The Other Shore: An Insider’s Guide to Riding the Sunshine Coast

The Other Shore: An Insider’s Guide to Riding the Sunshine Coast

This trip is for anyone who has biked in the Sea to Sky a few times and is looking for some new ride ideas. Or for someone who lives in Vancouver and rides the Shore lots, but doesn’t have a huge interest in the bike park or typically venture much past Squamish on the weekends. If this sounds like you, then hopefully you will find something inspiring in the routes and photos below. 

A Front Country Adventure in Mountain Biking BC’s Sea-to-Sky Corridor

A Front Country Adventure in Mountain Biking BC’s Sea-to-Sky Corridor

Too busy working, fixing your bike, and looking after the kids all week to plan your riding getaway this weekend? This article series does all that work for you. We give you 4 different trip itineraries, each one showcasing a unique riding experience in the Sea to Sky. Every itinerary is designed for a different type of rider and a distinct experience, they are curated around a 3.5 day get-away and are designed to be “grab and go”. We aren’t taking bribes or getting paid by businesses to tell you what to do, we just live here, like these spots, and think you will too. If you are already a “local” these might still be worth checking out, we could have some refreshing ideas for: rides, coffee, beers and apres eats. Or just skip to the comments below and tell us what a S*** job we did. This third installment, the Front Country Adventure, serves to satiate your appetite for adventure, while not totally draining your wallet. We cannot say the same for your legs and your lungs, this is a big weekend of riding that will test even the fittest of mountain bike enthusiasts. If this doesn’t sound like your style, don’t worry, our fourth and final itinerary for the Frequent Visitor is toned down on the pedaling, but still packed with some rad local trail insight, so stay tuned. The itinerary you are about to read contains some of the most technically challenging trails in the Sea to Sky corridor, and should only be attempted by riders with advanced to expert technical abilities. We aren’t kidding, this...
Seven Reasons to Ride at The Syéxw Chó:leqw Adventure Park

Seven Reasons to Ride at The Syéxw Chó:leqw Adventure Park

There’s a new park in town that’s bound to have riders smiling. The Syéxw Chó:leqw Adventure Park is located near Ruby Creek, half way between Agassiz and Hope, and give riders the opportunity to shred trails that may otherwise be unachievable. Whether you’re an established rider or are just beginning here are 7 compelling reasons why you should check this park out.

Changing Beats in Powell River

Changing Beats in Powell River

‘Some of the best loamy rides in the west, hundreds of kilometers of singletrack and no crowds. Powell River charges onto the mountain bike scene with challenging, technical and fast trails through Coast Mountains rainforest. Maintained by a thriving scene of committed local riders and trail builders, Powell River mountain biking trails are blowing visitors away with the amazing quality and volume of singletrack.’ ~ Trailforks

Riding Squamish with Guestagrammer Cecile Gambin

Riding Squamish with Guestagrammer Cecile Gambin

What I love about riding in Squamish is the diversity of trails and how green and vibrant the forest is. As a rider, I find it fantastic, with the rocks, roots, moss, slabs, trees, jank, off-cambers, and steep hills working to test me physically and technically. For the photographer in me – well, it’s eye candy.

Exploring the North Shore trails with Tristan Deggan

Exploring the North Shore trails with Tristan Deggan

From a family of artists, Tristan Deggan has been educated in Canada and in France where he has spent six months of every year since he was born. His interest in photography started at an early age and has grown ever since into what is now a full time profession. As a child his time in the Auvergne was spent roaming the countryside on his bike, peering through his macro lens at the abundant insect and plant life which served as a base for him to expand his photographic horizons to every aspect of photography and now more recently, videography. His work shows his intimate relationship with the rolling hills of the Auvergne, the seascapes of British Columbia and the rugged wilderness of the Okanogan Highlands of eastern Washington State. He works as a full time photographer & videographer in Europe and North America based out of Vancouver, Canada.   To come to the North Shore and not ride Ladies is like holidaying in Italy and not visiting Rome. You’d be stupid not to. This trail was started in 92 by Digger, who set the style for trails on the North Shore and inspired others around the world to follow into the freeride movement. Trail: Ladies Only   Ever thought to yourself what it would feel like to ride a roller coaster on a bike? Kirkford is the place for you if you have. A new school, pristine flow trail carved into the flank of the East side of the mountain is a must do. Trail: Kirkford, Fromme Mt, North Vancouver.   On the East side of the mountain, Kirkford trail can be...
Beginner’s Guide to Camping & Riding on Vedder Mountain at Cultus Lake; in Chilliwack, BC

Beginner’s Guide to Camping & Riding on Vedder Mountain at Cultus Lake; in Chilliwack, BC

