Tales from the road

This summer, we started gathering stories about people we’ve met and places we’ve been.

ConnecTour 2021
Canada
Doug Firby

The ConnecTour spirit will live on in 2022 rides

What an incredible year this has been. We, the people behind ConnecTour, are writing to you today because each of you has been engaged in some way by our cross-Canada adventure. We want to bring you up to date on developments since we reached St. John’s, NL, in October.  We all made it safely home, and are slowly

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ConnecTour Chronicles
Doug Firby

Second World War attack helped shape Bell Island’s history

Bell Island is a little piece of eastern Canada off Newfoundland’s Conception Bay that most citizens haven’t even heard of. Yet it is an historically significant footnote to our involvement in the Second World War. It’s one of the few parts of our countrythat was attacked during the war, and the only domestic location where

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ConnecTour Chronicles
Doug Firby

A warm welcome, and kudos, from the deputy mayor of St. John’s

ConnecTour was honoured to meet with Sheilagh O’Leary, deputy mayor of St. John’s, NL, when we arrived in town. In addition to hosting us at Mile 0, O’Leary invited us up to her office and congratulated us on our cross-Canada bike ride. In this video, O’Leary describes the efforts in St. John’s to build a

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Canada
Doug Firby

On eve of tour’s end, bike team reflects on their experience

On Tuesday, Oct. 12, the ConnecTour riders arrive in St. John’s, NL, completing the cross-Canada tour that started on May 28 in Kelowna, British Columbia. It’s been a tour filled with adventure, some drama and many, many encounters will real Canadians in their home environments. In this video, the four riders who are completing the

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ConnecTour Chronicles
Doug Firby

Gander’s aviation history has a latter day champion

Although she grew up just an hour from what was once one of North America’s most important airports, Sandra Seaward says she didn’t have much of an interest in studying its past. “I never had an affiliation for history,” she says, scrunching her face into a frown. “It had a lot to do with my

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ConnecTour Chronicles
Doug Firby

Proud captain sails to Canada’s other ‘distinct society’

Capt. Stan Peet is the only of five siblings not born on Newfoundland. His father was serving in the military when his youngest son was born in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. Yet, he considers himself a true Newfoundlander. Canada’s most eastern province, he says, is every bit as much a distinct society as Quebec. Isolated

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