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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

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 you'll find.  OTTAWA …

5 of the Best Bike Rides You’ll Want to do in the South Okanagan

Did you know that the South Okanagan offers some of the best biking in Canada? It's especially great in May when 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. What are 5 of the best bike rides in the South Okanagan? The…

A Bike Race in the Dead of Winter I’ll Never Forget

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…

11 of the Best Places to Cycle Within 75 Minutes of Calgary

Spring is a great time to be a cyclist in Calgary. The snow is gone - or what is left is inconsequential - and the temperatures are conducive to getting out on a bike. Calgary itself is lucky to have over 600 kilometres of bike trails. But there are also loads of great bike rides within 75 minutes to 90 minutes of the city. Here are my top 11 picks for Calgary and area bike…

What is the Best Winter Bike Ride in Banff

Are you wondering what the best winter bike ride is in Banff? Perhaps not - especially if you think bike riding is best done when there isn't any snow. But it's the snow that makes winter fat tire biking so much fun. Yesterday John and I picked up two fat tire bikes from Soul Ski and Bike in downtown Banff (conveniently located two doors down from Wild Flour Bakery).  We didn't want a hard ride as…

7 Winter Adventures in Kananaskis Country You’ll Want To Do

Those of us who live in Calgary are lucky to have easy access to Kananaskis Country. The area is truly a winter adventure playground. All seven of the adventures mentioned below can be done as a day trip but it's a real treat if you can spend a weekend up at the Delta Hotels Kananskis Lodge in Kananaskis Country. It's perfectly situated with skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and fat tire biking literally right outside your door. Downhill skiing, hiking…

10 Tips for Beginner Fat Tire Bike Riders

Until last week I’d never tried a fat tire bike. But then three opportunities to ride in the mountains presented themselves over eight days. I’m hardly an expert now but I do feel these 10 tips will help anyone keen to try this growing sport for the first time. Tips for beginner fat tire bikers 1. Choose your day. The weather will play a big role in your experience. If it’s too cold or windy,…

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