British Columbia is Canada’s most mountainous province is home to some of the world’s most diverse mountain biking terrain. Here you can find planning resources and learn about safe and responsible biking in BC for your next trip.
Responsible and Respectful Biking in BC
Respect Wildlife and Nature
In British Columbia, interactions with wildlife are common. Respecting wildlife and knowing what to do during an encounter keeps yourself, communities, and wildlife safe. See WildSafeBC for best practices and information on wildlife encounters and familiarize yourself with tips on how to avoid the spread of invasive species in BC. Be sure to make yourself aware of any fire bans and restrictions to prevent the spread of wildfires in BC.
Help Maintain the Trails
The trails we ride and recreate on in BC are developed and maintained by community members, dedicated volunteers, and passionate bikers. It takes thousands of hours and incredible effort to keep trails open and safe for all bikers. When visiting or riding in a BC community, consider donating to the local trail club—through Trail Karma or directly to the club—and support those who work tirelessly to maintain the trails.
Acknowledge Traditional Territories
British Columbia is home to 203 First Nation communities spread over 36 traditional territories. Today, ninety-five percent of British Columbia is unceded traditional First Nations territory. These territories are the traditional lands that First Nations and their ancestors have occupied or used since time immemorial. While travelling throughout British Columbia—and while biking on the lands—it is important to respect and acknowledge these traditional territories. View the Indigenous Territories map layer on Trailforks.
Be Prepared and Ride Safe
Mountain biking has inherent risks that can cause personal injury. It is always recommended that safety be the rider’s primary concern. The remote nature of mountain biking in BC dictates the need to take precautions to ensure a safe experience for all. Always tell others where you are going, wear proper safety gear, carry tools and a first aid kit, and avoid riding alone.
Planning Your Trip
Getting to, or travelling around British Columbia is easy. International and community airports, highways and roadways, BC Ferries, and VIA Rail can get you to biking destinations scattered around the province. With many biking destinations located close to the US/Canada border, a road trip from many US States is only hours away.