Let the Mountains Move You!
Crystal clear blue skies and our gorgeous snow-capped peaks form the backdrop for your epic and unforgettable summer vacation in Valemount. Reel in a rainbow trout, wind through our trails from the saddle of ATV, or let a horse show you the way — however you decide to travel through the Robson Valley, you’re certain to create a memory around every turn.
On the menu of summer adventures, there are more options than there is time. Spend your first days in our valley riding the rapids on the mighty Fraser River and the next winding through our mountain trails on horseback. Pack your binoculars and see if you can spot the golden eagles soaring through our cerulean sky, or grab a pair of hiking poles and traverse the back-country wilderness of Mount Robson Provincial Park. Take part in Valemountain Days, the Canoe Rodeo or the Mount Robson Music Festival or any of our other special events. Come for the hiking, the fishing, the ATVing or the mountain biking, but make sure while you’re here you try something new — make this vacation an exceptional one, and your family will always remember it.
(1a) Provincial Climb
This hand-made beginner to intermediate level climb begins directly from the lower staging area and finishes at the upper access to the Provincial Trail. From there it can be further linked by riding up Inversion or by continuing out to the main 5 Mile Road.
(1b) Provincial Down
A hand-made beginner downhill trail, suitable for all levels of riders. This trail is accessed via an older skid road about 0.75km up the main road; it can also be accessed from the upper section of the Inversion Trail. For novice riders this may feel like a beginner downhill ride; for intermediate riders this may feel more like a cross country/enduro ride.
A hand-made cross-country trail that is suitable for novice-intermediate riders. For novice riders this may feel like a beginner downhill ride; for intermediate riders this may feel more like a cross-country ride. This trail intersects the Provincial trail at two separate occasions and gives riders a variety of choices. This is a great ride for anyone pedalling from the town site.
3. Mid DH Access or Exit
A relatively easy pedal from town, this trail can be used to access the middle of the downhill trails including Tinfoil Hat, Andreas’ downhill and Stump Town. This can also be used as an early exit from the downhill trails to access Inversion (2).
4. Andreas’ Downhill
A very old school, hand-made fall line based downhill trail for advanced/expert riders. Steep and very rooty, this trail is NOT FOR BEGINNERS. This trail parallels the new Tinfoil Hat downhill with multiple intersections.
5. Tinfoil HatAn intermediate level, new school downhill mountain bike trail. All jumps are table tops, and easy to be ridden over. Any drops or harder lines have ride-arounds to avoid the obstacle completely. There is a mid-point entrance, easily accessed by pedalling from the town site; however, this trail is best enjoyed by shuttle.
6. Swift Creek
This is a 10km round trip ride on a hand built old school cross country trail. The finish will utilize a bit of town road to return to the 5 Mile Road and ultimately back up to the staging area. This is more designed for hiking although bikes are allowed.
7. Southern Traverse
A new school rolling cross-country trail. Accessed via the main Swift Creek entrance at 1km up 5 Mile Road. This section of trail measures 2.5km. To get in and out will require the use of the other trails.
8. Bucket Head Connector
This is a short connector trail. It allows downhill riders to utilize some of the flow of the Southern Traverse while making their way back to the staging area.
9. Climb out or Ride In
This trail is used to enter or exit the Southern Traverse or the Tech Zone. This trail will eventually be built to access much higher elevations without having to use 5 Mile Road.
10. Tech Zone
This chain of 2.5 loops, situated in a small area, provides some technically challenging trails. Frequent and often dramatic changes in elevation combined with rock create a superb environment to get the legs burning. Access via the Swift Creek and Lower Climbing trail, the alignment twists and turns through the topography with numerous optional technical trail features and a combination of fast open turns and bench cut trail.
11. Ale Trail
Accessed off of the climb out of the Tech Zone or south end of the Southern Traverse this fast and flowy section of trails acts as another option to exit the trail system to either return to the lower staging area or to coast down to the Valemount town centre.
12. High Roller
Our newest addition and likely one of the nicest jump lines in BC outside of a commercial facility. Beginning at an elevation of over 1,500m, this feature rich line is close to 1km long boasting some very unique options and over 20 jumps to get the arms pumping. This line terminates at the beginning of our newest downhill trail so it can be
ridden as an individual trail or part of a longer downhill run.
