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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).  Bow River to Sundance Canyon We didn't…

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…

How to Get from Calgary to Chestermere by Bike

John and I are trying to ready our legs and butts for the 154 kilometre Kootenay Gran Fondo we are doing in Cranbrook in early September. To that end we're looking for bike rides in the Calgary area we've never done. Oddly enough I found out about the ride from Calgary to Chestermere along the canal when I last got my hair cut. I didn't even know there was a canal (used for irrigation purposes)…

8 Things to do in Cranbrook, British Columbia

The city of Cranbrook is a great destination if you love the outdoors, nature - and even history. There's so much more than meets the eye when you drive through the city, located in southern British Columbia, just over four hours west of Calgary. These are my personal recommendations of 8 things to do in Cranbrook based on a couple of visits to the city. Learn some of Cranbrook's history Cranbrook has a long and…

Biking Le Petit Train Du Nord

10 of the Best Bike Trips in Canada

Here are what I think are 10 of the best bike trips in Canada - all personally tested. The bike rides described below take you from British Columbia to Newfoundland with lots of great choices in between. Enjoy a variety of landscapes on all of these bike trips in Canada including west coast and east coast scenery, the Rocky Mountains along with the beauty and steep hills of Cape Breton Island. Quebec is one of…

Biking The Highest Public Road in Canada

I celebrated my birthday by taking the day off and heading with John to Kananaskis Country, Alberta. Our plan for the day was to cycle to Highwood Pass on the highest public road in Canada. We chose to do the more gradual route from the entrance closest to the community of Longview, accessible via a 45 minute drive from Calgary. This bike ride has been on my wish list for several years. But I've always…

Exploring Nova Scotia’s South Shore by Bicycle

One of the best ways to explore Nova Scotia's south shore is the slow way - on the back of a bicycle. But as you'll see from the photos, it's worth a drive if you don't like to bike. You can do the trip on your own; you can try a self-guided bike trip where a company moves your bags every day and provides you with a route description or you can go with the…

Cycling the Banff Legacy Trail from Canmore to Banff

You can't help but notice cyclists and rollerbladers on the Banff Legacy Trail when you drive the Trans-Canada highway between Canmore and Banff. But until recently I'd never cycled it. The Legacy Trail was built in 2010 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Parks Canada. Its 26 kilometres long one way and a very comfortable three metres wide. It takes you from the outskirts of Canmore into Banff, along Vermilion Lakes Drive all the way…

Biking the Fundy Trail Parkway in New Brunswick

If you're looking for great views, coastal wilderness and a strenuous bike ride or hike on the New Brunswick side of the Bay of Fundy then make your way to the Fundy Trail Parkway. The Fundy Trail Parkway is a 16 kilometre coastal road located ten kilometres east of the town of St. Martins. It's easily accessed from Saint John or Moncton but don't confuse it with Fundy National Park which lies further to the east. There…

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