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Cycle Northumberland: Two of the Best Trails to Bike

Do you love discovering new cycling routes? Northumberland County, about an hour's drive east of Toronto has a great selection of bike trails. A few weeks ago John and I spent the day cycling a portion of two of the best bike trails in the region - Ontario's Greenbelt Route and the Waterfront Trail. The Greenbelt Route is a signed 475 kilometre trail that takes you from Alderville First Nation in Northumberland County (where we started) to…

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.  Biking…

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…

8 Things to do in Kananaskis Country in Winter

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 of the things to do in Kananaskis Country mentioned below can be done as a day trip but it's a real treat if you can spend a weekend up at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. The hotel is perfectly situated with skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and fat tire biking literally…

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