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Top Jasper Sights and Adventures

July 24, 2016
By Where writers

Jasper is an adventure playground – its wilderness beckons to many. Here are some ideas for your summer adventures:

Maligne Lake Cruise to Spirit Island

Maligne Lake Cruise to Spirit Island

Through the Lens
Spirit Island is one of the most photographed locations in Canada. On the Maligne Lake ‘Through the Lens’ Cruise snap incredible shots with the help of an on-board professional photographer. Learn to how to use filters, frame the scene, capture clouds and compensate for difficult light. (more…)

Canadian Rockies Sightseeing Walks & Bike Routes

Photo: Mount Norquay's North American Chairlift

Photo: Mount Norquay’s North American Chairlift

By Afton Aikens & Olivia Grecu

These gondola and chairlift rides promise peak rewards for little effort:

  • Mount Norquay: The historic North American Chairlift glides to boardwalk views of Mount Rundle, the Banff townsite, the Bow and Spray valleys, and if you’re lucky, a resident bruin family.
  • Banff Gondola: Soar up Sulphur Mountain for a 1-km boardwalk stroll to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site.
  • Lake Louise Gondola & Restaurant: Rise up Mount Whitehorn over grizzly habitat to an incredible Temple Mountain and Victoria Glacier view, and guided interpretive bear walks.


4 Places To Rent Bikes In Calgary

Bikers in Nose Hill in Calgary’s NW. Photo: Courtesy Travel Alberta.

With its many scenic parks and river corridors, the city of Calgary is a cycling paradise. Several bike rental stores are conveniently located near popular routes alongside the Bow and Elbow Rivers and numerous recreational parks. These are our picks for the top rental shops around town.

#4 Calgary Bike Rental
Eau Claire Rapid Rent
Close to the river in the heart of Eau Claire, this shop features rentals for the entire family. Children’s, junior and adult bikes including tandems, hybrids and road bikes are available, $10 – $15 per hour, $40 – 60 per day (over five hours). Child bike trailers are also available, $7 – $25. The store is located minutes away from the beautiful riverside paths of Prince’s Island Park.
•Eau Claire Rapid Rent, 200 Barclay Parade SW, 403-444-5845
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Hot Shopping: Teva Shoes

Teva Links

Cycling is a popular pastime in Ottawa, with riders tackling everything from Gatineau Park to city streets to our lengthy network of trails on two wheels. Join the crowd — and look the part — with the Links shoe from Teva, which was designed in collaboration with freeride mountain biker Jeff Lenosky. The Links’ rubber sole has serious gripping power, and state-of-the-art technology within the shoe actually prevents water from absorbing on a molecular level. Plus, the shoes are stylish enough to transition seamlessly from a rugged mountain ride to a downtown patio. $140.

Available at several Ottawa retailers including Trailhead, 1960 Scott St., 613-722-4229, www.trailhead.ca.

Hot Shopping: Fashionable Cycling with the Bobbin Birdie

The Bobbin Birdie in robin's egg blue. Photo: Bobbin Bicycles.

The Bobbin Birdie in robin’s egg blue. Photo: Bobbin Bicycles.


Whether enjoying Calgary’s beautiful bike paths or making an urban commute, do so in style with the Bobbin Birdie.

This cute upright bike combines vintage with modern esthetics and is reminiscent of the city bikes typically ridden in the cycling-friendly city of Amsterdam. The UK-based company manufactures several styles of trendy bicycles (more…)

Canada’s Top Cycling Trails


Calgary’s Bow River Pathway (Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism/Paul Zizka)

Across the country, urban cycling lanes cut through picturesque parks with streams shaded by dense foliage, rural routes meander into tiny towns filled with historic charm, and rugged wilderness roads wind past habitats where black bears, moose, elk, deer and cougars roam.

So get spinning this summer on Canada’s top cycling trails! (more…)

MAP: Our Guide to 16 of Muskoka’s Best Nature Trails and Hiking Destinations


View Muskoka Trails: Pathways to Fresh Air and Fun in a larger map

Nature takes centre stage in Muskoka with daily performances by 250 species of birds, 50 types of mammals and 25 species of amphibians. Turn off the iPod and open your ears to Muskoka’s natural sounds by hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking through the region National Geographic Traveler selected selected as one of the top 20 “Best Trips of the World” for 2012. No gas required and no stress allowed.

