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Biking The Glenbow Ranch Trails

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 km of pathways and 400 km of on-street bicycle routes within the city." None of these numbers reflect the opportunities for biking in Fish Creek Park. The following are 5 of the best bike rides around Calgary from my personal experience. Glenmore Reservoir - one of the pretty bike rides around Calgary This is my…

Views From Heart Mountain Near Canmore

Early Season Mountain Hikes near Calgary

We're lucky in Calgary as we're spoiled for choice when it comes to early season hikes. I've chosen five early season mountain hikes that are all within a 90 minute drive of the city. The hike to Castle Mountain Lookout If you've got 3 - 3.5 hours for a hike then do the one up to Castle Mountain Lookout in Banff National Park for its great views up and down the length of the Bow…

Fat Tire Biking In Sandy Park In Winter

Calgary in Winter – How to Have Fun

How many of you know that you don't have to hit the mountains to have fun outside in a Calgary winter? I confess that I have been one of those people who equate Calgary in winter with skiing or snowshoeing in the mountains. It wasn't until I started researching this post that I had more than a few ah-ha moments. It's been fun scouring the city looking for fun things to do in a Calgary…

Cross-country Skiing At Moraine Lake

Cross Country Skiing in Alberta – Top Places

Go cross country skiing if you live in Alberta - if you want to make the long, cold winters fun and bearable. I love the fact that there are so many choices for cross country skiing within a couple of hours of any of the major cities in Alberta. If there's fresh snow in Calgary some of the golf courses (Shaganappi Point Golf, Maple Ridge and Confederation Park) and parks (Weaselhead, Edworthy, Fish Creek Provincial…

The Start Of The Road Up To Highwood Pass

11 of 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…

Hills Everywhere You Look On The Road To Nepal Bike Ride

Biking the ‘Road to Nepal’ in South Calgary

If you've never been to Calgary you might think that the city and surrounding area is flat because it's so close to the prairies. But you'd be wrong. South of the city there is nothing but miles of rolling hills - some steep, others just long.  The Road to Nepal takes you into beautiful rolling farm country. Those with stamina can explore even further on the Cowboy Trail and any number of backroads. Where to…

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 bike 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…

Dramatic Lighting Over Revelstoke

Driving Vancouver to Calgary: 10 Stops On the Way

Driving from Vancouver to Calgary is a 10 - 11 hour, 1,000 km road-trip if you stick to the Trans-Canada Highway. But you could easily spend a week stopping at small towns along the way and taking advantage of all the hiking, biking and adventurous activities.  If you're not in a rush and you want to maximize the scenic factor then consider driving from Vancouver to Calgary via Whistler and the Sea to Sky Highway…

What to Wear in Canada in Winter on a -20C Day

We're in the middle of the first cold snap of the year. Temperatures are plummeting south of -20°C (-4°F) here in Calgary in Canada. Cold weather clothing is a necessity so you can still enjoy getting outside. Stay indoors for the next five months at the expense of both your mental and physical health. Learning to love the winter is the key to surviving it. While we have COVID-19 in our midst it's going to…

Another View Of Downtown Calgary

Calgary’s Nose Hill Park – A Year Round Destination

Calgary is a city of parks. The City of Calgary website suggests that there are 5,600 park sites within the city boundaries. I'll have to take their word for it. It's Nose Hill Park in Calgary, established in 1980, that is the biggest and my favourite. (Fish Creek Park to the south is a provincial park and not a city park.) Boasting an area of over 11 square km, Nose Hill Park feels quite wild, especially down…

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