Sunday, January 29, 2012

Great Places to Ride Your Bike in Canada

By PJ Walker

Looking for some of the most challenging bike trails in North America and even in the world? Head north to Canada in search of adventure and you'll find plenty of challenging trails with rugged terrain for an exciting biking adventure! If you're still a beginner, read on, because I found a few trails you'll enjoy in Canada, as well.

In Alberta, Canada, you can bike a 14-mile singletrack route from Old Fort Point to Valley of the Five Lakes. This area is a busy place to be in the summer months, so be on the lookout for lots of other bikers. This trail is also a good place for beginning bikers to try their luck, as there are numerous areas where they can enter or exit the trail, so they don't necessarily have to tackle the more technical areas. There are a few difficult climbs and challenging descents, so intermediate and experienced bikers will have fun here, too.

Another trail suitable for both inexperienced and advanced riders is located near Quebec City. The Mont Ste-Anne Ski Area charges $6 to get into the area and also has fees if you want to use chairlifts to check out the awesome view, but they also have many trails of varying lengths suitable for riders at different levels. There are some great technical trails, but there are also some easier ones for the novice rider. And if you're lucky, you might even see a bear or moose or other wildlife.

Still another area with lots of variety is the Burnaby Mountain trails in British Columbia. Some trails are technical gravel trails with rapid descents. Others are paved and a nice offering for the novice rider. Get a map ahead of time so you can select the trails suitable for your riding level.

Near Bathrust, New Brunswick, there is a ski chalet that offers more than skiing. It also boasts 10 miles of well-kept biking trails, and more trails are being added annually. Local riders love this area and even get together on Tuesday nights for a group ride. Here there are some great technical challenges like bridges and steep climbs and descents. This is also a singletrack.

Porcupine Ridge near Bracebridge, Ontario is a fun ride for the experienced rider. There are 8 miles of trails to choose from. You won't find a lot of climbs or descents, but there are lots of rocks, roots and some incredible drop-offs to keep things interesting. It's a very technical ride, but lots of fun!

You may also want to check out Air Supply, a small 1-mile track for experts only! Located in North Vancouver, British Columbia, anyone who isn't a pro will want to watch from the sidelines, but it's exciting even just to watch! This trail features high wall rides, high skinnys, huge ladder jumps and ladder drops, gaping 10-20 foot gaps, and both a double teeter totter and a swivel teeter totter!

Whether you're fairly new to riding or a professional biker, Canada has a fantastic assortment of trails suitable for everyone. Don't forget your camera in case you come across some of the friendly wildlife, and be sure to get some shots of the beautiful views, as well. And have fun!

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