Pedal Magazine - - Test Gear - BY DENISE RAMS­DEN

I first learned to ride a bike on the roads of Yel­lowknife. While I honed my rac­ing skills on other ter­rain, the rid­ing back home is an awe­some re­minder of the su­perb routes in your own back­yard. With a busy race sched­ule, I never seem to be able to make it back home in the sum­mer as much as I’d like, but if you have the chance to get out for a road ride in the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries, I would rec­om­mend head­ing out along the Ingraham Trail for an out-and-back ride.

Start­ing from down­town Yel­lowknife (not too far from Frame Lake), take 48th Street NW out of town. Shortly, you’ll come to Yel­lowknife Hwy./Hwy. 3, where you hang a left. In just a lit­tle more than a kilo­me­tre, you’ll turn right onto Ingraham Trail it­self. It weaves its way through the nu­mer­ous beau­ti­ful lakes spot­ting the iconic Cana­dian Shield land­scape.

If you are feel­ing am­bi­tious, you can ride all the way to Tib­bett Lake (72 kilo­me­tres from Yel­lowknife), where the road ends. If you’re head­ing that far, be pre­pared for gravel (but that’s in these days, right?).

If you want to stick to pave­ment, but are up for a lit­tle off-the-bike ad­ven­ture, make your turn-around point Cameron Falls, 46 kilo­me­tres from Yel­lowknife. There is a 1.6-kilo­me­tre path was built to the wa­ter­falls view­point. Then trace your route back to Yel­lowknife.

If you’ve worked up an ap­petite, head to Bul­locks’ for its in­fa­mous fish and chips. When you come back into town on 48th, turn left on Franklin Av­enue and stay straight out to­wards Old Town onto McDon­ald Av­enue and con­tinue onto Wi­ley Road. You’ve earned your Arc­tic char fish and chips!

The Ingraham Trail near Yel­lowknife is your ticket to awe­some land­scape and in­fa­mous fish and chips on your re­turn.

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