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. 

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.