The 10 best vancouver island bike tours with photos. Cycling opportunities on vancouver island, the gulf. Vancouvers north shore is famous for its challenging mountain biking terrain. With a bicycle, a mapbook, a small tent, and just the basic camping equipment, outdoor adventurers can enjoy the solitude of the bc wilderness without incurring excessive cost and hassle. Vancouver island mountain biking trails trailforks.
The city, its employees, officers, directors and representatives do not guarantee the accuracy of. Mountain biking irresponsibly during the covid19 pandemic puts you and others at risk. We are a small but dedicated group of cyclist who years ago took on the roll of advocating for, repairing, and building hornbys trail network. Washington is only minutes away from the comox valley and offers world class skiing, snowboarding and nordic sports. Vancouver island bikepacking route regional district of mount waddington, british columbia interactive map and gps track. From energizing road rides to thrilling crosscountry and liftaccessed mountain biking, british columbia has cycling routes for all tastes. Private island for sale 2hrs from downtown vancouver b. View trail maps and skill levels, find bike meetups and more. Explore some of the worlds best trails with a private guide. The island cup series is bcs premier grassroots mountain bike race series. Bicycle touring on vancouver island, british columbia, canada. Read about the mountain bikers of passion in places like cumberland, campbell river, and victoria. The city, its employees, officers, directors and representatives do not guarantee the accuracy of the. A complete mapbook of the island and info on mountain biking, wilderness camping, fishing.
Jul 11, 2019 mountain biker passes away on vancouver island trails. From street and road map to highresolution satellite imagery of vancouver island. Rent a car in victoria and explore other parts of vancouver island, its bigger than you think. The city of nanaimo, which lies on the protected eastern side, features some of the best mountain biking on vancouver island. Bcebike is vancouver islands newest electric bicycle retailer, demo ride experts, and repair shop. Our backroad mapbooks feature canadas most detailed topographic maps and.
It includes 57 gpscompatible relief maps, and information on hiking and biking trails, paddling routes lakes, rivers and ocean, winter sports, campsites and hot. If youre a firsttimer, seasoned pro, or just out to have some fun, everyone is welcome to experience mountain bike racing on vancouver island. Cross country, downhill, enduro, and marathon disciplines are brought together through numerous local mountain bike organizations. The vancouver island cup mountain bike race series is bcs premiere grassroots race series spanning vancouver island. Insider tips to discover canadas second most populated island after the island of montreal by bike. Catch the wave and glide your way to health, happiness, and an eco friendly world. A back road guide to hiking trails, mountain biking routes. Island cup vancouver island mountain bike race series. Zip over loamy singletrack in the coast mountains, roll through wine country in the thompson okanagan, descend rugged.
Not far from parksville is hornby island where there are twentyone trails for your riding enjoyment. The regions mountain biking hubs, sooke on the southwest coast of the island, and campbell river and the comox valley on the central east coast, are all easily accessible by air or ferry. Mountain biking on vancouver island mt washington bike. Never by the book legal sanctioned trails, more of the turn a blind eye type thing. This familyfriendly loop is perfect for the intermediate rider to get out and explore nature on a bike. Buy and sell mountain bikes, gear and parts pinkbike. More vancouver island info at vancouver island mountain biking great overview video vancouver island dirt. Backroad mapbook vancouver island british columbia vibc map. A network of nine moderatetodifficult trails, known collectively as the comox lakepuntledge river trails near courtenay, for instance, starts at the dam on.
Cycling opportunities on vancouver island, the gulf islands. The 8th edition of our vancouver island backroad mapbook features extensive updates and upgrades from our last publication. I think there are so many cool opportunities for riding that are being missed by this publication. Mountain bike chronicles island life at the bearclaw invitational duration. Tofino mountain biking on vancouver island and gulf islands. Riders call it one of the nicest vancouver island mountain bike trail networks, with fantastic tracks to explore over a weekend and something new every time you come back. During a vacation on vancouver island, british columbia, be sure to book a whale watching tour to see whales, eagles, dolphins and other marine mammals. From west to east, here are six canadian mountain bike towns to visit this summer.
Best places to to mountain bike on vancouver island. Top bridge mountain bike park offers eight different moderate trails. Ribbons of trails traverse wilderness zones, charming rural towns, and urban centres. Mountain bike trails victoria bc bear mountain resort. The look out from the top of skirt mountain offers unparalleled views of victoria and the surrounding islands in the salish sea.
Mountain biking on vancouver island and gulf islands. Oct 09, 2019 never by the book legal sanctioned trails, more of the turn a blind eye type thing. Parksville is the site of one of the major mountainbike competitions on vancouver island, the hammerfest. Our e bike expert staff is ready to help you find the perfect cruiser, commuter, or mountain bike. Canadas best online bike shop march bike clearout sale.
