A Year-Round Biking Wonderland
There is no need for your bike to get lonely and unused in the shed when you can ride the Sunshine Coast 365 days of the year.
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. There is everything from adrenaline pumping downhill to technical cross-country. The Southern Sunshine Coast is known for its smooth natural flow trails where you glide effortlessly through spectacular scenery. And the Northern Sunshine coast is notorious for its phenomenal XC through vibrant old-growth forests.
The Southern Sunshine coast is only a short 40-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay with trails easily accessible by car or bike. Sprockids Park is minutes from the ferry and boasts fantastic trails for all levels of riders. If you continue on to Roberts Creek you will find fast and fun pedal-up or shuttle-access downhill tracks. Or if you are a cross-country enthusiast, head to west to Sechelt.
Travel a little further north to discover hundreds of kilometres of singletrack and no crowds. Powell River has challenging, technical and fast trails through Coast Mountains rainforest. Maintained by a thriving scene of committed local riders and trailbuilders, Powell River mountain biking trails are blowing visitors away with the amazing quality and volume of singletrack. Head further north to Powell River for more technical terrain.
Biking on the Coast is largely community-driven with active clubs such as the Sunshine Coast Cycling Club (SCC), the Sunshine Coast United Mountain Bikers (SCUMB) and Powell River Cycling Association (PRCA). If you follow the freeride scene, you may be familiar with the Coastal Crew. The team of friendly bikers have successfully spread their passion for biking through visual media and are now concentrating on their year round bike park, Coast Gravity Park.
Come for the day or stay a while and fall in love with the enchanting coastal communities. Aside from biking there is a strong artist community that shines through the vibrant towns. There are many quaint places to stay and art galleries to visit. The Sunshine Coast is a delightful experience that should not be missed.
TOURISM LINKS – The Sunshine Coast is a dream destination for people looking for year round recreation, cultural experiences and unforgettable holiday memories. With friendly communities, world-famous hiking and biking trails, tranquil lakes, vibrant festivals and events, and more beaches than you can imagine; endless possibilities are yours to discover.
- Visitor Information Centres
- Sunshine Coast Tourism
- Powell River Tourism
- Sunshine Coast Maps
- Powell River Maps
- Duck Lake Park
POWELL RIVER CYCLING ASSOCIATION (PRCA) – In August of 2009 a group of local mountain bikers, road cyclists, cycling advocates and the Wild Women Cycling Club decided it was time to join together to provide a common voice for the cycling community in Powell River. For maps, information and community rides visit our Website or Facebook page and join us for a ride!
SUNSHINE COAST CYCLING CLUB (SCC) – The mandate of the Sunshine Coast Cycling Club is to support all forms of cycling on the Sunshine Coast including cycling advocacy. The club also supports competitive cycling providing a positive supportive role for young developing athletes.
SUNSHINE COAST UNITED MOUNTAIN BIKERS (SCUMB) – SCUMB is a not for profit adult-oriented recreational mountain bike club – all levels of riders are welcome. They ride every Sunday starting at 10AM and are out on the trails for 2-3 hours followed by socializing over coffee and snacks at one of the local shops.
The Sunshine Coast stretches 180 km (110 mi) along the Salish Sea from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound and is divided in the Northern Coast and Southern Coast by Jervis Inlet. It lies just northwest of Vancouver. Although it is part of BC’s mainland, access to the region is by air or by water due to the mountainous terrain. There are no bridges connecting the Sunshine Coast to Vancouver or Vancouver Island regions, only ferries. Find out more details and view a map here.
BC Ferries provides regularly scheduled car and pedestrian service from West Vancouver/Horseshoe Bay to Langdale and from Comox/Vancouver Island to Powell River. Regular ferry service also connects the Southern and Northern Sunshine Coast from Earls Cove to Saltery Bay across Jervis Inlet. phone 1.888.223.3779
Sunshine Coast Connector provides passenger service from the Langdale Ferry Terminal for pick-ups and drop-offs in Sechelt, Halfmoon Bay, Secret Cove, Madeira Park, Garden Bay Rd., Ruby Lake, Egmont, and Earls Cove.
Charter flights and scenic tours
- Pacific Coastal Airlines Phone: 1.800.663.2872
- WestJet – Services Comox Airport on Vancouver Island from most major Canadian cities as well as many U.S. cities. Phone:
Bike Friendly Business
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.
‘Some of the best loamy rides in the west, hundreds of kilometers of singletrack and no crowds. Powell River charges onto the mountain bike scene with challenging, technical and fast trails through Coast Mountains rainforest. Maintained by a thriving scene of committed local riders and trail builders, Powell River mountain biking trails are blowing visitors away with the amazing quality and volume of singletrack.’ ~ Trailforks