  Words & Photos by Sam Egan Just half an hour south of Chilliwack, British Columbia, lays a popular mountain refuge for many a city-dweller, in the resort town of Cultus Lake. When first entering town it resembles a bit of a theme park, in fact there are numerous rollercoasters and waterslides lining the main drag as you drive through, but just beyond the small and kitschy business centre you’ll reach the boundary of Cultus Lake Provincial Park. The park encompasses the vast majority of the shoreline with lush forest and steep peaks, only interrupted for the various camp and picnic grounds along the eastern shore. Beyond the small number of lakefront homes on the western side stands what you’ve come to Cultus Lake in the first place for, the illustrious Vedder Mountain. A number of Provincial Park campground options are available along the eastern shore of Cultus Lake, each offering varying degrees of privacy and access to hiking trails, beaches and whatnot, and if you’re planning solely on shuttling or at least driving to the trailhead to ride, these might be a solid choice for a more scenic temporary homestead. Sunnyside Campground, however, sits just before the park boundary and, although it’s more RV and family-oriented than scenic, it does have ample beach access and there’s an excellent pedestrian shoreline trail that leads right to the trailhead at Vedder Mountain.   The summer days are long in these parts and, if you’ve arrived at your destination with enough daylight to burn, why not clock a shuttle lap or two before signing into your campground? You’ve reserved this site...
Exploring Whistler with Guestagrammer Justa Jeskova

Exploring Whistler with Guestagrammer Justa Jeskova

This week we featured photographer Justa Jeskova. Justa was born and raised in communist Czechoslovakia.  In 1998, she decided to follow her dream and moved to BC, Canada because of hockey instead of starting her work career as Wood Sciences and Technology Engineer.  She ended up discovering mountain biking after making the move to Whistler when she photographed her first Crankworx. Eight years on, she no longer chases hockey players and still can’t change a bike tire but what she lacks in mechanic skills is made up by her passion behind the lens and innate ability to hunt down money light. Follow Justa’s work at: Facebook: Justa Jeskova Photography Instagram: @justajeskova Web: https://www.justajeskova.com/       Lost Lake Park has an extensive network of biking trails, great for beginner and intermediate level riders and close to the Whistler village. If you are new to mountain biking, these are great trails to start on. And some of the first to open up for the season! Trail: Lost Lake trails Riders: Candace Shadley and Shalene Shelly Caption: Whistler’s must in my opinion. The first purpose built mountain bike alpine trail offers breathtaking views while you enjoy advanced singletrack at full speed. It is accessed through the Bike Park and requires an additional ticket to access it. Unfortunately riding it at sunset like this shot requires a few strings to be pulled. Trail: Top of the World Rider: Steve Storey When trails get muddy in Whistler, you head to Howler. One of the best trails to ride when Whistler’s getting poured on. The dirt here sheds water well and stays grippy even when others are...

Whistler Mountain Bike Park Opening For the 2017 Season May 19

Riders Can Save Big With Early Bird Rates on Passes Until June 9 WHISTLER, BC May 16, 2017 – The long awaited countdown to the first chair of the 2017 season will come to an end on May 19, when the Whistler Mountain Bike Park officially opens. The Fitzsimmons Express will spin from 10am to 5pm from May 19 until June 9, with Extended Play until 8pm on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Fitzsimmons Zone hours will be extended daily to 8pm on June 10. Dependent on weather conditions the Creek Zone and the Garbanzo Zone are slated to open on June 17. The Creekside Gondola’s operating hours will be from 10am to 5pm and the Garbanzo Express will run from 11am to 7pm. “Thanks to the extremely hard work of our trail crew, conditions are lining up to be great for opening day,” says Brian Finestone, bike park manager at Whistler Blackcomb. “We expect to have 90% of the Fitz zone open for riders starting Friday including A Line, B Line, Crank It Up, Ninja Cougar, Karate Monkey, Smoke & Mirrors, Afternoon Delight and many more.” Brand new Whistler Mountain Bike Park partner, GT Bicycles will be kicking off the season with a riders lounge at the base of the Fitzsimons Express on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of opening weekend. Visitors to the bike park will be welcomed to relax in the lounge, meet GT athletes Hans Rey, Tyler McCaul and local ambassador Ian Morrison, eat and drink, and have an on-site mechanic work on any minor bike tune ups to be sure their rigs are ready for the...
The Hidden Gem of the Sea to Sky Corridor

The Hidden Gem of the Sea to Sky Corridor

If you have siblings, you may understand the feeling of someone close to you hogging all the attention. On the Sea to Sky Corridor Whistler is undoubtedly the center of attention, Squamish turns heads for its new-school flow and the North Shore is renowned for its old-school tech. Pemberton, although well known to many BC locals, remains somewhat under-looked despite its overwhelming opportunities for adventure. All the glamour and glitz of Whistler seemingly distracts us from the epicness found only 20 minutes north.

Creekside Trail Expansion Plans

Creekside Trail Expansion Plans

The world’s best mountain bike park is about to become even better. The Whistler Blackcomb Renaissance will kick-off a multi-year expansion creating a trail network for all riding abilities in the Creekside area. The Creekside Gondola will operate throughout the summer, transforming Creekside’s summer experience into a scene that mirrors winter’s vibrancy. With over 50 km of new trails proposed, this will be the single largest new development in Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s history.

14-Day Itinerary: Southern British Columbia Loop

14-Day Itinerary: Southern British Columbia Loop

This itinerary stops in many popular riding destinations in BC’s southern interior. Never-ending mountains with great trails mixed with cool lakes and friendly towns provide a landscape that is about as close as it gets to true mountain bike nirvana.