Family biking in grasslands (Picture BC photo)
Vancouver Island is renowned for its mountain biking circuits, and there are some long, winding, sometimes ultra-challenging routes for all skill levels in the Port Alberni area.
The first race in the annual Island Cup series of cross-country marathons is held here in March. Also, many vacationing enthusiasts ride this area as part of multi-stop itineraries that include such regional hotspots as Parksville's Top Bridge Mountain Bike Park and the Comox Valley's Mount Washington.
Mountain Biking Trails
The first and best route for cyclists here is the Log Train Trail, a flat hiking route that follows an old rail line into the Alberni Valley. Casual riders can follow a simple there-and-back route. The adventuresome can head off the main route into what's known as the "Candy Store" network of trails.