Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 31

Thread: Hey Canucks

  1. #1
    Administrator Allen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Atomic batteries to power; turbines to speed
    My Bikes
    Salsa La Raza, Panasonic Electric, Bria, Bamboo touring, Bamboo cargo
    Posts
    4,755
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Hey Canucks

    For the family trip this year we are thinking about Canada.
    So, if you had the choice which would you prefer, east or west side? Gonna leave Manitoba alone.
    BC or Banff? Newfoundland or Quebec?

    Thanks,

    --A

  2. #2
    runnin' down a dream edbikebabe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Somewhere out there
    My Bikes
    Turner Flux, Orbea Onix Dama.
    Posts
    2,751
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Oooohhhh..... So many choices... I've never been to the east coast, but it is on the short list of places to see. Everyone I know that has been there says it is beautiful.

    Banff is touristy but the scenery is great & there are lots of outdoorsy/active things to do... If you hit it at the right time, you can check out the Calgary Stampede too!!!

    Where in BC? The island is awesome. Take a trip over to Tofino & do some surfing.

    What kind of holiday are you looking for? High class shopping/restaurants? Activities for little ones? New scenery to explore/discover?

  3. #3
    Senior Member randya's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    in bed with your mom
    My Bikes
    who cares?
    Posts
    13,696
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Montreal, Toronto, Halifax or Vancouver for cities; Canadian Rockies, Vancouver Island/Pacific Coast or Nova Scotia/PEI for scenery.

  4. #4
    Wood Licker Maelstrom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Whistler,BC
    My Bikes
    Transition Dirtbag, Kona Roast 2002 and specialized BMX
    Posts
    16,888
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Do you mountain bike? Hike? Kayak/canoe? West coast without a moment of doubt.

    To be honest, I have been on both sides and would stick west. You could do an excellent road trip, see 5 different types of terrain all sort of animals and have a true adventure. Vancouver is stunning, the island is beautiful, the mountains are freaking amazing.

  5. #5
    GATC
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    south Puget Sound
    Posts
    6,619
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    icebergs in July in Newfoundland. Quebec City is great, and Halifax. BC sunshine coast...

  6. #6
    Administrator Allen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Atomic batteries to power; turbines to speed
    My Bikes
    Salsa La Raza, Panasonic Electric, Bria, Bamboo touring, Bamboo cargo
    Posts
    4,755
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by edbikebabe View Post

    What kind of holiday are you looking for? High class shopping/restaurants? Activities for little ones? New scenery to explore/discover?
    Every year the siblings and I take the folks on a big trip, no spouses or SO's, just those of us who grew up together (Sister is the only one who has kids, so we let them slide now that they are adults, the youngest of us in the group this year will be 26).

    We usually rent a house for a couple of weeks as a base camp and get to know one area.
    The folks are octogenarians, so their activities are more vacation and less adventure, but siblings and I are not above abandoning the folks for a day or two for more adventurous side romps.

  7. #7
    Prefers Cicero cooker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Toronto
    My Bikes
    1984 Trek 520; 1990s Peugeot (Canadian-made) rigid mountain bike; 2007 Bike Friday NWT; misc others
    Posts
    8,484
    Mentioned
    23 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    PEI is pleasant and quiet. I was bored there, and you may be too after a few days unless you are interested in more of a relaxed beach vacation. I found New Brunswick to be far more interesting- rugged mountains, unusual geologic features like the reversing falls, the tides, the Hopewell Rocks, Grand Falls; and pretty towns like Frederickton and St. Andrews.

    I won't see Newfoundland until next year, but I bet you would find it to be wonderful.

    Banff has some amazing attractions. I don't know BC as well. Toronto and Montreal are great if you want an urban experience.

  8. #8
    later free_pizza's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    2,471
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    North Battleford! you can see that french guy fail in his 4th attempt sometime in august i think...

  9. #9
    runnin' down a dream edbikebabe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Somewhere out there
    My Bikes
    Turner Flux, Orbea Onix Dama.
    Posts
    2,751
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I would pick a place on Vancouver Island. There is lots to do for people that want to totter around & look at stuff, and plenty of "active" activities for the rest of you.

    Sounds like a pretty cool thing to do - enjoy!

