It’s that time of the year again when bicycles are getting their fair amount of use. For most casual riders, it’s the perfect time to go on leisurely rides after work or during the weekend (farmers market trips, anyone?).
If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you would have noticed that I’ve caught the cycling bug, thanks to the beau. He gifted me with a city bike two years ago and then talked me into investing in a good road bike last year. One of the fun things we did after I picked up my new road bike (yay, much better on hills!) last summer was going on the Fraser Valley Slow Food Cycling Tour.
It’s a two-day tour around the valley: day one in Agassiz and day two in Chilliwack. It was only a couple of weeks when we found out about it last year, so we only had time to do the latter. Nevertheless, we had a lovely little weekend getaway, visiting and learning about the farms and local producers. Because that’s just the kind of thing we do. This year, we’re looking forward to doing it again! If you’re looking for something to do next weekend, go check it out.
Faser Valley Slow Food Cycle Tours
WHAT: Easy, family-friendly, at-your-own pace self-guided 25-kilometer road cycling farm tour around the valley. There are no hills to climb. :-)
WHEN & WHERE:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm for both days
Saturday, August 2nd – Agassiz Summer Cycle Tour $15/person
Sunday, August 3rd – Chilliwack Summer Cycle Tour $15/person
If you’re doing the 2-day tour, it’s $15/person
WHAT YOU NEED: Your bike and helmet (rentals are available), bike kit, cash, snacks, water, and rain gear in case it rains. It is an all-weather event. Having a backpack, bike panier or basket would help in carrying purchases.
WHAT’S PROVIDED: Tour map and a shopping shuttle that will pick up your purchases from participating farms and have them available at the start/end point of the bike tour.
Aside from checking out the accessible areas of farms, you can buy fresh produce right there, as you go from stop to stop.
There’s a wide variety of farms in the valley and you’ll find gems like the hazelnut grove.
It’s a tour that’s easy enough for the whole family to do. There are also activities for kids at several stops, including a bouncy platform (sans castle) and a corn maze.
Be sure to bring some water before you enter the maze, especially if it’s a really hot day. If you do get lost, you can wave someone watching from a platform to help you navigate out of the corn field.
It looked deceivingly small and just between us, we might have gotten lost for a few minutes.
There weren’t any lack of refreshments, in fact there was something to nibble at almost every stop. We had ice cream as soon as we parked our bikes at the entrance of the corn field. We also had a lovely homemade apple pie at another farm. There were also some free food and wine tastings here and there, but do bring your own food and cash to purchase additional nibbles.
It’s definitely great way to spend a weekend with friends, your spouse, or the entire family if you want a quick drive and trip oustdie of the city. Get the kids away from their devices and hop on the bikes for some cycling and farm tours.