Getting Out On The Open Trail

The Trans Canada Trail in Sackville, NB Image: Dave via Flickr

Michael Newnham is the Principal Conductor and Musical Director of Symphony New Brunswick. He works between New Brunswick and Peterborough, Ontario, where he is the Music Director of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra. We asked Michael to share what he’s loving these days.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve rekindled my interest in cycling. This was actually instigated by Symphony New Brunswick’s principal bassoonist, Patrick Bolduc, who is an incredibly fanatical cyclist.

One of the great advantages to living in this country is the great opportunities that we have to enjoy its beauty close-­up. It’s hard to imagine a better way than from behind the handlebars of a bike, riding along the Trans Canada Trail.

The trail itself still only has another 20% of construction before it is completed coast-­to-coast. It will be one of the most complex trail networks anywhere in the world, linking our country from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic. Truly, a breathtaking venture!

Of course, you can hike it, ski it, or whatever other way you wish to use it. One of my absolute favourite sections of it (OK, I’m biased) is going east of Saint John up the Fundy coast, north of St. Martins, where you can eat some of the best fish and chips in the world!

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