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Cycling Victoria: The Harbour to Farm Tour

April is an awesome time for cycling Victoria. While the rest of Canada is under snow advisories (at least this year) or even worse, still buried under many feet of snow, you can head off for a bike ride on an extensive network of flower lined trails around the city and the surrounding area. Victoria Biking Harbour to Farm Tour If you are an out of town visitor to Victoria you can easily rent bikes…

Discovering Andalucia on a Week Long Cycling Trip

A week long cycling trip through Andalucía is one of the most interesting ways to explore this region of Spain. Located in the south of the country, Andalucía is a region of big hills punctuated with olive groves and white villages, with a long history of habitation. You can expect challenging cycling with lots of elevation and some fast, fun descents.  John and I did a bike ride that took us from Granada to Ronda,…

25 of the Very Best Outdoor Adventures in British Columbia

If you're traveling to British Columbia in search of adventure, I've got you covered. Check out these 25 adventures that include everything from hiking to backpacking, and biking to canoeing and kayaking. I've done 23 of them and the two I haven't are at the top of my wish list.  Backpacking in British Columbia Backpack the Juan de Fuca trail Not sure if you can handle the full West Coast Trail experience? Hike the 47…

Crazy and Fun: Winter Fat Biking in Calgary

Fat biking in Calgary is an awesome way to see the city in winter. While the thought of bundling up and heading out in the cold may not sound appealing to many, it's actually a lot of fun. The trails around Calgary are plowed after a snowfall as are the bike lanes so getting around the city in theory is easy. I say in theory because fat biking takes way more energy than regular biking.…

Breathtaking Red Deer: It Can Be on a Bike

In April 2017 Red Deer was named by Expedia as one of the 34 most breathtaking cities in North America - high praise indeed for a city that many think of as a stop for gas or food between Calgary and Edmonton.  I'd spent a very pleasant few days in Red Deer a few years ago cycling quiet backroads outside of the city and visiting the Ellis Bird Farm. But I wanted to see what…

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. These five standout bike rides showcase the best the Calgary area offers. Glenmore Reservoir This is my go to bike ride in Calgary as it's easy to access from…

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 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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