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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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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May 28th new departure date for cross-Canada tour

With ongoing uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been many questions about plans for the 2021 ConnecTour cross-Canada ride. The short answer is, we’re ready to go when restrictions lift. The ConnecTour team is optimistic the group will be able to depart Victoria, B.C., on May 28th. This plan is based on the …

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COVID panic? Keep calm and carry on with bike tour planning

ConnecTour Chronicles Five Canadians who call themselves ConnecTour are planning to tour across Canada this summer, discovering how the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our lives and our sense of community. Fellow cycle-touring enthusiasts will join with the group at various points along the way. Watch this space for regular reports. April 18, 2021 “Are you …

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Cross-Canada cycle tour aims to kick off in Victoria

UPDATED, April 20 — A group of adventure bicyclists still hopes to begin their cross-Canada odyssey to reconnect, restore and rebuild our communities in Victoria, B.C., this spring, although recent travel restrictions will likely delay the start. The group is seeking like-minded adventurers to join all, or part, of the journey as we rebuild from …

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How we’ll ride and relax safely during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is both a motivator for the 2021 ConnecTour ride and a complication. From week to week, new developments either bring waves of optimism or concern. And yet we are confident enough to move ahead with plans for this year’s ride. As we approach our May 15th departure date for the cross-Canada tour, …

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Local cycle group to hit the road in 2021 in search of remarkable Canadians

BY MICHELE JARVIE/Calgary Herald – After a year of social isolation, a group of adventurers is planning an epic trip in 2021 to help reconnect and rebuild communities. ConnecTour has an ambitious cross-Canada cycle trip planned for next year and is looking for like-minded individuals to join all or part of the journey, whether for …

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