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The Trails – The SALTY MARIE Podcast (Part 3/6)

Adrian V 11 July 2024 2578 130 4


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THE TRAILS – The Salty Marie Trails Fest! JULY 27, 2024.

(Katie Wenham, The Salty Marie Trails Fest Director, co-hosts with Adrian V of The Borderline. Show Theme by Mikey & His Uke.)

Travis Anderson is Director Tourism & Community Development at The Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Travis is a seasoned biker with a passion for the trails, both riding and creating them. He sees events like The Salty Marie Trails Fest as an integral piece to the city’s growth. The bike trails in the Sault rate with those anywhere in the world and developing more trails is a key to continuing the rise in interest for The Salty Marie Trails Fest. Travis Anderson is on the trail job shredding for the future.

“The development of a robust trail network aligns with our mission of diversifying our tourism offerings, while promoting quality of life advantages in Sault Ste. Marie. Investments in our trail network is attracting a lot of attention, creating an attractive environment for tourists. We have noticed an increase in visitors from both the United States and Canada who specifically come to experience our trail network. By investing in bike infrastructure, we not only attract tourists, but also families considering relocation and are prioritizing the well-being of our residents.”

As cycle tourism gains popularity, the local bike community in Soo has plenty to relish with an extensive 80+ kilometre four-season mountain and fat bike trail network, a skills park, and newly upgraded multi-use pathways. For a mountain bike-focused vacation, kickstart your adventure with the newly constructed Farmer Lake Trail, a captivating 10 km out-and-back trail through the mesmerizing Canadian Shield, offering modern flow XC trails and leading all the way to Farmer Lake. Next up, brace yourself for the thrill of Crystal System, a 15 km flow trail accompanied by serene creeks and picturesque lookouts, elevating your ride distance beyond 25 km. If you’re looking for an old school experience try the Red Pine trail system, with over 15 km of hand-built heritage single track. Looking for a more urban adventure? The Hub Trail awaits, offering an easy 22.5 km loop, and an opportunity to explore renowned tourist spots nestled between the majestic Lake Huron and Lake Superior. The sky’s the limit for your extraordinary cycling escapade in Soo!

Visit: saultstemarie.ca/Farmer-Lake-Bike-Trail-Network.aspx

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Visit: redpinetourscanada.com/thesaltymarie

Rise and brine! Welcome to Year 2 of The Salty Marie Trails Fest! JULY 27, 2024.

The Salty Marie aims to celebrate all things “trail.” The City of Sault Ste. Marie continues to expand its cycling infrastructure and this includes the incredible development at our home trails, located at Hiawatha Highlands. 

This festival includes races but make no mistake – this festival is not just for the competitive folks! The Salty Marie is a fun-fueled event for racers as well as cruisers and anyone looking to have a good time.

Running time: 44 minutes.

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