With 10 mountain ranges to choose from, British Columbia boasts some of the best and most diverse mountain biking on the planet. Ride along high alpine trails, rip down fast and flowy single-track through a rainforest or slowly cruise double-track paths alongside farms and orchards. Home to the legendary North Shore, six bike parks and countless small towns surrounded by trails, BC has bike adventures for every kind of rider.
Love the thrill of riding down a mountain on your bike, but don’t want to pedal up? Head to one of British Columbia’s six bike parks. Relax on a chairlift as you and your bike get whisked up and dropped off on the top of a mountain where you can enjoy a panoramic vista before choosing your route back down. Bike parks offer something for every rider, from wide-open cruisers to gnarly single-track filled with drops and stunts.
Mountain bike movies are made in the Kootenay Rockies for a reason. In Nelson or Rossland, ride the many trail systems near town. The Seven Summits trail is one of the few trails in Canada to achieve “epic trail” status by the International Mountain Bike Association. At Fernie Alpine Resort, 42 lift-accessed trails range from easy cruisers to challenging steeps and technical single track.
Separated by a one-hour drive, Nelson and Rossland are two picturesque towns that embrace the outdoors and Kootenay mountain culture and offer some of the best riding in the province. There are trails for every type of rider in Nelson, which has been featured in numerous mountain bike movies and magazines, but most cater to downhill enthusiasts who love technical single-track. Rossland offers an astounding 200km/124mi of trails featuring everything from buffed single-track to rock-armoured free-line rides to the renowned Seven Summits trail.
Rossland's legendary hiking and mountain biking trails include hundreds of kilometers of trails for all levels. The flagship route is the Seven Summits trail. A spectacular point to point traverse of the Rossland Range, it follows a ridge line to link seven mountian peaks along its 30km/19 mi route.
Summer means trading in skis for a bike in Whistler. To get a taste of the town’s gravity... Read more addiction, strap on a helmet and check out the flowing downhill runs and adrenaline-inducing drops, features and natural lines at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, home to more than 50 lift-accessed runs. If you’d rather earn your descent, ride some of the 200km/124 mi of trails surrounding Whistler Village. For something mellower, pedal the paved and level Valley Trail as it winds past parks and lakes. Or try the indoor Air Dome to watch budding bikers work on stunts and wipe out in a pit full of foam cubes.
Consistently ranked as the best bike park in North America, Whistler features 74 trails and 1,500m/5,000ft of lift-accessed vertical. Ride down wide-open free-line trails with huge berms or descend tight single-track that winds through the forest. Time your visit to coincide with Cranworx and see the world’s best riders compete in the largest mountain bike festival in North America.
Elite mountain bikers from around the world wow audiences at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. This event is one of the top mountain bike festivals in North America and draws top riders and crowds from around the world.
The towns of Squamish and Pemberton, situated on the Sea to Sky highway, boast huge trail networks that will leave every type of rider grinning. Squamish, the Mountain Bike Capital of Canada, recently added some fast and flowy machine built trails similar to those found in a bike park. In Pemberton, long climbs (or shuttles) mean huge descents. In Pemberton, take a break near the top of Mount Currie and watch hang gliders launch off the mountain before ripping through the forest.
Head for the hills and become part of North Vancouver’s legendary mountain biking scene.... Read more Known as the birthplace of freeriding, the Shore, as riders call it, is laced with winding steep trails, complete with wooden bridges, boulders, teeter-totters and ladder bridges. Top spots include Mount Seymour, Mount Fromme, and Cypress Mountain. The majority of trails here are for advanced riders, though intermediates will find a selection to suit them.
It only takes a 40-minute ferry ride to arrive on Sunshine Coast and once you are there it is so peaceful, tranquil and wild that it’s hard to believe it is so close to Vancouver. Moderate winters allow a true 365 days a year riding season and you will almost need that many days to hit all the trails! Sechelt and Gibsons feature the most trails, but the entire coast is filled with routes that allow riders to rip through lush forests before pausing for a moment to take in an ocean view.
Renowned for vineyards and orchards, the natural landscape of the Thompson Okanagan features mountains, valleys, rolling hills and desert, which makes for an incredible diversity of trails. The Shuswap, Kamloops and Vernon are just some of the hotspots for bikers, with trails that offer everything from gnarly descents down steep rock faces, to rolling single-track along lakes and farms. Begin your ride by fueling up at one the region’s many fruit stands or markets and cap your ride by parking your bike on a sandy beach and diving into one of the regions many warm lakes.
Kamloops is considered by many to be the birthplace of freeriding and many of the world’s most famous riders have come here to ride and be filmed. The hub of mountain bike activity is the Kamloops Bike Ranch. If you can’t figure out what type of riding you want to do that day, why not go to the Ranch and do it all. The 26ha/64ac facility features cross country trails, a jump park, BMX track, downhill and slalom race courses and a series of freeride trails that allow riders to progress from beginner to expert. Want to keep riding when the sun goes down? Part of the Ranch is lit up until 11 pm!
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Become one with nature while riding Vancouver Island, one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Enjoy the smell of saltwater and a refreshing, cool ocean breeze as you rip through the rainforests of the Comox Valley, Sooke and Campbell River. Each area features an extensive trail network that will leave every type or rider smiling. The people here are passionate about where they live and the trails they ride, so stop by one of the many local bike shops for some great advice before heading out on the ride of your life.
The trails in Northern BC are a reflection of the region: remote, rugged and wild. Pitch a tent right by the trailhead and enjoy the late sunsets that allow you to ride well into the night. Enormous mountains mean long descents for every type of rider in Prince George, Smithers and Burns Lake. With large trail networks and small populations, it isn’t uncommon to ride here all day without seeing another bike.
Enjoy panoramic vistas while riding along alpine ridges overlooking rolling hills, lakes and grasslands. Cross-country riders have unlimited options for epic adventures, but there are also plenty of freeride lines for those looking for steep and gnarly descents. Williams Lake, which Bike magazine called “the Shangri-La of mountain biking,” features over 200km/124mi of trails and both Quesnel and 100 Mile House boast expanding networks. For something unique, head to Tyax Lodge and have a floatplane whisk you and your bike away to a remote cross country adventure.
Based at Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa on the shores of Tyaughton Lake, Tyax Adventures offers hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, flo...
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