On June 7th, Mount Revelstoke National Park celebrated its centennial with the second annual “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day” at the Nels Nelsen Historic Area in the park.
The RCMP, Flowt, and Parks Canada provided a jam-packed day for families with a children’s bicycle skills and obstacle course, bike and helmet checks, stickers, prizes, draws, bike information and refreshments. The event was a huge success with sunny skies and perfect temperatures.
For the second year in a row IMBA Canada attended the MEC Bikefest on the beautiful North Shore of Vancouver. This year the amazing amount of sunshine brought out an abundance of attendees. The Bikefest on the North Shore is a fantastic community event, bringing together cyclists from all disciplines like BMX, enduro-racing, mountain bike enthusiasts and young families. It was especially fantastic to see so many kids on run bikes, BMX bikes, and small pedal bikes rolling around the expo area eager to find stickers and free snacks.
"We love bikes, and we’re throwing a party in their honour." That is the tagline that MEC Barrie used to promote their Bikefest on May 24, 2014 at Hardwood Ski & Bike, and we at IMBA Canada were thrilled to put on our party hats!
Le Mont-Royal est un site de choix pour plusieurs citadins qui cherchent à prendre du recul de la jungle urbaine. Depuis plus de 20 ans, les cyclistes s'y promènent afin d'en découvrir tous les aspects, tous ces secrets. D'abord, le cycliste récréatif s'y promène sur le Ch. Olmstead, le sentier multifonctionnel principal qui permet de gravir la montagne selon les souhaits de Olmstead, l'architecte du parc, du bas vers le sommet.
IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew leaders AJ Strawson and Rachael Raven wrap up their time on the road and say goodbye!
For the past year and a half, AJ and I have travelled all across the country - visiting all of Canada's beautiful and unique provinces (plus the Yukon!), riding our bikes, building trails, and spreading the word about how mountain biking and singletrack make our communities better places to live.
Our visit to the Kolapore Wilderness Trails Association was a monumental one, not only is it the last visit as IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew of our careers, but also coincides with the 40th anniversary of the KWTA. We are happy to report that, thanks to the great professionalism of the club and hard work from volunteers, the visit was a success. Indeed, they were able to draw visitors from a wide area around the GTA, a testament to the high level of organization the club enjoys.
Located near Peterborough's east end, Harold Town Conservation Area is a property which has seen many users, and many trails over the years. The area has a unique history - like many Conservation Areas in Ontario - where you can find much evidence of past uses, including farmsteads, an old ski hill, ATV and dirt bike trails, and orchards.
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.