  10. #10
    GATC
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    south Puget Sound
    Posts
    6,619
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by free_pizza View Post
    North Battleford! you can see that french guy fail in his 4th attempt sometime in august i think...
    I've always wanted to get up through Saskatchewan. Childhood mis-spent reading Farley Mowat books I guess.

    Victoria is great on Vancouver Island, park the folks in a B&B w/ a bottle of sherry, lot of other stuff to head out to do. And then when they've finished the bottle, switch base to Ucluelet/Tofino, and then after that, up past Nanaimo on the inside passage.

  11. #11
    Gorntastic! v1k1ng1001's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    United States of Mexico
    Posts
    3,428
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    For the family trip this year we are thinking about Canada.
    So, if you had the choice which would you prefer, east or west side? Gonna leave Manitoba alone.
    BC or Banff? Newfoundland or Quebec?

    Thanks,

    --A
    The Canadian Rockies rock in the summer time. It is a fun family trip. My parents and I had a blast back when I was in 4th grade.

    Save the Toronto/Montreal getaway for when it is just you and your wife.

  12. #12
    Perpetually dropped Usetacould's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Abingdon, VA
    My Bikes
    Univega Modo Volare and Cannondale F600 mtn bike
    Posts
    230
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Tim Horton's!!

    (Sorry, it's all I've got since all the Canadian hockey teams are out of the playoffs.)
    When I drop the hammer, I hit myself in the foot.[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

  13. #13
    Long haired freak. wethepeople's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Still stuck in hell.
    My Bikes
    2011 SE Old Man Flyer.
    Posts
    6,280
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Kelowna...

    "the bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began...there was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of a bus to never-ever land."


  14. #14
    In the wind mercator's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Calgary AB
    My Bikes
    Giant TCR Advanced Team, Lemond Buenos Aires, Giant TCX, Miyata 1000LT
    Posts
    623
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Having done some traveling in my time, I think I can offer some advice:

    Drive: The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia, or Montreal to Quebec City on the back roads
    Sightsee: Quebec City, Halifax, St. John's
    Canoe: Algonquin Park - Ontario
    Eat and Drink: Montreal
    Bears and Birds: Churchill Manitoba
    Hike: Rocky Mountain Parks - Alberta and BC
    Fly Fishing: Eastern Slopes - Alberta
    Mountain Biking: Almost anywhere in BC
    Road Biking: Banff, Jasper, Kananaskis Country - Alberta (the best roads in the country)
    Dress up like a cowboy and get stupid drunk: Calgary Stampede
    Best pub crawl: St. John's Nfld

    Seriously though, Vancouver Island is a great option if you want to do day trips from a fixed base. The weather is great and there is a lot to see and do within a days drive. If you like big cities then Vancouver is for you.

    Places I would not recommend: Regina, St. John NB, Toronto, Edson

    Have a great holiday

  15. #15
    Wood Licker Maelstrom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Whistler,BC
    My Bikes
    Transition Dirtbag, Kona Roast 2002 and specialized BMX
    Posts
    16,888
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mercator View Post
    Having done some traveling in my time, I think I can offer some advice:

    Drive: The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia, or Montreal to Quebec City on the back roads
    Sightsee: Quebec City, Halifax, St. John's
    Canoe: Algonquin Park - Ontario
    Eat and Drink: Montreal
    Bears and Birds: Churchill Manitoba
    Hike: Rocky Mountain Parks - Alberta and BC
    Fly Fishing: Eastern Slopes - Alberta
    Mountain Biking: Almost anywhere in BC
    Road Biking: Banff, Jasper, Kananaskis Country - Alberta (the best roads in the country)
    Dress up like a cowboy and get stupid drunk: Calgary Stampede
    Best pub crawl: St. John's Nfld
    Get yerself screeched in....wooooooooooooOOOOOOO...I am one of them there honourary newfies...kiss the cod.

    Seriously though, Vancouver Island is a great option if you want to do day trips from a fixed base. The weather is great and there is a lot to see and do within a days drive. If you like big cities then Vancouver is for you.
    I would disagree. The fairy system stinks. I wouldn't want to base myself on that island, unless you wanted to pay for flights. Vancouver is only 2 million, to an american thats a suburb ...and with no real highrises to speak of its barely a big city by most standards

    Have a great holiday
    I concur

  16. #16
    Custom User Title cowtown_cowboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Canada eh
    My Bikes
    lots trust me too much to mention
    Posts
    136
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    For the family trip this year we are thinking about Canada.
    So, if you had the choice which would you prefer, east or west side? Gonna leave Manitoba alone.
    BC or Banff? Newfoundland or Quebec?

