Reading Time: 5 minutes The Rideau Canal in Ottawa has been a beloved skating destination since 1970. However, warmer winters are affecting its ice quality and duration. With fewer days open in recent years, speculation arises about this year’s opening. Upcoming cold nights could lead the canal to open end of January and when it does, don’t wait to go out.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Ottawa is a great place to spend a winter holiday. The great outdoors are around the corner, there are great coffee places and the XC are fairly accessible without a car too.
Reading Time: 6 minutes O what a gorgeous day it was on Wednesday. Clear skies and a temperature of only -5C. The windchill made it feel more like -15C according to Robyn Bresnahan though. Should I go downtown by bus? I had to do some errands downtown and I was heavily leaning towards public transit. Bus 88 to Hurdman and then backtrack to downtown on Line 1 would do the trick within about 25 minutes. But when I saw the sun light flowing into the house, I realised that I really should cycle at least part of the way, because a real, let alone [Read more…]
Reading Time: 6 minutes This week we are visiting Kathleen Street in Sudbury, go for a skate on Ramsey Lake and a ski at Bioski and Kivi Park. #ottski #ottwalk #ottbike
Reading Time: 6 minutes Fun in Sudbury, ON. Hans on the Bike visits the near north Ontario mining town in search of art and coffee.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Hans on the Bike had family over. They went to check out snowshoe trail #74 starting at the Lac Philippe parking lot P19 in the northern part of Gatineau Park.
Reading Time: 4 minutes 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 huts. In 2015 a new building was added, the Chalet Stephane Richer, named after the Montreal Canadiens hockey forward. The chalet is not exactly a cozy chalet made of hand hewn logs, Hudson Bay blankets and a roaring fire. It [Read more…]
Reading Time: 6 minutes 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 which two left-of-centre NDP run Canadian provinces (!) (Alberta and British Columbia) duke out a trade war over oil sands oil pipelines, Ottawa, Gatineau and the NCC (National Capital Commission) really should market the area together as one big National [Read more…]
Reading Time: 4 minutes I was asked to talk about winter cycling for a Montreal winter cycling congress. I decided to take a different take and will talk about winter cycling to train stations in the Netherlands, because I don’t remember ever having to cycle in snow in the Netherlands.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Cycling in winter is much more enjoyable than you’d think. Take a look.