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Discover Minnesota by Bike: The Gitchi-Gami Trail

Pour over a map of Minnesota and if you look closely you'll find the Gitchi-Gami Trail (an Ojibwa name meaning Big Sea or Huge Water) hugging the north shore of Lake Superior. The longest section of the trail starts in Gooseberry Falls State Park less than an hour's drive northeast of Duluth and the starting point for the day. While the trail is broken into five pieces totaling 30 miles, I only cycled from Gooseberry Falls to Beaver…

Cycling in Minnesota: The Mesabi Trail

The paved Mesabi Trail stretches from Grand Rapids to Ely, a distance of approximately 120 miles. It takes you through 28 mining communities with names like Taconite and Mountain Iron. The rolling landscape of hills the trail traverses is known as the Mesabi Iron Range and is home to some of the largest deposits of iron ore in the United States. The Star Tribune has called the Mesabi Trail the Best Rural Bike Trail in…

Exploring the Minnesota Bike Trails: The Cannon Valley Trail

If you're looking for a fun, pretty bike ride in Minnesota that's easily accessible from the St. Paul - Minneapolis or Rochester area (less than an hour's drive away), then the 22 mile (one way) paved Cannon Valley Trail needs to be on your radar. (An additional two miles is opening from Cannon Falls to Lake Byllesby Park.) It follows the former Chicago Great Western Railroad Line so the grade is minimal, descending just 115 feet from Cannon Falls…

Cycle Northumberland: Two of the Best Trails to Bike

Cycling in Northumberland County, about an hour's drive east of Toronto, is a fun way to experience the landscape. Nortumberland County has a particularly good selection of bike trails including Ontario's Greenbelt Route and the Waterfront Trail. You could spend several weeks cycling these two trails, though granted only a fraction of the time would be in Northumberland County. The Greenbelt Route The Greenbelt Route is a signed 475 kilometre trail that takes you from Alderville…

What Makes Mountain Biking so Special in the Cypress Hills

If you live in Medicine Hat and you're into mountain biking then you've probably spent a lot of time on the 50 plus kilometres of trails in Cypress Hills Provincial Park. But if you're not a local, you probably don't know just how good these trails are. I had a chance to find out recently. I cycled (occasionally I walked) on the seven kilometre circuit that will be part of the Battle Creek Showdown to…

5 off the Beaten Path Bike Trips I’d Love to Do

I don't think I'll ever lose my desire for adventure - especially for truly off the beaten path tours. I've done a few of them in my lifetime - biking from Tanzania through Malawi and Zambia to the border of Botswana; hiking with my husband and a friend with a Quechua speaking guide and two donkeys through Peru's Cordillera Blanca and backpacking with a girlfriend through the Cradle Mountains of Tasmania decades before the area…

Why You’ll Want to See Edmonton by Bike

Visiting Edmonton? What better way to see the city - in my opinion - than on the back of a bike. You can rent a bike from River Valley Adventure centrally located just below the Shaw Conference Centre beside the North Saskatchewan River. Not only do they have everything you'll need including helmets, locks, water and snacks (delicious baked goods!) - they have loads of suggestions on where to bike depending on what kind of experience you're after. Don't forget to ask…

7 of the Best Bike Rides in Ontario

Updated February 2020 My love affair with biking started in Ottawa with a turquoise-coloured CCM that was two sizes too big - because that's what you did in the 60's - you grew into your bike. Since then I have always loved the freedom a bike offers and the amount of country you can cover in a day. Ontario in particular has loads to offer the cyclist. Here are 7 of the best bike rides…

5 of the Best Bike Rides in the South Okanagan

Did you know that some of the best bike rides in Canada are in the South Okanagan area of British Columbia? May is an especially great time to visit as the weather is sunny and warm, the regions 50 plus wineries are open and the crowds have yet to materialize. There are also a couple of standout events like the Giant's Head Grind that will appeal to both bikers and hikers. I would suggest these…

A Bike Ride Across Frozen Lac Saint Jean, Quebec

With my love of adventure, I'll usually say yes to most things saner people would avoid. A bike race in the dead of winter across Lac Saint-Jean in Quebec is one such adventure. The brainchild of David Lecointre, La Traversée du Lac Saint-Jean à Vélo is a 32 kilometre bike race from Peribonka to Roberval across the vast expanse of white, frozen Lac Saint-Jean. I never planned to do this as a bike race; for me it…

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