Bike Hike

Have you ever dodged Canada geese on your bike? It was a first for me, too, but it was a great way to kick off my time in Canada and I loved being able to get so close to so many of these giant birds (I forgot how huge a goose can be).

Those of you who have followed me around the world know that I’m game for most any kind of trek anywhere–I love exploring any place that’s new or different. Add a bike to the equation and I’m a happy man. Biking offers a more peaceful state of travel–I think it’s got something to do with feeling the air of a place on your face.

After jumping off my train from Windsor, I rented a bike and took to the elaborate bike trail system of Hamilton, Ontario. Right off, I was surprised by the abundant green spaces and the intricate network connecting high roads with low roads, dropping me on long lakeside rides and through the ivy-strewn campus of McMaster University.

Biking around a very normal Canadian city on a very normal summer evening reminded me of all the reasons I like Canada. The green goes on forever–even in a “city” like Hamilton, I always found myself next to a forest, a wild field, some lake or waterfall and perhaps best of all–the Royal Botanical Gardens.

So basically, that was my day yesterday: biking through suburban nature, smelling big fat roses, and dodging live poultry. As they say in Canada: not bad, eh?

P.S. No Canada geese were harmed in making this video.


  1. Ken
    June 17, 2011, 9:44 am

    “P.S. No Canada geese were harmed in making this video.” PITTY!! You missed taking pictures of their omnipresent obnoxious droppings,

  2. Susan Burge
    Hamilton, Ontario
    June 17, 2011, 7:02 pm

    I live in Hamilton Ontario and this city gets a bad rap from the rest of Ontario. Most people associate it with the steel industry, smog, pollution, etc. It is actually quite beautiful. Thanks for sharing your visit.

  3. eva hamori
    June 18, 2011, 8:06 pm

    Those ugly ducklings are anything but/. Swans are so sweet, I had forgotten. We used to walk up to Moose Lodge to see the swams when I lived in Duncan as a child. thank you for the reminder

  4. Anne
    July 18, 2011, 7:52 am

    Agree with Susan’s comments above. Thanks Andrew, for showing some of the beautiful green spaces in and around our city. Hope you had a chance to get out to see some of our waterfalls as well.