Biking in Winnipeg


After a few years of one of us having a bike, or one of the bikes being out of commission, or not having a bike carrier - we finally have all of our biking items! Except for adult helmets... we definitely need to buy a couple of those as we felt irresponsible riding around (cautiously) without them.

Our day started with a coffee stop at little sister in Osborne Village. It was clearly the spot to be for the under five crowd... I ran into an old co-worker and our kids immediately hit it off with a shared love of lego. A toddler with a push chair/tricycle was the coolest kid around, and all the kids took turns going for rides. A quick stop it was not, but we had no plans other than to "bike all day" so we were not in a rush.

From the village we headed across the bridge and onto the river trail. Depending on the weather, some years the trail is under water for the majority of the summer. Conditions were perfect on sunday and we passed joggers, walkers, and fishermen along the way.

The trail leads to The Forks which has one of the best playgrounds in the city, so we knew it was time for our next break. The kids ran around for awhile until we realized we were hungry, and so into the forks we went for lunch. The common areas have recently been renovated and look great, although we were disappointed to see beer and wine stands set up - but not yet open. All the shiny new beer taps were making us thirsty! Soren and Poppy shared a hotdog and fries from Skinners, while Tyler and I tried some Sri Lankan food. I picked up a bottle of wine for later, and we had to stop at Sugar Mountain for a sugar fix.

Thinking the kids might fall asleep in the carrier, we decided to keep riding and explore a little. We rode over the provencher bridge and took a left - not really knowing where we were going. After awhile we ended up in a park with some great bike trails, and stopped to explore under a train bridge. Poppy had fallen asleep by this point, but Soren put on his adventurous hat and called out "Follow me, mommy!"

Feeling like we'd hit our goal of biking all day (around 4 hours), we headed home where we relaxed with smoothies on the back deck. We had also picked up a great little bike map at the farmers market, so we were eager to plan more adventures. I gotta say - biking is awesome! And Winnipeg has a surprisingly number of bike paths that I had never known about before. We can't wait to explore more.

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