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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…

Biking The Glenbow Ranch Trails

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. The following are 5 of the best bike rides around Calgary  Glenmore Reservoir - one of the pretty bike rides around Calgary This is my go to bike ride…

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

New to mountain biking? These 15 mountain biking 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 is going out to practice and explore. Matt Mosteller, aka Powder Matt takes to the mountain biking trails…

Exploring the Iron Horse Trail in Alberta

I get quizzical looks when I tell friends and family in Calgary that I'm off to explore the Iron Horse Trail in Alberta. 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…

Urban Biking: Minneapolis versus Saint Paul

I had a week to explore Minnesota on a bike. That's not much time considering its size and its label - the most bike friendly state in the US. There's a lot to explore without adding in Saint Paul or Minneapolis. But they were included on my itinerary so I got a small taste of what both cities offered. I don't want to put my foot in my mouth and say one is better than the other. They're just different. What…

Why Duluth is Awesome: Beer, Biking & Attitude

Duluth - the first stop on my week long bike reconnaissance tour in Minnesota was a total surprise. I knew precisely zero about the city before I went and even had to check it's exact location - at the western most edge of Lake Superior - just on the off chance you don't know. It's got a long history as a port - transporting coal, iron ore and grain via the Great Lakes to the Atlantic…

A Bike Ride to the Headwaters of the Mississippi in Itasca State Park

As I peddled through a forest filled with the colours of fall with my guide for the week, Brian Fanelli of Pedal Minnesota, I was keenly aware that the real reason I was in Itasca State Park was to see one thing - the headwaters of the Mississippi River. The headwaters of the Mississippi River As the second longest river in North America, I have to say that the headwaters like those of other major rivers…

Cycling the Heartland State Trail in Northern Minnesota

Minnesota's Heartland State Trail slices right through the heart of northern Minnesota. Over its 49 mile length you can bike (or hike) between Park Rapids and Cass Lake. The cycling is flat and easy as far as Walker. This part of the trail is one of the first of the rails-to-trails in the United States. For the final four miles past Walker, you can look forward to some rolling hills. The biking is pretty on the Heartland Trail through…

Cycling the Gateway State Trail: St. Paul to Stillwater, Minnesota

The Gateway State Trail, a converted rail bed, offers cyclists and other non-motorized users an 18 mile, mostly flat paved trail that starts in St. Paul and finishes at Pine Point Regional Park, about four miles short of the ultra-cute town of Stillwater on the border with Wisconsin. Fortunately for the last four miles you can hop on the Brown's Creek State Trail to finish on the banks of the St. Croix River in Stillwater. If…

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