13. Bacon by NDI
Designed to be the ultimate integration of all the various bicycling handling skills, the idea behind our flow trail is to provide a low risk, gravity assisted trail which users of variable skill level can use to develop their skills. 2km of berms, rollers and manageable jumps will flow you to the lower staging area and guarantee to put a smile on your face.
14. Connect the Dots
A simple and easy pedal friendly 1km trail that gets users from the DH trails over to the Flow Trail entrance. Just another option for a great ride.
15. Devil’s Gulch
A short rake ‘n’ ride that is steep and loamy. Accesses just off of Connect the Dots, this short but sweet section is another option to spit you out onto the new Stump Town trail.
16. Stump Town
Another flowy downhill option filled with staggered hits and huge berms. This trail ends on the 5 Mile access road just below Inversion and Bacon. Our plan for summer of 2017 is to add another section of trail from this termination to the main parking area creating an amazing top to bottom run.
Begin at the end of High Roller, this downhill alignment is a feature rich 2.5km adrenaline rush. More advanced than the Tin Foil Hat, this trail offers a more challenging descent to those looking to get a bit more technical. Tree lines, natural rock features and a flow like you have never seen are all highlights of this trail.
18. Northern Traverse
Continuation of the Southern traverse. A new school rolling cross country trail. Turn right after the bridge to get on to this flowy delight. Can also be traveled north to south via access off of Main Street, just north of the Swift Creek bridge.
19) Provincial Down
A hand-made beginner downhill trail, suitable for all levels of riders. This trail is accessed via an older skid road about 0.75 km up the main road; it can also be accessed from the upper section of the Inversion Trail. For novice riders this may feel like a beginner downhill ride; for intermediate riders this may feel more like a cross country/enduro ride.
20) Moby Dick
A blend of a flow and downhill trail featuring optional dirt and wood stunts including drops, jumps, ladders and a wallride. There are a number of optional expert features that exist on the trail while the actual trail surface can be ridden by an average skill level.
21) Un-named DH
This hand-built downhill style trail was in construction at the time of print. This is a 1200m advanced downhill trail that resembles a little bit more of the “old school” type of trail construction. A technical alternative if you need a break from the flow and jumps.
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You’ll find Valemount at the northern reach of the Rocky Mountain Trench in BC’s Thompson-Okanagan Region, just 120 km (75 mi) from the entrance of Jasper National Park, and 322 km (200 mi) north of Kamloops.
Travel to Valemount, BC is via car or RV, Greyhound bus and by passenger train. If you’d rather fly in, the local airstrip in Valemount can accommodate small jets and heli transfers. The closest commercial airport is in Prince George, only 295 km (183 mi) away, or Kamloops 322 km (200 mi) south.
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There are plenty of Summer and Winter activities do in Valemount, click here for more information.
SUMMER & WINTER ACTIVITIES
Crystal clear blue skies and our gorgeous snow-capped peaks form the backdrop for your epic and unforgettable vacation. In summer, reel in a rainbow trout, wind through our trails from the saddle of your ATV, or let a horse show you the way — however you decide to travel through our valley, you’re certain to create a memory around every turn.
Whether your ideal winter vacation involves launching yourself down a mountain in search of the freshest, deepest powder, or cutting figure eights into a frozen pond, we have it all right here in Valemount. And we have snow — oceans of it. The snow starts falling in November and keeps falling until mid-April and beyond. With an average base of 14 Metres (46 feet) at 1,800 metres, we have—without question—some of the best terrain for winter sports in the country. So get out, let the mountains move you.
Paddle through winding channels in a wildlife sanctuary, or sun yourself on warm rocks before jumping into calm pools in a cool river — welcome to your happy place! Some of us are land-dwellers and with the mountains and trails surrounding Valemount, BC, that’s just fine. Whether you’re more at home in a canoe or a kayak, like to stand up on your paddle board, or your favourite ride runs on fuel, there is no shortage of lakes, creeks and rivers to explore. And make sure to pack a swimsuit, because our long summer days heat up and you might be compelled to take a dip.
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We invite you to step into our history and envision yourself in a time when being a pioneer meant risking everything; when winters were sharp, bitter and seemed everlasting, and when Mother Nature could be both generous and cruel.
Before the trappers were drawn here and the loggers and prospectors came to make a living off the land, the Texqakallt First Nation stepped through the valley and established themselves near the headwaters of the mighty Fraser River.
