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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…

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…

A Weekend Getaway to Rosebud Alberta

Rosebud Alberta, population 88, offers the visitor a range of experiences - an impressive feat considering its size. Named for the wild roses that cover the valley in the summer, Rosebud is now a destination for theatre goers, golfers and small town addicts. Its location at the edge of the Canadian Badlands ensures the scenery is first class too. From Calgary, Rosebud is about a 75 minute drive. What should you do on a weekend…

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…

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…

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