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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, 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 getaway to Rosebud?…

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.  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…

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…

A First Time Rider’s Fat Bike Adventure in the Banff Backcountry

Fat tire biking is big and growing in popularity. Over the past four years outdoors enthusiasts across the country have embraced the sport - partially as an alternative to cycling indoors in winter but mostly because fat tire biking in winter is an adventure. And while it can cost upwards of $1600 to purchase a bike, there are lots of affordable rental options so you can try the sport without breaking the bank. I set out…

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