E-Bikes in Elkwater
Have you tried riding an E-Bike, yet?
After seeing them pop up in a few different locations, I had been wanting to try them out, so when Elkwater Lake Lodge announced that they are now renting out these bikes, I had to book a trip to the Alberta side of the Cypress Hills Inter-provincial Park. I was early arriving for check-in, so wasted no time jumping on one of these electric powered two-wheelers. A staff member adjusted the seat for me, gave me a helmet and a tool set, and I was off!
It took me a few minutes to get the feel for the acceleration, so I used the hall parking lot nearby to practice a few laps. The handle bar had one throttle, but the bike also sped up after pedaling a few times.
Once I was comfortable, I took advantage of the extra power and headed uphill. Being a flat-lander, inclines are not something I would normally be excited about while on a bike!
The fall colors were beautiful and I aimlessly cruised around. Uphill. Downhill. The scenery was spectacular.
Lakeside drives are my favourite, so I cruised along the paved road next to Elkwater Lake. That was the farthest I had been down that road and I found a few beautiful places to camp on my next trip.
E-Bikes are a great way to get out and cover more area. My heart rate still rose and I did have to pedal. The fall air was refreshing as I explored more of the Alberta side of Cypress Hills.
After a fantastic time out on the road, I got to relax in the new condos at the lodge and enjoy a glass of Cypress Hills Wine on the balcony. My room was so comfortable that I didn’t leave it until breakfast the next morning at Buglers Restaurant. The Eggs Benedict fueled me up for a day of hiking. Yes, my flat lander legs were feeling the push, but it was worth it!
There is still time for you to enjoy an E-Bike experience. If you can’t make it this fall, Elkwater Lake Lodge is perfect for winter!