Category Archive: travel + tourism

3 cycling adventures in BC

A sampler of British Columbia bicycle trips What do you want from a BC bike trip? Rolling island hills, century-old forests, abandoned mining towns, sun-warmed wineries? I’ve cycled all these routes and they… Continue reading

A train and folding bicycle adventure in Western Canada

“Is that a FOLDING bike?” In autumn 2007, I did a one-month train and bike journey around British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba with fellow bike adventurer, Michelle Eisele. I was on assignment… Continue reading

What I know for sure

Can we share an Oprah moment? I ask because a hefty issue of O Magazine kept me company on a recent bike trip in September and one of its topics kept bouncing around… Continue reading

Top 25 sidewalk cafés on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive

Patios for people-watching in East Vancouver by Ulrike Rodrigues Commercial Drive is a eclectic neighborhood not far from downtown Vancouver, undiscovered by package tourists. Dozens of European coffee shops hint at its Italian… Continue reading

A Biased Bike Travel Packing List

A gal’s guide to packing panniers for a cycling trip People fuss over bike travelers and how brave, adventurous and fit they are. But really, a bike traveler is just someone who wonders,… Continue reading

Harrison Hot Springs Resort is Whistler’s quieter sister

Historic hotel stays calm during the Olympics “You know what the trouble with getting old is?” Laurence bends to pour a coffee, then straightens to let a younger server squeeze by in the… Continue reading

Willie Weir: confessions of an adventure cyclist

[Published in the September/October 2009 issue of Momentum: the magazine for self-propelled people.] Bicycle traveler’s new book describes experiences, not logistics “I am not an avid cyclist,” admits Willie Weir in his new… Continue reading

Cycling Goa, India with Hostelling International

[Published in the August 2009 issue of Goa Today Magazine] Backroads “Slow Goa” tour targets cyclists and activists Visitors have toured Goa by car, motorbike, bus, boat and train; but now – thanks… Continue reading

Live and cycle in Goa?

Sure, read all about it on my blog  Girl Gone Goa: travel, sex, magic and cycling in an Indian State. I wrote over 60 stories on life in Goa as a single woman… Continue reading

“Slow Food” bike tour in Pemberton, B.C.

Sample locally-grown produce and West Coast scenery by bicycle Slow Food Cycle Sunday is a free one-day tour organized by the community of Pemberton (north of Whistler, Canada) to increase awareness and appreciation… Continue reading

Cycling Alberta’s Trans Canada Trail and Iron Horse Trail

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A “gonzo” rail and bike trip around Western Canada

Being on a train is like riding a bicycle: it’s slow, social, historic, and rebellious What is it about trains? And what was it about a train journey into western Canada that yanked… Continue reading

Dahon’s Speed TR and MU XL fold for bus and rail travel

Folding bikes lead to greener pastures “Hey!” bellowed a voice across the Jasper train platform, “Is that one of those collapsible bikes?” Michelle and I had just gotten off VIA Rail’s westbound line… Continue reading

Interior slopes offer fun on or off skis

Four B.C. resorts serve up inventive programs for family fun in the snow Chris Keam is a single parent who’d like to introduce his daughter to the joys of skiing—gently. “I’d really just… Continue reading

Cycling Belize’s temple-to-temple tour

Tour d’Afrique founder takes bike travelers on a 7-day, 750-km race through the jungle Caracol, Belize — Eight cyclists scrambled up the moonlit stone steps of Caana, Caracol’s tallest temple, to assemble under… Continue reading

Nootka Sound aboard the cargo ship M.V. Uchuck

Cycle across Vancouver Island, then soak up the history on a working vessel When people ask why I go where I go, I tell them it’s “part curiosity and part stubbornness”. The curiosity… Continue reading

Slow and serene off Nootka Island

Bears, sea otters and marbled murrelets show paddlers the Nuchatlitz way NOOTKA ISLAND, B.C. — The afternoon sun glints sharply off the rolling blue swell south of Rosa Island and it’s difficult to… Continue reading

Whale Watching in Vancouver

Vancouver operators guarantee sightings with departures right out of the city Thinking of hauling your out-of-town visitors to Tofino for some whale-watching? Think again. This summer, four local tour operators are guaranteeing sightings… Continue reading

Cycling Vancouver’s Central Valley Greenway

Vancouver area multi-use trail offers a bushwhack to bikers willing to explore The name “Still Creek” may not quicken the pulse of southern B.C.’s white water paddlers; but the blackberry thorns that line… Continue reading

Cycling Cuba photo gallery

Cycle from Varadero to Vinales along the Circuito Norte Got two weeks for a holiday? Sit on a bike instead of a barstool! I discovered fourteen days is plenty of time to explore… Continue reading

Blood, Blisters and Bears: one woman’s Odyssey Tour

A 1,600 kilometre expedition by kayak, foot and bicycle through B.C.’s north ISKUT, B.C. — Gregg Drury is a Minnesota-raised outdoorsman, social activist and eco-entrepreneur who ~ I discovered ~ has a lot… Continue reading

Practical Dances for Travelers

When you travel with someone, you learn how to share a trip’s rhythm The Canadian customs line was moving slowly. Most of the passengers coming up from Seattle on the Greyhound waited sleepily… Continue reading

Soloists Team Up to Beat Singles’ Fees

Would you like a good spanking? Would you? Because if you’re single and like to travel, expect to get spanked hard when you go to pay for that fabulous all-inclusive holiday. In addition… Continue reading

Roger’s Pass and Me

A web-footed West Coaster ponders snow, slush, and sickening spins on black ice I’ve lived in Vancouver for thirteen years and naively believed I’d left winter driving behind. It waited for me one… Continue reading

Heading for the Hills? Then Get on the Bus

Stress-free snow bus services to B.C. mountains for when you’d rather ride than drive Mittens firmly in the 10 and 2 o’clock positions, I was driving behind a Greyhound bus one winter morning… Continue reading

Village Hostels on the Sunshine Coast

Three coastal “backpacker B&Bs” welcome budget travelers north of Vancouver I used to sell panniers at Vancouver’s Bike Doctor and when novice cyclists would come in and say they were going to spend… Continue reading

Merridale Cidery in Cobble Hill, Vancouver Island

Family-run apple orchard grows, squishes, ferments and pours their own ciders Terry and I were waiting on the corner of Granville and Broadway for the #601 bus to take us to the Tsawwassen… Continue reading

Cycling to Pitt River Hot Springs

Vancouver-area pools are accessible by boat and bicycle ~ but not by car [Updated July 2009. Originally published in Adventure West Magazine, October 2004. Photos by Luke Moloney. ] My trusty B.C. Backroad… Continue reading

Cycling Vancouver’s Seaside Cafes

éA Two-Wheel Odyssey to a Table by the Sea Ulysses can attest that sometimes the longest journey begins with a single malt. Not long after they set out on their fabled odyssey, Ulysses… Continue reading

Monthly salons draw fans of flying solo

Where do you book an off-season college-dorm bed in Edinburgh? Which cruise lines don’t charge single travellers an extra fee for a cabin? Is it really possible to experience a fulfilling, worry-free adventure… Continue reading