Pedaler Partners – Kid Sister

At The Pedaler we have been fortunate enough to work in partnership with some amazing local businesses that offer fantastic, unique products to the city of Victoria. Since we love to eat, drink and pedal around to these different vendors, we wanted to share their stories with you! Kid Sister Ice Cream, operating out of its new location in Fan Tan Alley, was opened in 2010 by Brett Black. Initially, the business started as a platform for one of Brett’s favourite treats – authentic paletas, or Mexican-style popsicles. Lesser known in Canada, but widely popular in Central America, Brett wanted … Continued

Tackling the Tandem – What You Should Know

Recently, after years of dreaming, my accomplice and I have finally ridden a tandem bike from The Pedaler. From what we’d gathered over years of watching people rent, there are two basic schools of thought regarding the ever-coveted “bicycle built for two” – it’s either a romantic afternoon bringing couples closer together, or a power struggle to the death ending in utter calamity. I was curious about which group we’d land in. Being “bike people,” we couldn’t just take the tandem for a lap around the parking lot. We had to take it for a real ride. We ended up … Continued

Pedaler People – Karly Wilson

It is a uniquely challenging feat to write about yourself in the third person. “Karly enjoys riding bikes because…her favourite summer beer is…” etc. It’s awkward, and it is for that exact reason that I have opted to write as myself – Pedaler Person and Summer Blogess. I’ve been the author behind the blog posts since the beginning of May and have been happily reporting events around Victoria, interviewing my stand-up colleagues and keeping you posted on fun updates happening for The Pedaler. Since that time, I’ve also been riding and guiding all around Victoria and have some favourite things … Continued

Pedaler Partners – Terroir Tea Salon

At The Pedaler we have been fortunate enough to work in partnership with some amazing local businesses that offer fantastic, unique products to the city of Victoria. Since we love to eat, drink and pedal around to these different vendors, we wanted to share their stories with you! Victoria and teatime are a classic pairing. The city itself was founded by the Hudson Bay Company and has been described as “more British than the British,” on multiple occasions. We were even the last city in Canada to start driving on the right side of the road! Perhaps because of this … Continued

Victoria Tweed Ride

When you think about what is missing in the modern-day cycling world, naturally the first thought that comes to mind is the need for a “cosmopolitan ride with a bit of style.” To fill this void, a group in London started The Tweed Run London, riding their bikes through the city streets dressed in tweeds to raise money for Bicycles for Humanity. Bicycles For Humanity is a global movement that started in central British Columbia. The goal is to raise funds, collect bikes and send them to developing countries in shipping containers that then remain in the country and become bike … Continued

Labour Day Weekend in Victoria

Labour Day Weekend Victoria is a fantastic time to visit Victoria. From Friday September 2nd to Monday September 5th the entire city is bursting at the seams with events, energy, music and boats! The “City of Festivals” is out in full swing for the last long weekend of the summer with an amazing number of activities and cultural events to participate in. In addition to our usual visitors, Labour Day Weekend also brings back Victoria’s large student population,  ready to start a new year at the University of Victoria. First, if you’d like to get out of the city for the … Continued

Pedaler Partners – Pure Lovin’ Chocolate

At The Pedaler we have been fortunate enough to work in partnership with some amazing local businesses that offer fantastic, unique products to the city of Victoria. Since we love to eat, drink and pedal around to these different vendors, we wanted to share their stories with you! The adorable story of Pure Lovin’ Chocolate starts simply enough – with a lovely relationship between a mother, Cyndy and her daughter, Leah. The two have always shared a love for cooking together, so much so that Leah eventually went off to SAIT in Calgary, Alberta to study cooking. One Mothers’ Day, … Continued

Pedaler People – Patti Kagawa

At The Pedaler, we take pride in our knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff. Since we like our crew so much, we thought you’d like to get to know them too! Check back here for profiles of all our Pedalers, get to know the team, and learn more about this dynamic city! Patti Kagawa came to the Pedaler through one of our favourite organizations – Bike to Work Week. She was volunteering with them when she came across an email saying that we were looking for guides and thought it was perfect, as she was just retiring from her job in government … Continued

Pedaler People – Brynne Croy

At The Pedaler, we take pride in our knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff. Since we like our crew so much, we thought you’d like to get to know them too! Check back here for profiles of all our Pedalers, get to know the team, and learn more about this dynamic city!  Brynne joined The Pedaler for her first year this spring and we are absolutely delighted to have her! A rare combination of avid cyclist, local historian and experienced tour guide, Brynne fit in with The Pedaler team immediately this summer. Brynne came to us through connections at Can-Bike. Her husband … Continued

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

From Friday August 12th to Sunday 14th, join Victoria in celebrating yet another truly unique festival experience: The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival. This is the 22nd annual Dragon Boat Festival here in Victoria, and is the only one of its kind to take place in a working harbour (our inner harbour!). The festival itself features exciting dragon boat races, entertainment stages, tasty food (it wouldn’t be a Victoria festival without food trucks!) and activities for families. The festival also has a focus on fundraising, encouraging donations via the Paddlers’ Pledge Drive and the Lights of Courage Campaign to support the … Continued

The Pedaler on ShawTV go! Island

This week The Pedaler was featured on ShawTV go! South Vancouver Island! Presenter Lisa Pysmenny was decked out in a team t-shirt and joined Pedaler co-owner Rose on our Pedaler Puzzle Hunt around the city, answering clues and touring Victoria in style on one of our blue Evo City Step-throughs (complete with a basket!). The videos can be found on the Shaw TV South Vancouver Island YouTube channel as well as on their website. For your viewing pleasure, check out the links below. Thank you for featuring our business, ShawTV!   The Pedaler Part 1  The Pedaler Part 2 The Pedaler Part … Continued

Gearing Up for the Olympics

The Olympics can be a touchy subject. They either inspire national pride or incite political discussion about what role the quadrennial athletic celebration should be playing, how cities should be chosen, etc. That being said, when all the drama is over and the games actually begin, it is hard not to celebrate along with the rest of the nation. We at the Pedaler are no exception, and can’t help but be excited for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics! While the Winter Olympics are typically when Canada tends to shine (a fortunate side-effect of our constant state of winter within which to … Continued

Victoria Symphony Splash

This coming Sunday, July 31st, make sure you stick around Victoria’ Inner Harbour for a truly unique musical experience! The Victoria Symphony will be hosting its 27th Symphony Splash this summer over the August Long Weekend. Every year the Victoria Symphony puts on a classical music concert set on a floating stage in the harbour starting at 7:30 pm. Each year the concert ends with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with cannons and fireworks! The concert itself typically features a mix of classical and popular music, as well as Youth Soloists who play along with the Victoria Symphony, a program supported … Continued

Pedaler People – Will Vibert

At The Pedaler, we take pride in our knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff. Since we like our crew so much, we thought you’d like to get to know them too! Check back here for profiles of all our Pedalers, get to know the team, and learn more about this dynamic city! This is Will Vibert’s first season working at The Pedaler. Will has been life-long friends with a few of our other staff members who had loved working here last summer, so he decided to apply for himself to see what all the fuss is about (turns out we’re awesome, so … Continued

Pedaler People – Erik Worm

At The Pedaler, we take pride in our knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff. Since we like our crew so much, we thought you’d like to get to know them too! Check back here for profiles of all our Pedalers, get to know the team, and learn more about this dynamic city! Erik Worm is with us for his first year at The Pedaler, but fit in with the team right away. He joined our company in March, helping set up the shop at its new location and building our bikes. With experience in the bike industry and the food industry, The … Continued