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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New Brunswick’s Acadia region remains a ‘hidden gem’

Born and raised on the northern edge of Acadian New Brunswick, Mark Ramsay is an unapologetic hometown boy. Campbellton, in his view, is one of the great undiscovered places to live in Canada. “It’s a hidden gem,” says Ramsay, while he directs traffic at the annual Terry Fox Walk/Run being held at Sugarloaf Mountain Provincial …

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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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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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You can fix the road, but who can fix reckless drivers?

There are dozens of highway memorials along the roads we have taken across Canada, fading memories to those who have died in crashes along the way. In some cases, the locations of these mishaps seem so benign, the tragedies are inexplicable. One often wonders, how could someone lose control at this place? Bicyclists are given …

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