    Thanks,

    --A
    West coast all the way....absolutely the most beautiful place ever!!! you'll have so much fun.

  17. #17
    ★ ★ ★
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    2,068
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    toronto then up to algonquin.

  18. #18
    Administrator Allen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Atomic batteries to power; turbines to speed
    My Bikes
    Salsa La Raza, Panasonic Electric, Bria, Bamboo touring, Bamboo cargo
    Posts
    4,755
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom View Post
    Vancouver is only 2 million, to an american thats a suburb ...and with no real highrises to speak of its barely a big city by most standards
    LOL, true that.

    But--I live in Between.

  19. #19
    In the wind mercator's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Calgary AB
    My Bikes
    Giant TCR Advanced Team, Lemond Buenos Aires, Giant TCX, Miyata 1000LT
    Posts
    623
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom View Post
    I would disagree. The fairy system stinks. I wouldn't want to base myself on that island, unless you wanted to pay for flights. Vancouver is only 2 million, to an american thats a suburb ...and with no real highrises to speak of its barely a big city by most standards
    Since you can fly directly into Victoria (Sydney actually) there is no need to take the ferry or visit Vancouver. My recommendations for day trips on the island would include:

    Cathedral Grove
    Surfing at Long Beach
    Fishing at Campbell River
    Hiking at Sooke
    Take the water taxi out to Sydney Spit for some beach time
    Go camping on North Pender Island
    High Tea at the Empress Hotel
    Sea kayaking just about anywhere
    Mountain biking in the Comox Valley
    Whale watching at Tofino
    ... lots more ...

    See? No need to bother with Vancouver. It's nice enough as cities go but it also has more than it's fair share of crack addicts and street racers to make it less than a prime destination for me.

  20. #20
    Member daz-o-matic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Athalmer, BC
    My Bikes
    1997 Norco Nitro, 2007 Fuji Roubaix
    Posts
    37
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I live in BC (southeast corner, smack between the Rockies and the Columbia mountains), so I'm biased

    If you can only visit one "region", I'd suggest the west coast. There's the Coast Mountains for hiking and biking (Whistler, Garibaldi park, North Shore), wicked-cool coastline north of the Lower Mainland for kayaking and whatnot, and Vancouver is a really nice city, IMHO - that is, once you get past the numerous (but mostly harmless) homeless folks. Vancouver Island is only a ferry ride away, and worth a few days.

  21. #21
    Long haired freak. wethepeople's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Still stuck in hell.
    My Bikes
    2011 SE Old Man Flyer.
    Posts
    6,280
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Kelowna...

    "the bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began...there was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of a bus to never-ever land."


  22. #22
    Lanky Lass East Hill's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
    My Bikes
    Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
    Posts
    21,587
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vancouver.

    You could hit Vancouver Island for Victoria and Butchart Gardens (and cyclotoine and Antipodes are there). A day trip to Kelowna to visit wethepeople. If you come up through Seattle, you could see the Sachs in action .

    East Hill
    ___________________________________________________
    TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...

  23. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    998
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Does one need a visa to enter Canada? I've heard that after sometime this summer, one has to apply to enter.

  24. #24
    Lanky Lass East Hill's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
    My Bikes
    Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
    Posts
    21,587
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mlts22 View Post
    Does one need a visa to enter Canada? I've heard that after sometime this summer, one has to apply to enter.
    Not a visa, but after 2009, all US citizens will need a passport to re-enter the US upon their return from Canada.

    It's not technically necessary to have a passport to ENTER Canada--but US citizens currently need a passport to RETURN to the US if flying.

    East Hill
    ___________________________________________________
    TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...

  25. #25
    Senior Member 66aldo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
    My Bikes
    1. late 70s 10 speed Italian custom racer; 2. older (1960s?) Grampa 3 speed "cruiser"; 3. (80s?) Basso TT frameset; 4. old Supercycle "breakaway" bike (undergoing surgery as we speak)
    Posts
    37
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Niagara Falls!
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=jQ9lQe2YoBs (tune in around 1:03)
    The light at the end of the tunnel IS the front of an oncoming train!

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •