Canada

British Columbia Coast – Mountain Biking

“Quite possibly the best mountain biking in North America, if not the world.” Robbin McKinney Considering that Great Explorations beginnings were in the creation and operating of two premier mountain bike events in BC (we donated in excess of $10,000 cash to local trail building and development), we felt the time was right to offer intermediate mountain bike enthusiasts from across North America an epic week of mountain biking in this mecca we call home. Unlike races, which typically include a lot of road to spread out masses of riders, we typically have 8-12 participants max and so have the opportunity to ride significantly more single-track trail. Riding in these numbers also allows us to provide more options. We typically offer a moderate-intermediate ride (mostly blue) and for those that want to challenge themselves on more advanced/technical trail, you will have that opportunity, but the focus will be on all mountain, cross-country, flow trails.
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Okanagan Valley Biking

The Okanagan region of British Columbia comprises the wine (and fruit) growing areas surrounding Osoyoos, Oliver, Penticton and Kelowna. With a semi-arid climate, the area boasts long warm summers and eternal sunshine. Numerous fresh-water lakes (including the namesake ‘Okanagan’) compliment the stunning desert topography making it an attractive destination for cycling. Swank and hip accommodations and restaurants with outstanding cuisine await.
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Tofino & Ucluelet Multi-Sport

Undoubtedly the ‘destination of the moment’, Tofino deserves the many superlatives used to describe this iconic west coast destination. Boasting spectacular kilometers of protected beaches (surfing anyone?), pristine forest including the Unesco Biosphere of Clayoquot Sound and a bohemian vibe, there are now luxurious hotels and fine dining experiences to match. Just down the road is a lesser-known but equally deserving destination, Ucluelet, rich in tradition with its own laid-back coastal culture. By 2021, the spectacular 40km paved bikeway that links these towns will be near completion. With this addition, and the plethora of hiking options, plus some of the best sea-kayaking in the northern hemisphere, could there be a more appealing multi-sport trip in North America?
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Nova Scotia Biking

Combine the charm, beauty and history of Lunenburg, Annapolis Royal and Wolfville. Experience East Coast hospitality and celebrate the culture of this fascinating region. Each night, we'll stay in fine inns and dine at the very best restaurants with chefs for whom farm-to-table has always been the norm (lobster anyone)? Did we mention the cycling is superb, whether on county roads through farmland or along the North Atlantic Coast.
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Prince Edward County Gran Fondo

To register: https://www.countygranfondo.com/ The County Gran Fondo is a beautifully scenic ride through the bucolic, vineyard studded scenery of Prince Edward County, Ontario. Starting from Isaiah Tubbs on West Lake, you will cruise through Sandbanks Provincial Park, past vineyards that have made the county famous, visit villages including Milford, Picton & Wellington, and ride quiet roads in between.
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Nova Scotia – South Shore Biking

Discover the unexpected in Canada’s Atlantic playground. Nova Scotia combines European hospitality of quality inns and superb food with Canadian natural wonders. Pedal past peaceful coves, winking lighthouses, rugged headlands and authentic fishing villages. Relax each night in historic inns. Discover unique history and heritage, relax on perfect white sand beaches and find an excellent souvenir among the craft and antique shops. But we’re betting that a favourite memory will be the warmth and friendliness of the Nova Scotians you’ll meet.
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Sunshine Coast Mountain Bike Trail Challenge

The sunshine coast is a short (and scenic!) ferry ride from Vancouver. Our first day’s ride will begin from Halfmoon Bay, only 45 minutes north of the Langdale ferry terminal;utilizing a combination of existing trail systems, deactivated forestry roads and single track trail, our route will take us (35 km-elevation gain of 700m) to Porpoise Bay. Sunday, the ride will continue south out of Porpoise Bay (45 km -elevation gain is 1300 m) across Mt. Elphinstone, to Langdale and a finish-line celebration.
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Canadian Rockies Biking – Classic

It's been described as a rite of passage for touring cyclists; National Geographic Traveler called it "a highway strung from the stars". Cycling from Banff to Jasper following the spectacular Icefields Parkway will be a trip you always remember. Great Explorations takes you there in style and in a way that only a local company can. Join us this summer!
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Gulf Islands Biking – Classic

Tucked between the mainland of southwestern British Columbia and Vancouver Island is an archipelago of islands known as the Canadian Gulf Islands. Each has its own charm, with natural history and coastal scenery unique in North America. Starting from Victoria on Vancouver Island, we visit the smaller islands of Salt Spring, Galiano and Mayne as we explore the pastoral island life. Whether by bike, on foot, or by kayak, you will be seduced by this unique island charm. We’ll stay in inns and hotels that are welcoming and dine on inspired Pacific Northwest cuisine.
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Canadian Rockies Biking – Luxe

It's been described as a rite of passage for touring cyclists; National Geographic Traveler called it "a highway strung from the stars". Cycling from Banff to Jasper following the spectacular Icefields Parkway will be a trip you always remember. Great Explorations takes you there in style and in a way that only a local company can. Join us this summer!
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