alberta: What’s Not to Love

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 decided to spend a day biking in Red Deer to check out the claims. A few years before this excursion I'd spent a very pleasant few days in Red Deer. On that…

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) called the High Rockies Trail. 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. The High Rockies Trail is the westernmost section of the TCT…

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 …

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