Drive to nanaimo and take a ferry to the sunshine coast. This comprehensive outdoor recreation guidebook is a new edition of the backroad mapbook that covers vancouver island, the gulf islands, and, on the mainland, the area north and northwest of campbell river and north of port hardy and port mcneil. Vancouver island is approximately 525km long and 150km wide. Visit a local bike shop for trail directions and tips. Leisurely rides through quiet forests, rural landscapes and deserted backroads provide a glorious mix of fitness and solitude. Weve got the full range of rocky mountain bikes to choose from. This page shows the location of vancouver island, british columbia, canada on a detailed road map. Mountain biking excursions near olympic national park we twisted and dipped on our mountain bikes through fragrant forests of cedar, hemlock and sitka spruce. Great trails in the area which are very accessible. Mountain biking groups in vancouver heres a look at some mountain biking groups near vancouver.
Vancouver island mountain biking vimb on fb public group. Located in the heart of vancouver island, this harbour city opens the door on 360 degrees of adventure. A short 10 minute drive from town will get you to one of three mountain bike areas. Maps cycling opportunities on vancouver island, the gulf islands. Parksville is the site of one of the major mountain bike competitions on vancouver island, the hammerfest. Mountain bike vancouver island with jeff kendallweed. While we certainly have some challenging hills in the harbour city, commuting by bike is worth considering. One mans experience of joining the south island mountain bike society crew and giving back to the mountain bike community. The book also includes information on hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and atving trails.
Insider tips to discover canadas second most populated island after the. As part of the rei coop family, were dedicated to making websites and mobile apps that help outdoor enthusiasts connect, share information and get out into the places they love to play. From victoria to tofino to port hardy on vancouver island backroad. Find the best trails for mountain biking in vancouver, wa.
Recently named the cycling capital of canada, victoria is home to several excellent routes. Mar 01, 20 this comprehensive outdoor recreation guidebook is a new edition of the backroad mapbook that covers vancouver island, the gulf islands, and, on the mainland, the area north and northwest of campbell river and north of port hardy and port mcneil. Mountain biking on vancouver island unofficial fun at mt. Youll be amazed by how much territory you can cover on these bike tours of vancouver island. Backroad mapbooks your adventure maps for hiking, fishing. Cecelia ravine bike park, north saanich bike park, bear mountain, mt workhartland, harbourview or the stevie smith in nanaimo. This recreational topographic mapbook of vancouver island, british columbia. This map is produced as a guide to cycling routes in the. I would like to see a 1 or 2page article about biking with kids anywhere from 2 to teens at locations such as. Jeff finds some inspiration at a neighborhood garage sale with a handy guide book to the island get in the van. Find groups in vancouver, british columbia about mountain biking and meet people in your local community who share your interests. Ecoride mountain bike and hiking tours vancouver 2020.
Vancouver island backroad mapbook backroad mapbook. Vancouver, wa mountain bike trails mountain biking in. Visit the coastal community of tofino for a surf or a lesson in stunt kites. I stopped off at the local bike shop and bought a trail map. A current map of the island includes core details for 14 cities on the island. Our ebike expert staff is ready to help you find the perfect cruiser, commuter, or mountain bike. For many years we worked informally or for a time as a society. Vancouver island bike tour bike british columbia biking. Gulf islands, sunshine coast, major roads, ferry connections, parks, and regional context. The island is split by mountain ranges that run the length of the island topping out at 7,000 feet in strathcona park, the island s largest protected area, 23 of the way up the island from victoria, the provincial capital sitting on the southern tip. Convenient and affordable mountain bike tour includes high end full suspension bike, transportation and an experienced guide taking you to the finest trails in the north shore. The vancouver island region is a large area on the edge of the pacific, encompassing vancouver island and the gulf islands on bcs southwest coast. Jul 25, 2017 mountain bike vancouver island with jeff kendallweed.
Here the most famous course is the ultimate abyss, thats technically very difficult. Mountain biking hotspots discover vancouver island. Vancouver, wa bike trails maps of bike routes in vancouver, wa. Vancouver island backroad gps maps backroad mapbooks. Ecoride mountain bike and hiking tours vancouver tripadvisor. From victoria, strap your rented bicycle to a bus rack. Riding injuries put unnecessary stress on medical systems that need all available resources to fight the virus, and group rides increase your chances of exposure. Comox valley area the comox valley, which comprises the towns of courtenay, cumberland, and comox, is blessed with a plethora of multiuse and mountain biking trails. Vancouver island, bc january mountain biking youtube. Many of the trails revolve around the puntledge river and comox lake. Grab a map at a bike shop and plan for an afternoon, a day, or a week on the doumont trails in nanaimos wacky wilderness playground. For a more difficult ride, try the hammerfest race course. A short 10 minute drive from town will get you to one of three mountain bike areas, including duomont, the abyss and westwood lake.937 1180 808 1307 1011 277 696 925 633 1517 884 277 741 131 560 614 293 1146 894 1322 1272 1680 154 642 307 365 1440 45 639 314 627 1391 1550 800 461 297 625 26 1215 216 1403 104 1438 173 53 651 1402