ConnecTour 2021

Crossing Canada at the Speed of Life

Close up with Canadians from sea to sea

We’re travelling across the country to Reconnect, Restore, and Rebuild our communities after months of disruption that has come with the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll talk to real Canadians in the country’s heartland, learning about what is important to them and the values we share in common. 

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Hotel Ymir

Ymir Hotel an unlikely sanctuary for great Canadian art

From the dated, wood-frame exterior, it would be easy to dismiss Hotel Ymir (pronounced ‘why-mer’) as just another ramshackle old remnant of British Columbia’s mining heyday, relying on income from the eerie glow of video gaming terminals to eke out a marginal existence. But stepping inside is a bit like diving down the rabbit hole. …

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Nancy Greene Provincial Park

Highlights, lowlights and lessons learned, so far

We’ve only been on the road for 18 days of our 110-day ride, but we’ve racked up pannier loads of experiences — most of them fun and fantastic, others more of the physically exhausting and unexpected, crazy-weather kind. From time to time, we’ll compile a list of the highlights and lowlights and some bike-touring tips …

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Sherry Parsons Moyie ghosts

Moyie’s muse is content to live with the old mining town’s ghosts

MOYIE, B.C. – Sherry Parsons lives in a home full of ghosts in an out-of-the way former mining town in British Columbia’s East Kootenays. And she’s OK with that. Parsons, 74, and her husband, Michael, built a house next to the historic St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Moyie, B.C., after struggling for years to gain …

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Annie and Rick McFerrin at Nancy Greene Provincial Park

A brush with heat stroke and then hypothermia

  Folks who live in the interior of B.C. like to joke that this month is “Junuary.” One day, it can be scorching hot and the next day can be deathly cold. Knowing you are at the mercy of the weather can be a pretty abstract concept until you live it up close and personal …

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Kindness comes in a bucket of ice and jug of water

Hot and starting to feel fatigue after a vigorous three-hour run from Penticton, the five of us were looking for one of B.C.’s famous rec sites to have a picnic as we approached Keremeos on Highway 3. Although there had been plenty of treed rec sites on the Old Hedley Road we had taken as …

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southern Alberta bike tour

Cross-Canada tour begins Friday from Kelowna

ConnecTour is kicking off its cross-Canada tour on Friday, May 28th as planned. However, because British Columbia has extended its travel restrictions until June 15th or possibly later, the team has modified its Stage 1 schedule, and will be leaving from Kelowna rather than Victoria, as originally planned. The team had traveled to B.C. in …

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Riding now for a very personal cause

ConnecTour is all about discovering the people and places of Canada. It’s the reason why the group is not riding for a specific charity. Our job is to focus on the magical places and amazing Canadians we will meet. Every participant in the tour, however, has the opportunity to ride in support of their own …

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Victoria bicycling

May 28th new departure date for cross-Canada tour

With ongoing uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been many questions about plans for the 2021 ConnecTour cross-Canada ride. The short answer is, we’re ready to go when restrictions lift. The ConnecTour team is optimistic the group will be able to depart Victoria, B.C., on May 28th. This plan is based on the …

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ConnecTour bicycle bike riding

COVID panic? Keep calm and carry on with bike tour planning

ConnecTour Chronicles Five Canadians who call themselves ConnecTour are planning to tour across Canada this summer, discovering how the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our lives and our sense of community. Fellow cycle-touring enthusiasts will join with the group at various points along the way. Watch this space for regular reports. April 18, 2021 “Are you …

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