Here, we’ve mapped some of our favourite trails for you to explore (zoom in close to see all the smaller trails).

10 Canadian Adventures to Book This Spring and Summer


Photo: Toby Creek Adventures

The days are getting longer and warmer, which means summer is almost here! What better way to enjoy the great weather than getting off the couch and having some truly Canadian adventures? (more…)

Montreal Heeds Doctor’s Orders that Cities Need More Cycling

Photo by Joel Mann

By Waheeda Harris

A recent survey by scientists at the University of Wisconsin looked at the economic benefits of urban dwellers switching from a car to a bike for trips of less than five miles in 11 metropolitan areas of the northern Midwest US.

The societal health benefits were gauged in terms of medical costs, mortality rates, car accidents, physical fitness and air pollution. Scientists found that if inhabitants in a sample region were to switch from driving to biking only for errands requiring less than 25 minutes of cycling, the result would be an annual $3.8 billion saved in health care costs and 1,100 fewer deaths from road accidents.

The study conservatively assumed Midwesterners would only cycle in good weather—approximately four months of days per year. Yet, according to Bicycling Magazine, in 2010 Minneapolis, Minnesota, was named the top city for cycling in the United States, a city that certainly has four seasons.

In Canada, Montreal gets the nod as the only Canadian city—out of 80 cities worldwide—on the 2011 Bicycle-Friendly Cities index, compiled by Danish consulting firm Copenhagenize. Montreal, which came in at number eight, was chosen for its $100-million-plus investment in revamping bike trails, its long-standing cycling infrastructure and being the first North American city to launch urban bike-sharing program Bixi.

Via Rail’s Bike Train service connects Windsor to Quebec City

Bikes on trains. Photo by Sandbanks Pro

Bike enthusiasts looking to explore another city’s streets should consider a weekend two-wheel road trip enabled by one of VIA Rail Canada’s bike trains. Cyclists can bring their bikes on board for $20 per direction, and then sit back and relax until they arrive. Cities serviced include the well-travelled streets of Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, and a few lesser-trod spots like London and Windsor in Ontario and Jonquière and Senneterre in Quebec.

Take the family on Ottawa’s Capital parkway network, which is the reason why our capital often pops up on lists of the best cities in North America to cycle. With the views of the Ottawa River and well-groomed parks, you won’t feel like you’re in a metropolis. In Senneterre, bikers can check out Mount Bell and the dense pines of Aiguebelle Park. Cyclers travelling to Windsor have the vast 42 km Chrysler Canada Greenway ahead of them—rural routes, wineries and the beaches of Lake Erie offer something for all.

Via offers bike transportation on trains with bike racks until October 31, 2011. Find details at http://www.viarail.ca/bike.

Essential to Toronto: Bixi’s Pedal Power

There’s a new way to get around the city this summer, thanks to the arrival of Bixi Bikes. The bicycle-sharing system launched in May and has quickly become a popular alternative form of public transportation. With 1,000 bikes available at 80 docking stations, it’s an easy way to make short trips between downtown restaurants, shops and sites. Simply use your credit card to pay for 24- or 72-hour access ($5 or $12), then grab a bike and pedal to your destination within 30 minutes. Additional charges are incurred if you keep the bike for longer than a half-hour. The sturdy yet sporty two-wheelers are available at all times within a service area between Bathurst and Jarvis streets from east to west, and north-south from Bloor Street to Queens Quay. Find specific stations online, here.

Cycling to Views

Biking Pyramid Bench courtesy Jasper Tourism

Biking Pyramid Bench courtesy Jasper Tourism

Wendy Hall of Freewheel Cycle suggests Pyramid Trunk Trail for an easy, two-hour ride offering a steady elevation gain, and stunning townsite and Pyramid Mountain views. The 15 km (9 mi) wooded route starts behind the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and ends at Pyramid Lake. Take corners slowly to avoid hikers! —RM