It's no surprise that frontcountry trails get more attention than backcountry. It is tough to get out and monitor or assess backcountry routes, let alone get materials or people out to maintain them. So this week we took to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site's 60km Liberty Loop to assess the condition of the trails and get the full park experience.
With a week off in the schedule before we are due to work back on the mainland, AJ and I found ourselves with time to explore Newfoundland's spectacularly beautiful Gros Morne National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Park features amazing terrain and geology, including the second highest peak on the island.
Great trails take us to amazing locations. Away from civilization, roads, and the monotony of everyday life, our trails seek out vistas and lookouts, rivers and lakes, and rugged terrain deep in the wild.
But this can put us at odds with the power of mother nature, and the environment around us. By having minimal impact on our surroundings - exposing the terrain, rather than changing it - our trails are often vulnerable to storms, flooding, slides, or other changes to the ecosystem.
This was IMBA Canada’s second “Learn to Camp” event in conjunction with Joyride150 and the Guelph Off Road Bicycling Association (GORBA) and what a great day! Ok, let me point out that it rained in the morning while we were setting up, and then off and on during the afternoon, but there was no stopping the participants from sharing their enthusiasm and joining the fun at the ‘Learn to MTB’ portion of the event that we were hosting!
Last year we had the chance to visit two National Historic Sites in the Sault Ste. Marie region of central Ontario. In our blog, we contemplated the value of trails taking us places - not just for recreation, but to cultural and historical destinations.
It can be very challenging for trail builders and land managers to strike a balance between trail experiences for beginner or novice users, all the way to experienced users seeking wilderness.
Factor in rugged terrain (like our experience building beginner mountain bike trails in Abbotsford, BC) and it can create a very difficult situation for trail builders to offer green-level singletrack.
Twenty five — it's a number you'll be seeing a lot of from IMBA this year as we celebrate our founding in 1988. To get the silver anniversary year underway we'll start with a look at some of last year's successes in Canada, and around the world:
Riding Mountain National Park is a picturesque experience located on the western edge of Manitoba, featuring some of the only elevation within the province. Steeped in history (the park has the oldest original park gate entrance) and fantastic nature experiences , the park should be on the list of anyone interested in taking in the natural beauty of the area or the friendly atmosphere of Wasagaming, the town located in the park.
When many of us think 'History' we associate it with books or museums. But the lands of our ancestors can tell us just as much, and trails are an important part of the story.
Located between Lake Huron and Lake Superior, the city of Sault Ste Marie, ON, played an important role in Canada's early history and the war of 1812. A stop along the fur trade route, the city was centred between Native, British and American territories – and has many interesting tales to tell.