Where every day is a good day to ride.
Squamish mountain biking serves up more than 100 kilometres of singletrack to satisfy every skill level, from gentle cruises in the estuary to hairball downhill descents on Diamond Head. Mountain Bike Magazine rates Squamish as one of the top 25 wildest and most exotic places to ride in the world. Diamond Head’s vehicle access offers paydirt for big bike shuttles. The Crumpit Woods and Valleycliffe areas offer expansive networks of singletrack trails that take cross-country riders through the stream beds, woodlands and granite features of Squamish’s West Coast forest. The gradual slopes, original rail track and occasional technical descents of Alice Lake’scross country bike trails are perfect for first- timers, while the Squamish Valley’s dyke trails allow a scenic cruise for slow cyclists .
A four-season feast for all abilities.
Known for being the “outdoor recreation capital of Canada”, there is no limit to adventure opportunities around Squamish. However it’s not only about the adrenaline junkies, there is plenty to do and see for all ages.
SQUAMISH OFF ROAD CYCLING ASSOCIATION (SORCA) – SORCA is a mountain bike club with a focus on creating fun events for our members which include Toonie Races, group rides, trail advocacy, sustainability and maintenance. By being a member, you directly contribute to the maintenance and growth of our incredible mountain bike trail network. A big part of Squamish’s community health is due to our trails and we thank our members and dedicated volunteers with their hard work that make this a world-class mountain biking destination. Check out the Events Calendar and join the Club!
DISTRICT OF SQUAMISH WILDLIFE INFORMATION – A reminder to all trail users to be alert when out on your bike: you are sharing the woods with wildlife. Riding quickly and quietly puts you at a higher risk for encountering wildlife so be alert when out and about. It is crucial to avoid surprise encounters so make noise, especially when entering a blind corner and look for signs of wildlife activity i.e. scat, claw marks on trees, turned over boulders/rocks, and food caches. Best practices are to leash dogs, kind of tricky when riding, so ensure you have voice control and keep ‘em close-by. Pack out food & garbage/wrappers. Keep the Conservation Officer Service hotline handy: 1.877.952.7277 and consider taking bear spray.
SQUAMISH ADVENTURE CENTRE – The Squamish Adventure Centre is located in the heart of Sea to Sky country, 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver and 30 minutes from Whistler. With breathtaking views of the Stawamus Chief, this unique venue is the perfect place to work, meet or play. Find lots of information on what you can do to make the most of your visit at Explore Squamish.
Situated half way between the metropolitan hub of Vancouver, and the world-class ski resort of Whistler, Squamish is easy to get to with lots of transportation options.
DRIVING - If you are planning to drive yourself, get ready for the drive of a lifetime. It’s a short 64 km drive from Vancouver, and the hour long route is one of the most scenic drives in the world.
Drive Times & Distances:
- From Whistler – 60km, 45 minutes
- From Vancouver Airport – 81km, 1 hour 15 minutes
- From Seattle – 295km, 3 hours 45 minutes
BUS / AIRPORT SHUTTLE - Service between Vancouver International Airport, Downtown Vancouver & Squamish
- Pacific Coach Lines (PCL) offers daily, frequent transportation from Vancouver to Squamish.The comfortable coach ride provides spectacular city, ocean and mountain views as well as free WiFi so you can stay in touch on the go.
- Squamish Connector offers commuters daily non-stop service between Squamish and downtown Vancouver and connecting to YVR. The connector departs daily from the Squamish Adventure Centre.
AIR, FLOAT PLANE & HELICOPTER SERVICES – Squamish has it’s own municipal airport and water access for float planes. Flights between Squamish and Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and all over BC may be arranged through the various flight companies directly. Flight times for custom flights are flexible and pricing depends on the destination.
BC FERRIES – Passengers traveling by ferry to and from Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands have the option of two portals. Tsawwassen Bay (south of Vancouver) and Horseshoe Bay. Horseshoe Bay is just 40 minutes south of Squamish on Highway 99 and 20 minutes north of Vancouver.
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Photos and Text by Cécile Gambin We live on the North Shore and one night over spaghetti dinner our five year old claimed he wanted to explore the trails around us. ‘C’est fantastique!!’ I replied. I whipped out my cell phone, tapped on Trailforks and together we...
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.
What I love about riding in Squamish is the diversity of trails and how green and vibrant the forest is. As a rider, I find it fantastic, with the rocks, roots, moss, slabs, trees, jank, off-cambers, and steep hills working to test me physically and technically. For the photographer in me – well, it’s eye candy.