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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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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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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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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Our good luck dodging wind and rain finally runs out

The ConnecTour team has been incredibly lucky with the weather through most of the ride across Canada. Yes, there was that scary day when we were hypothermic near Nancy Greene Provincial Park in British Columbia, the day-after-day intense summer heat in Saskatchewan, and a steady downpour as we headed out of Ottawa. But our rain …

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Bearing witness to Africa’s climate migrants

Gilbert Desjardins witnessed the genocide in Rwanda. But not the one that dominated the headlines in 1994. Instead, the artist who lives in the small Quebec town of Mont-Laurier, about an hour north of Mont Tremblant ski resort, was a young traveller in that tragedy-laden African country in the years 1965 to 1969. It was …

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Amish follow a humble path to a simpler way of life

Canada’s secondary roads are not only more peaceful and scenic to ride, but they also often lead to the serendipity that adds to the richness of our experience. We were on one such road, Maple Ridge Road, in northern Ontario, about an hour’s bicycle ride east of Thessalon (near the head of Lake Huron) when …

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Learning to roll with one of this tour’s unexpected twists

We’d been planning the ConnecTour cross-Canada cycle-touring ride for 16 months. Had it ever crossed my mind that one of us would be injured and off the ride for more than seven weeks? I know I certainly didn’t. Ever the optimist, I was excited to start on the four-month ride to discover our beautiful country …

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Wawa’s loyal support keeps country store going strong

Anita Young feels a lot of loyalty to the people of Wawa. And for good reason, because the people of Wawa have been there for her and her late husband, Bill, when they most needed a hand. Bill Young founded what has become Wawa’s most famous landmark, Young’s General Store, way back in 1971 and …

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A private fantasy world, rich in local and family history

Sheri Turner is ebullient and energetic as she welcomes strangers to the fascinating world she’s built for herself near the tiny community of Shebandowan, about a day’s bicycle ride – or an hour’s drive – west of Thunder Bay. Her immaculate property, called The Settlement, is a house and panoply of outbuildings, mostly painted grey …

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