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The Trail System Is Well Signed Throughout Courtenay

Discovering the Comox Valley by Bike

If you want to experience a completely different side of Vancouver Island's Comox Valley - one that engages your senses and shows off a side more familiar to locals than tourists, sign up for a bike ride with Island Joy Rides. Owner, Laurel Cronk and I spent a wonderful summer afternoon cycling the Comox Valley on a mixture of off-road trails and quiet backroads before trying out various culinary delights in the Courtenay area. This…

Biking Across The Mackenzie Ponds

Biking in Red Deer, Alberta – 5 Top Stops

In April 2017 Red Deer was named by Expedia as one of the 34 most breathtaking cities in North America - high praise indeed for a city that many think of as a stop for gas or food between Calgary and Edmonton. I decided to spend a day biking in Red Deer to check out the claims. A few years before this excursion I'd spent a very pleasant few days in Red Deer. On that…

Starting Into Capre Breton Highlands National Park

Cycling the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island

Cycling the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island is an excellent choice if you're a fan of multi-day bike trips. The Cabot Trail makes a 298 km (185 mile) loop around the northern part of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia passing through the very scenic and hilly Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The Cabot Trail is considered to be one of the best places for a cycling tour in all of North America and on…

Fall Is An Exceptional Time To Visit Minnesota

Gateway State Trail – St. Paul to Stillwater

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. At the end of the Gateway State Trail you can hop on the Brown's Creek State Trail for four miles to finish on the banks of the St.…

Gorgeous View From Alp Bovine

Adventures in Europe You’ll Want to Do

These 5 adventures in Europe are ones you'll want to try. I've done them all and recommend them for the landscapes you travel through, the sense of accomplishment that comes with getting through every day - and at least on the trails, the wonderful camaraderie you encounter. On any adventures in Europe you need to go prepared - so you minimize the blisters, aching shoulders and sore butts from biking. Workout for weeks in advance…

Biking Across The High Level Bridge In Edmonton

Biking in Edmonton on the Valley Trails

Biking in Edmonton might not be the first things that comes to mind on a visit to Alberta's capital city. But it's one of the best ways to get a sense of the city - and to discover gems that you don't always appreciate from the seat of a moving car. Explore over 150 kilometres of Edmonton River Valley trails that take you both east and west away from the downtown. Biking in Edmonton can…

This Is What A Drumlin Looks Like

Best Bike Rides in Ontario – 9 Picks

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 in Ontario you'll…

Barn Swallows At The Ellis Bird Farm Are A Joy To Watch

Things to do in Red Deer, Alberta

I had never given Red Deer a chance. I always thought of the city as the halfway point between Calgary and Edmonton and a good place to fill up the car. But there are plenty of great things to do in Red Deer if you give it a chance. Don't let a strip of highway - aka Gasoline Alley - define the city. Once you move away from the highway Red Deer has plenty to…

Quiet Back Roads Are The Hallmark Of A Peterborough Cycling Trip

Cycling in Peterborough On a 3 Day Trip

"Drumlins" explains Kieran Andrews, one of our two guides from Wild Rock Outfitters, are "400 - 800 metre long hills that can be steep with the worst of them on this morning's ride". Later - as in 90 kilometres, a shower and a glass of wine later - the truth comes out. Kieran proceeds to tell me "that the Tour of Flanders in Belgium, one of the hardest one day cycling races, shares the same topography as the Peterborough and the Kawarthas area."…

Biking Le Petit Train Du Nord

Bike Trips in Canada – 10 of the Best

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…

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