|Andrew Drouin with his sweetsingletrack.ca trail guide|
Each chapter of SweetSingletrack.ca is presented with a written description of the trail, along with details on cell-phone reception, potable water-access and maps - which Andrew created by carrying a GPS recorder in his back-pack over a period of several years.
The guidebook retails for $25 and provides both the physical print edition and three years of free access to the frequently-updated online edition. This allows you to download Google Earth and GPS tracks for your GPS device or smartphone.
Though Andrew's employment is that of a computer technician, he confesses that his great love is the outdoors, where he thrives on hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and kayaking.
|Andrew riding the trails on horseback|
As if this guy isn't already doing enough for our trails, he is also on a government committee (the KVR Working Group) dedicated to developing an equitable solution to motor vehicle traffic on the KVR. I had no idea there was so much controversy surrounding this issue but it makes sense to me to keep motor vehicles off certain sections of the KVR.
Andrew is always discovering, creating and maintaining new trails - which are added to the companion website in ten new installments per year. Each January, the SweetSingletrack.ca print edition grows through reprints / updates of this new information. Partial profits from the sales go towards trail maintenance and signage.
Andrew's words, taken from the back of the guidebook, sum up his kinship with the outdoors.
Books can be purchased at Tourist Information Centers throughout the Valley or any of the following locations:
The Bench coffee shop - Penticton
Peach City Runners - Penticton
Both Downtown Book Stores - Penticton
The Bike Barn - Penticton
Freedom Bike Shop - Penticton
Dr. Hitch - Penticton
Wright's Beach Campground - Penticton
Mosaic Books - Kelowna