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Biking the Dinosaur Trail near Drumheller

If you'd like to go biking through an otherworldly landscape of canyons, hoodoos and coulees with the added attraction of seeing the world's largest dinosaur, then you need to bike the Dinosaur Trail near Drumheller. The city of Drumheller is just 90 minutes from Calgary but with its badlands scenery it feels a world away. On the drive there make the short-detour to see Horseshoe Canyon. It will whet your appetite for what's ahead. Biking the…

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 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…

Biking Salt Spring Island in British Columbia

Biking Salt Spring Island is a great way to experience the largest of the Gulf Islands. Go in spring or fall if you can. Once the tourists show up in summer you have to fight harder for space on the narrow, winding roads. In spring especially, the traffic is light and often you'll have the road to yourself. There are two loops bike rides that are particularly good on Salt Spring. They could both be…

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