A weekend in rural Quebec

March 15, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

Last weekend we visited a friend’s cottage near Chèneville, roughly 60 km north of Montebello. We took the quiet back roads from Buckingham via Mayo to stop in a small ski area near Ripon, the Parc des Montagnes Noires. It is not a big area, but there are a few kilometers of cross country ski trails with a few small [Read more…]

Parkway in Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park: Winter Paradise in Ottawa’s Back Yard Captured on Mapillary

February 27, 2018 Hansonthebike 3

The title of this post is a bit unfair, because Gatineau Park really is in the province of Quebec and Ottawa isn’t. It is managed by the National Capital Commission, which also manages the Greenbelt and the Rideau Canal Skateway to name but a few of the many properties they look after. But hey, in a globally connected world, in [Read more…]

Shilly-Shally cabin in Gatineau Park

Easy Deep Dish Vegetable Pie for Those Snowy Winter Days

February 14, 2018 Hansonthebike 1

I am always on the lookout for easy recipes. I don’t mind cooking, but I am more of an all-in-one-pan type of person than four pots on the fire at the same time. As we are only with the two of us, I generally cook for two nights at once. Minimum. A really easy dish that covers at least two [Read more…]

Dutch pea soup is easy to make with these vegetables

Pea soup after a day in the snow

March 22, 2017 Hansonthebike 1

Easy peasy pea soup Nothing beats a hearty, warm bowl of Dutch pea soup after a long ski. A few times over the winter, we make a big pot which we enjoy over a number of days. Pea soup is one of those comfort foods that are filling, easy to make and easy to freeze and heat up in the microwave later [Read more…]

A bike street in Utrecht, Netherlands running along the Rietveldhuis.
Councillors McKenney, Leiper and Fleury

A Tale of Two Ottawa Retailers: Hot Chocolate Rocks

February 24, 2014 Hansonthebike 0

This is a short case study of two different companies in Ottawa that are active on Twitter. Both use social media to get the word about their business out.  Twitter is a channel that you shouldn’t ignore in your communication mix. Although many messages get lost in the endless stream of opinions, some times some one picks up on your [Read more…]

Can you Bike, Skate and Walk to Work on Winter Bike to Work day?

February 5, 2014 Hansonthebike 0

Next week, February 14, 2014  is Winter Bike to Work Day. It is a day to celebrate winter cycling worldwide. Winter cycling is easier said than done as cycling in winter requires some preparation. If you haven’t biked in winter -and I mean serious winter, as in -20C to -30C (-4to -22F) sans wind chill, not those -2C Copenhagen ‘winters‘ [Read more…]