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...
Sunshine Coast for Kids: Sprockids Bike Park and Roberts Creek Trails

Sunshine Coast for Kids: Sprockids Bike Park and Roberts Creek Trails

Words and photos by Cécile Gambin We love the rocky and rooty trails typical of our local riding hole but this particular weekend we craved loam. We hopped on the ferry from Horseshoe Bay towards Langdale in search of that elusive much needed brown pow. Using Trailforks we settled on The Sprockids Bike Park, just outside Gibsons, and the Roberts Creek Trail system further up the road on Highway 101. These two trail networks can be ridden in a single day by established riders but with two children we opted to stay overnight. This also allows time to fully explore both areas while making the price of the ferry worthwhile. Our criteria for finding age-appropriate trails are simple – fun with minimal climbing. I stress minimal because I know it’s a fallacy living in a mountainous province. But, with proper planning a trail system can fool children into riding uphill without really knowing exactly how much uphill they have done. And this was perfectly executed at the Sprockids Bike Park. Charging out of the lower parking area there is a 382m gravel climb which proved to be the worst for our kids aged seven and nine, simply because they find gravel roads boring. I really can’t blame them. At the end of the gravel road there is a welcome board. Beyond this, over 14 km (8.6 miles) of single track bliss rocked our world with 6 green, 21 blue, 9 black, and 2 double-blacks. There is flow, steep, and technical and a few trails with jumps, drops and wall rides. With fun trail names like Pineapple Express, Schoolz Out...
Trip of a Lifetime

Trip of a Lifetime

The week kicked off with Margus Riga and myself on the Skytrain, headed to the airport. We were throwing around small talk about the weather forecast and the upcoming locations. It struck us, that these winners of the Mountain Biking BC 7 Day Giveaway may be the gluten free, shower twice a day type, that can make any trip less than exhilarating…

Vancouver, Coast and Mountains in 60 seconds

Vancouver, Coast and Mountains in 60 seconds

The Vancouver, Coast, and Mountains region offers diversity at many levels; the interface between urban and wilderness, accessibility of metropolitan lifestyle with trails right out your back door, difficulty ranging from gnarly to family friendly, a mix of old school and new, and the birthplace of the North Shore style of freeride. It’s a place where any self-respecting mountain biker will feel at home.