Holiday Gift Guide [+ Giveaways!]: Mom & Pop & the Fam

Mom Every kickass biking mom needs to feel special some times! I highly recommend pampering them with some outdoor-inspired creations from Canadian jeweller, Arleigh Kurucz, who sells under ADK Jewellery. She has mountains, snowflakes, snow cats, water, and beautiful precious metals and gems featured in her works. Her pieces are unique and timeless. You can […]

Winter Ride: Special Equipment

There are five bits of specialized winter equipment that help keep this cargo biking mom rolling year-round. While I have several years of experience commuting daily in damp and wet Vancouver winters, this is my first season of (multiple) daily commutes in snowy winter – the past few winters I have gained my confidence and […]

Winter Ride: But Why?

Winter is subjective in Calgary. Snow can fall from the sky any month of the year (seriously). And, there is always at least one real snowfall before Hallowe’en, without fail. Mother Nature usually waits until October, but sometimes it even happens in September! One such storm was so epic it was dubbed “Snowtember”. Never fear, […]

Bikepacking: Little Elbow to Mount Romulus

We just got back from an epic group bikepacking overnighter up along the Little Elbow River to Mount Romulus Backcountry Campground in Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park, Alberta. Epic because somehow our ringleader managed to wrangle together ten awesome families, which included thirteen kids ranging from almost 8 months old to almost 14 years old! It’s […]

Why and How to Bike to School with Kids

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About a year and a half ago, I was excited that my daughter got a spot in our catchment-area French Immersion school (the previous year it had been a lottery system for admission due to high demand). I eagerly attended the info night with her only to be severely let down when a large part […]

Camping Food: Southwestern Beans & Rice

Summer goals One of this summer’s missions was to get camping, finally. We started getting into it with our first born, but then we had a second and life happened and and and… And, we did it! We got back camping this year. First car camping a bit, then we streamlined and planned for a […]

10 Family Friendly Bikepacking Trips in the Canadian Rockies

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This is my list of pipe dreams and missions accomplished! I will link to any posts that I have written up about specific rides or trips, which usually include notes on elevation profiles, camping option(s), and our experiences as a family (including the ages of the kids and what they were riding). After pining over […]

3 Tips on How to Lock Your Bike

The last thing this cargo biking mom wants to deal with is arriving back to my bike with two tired kids after having a kickass time somewhere, only to find that our trusty steed has vanished. So, here are the three things that I do to keep my bike as theft-resistant as possible: 1. Well […]

Bike Touring: Cascade Valley in Banff National Park

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I had this awesome trip planned out for the Gulf Islands but it wasn’t in the cards: still have a toddler who isn’t awesome at road tripping (plus, she was coming down with a snotty cold), the three families that we had hoped to connect with we were barely going to see, and, ugh, two […]

Bike Touring: Myra Canyon on the KVR

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We just had an awesome trip to the Okanagan to do some day touring. On Day 1, we rode a section of the Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail in Naramata. On Day 2, we thought we’d give the kids a bit of a rest with a longer drive and headed to the classic Myra-Bellevue Provincial […]