Family biking in grasslands (Picture BC photo)
Parksville's Top Bridge Mountain Bike Park ranks as one of British Columbia's top facilities for challenging off-road cycling.
Other challenging routes are found at the Abyss, in Nanaimo's Extension Ridge area – a favourite with locals. For a smoother, easier ride, make the trek (by two ferries) to Hornby Island, and the root-free trails of Mount Geoffrey.
Top Bridge Mountain Bike Park
Oceanfront resorts are within minutes of the Top Bridge Mountain Bike Park, so resort visitors can easily leave cars behind and spend the entire day in the saddle. Hook up with the 5km/3mi Top Bridge Trail at the Rathtrevor Beach end of Resort Drive, then follow the route under Highway 19, and onwards to the bike park. From there, cross the new suspension bridge and ride all the way to Englishman River Provincial Park.