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A 3 Day Sea To Sky, BC Mountain Bike Adventure

A 3 Day Sea To Sky, BC Mountain Bike Adventure

If you own a mountain bike, chances are you’ve heard of the riding in British Columbia. It’s legendary for good reason. But the fact that there’s a lifetime’s worth of riding in such a small area makes it hard to plan a shorter trip there. So what’s the ultimate three-day crash course, the riding that you just can’t miss? We’ve “sacrificed” a bunch of our own precious personal time testing and riding BC’s best trails,…

Why Mesa, Arizona is an Awesome City for Outdoor Lovers

Call me clueless but I didn't appreciate that Mesa, Arizona is the third largest city in the state or even a city in its own right despite more than a dozen trips to the Phoenix - Scottsdale area over the years. Mesa has in fact been named the best city for Outdoor Lovers by Money Magazine! What makes Mesa an awesome city for outdoors lovers like me? Lots as I discovered over a couple of…

Biking the High Rockies Trail in Kananaskis Country

Kananaskis Country is the new home of an 80 kilometre section of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT). It travels uninterrupted from the Goat Creek trailhead at the border of Banff National Park near Canmore through three provincial parks, Bow Valley Wildland, Spray Valley and Peter Lougheed to finish on the Alberta - British Columbia border at Elk Pass. It's the westernmost section of the TCT in Alberta. The trail, designed primarily for mountain bikers and…

Where to Hike, Bike & Raft in a Day in New Hampshire

If you drive 90 minutes north of Boston, you'll reach an area that includes three traditional New England towns - Andover, Franklin and Northfield. In one day in this small area it's easy to hike, mountain bike and raft - and then finish the day with a good meal. I was based at the Highland Lake Inn in Andover. It was never more than about a 25 minute drive to adventure! The Northern Rail Trail …

15 Mountain Biking Tips for Beginners

If you're new to mountain biking, these 15 tips are going to shorten your learning curve and make it fun to get out on your bike. I spoke with several very keen mountain bikers and asked them for their best advice for first time riders. I'll throw some of my own tips in too. Then the exciting part part is going out to practice and explore. Matt Mosteller, aka Powder Matt takes to the mountain biking trails with…

5 of the Best Things to do Near Nelson, BC

Although Nelson, British Columbia is a destination in its own right, the area around Nelson - especially up and down Kootenay Lake is also a great place to visit. In theory you can use Nelson as a base and do day trips but if you've got the time, stay in some of the historical small towns like Kaslo and explore at a slower pace. Here are my suggestions for 5 of the best things to do near…

What Makes Mountain Biking so Special in the Cypress Hills

If you live in Medicine Hat and you're into mountain biking then you've probably spent a lot of time on the 50 plus kilometres of trails in Cypress Hills Provincial Park. But if you're not a local, you probably don't know just how good these trails are. I had a chance to find out recently. I cycled (occasionally I walked) on the seven kilometre circuit that will be part of the Battle Creek Showdown to…

The Whitefish Bike Retreat: A Mountain Biker’s Paradise

I have to face it. I am a terrible mountain biker - mostly because I'm afraid of going too fast - and yet according to Julie Furtado - an American winner of many world cup mountain biking races - The secret to mountain biking is pretty simple. The slower you go the more likely it is you'll crash. Maybe I should listen to her. Recently while John and I were in Whitefish, Montana, I felt…

Skating, Skiing & Biking the Lake Windermere Whiteway

You'll find Lake Windermere in the Columbia Valley between the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Purcell Mountains to the west. The lake is the winter home of the Whiteway, a recently declared Guinness World Record holder with the title as the longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world with 29.8 kilometres of cleared ice. By the time December rolls around and the lake is frozen solidly, the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club goes…

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