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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.

Jul 13, 2011, 2:00 am
Parks Canada

The Bruce Peninsula National Park (BPNP) is known for its most iconic feature, the Grotto. Hundreds of thousands of people visit the rocky beaches at the Grotto every year and yet very few of those visitors get to experience the beauty of the rest of the park. We had the opportunity to tour the trails and other attractions with a member of the park staff as we did rolling trail assessments over two days.

Jul 4, 2011, 3:15 pm

We had a busy week planned for us in Thunder Bay, Ontario so we got down to business as soon as we arrived in town. This was two visits rolled into one. We were working with the Black Sheep Cycling Club to make sense of their trail system and with the Trans Canada Trail to link a large portion of the trail through town.

Jun 28, 2011, 12:13 pm

Like many Canadian towns, Dryden, Ontario's economy is driven by forestry and mining. The mill used to employ over 1200 people but in the past few years has whittled the staff down to less than 300. The city is now looking at other ways to drive their economy. Tourism is on the top of the list, and trails are a great way to bring people to the area.

Jun 19, 2011, 10:07 pm

The Crow Wing Trail Association formed in 1999 to build a section of the Trans Canada Trail from Emerson to Winnipeg, Manitoba. The trail celebrates a historical trade route, and along its 191 km doesn't utilize any abandoned rail bed like other long sections of the TCT. Having completed all the connections, the organization is shifting focus to improving the trail for a better user experience.

Jun 7, 2011, 12:56 pm

We were thrilled to learn earlier this year that we would be heading to Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories to work with the Parks Canada staff at Wood Buffalo National Park. It's home to many endangered species with the only nesting site in the world for migratory whooping cranes and the world's largest free-roaming herd of wood buffalo. During our visit we were stopped by black bears and bison everyday and we spotted sandhill cranes, bald eagles and pelicans as well.

May 31, 2011, 2:00 am

The Prince George Cycling Club (PGCC) was first established over twenty years ago. In the past few years they have worked on gaining access to and formalizing the Pidherny recreation area. The site officially opened in October 2010 to provide recreation opportunities for all non-motorized users. Pidherny is known for its advanced mountain bike trails and for having the only view of Prince George sans pulp mill.

May 25, 2011, 12:12 pm
Jay Hoots | Hinton

As you drive into Hinton, Alberta there are signs along the highway directing you to their mountain bike park and town trails. We blogged about the bike park last year as we made our way out of Jasper National Park. The bike park was built about 3 years ago by builder Jay Hoots and is a definite asset to the town. While they are proud of the park they realize that their cross country trails are not quite up to the same standard.

May 16, 2011, 5:54 pm

It is quickly becoming apparent to us that Saskatchewan is going to be booming with great trails in the next few years. There may not be visible mountain peaks but there are plenty of valleys, coulees, and topographical relief that provide consistent side slopes to create beautiful bench cut trails. Between provincial parks, national parks and local club riding areas, you'll never drive more a couple of hours to your next riding destination. While we haven't been much farther north than Saskatoon, it wouldn't surprise us if there are some riding gems up there too.

May 9, 2011, 7:11 pm

If you find yourself near Regina, Saskatchewan with a mountain bike on your car you'll find a fun riding area at the Wascana Valley Recreation Site. The site, just North of Regina, was host the Canada Summer Games in 2005 and is well used and loved by all the riders in the area. Nestled in a river valley, the site is a welcome spot for recreation and escape from the city. With no power lines in sight, some topography and plenty of wildlife the trail users definitely get the sense of being out in the wilderness.

Apr 17, 2011, 9:27 am

After an enormous build with the Hamilton Cycling Club we toured Niagara Falls and the Niagara College winery to relax before being welcomed by the Short Hills Cycling Club.