When the first explorers arrived they were aided by the indigenous people and our most famous guide was Pierre Bostonnais. Bostonnais, Metis, led first explorers through what is now known as Yellowhead Pass. He had unusually light coloured hair and was nicked named Tete Jaune, French for yellow head. He is remembered throughout our landscape as the namesake for the Yellowhead Highway as well as Tete Jaune Cache.
The arrival of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway to Prince George and the Canadian Northern Railway to Vancouver brought more explorers and adventurers to our valley. Many were so awed by the majesty of Mount Robson that they got off the train and planted their feet. These were our pioneers.
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The Robson Valley’s first and only Micro brewery serving hand-crafted beers brewed in small batches. A great spot to enjoy a beer after riding a trail in the Valemount Bike Park.
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EAT AND DRINK
Grab a lunch box to go before heading into the hills for an epic day of sledding. Spend an evening getting cozy by the fireside at the quiet Cranberry Lounge. Relax after a day spent snowshoeing in the rustic comfort of a log restaurant. Be our guest, and let Valemount serve you. Whether your ideal meal is cooked under the stars and roasted over an open fire, or served to you at a quaint, family-owned restaurant, Valemount has something to suit every mood and every taste bud.
We’re a casual group here, so no need to dress up. You’ll find gourmet — sometimes in the most unexpected places — in the Robson Valley, where our chefs have come from all over the world, drawn here by our spectacular scenery and quiet hospitality.
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VALEMOUNT & AREA EVENTS
The mountains may lure you in, but it’s the people and the all the ways we celebrate that will keep you coming back to Valemount. The entire Robson Valley comes alive during the annual Valemountain Days in June, with a parade, a pageant, bouncy castles and a barbeque competition. Make sure to pack your cowboy hat when you visit us for the Canoe Mountain Rodeo in July. Cowboys and cowgirls from throughout the region compete in barrels, bull riding, bareback and more. In August, the Mud Races return at the Rodeo Grounds. Decibel levels are intense as the trucks tear into the track, shattering the peace of the valley for one intense and unforgettable weekend. And for those looking to experience music in the mountains, use Valemount as your base for the 12th annual multi-genre Robson Valley Music Festival. Here are some more ways you can mix and mingle with the locals
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You can feel it in the air as you walk through our quiet village streets and you can see it in the windows of the shops that line the downtown core. While known for the snow that blankets our mountains in winter and the enviable hiking trails that have drawn generations of explorers, Valemount is also known as a hub of creativity, chock full of artisans drawn to the Robson Valley by its breathtaking views and ample inspiration.
Whether you’re looking for a quiet moment in a local café, listening to tunes supplied by a local musician, or you’re on a mission — intent on finding something unique to bring home to signify your vacation to the valley, you’ll find it here. So enjoy discovering the exceptional creativity at work in Valemount speak to the artists and come away with some inspiration of your own.
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Valemount Visitor Centre – The Valemount Visitor/Interpretive Centre is the perfect first stop for anyone visiting Valemount. Friendly staff provide great local and provincial information, maps, room reservations, and bookings for local activities. The centre also has free WIFI and a wide selection of Super, Natural BC and Valemount souvenirs including arts and crafts from local artisans that are available for purchase.
Valemount Area Recreation Development Association – Valemount wants to share our enthusiasm for trails and we are inviting you to come experience the Valemount Bike Park. We have been working on building an amazing trail network under the guide of a mountain bike trails master plan. And we are very excited to say that phase one of Valemount’s new Mountain Bike trail facility is open to the public.
Valemount Home Hardware – They stock tubes pumps and all your outdoor needs. Call 250.566.4256 or click here.
Dropping into Kamloops, sleet pelted the windshield as if the coastal rains were unwilling to let us go. We were on our way to meet Lisa Tedesco and her partner Marco van der Wilk, the winners of this year’s Bikes and Beer tour. It would be difficult to find a more deserving candidate: for the past 15 years, Lisa has been a dedicated member of the mountain bike community.read more
Rolling into Valemount, British Columbia, there’s simply no denying the natural beauty of this quant locale, reputed as gateway to the towering, imposing, legendary Mount Robson. The village spreads from the base of Fox Mountain, itself the meeting point of three major ranges, and just across Fox River lays the Valemount Mountain Bike Park, a community affair managed by the Valemount & Area Recreation Development Association.read more