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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)…

Things to do in Cranbrook if You’re a Nature and History Lover

The city of Cranbrook is a great destination if you love the outdoors. It's also got a long and interesting history, dating back ten thousand years when the Ktunaxa walked the lands. I heard part of their story - the sad part dealing with residential schools, first hand from Dr. Christopher Horsethief, a brilliant man who is doing an amazing job bringing the Ktunaxa language back to his people, and those that are interested. The…

10 of the Best Biking Trips in Canada

As someone who has spent many weeks on the back of a bike in this country, I have several bike trips I can personally recommend. Here are what I think are 10 of the best biking trips in Canada. British Columbia Gulf Islands biking Cycling the Gulf Islands is a treat. You have a number of islands to choose from, all with their own personalities. You need a week if you want to properly cycle all…

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…

How to Spend 5 Days Cycling PEI

Prince Edward Island (PEI) is Canada’s smallest province, measuring only 220 km (137 mi) long by 64 km (40 mi) at its widest. It’s a great cycling destination for people who like quiet back roads and little in the way of hills. If you are new to multi-day bike trips, this is a good one to start with. Cycling doesn't get much easier than on the mostly flat roads of Prince Edward Island (PEI) -…

Bike Myra Canyon on the Amazing Kettle Valley Railway

If you're visiting British Columbia's Okanagan Valley and you love biking I'd recommend a full day of cycling on the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) or at the very least a bike ride over the trestles through Myra Canyon. The Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) is an abandoned railroad track that winds across the Okanagan and Similkameen region in southern BC. All told it offers over 800 km of cycling. The 80 km section from Myra Canyon…

A Biking Adventure: Deer Lake to St Anthony, Newfoundland

A biking adventure on the Viking Trail from Deer Lake to St Anthony, Newfoundland is for those of you who have an adventurous spirit and don't mind some hard, even challenging cycling. The 600 km trip up Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula is a fantastic bike ride. The route primarily follows the rocky, barren coast through a series of sparsely populated but picturesque fishing villages with names like Sally’s Cove, Cow Head and Brig Bay. The Bike…

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