Vancouver Coast & Mountains
Natural beauty surrounds metropolitan conveniences with legendary trails within reach of a cappuccino.
Known for technical terrain, hand built wooden features and tight switchbacks, the North Shore is the birthplace of BC mountain biking. Though its reputation is steeped in rooty and rocky downhilling, the area, just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, is sprouting more flowy all-mountain and cross-country trails.
Variety is Fraser Valley’s forte. Riders can choose from 6 main trail networks, each with their own distinct feel. The style of riding ranges from rolly-polly goodness to technical gear jamming and from fast natural downhill to big-air freeride. No mater what type of shred you fancy; the valley hosts ample trail options.
Long descents and manageable climbs are the pinnacle of Squamish riding. Loamy dirt intersects with streambeds, woodlands and granite features, providing a natural stage for downhillers and trail riders alike.
Manicured trails and machine-sculpted features are designed for every level of rider at the illustrious Whistler Bike Park. Lift-served riding is met with rollercoaster drops, berms and wall rides that cover 65 trails. But as the Enduro scene gains momentum, so do the XC trails in the town of Whistler. Hundreds of kilometres of challenging singletrack bring in the world’s best trail riders, and multi-day bikepacking trips are not unheard of.
Pemberton’s vast trail networks have an array of amazing well-maintained single track. Pedalers and shuttlers alike can delight in the abundance of steep, loose, and long descents renowned in this area. With the endless intertwining trails you can spend half an hour or a whole day shredding on your bike, often with a spectacular view of Mount Currie.
Whether you prefer to pedal or would rather stick to shuttling, the Lower Sunshine Coast has a wide range of fun and flowy trails for any style or level of rider. Powell River’s extensive trail network resides in the midst of the coast mountain rainforest. The classic cross-country riding is marked by loamy soil, skinny singletrack and technical trail features that are as challenging on the up as they are on the down.
Beyond the farmland is an amazing landscape to explore. Only an hour’s drive east of Vancouver this fertile agricultural belt is as breathtaking as it is diverse.
Number of Trails: 653
Total Kilometres: 981 km
Highest Elevation: 1,636 m
Few places on earth have had as much impact on the mountain bike world as Vancouver’s North Shore mountains.
Number of Trails: 592
Total Kilometres: 426 km
Highest Elevation: 1,502 m
The diverse networks of trails feature an abundance of mountain views, lakes and old growth forests, with stunning views around every corner.
Number of Trails: 173
Total Kilometres: 220 km
Highest Elevation: 2,173 m
Squamish mountain biking serves up more than 100 kilometers of singletrack to satisfy every skill level.
Number of Trails: 488
Total Kilometres: 560 km
Highest Elevation: 2,225 m
Come marvel at the incredible beauty of the sea while enjoying the lush forests in the mountains. The array of different terrain accommodates every style and level of rider.
Number of Trails: 791
Total Kilometres: 1,044 km
Highest Elevation: 1,852 m
Picture an incredible variety of terrain to explore, from epic, high alpine, West Coast singletrack to arguably the world’s best mountain bike park.
Number of Trails: 605
Total Kilometres: 703 km
Highest Elevation: 2,288 m
No matter how you like to get down hill, you’ll find it here. With more than 4,926 vertical feet of lift-serviced, gravity-fed, adrenaline-fueled downhill trails.
Number of Trails: 106
Total Kilometres: 82 km
Highest Elevation: 2,137 m
A go-to guide for female-focused races, clinics, camps, and courses in BC that are creating more diversity in mountain biking.
Follow this itinerary for a week-long trip exploring the iconic coastal riding destinations of the Fraser Valley, North Vancouver, Sunshine Coast, and Squamish.
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.
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...
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…
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.
Off The Bike
The Vancouver, Coast and Mountains region has an abundance of outdoor adventure and unique tourist attractions:
- Hike the Grind, hang with grizzly bears or watch the summer-long lumberjack show at Grouse Mountain.
- See the world from treetops while standing on the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
- Explore the depths of the sea by kayaking in Deep Cove.
- Go for a scuba dive in Porteau Cove.
- Make a pit stop in Shannon Falls before entering Squamish for an epic waterfall view.
- Scramble up the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, a famous hiking and rock climbing spot.