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Chad and Deanne were IMBA Canada's Trail Care Crew for the 2010-2011 seasons. Read their blog archive to learn about their travels.

Feb 21, 2012, 12:54 pm
Staff

Just over a year ago Chad and I embarked on the second leg of our journey as Canada's first Trail Care Crew. We covered a lot of ground in 2012 but were excited and relieved to hang up our boots in December. While we sat around our temporary residence surrounded by boxes of our belongings we opened a bottle of our coveted homemade wine and reflected on our experience as TCC.

This experience shaped us in two distinct ways, as builders and as individuals.

Dec 19, 2011, 10:54 am

ep·ic adj \ˈe-pik\ : extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope.

One word to describe the 2011 Trail Care Crew season; epic. Thirty two official visits, 9 provinces, 290 days on the road and over 50,000 kms travelled. We drove through snowstorms, a hurricane, a tropical storm and endured a heatwave. We started the season digging into frozen ground, we finished the season in a wind storm.

Dec 9, 2011, 11:14 am

Our visit to Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site in Victoria, BC was, for lack of a better word, historic. It was the first time that the Trail Care Crew hosted a trailbuilding school at a National Historic Site and only the second time that we couldn't dig a trail (the first was last season at Gulf Islands National Park because of snow).

Nov 30, 2011, 11:46 am

Campbell River is definitely a great place to check out if you are planning your next riding vacation. A short drive north of the Comox Valley (which also has fantastic riding) and near Mount Washington (for the gravity lovers), the Snowden Recreation Area has about 100 kilometers of singletrack.

Nov 22, 2011, 1:00 am
NSMBA

As the birthplace of freeride, the North Shore of Vancouver is steeped in mountain biking history. Long, winding cedar bridges, high, skinny features and steep lines full of rocks and roots are what most people associate with trails in North Vancouver. These trails are everywhere but many of them have fallen into disrepair. Some descents are completely eroded, wooden features are falling apart and there's the whole issue of legality when trails are built without permission.

Nov 15, 2011, 10:27 pm

We are no strangers to the mountain bike trails located in Golden, BC. Ever since we started travelling west for mountain bike holidays we've made a point of stopping in Golden. What first brought our attention to this destination was the Mount 7 Psychosis downhill race that was run yearly from 1998-2008. Top racers from around the world would come out to race on this 1200 meter descent that would take the pros 12-20 minutes to complete.

Nov 10, 2011, 12:00 pm

Most mountain bikers are aware of the riding scene in Rossland, British Columbia thanks to the Seven Summits trail (an IMBA Epic). Nelson has a reputation for big lines and big air. However, located right between the two, in the heart of the Kootenays, is Castlegar which has mostly been overlooked until now. Their tourist information office used to receive a few hundred requests for trail information every year. Those requests now number in the thousands.

Nov 1, 2011, 2:45 pm

Many communities adopt and use old legacy trails or forestry and mining roads to extend their trail networks. Some of these old road beds are not always suitable for trails since when they were initially built water management and recreational use was not part of the design. There are, however, ways to manipulate old road beds into beautiful singletrack. Road to trail conversions are becoming more popular, especially in parks and other ecologically sensitive areas.

Oct 9, 2011, 12:00 am
volunteer | Alberta

If you've ever visited Canmore, you understand the grasp the mountains can have on your heart. You get mesmerized by the towering peaks that surround you and it inspires you to get outside and play. That is why Canmore is a gathering spot for many athletes and outdoor enthusiasts.

Oct 3, 2011, 12:00 am

As you drive towards Medicine Hat there is a turnoff that leads you to a hidden gem in south eastern Alberta. Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is an oasis in a seemingly endless area of ranch lands. Heavily treed with lodge pole pines and dotted with lakes and grasslands, Cypress is an impressive sight. Most visitors come in the summer to hang out at the beach, but there are about 50 kilometers of hiking and biking trails in the area and plenty of groomed cross country ski and snowshoe trails in the winter.