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  • Writer's pictureThothathri Raman

Cycling in Canada

Did you know world's longest cycling route, an astounding 5,000km is available in Canada? The La Route Verte is North America's longest cycling network, taking in Quebec's cities, rivers, lakes and fjords. A quick search for the cycling routes in Canada inspired by my cyclist friend Althaf brought up interesting facts. "This scenic route is a mix of bike paths, secondary roads, and an occasional highway segment, but there are signs everywhere indicating to drivers that it is part of the Route Verte. A popular section of this long bike trail is called the Blueberry Route and it takes you in a loop around Lac Saint-Jean for 256 kilometres, which typically takes three to four days to complete", a webpage insert found in the Net says.

My friend and his two companions had been to the Boundary bay Regional park in Vancouver for the last week end and has resolved to check out a few bike trails around the city before the winter sets in. Boundary Bay though is a great place to explore year round, whether on the trails near Centennial Beach or on the wide open Dyke Trail with its views.

The city has bike trails covering Stanley Park. Sunset Beach – False Creek – Kitsilano Beach. Central Valley Greenway. Queen Elizabeth Park – VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Jericho Beach – UBC – Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

That was Althaf on his bike and he could easily be our mascot as we promote senior cycling for health and fitness in Covid times.

"With friends biking becomes real fun", Althaf says. According to Canadian bike trails and nothing comparable. Apart from the longest route through scenic Quebec, there is this Southeastern Waterfront Trail of 800 km which follows the shores of Lake Ontario and starts at Niagara-on-the-Lake. If you’re really up for an adventure, the complete Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a combined 3,000-kilometres and circles along the shores of the Great Lakes. The Viking trail at New Foundland & Labrador, all of around 900 km passes through the Gros Morne National Park, and continues to the northern tip of Newfoundland to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. The shortest but most exciting cycle route is the Ridge Road heritage trail build during the gold rush. Total length is only 33 km

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