Pool party on the prairie: Neighbourly antidote to a heat wave

Canada’s prairies have plenty of big sky and sprawling fields of wheat and canola as far as the eye can see. What they don’t have much of is water and shade. This week has been a record-setting heat wave, and it has been a potentially dangerous for the ConnecTour bicyclists on a tour across the …

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Banff tattoo business dream derailed by COVID reality

COVID-19 seemed like the least of his worries when Robb Syre moved from Vancouver to Banff in 2020 to work at a tattoo shop founded by his best friend Ronnie Giesbrecht and an associate, Leighton Gall. “Honestly, at first I thought it (COVID) was total bullshit. It was just the flu, rebranded.” But then life …

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Pedal it forward: One act of kindness grows into 400-plus bike giveaways

OKOTOKS, Alta. – When Todd Martin donated one of his son’s old bikes to a neighbourhood kid who didn’t have one, little did he know what that small act of kindness would amount to. Three years later, he has repaired in his well-equipped garage and donated more than 400 bikes to hundreds of neighbours and …

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Siblings Pamela and Cory Lyken

Bikes and breweries just naturally go together

When ConnecTour is biking at the speed of life, we meet the most interesting folks along the way. Hard Knox Brewery in Black Diamond was our lunch, beer and music stop for our group of 24 in June 2020 on a 38-km loop ride from Millarville to Turner Valley and Black Diamond. where we had …

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