Hanging on by a thin fishing line

Jake Trinkner was just 13 years old when his father bought a small fishing lodge on Crow Lake, just south of Kenora, Ont., moved the family from Minnesota, and set out to pursue a dream of hosting anglers. As his mom and dad, Paul and Christine Tinkner, began to step back from the business, Jake …

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A bicycle clinic that started with a bang

As we are about to set up our bicycle clinic on the legislative grounds in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, we hear a loud bang, coming from the vicinity of where Donald Street crosses the Assiniboine River. Kevin Celestino, a member of our event partner – The Wrench – quickly realizes a bicycle tire has …

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Sandra Mathison Rosetown

Antique store owner revives memories for bikepacker

There’s a leak in the roof at Riches Antiques that’s filling the bucket in the rear left corner of this old store in Rosetown, but Sandra Mathison is unperturbed. It’s hard to keep shingles on the northwest corner, she explains, because that’s where the prevailing winds come from. Today, those winds have brought in a …

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Fairmont Hot Springs

Happy Canada Day from your cycling friends

It’s the time of year when we collectively celebrate this great country and the vast diversity of people who enrich our lives. Here’s a short video from one of the lovely trails we have ridden in the past few days. The paved North Star Rails to Trail out of Cranbrook truly IS a great trail. …

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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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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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