7-Day Itinerary: Vancouver Island

This 7-day itinerary is based on the “Week on Vancouver Island” trip experienced by one of our lucky contest winners.

Access: Start in Vancouver | End in Vancouver

Total duration: 7 Days

Total distance: 723 kilometres (450 miles)

Follow this itinerary for a week-long trip exploring Vancouver Island. Start up island and travel south, checking out some of the top places to ride on the island. Pair biking with local breweries and jumps in the ocean for the perfect way to cool down after long rides. 

Day 1: Campbell River

Get geared up for Vancouver Island riding at Swicked Cycles
Enjoy laps on Radar Hill or at Snowden Demonstration Forest to warm up the legs
Enjoy pints of beer at Beach Fire Brewing

Day 2: Quadra Island

Ride the trail network of Quadra Island North
Tour the island and surrounding area by kayak on a wildlife watching tour
Grab fish at chips at the Hariot Bay Pub

Day 3-4: Cumberland

Overnight at the biker-friendly Riding Fool Hostel
Ride the downhill trails at Mount Washington 
Get lost in the network of 175 trails in the Cumberland Forest 
Try the local brew at Cumberland Brewing Co.

Day 5: Denman & Hornby Island

Tuck in for an overnight on Denman or Hornby island
Enjoy lunch at Forage Farm & Kitchen
Spend a day exploring the 80 km of singletrack trails
Hop in the ocean at Tribune Bay for a post-ride cool down

Day 6: Mount Tzouhalem & Maple Mountain

Ride Double D for downhill fun on Mount Tzouhalem
Grab a bite to eat at Duncan Garage Cafe
Head for Story Trail and loads of singletrack on Maple Mountain 
Finish the day at Riot Brewing Co. and Sawmill TapHouse

Day 7: Nanaimo & Gabriola

Explore the five different trail areas surrounding Nanaimo
Head to Gabriola for a few singletrack trails and laid-back atmosphere
Grab a drink and some grub at Surf Lodge and Pub

For more inspiration and itinerary planning for your next mountain bike trip to British Columbia, check here.