A relatively new addition to the extreme sports roster, fat biking just keeps gaining momentum. Trick a bike out with fatty, or oversized, tires (often twice as wide as regular mountain-bike tires) and you’ve got both traction and float on snowy surfaces. Fat biking is an exhilarating way to explore meadows, mountainsides and deep forest in the depths of winter, and you can do it just about anywhere in Canada. Here are two options.
Just saying “Kouchibouguac” (Koo-ji-boo-wak) may seem strenuous, but don’t let that deter you from trying fat-tire techniques like the “lock up and slide” next time you’re in New Brunswick’s Kouchibouguac National Park. All winter long, Parks Canada rents fat bikes to test on 12 kilometres of groomed track that runs through dense Acadian woodland. Kouchibouguac will also host a Fat Bike Festival (March 4 to 12, 2017) featuring workshops and guided outings designed to introduce you to the sport.
More adventurous: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec
Reserve a cabin near Quebec’s Mont-Sainte-Anne (MSA) ski resort as a weekend base to explore 26 km of thickly forested mountainside trail dedicated to fat biking. Seven loops circle MSA’s muscular landscape in a mix of backcountry trails designed for all levels of riders. You’ll spin through vast sections of Laurentian forest sprinkled with maple, birch, spruce, and pine—just 7 km from the ski hill itself. Don’t own a fat bike? Rentals are available at MSA’s St-Julien Sports Alpins Rental Shop.
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