Yearly Archives: 2013

Cheers: Niagara Route of Vélo-Québec’s 2014 Grand Tour

To Your Good Health and Cycling Vélo-Québec has announced details including map and itinerary of its Grand Tour for 2014 (Aug. 2-8) taking cyclists through the bountiful wine country of the Canadian shore of Lake Erie and the Niagara Peninsula.

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Arctic Photographer Fred Bruemmer dies at 84

Fred Bruemmer, whose photography chronicled the lives of the Inuit and the Arctic, has died at the age of 84. My condolences to his son René, a longtime reporter at the Montreal Gazette, and the rest of the family. He

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Vélo-Québec’s Grand Tour Desjardins cycling event heads for Niagara wine country August 2-8

Cyclists are known to work up a big thirst during a long hot day in the saddle. And the 2,000 or so who will take part in Vélo-Québec’s annual Grand Tour Desjardins will be in for a special treat next

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Canada Day: Madawaska Madness

Archie Smith’s whitewater clinic I can’t think of a better way to warm up for the Canada Day weekend than a couple of days of whitewater canoeing on the Madawaska River in eastern Ontario. That’s just what I did on

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Marathon Man

You’ll be right on the money when you call Jamie McDonald the marathon man. He’s attempting to run the equivalent of six marathons every seven days with a goal of reaching Vancouver, BC, in the autumn. Even by my sometimes

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Independent spirit on a bike

It’s hard to imagine a person of a more independent spirit than Andrew Alford, whom I met while pedaling along Highway 132 in the Lower St. Lawrence region of Quebec last week. It was raining and Andrew was wrapped in

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Making wine in Upper Laurentians

I don’t drink a lot of wine before noon, but duty called when I saw a sign for a vineyard near Labelle while pedaling south last week on the P’tit Train du Nord, Quebec’s most beautiful bike path. The sign

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Slideshow and video: Kayaking on Lake Superior

I have added a slideshow and two videos to the story: Kayaking on Lake Superior. This is the link:

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Hop Over to Beer Exhibition

Looking for a spot to unwind when you finish work today? Then hop on over to the Palais des Congrès in downtown Montreal. It’s the 10th annual Mondial de la Bière with many samples of suds from Canada, the U.S.,

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Landslide blocks bike path

One of Quebec’s top cycling trails, the P’tit Train du Nord (Route Verte 2), is blocked between Piedmont and Prévost. A landslide six weeks ago took out the trail at Kilometre 17.8. One way around it is to ignore the

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