A Beginners Guide to the Sea to Sky Corridor and Lower Mainland

A Beginners Guide to the Sea to Sky Corridor and Lower Mainland

Photos and Text by Cécile Gambin We live on the North Shore and one night over spaghetti dinner our five year old claimed he wanted to explore the trails around us. ‘C’est fantastique!!’ I replied. I whipped out my cell phone, tapped on Trailforks and together we poured over the possibilities. Looking for an easy single track without a steep climb or descent - was this too tall an order within the Sea to Sky corridor and the lower mainland? Are there trails here suitable for the beginner rider? We eventually found and chose a handful of single tracks within a 50 km radius of our home that included flatter terrain with a splattering of rocks and roots mixed in for fun. Our friends always asked about our trips and we happily recounted our adventures – showing them pictures and battle scars with excitement. Our enthusiasm for the sport is perhaps why I am often questioned by parents and beginner riders who want to get into the sport but don’t know where to go. We understand – having just moved into the province – we were not familiar with the trails. We asked our mountain bike friends but most didn’t understand the needs of young children. Beginner riders of all ages lack the skill, the confidence, the determination and the mental focus and, in many cases, the strength to ride many of the trails found along the Sea to Sky route. While ‘Bobsled’ on Fromme Mountain in North Vancouver may be easy for an experienced shredder it may not be the case with a novice rider. So where did we go? What...
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. 

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...
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.