Campbell River

Mountain Biking in Campbell River, BC, Canada
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Ride True Nature

Welcome to Campbell River, the home of the greatest mountain biking adventures on the planet, credited with a huge variety of well established trail networks to keep you on the edge of your seat for years. Embrace a casual day ride with the kids on the Rail Trail in the Beaver Lodge Lands or contemplate a workout and a bit of a scare on Vlad the Impaler in the Snowden Demonstration Forest.

Well known for its famous expansive networks, the Snowden network alone encompasses more than 100 kilometres of single track, including but not limited to, some highly technical routes as well as an assortment of painless and delightfully scenic loops with varied terrain that are perfect for the inexperienced rider or for the whole family.

It’s all here and it’s all close to town, where you can enjoy all the amenities of a city while embracing that small town feeling. With numerous activities to choose from, you can break your vacation up and try any number of world class activities right from your doorstep, from downhill skiing in the winter, white water rafting in the spring, whale watching in the summer, salmon viewing in the autumn, the possibilities are simply endless.

When the day is done, you can retire to your room, be it a tent, an RV or a well appointed suite with an ocean view, enjoy a night cap, a hot tub and the memories of a day well spent.

Take a look around these pages and dream of creating your own mountain biking experience. Then get out there and do it. And don’t forget to bring your camera.

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Campbell River is wild by nature with an abundance of adventure; from fishing to wildlife viewing or beach combing to wine tasting. There is lots to do and its all wrapped in breathtaking coastal scenery.



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Swicked Cycles group Rides – Every Monday night and Every Thursday night all year long

Monday Nights are in the Beaver Lodge Lands in the centre of town and rides last approx. 90 minutes. Enjoy a beginner, an intermediate or a fast pace with one of three groups. No one gets dropped and no racing, its a casual mountain bike ride on flowy single track.  Meet Mondays, 6:20PM at the Trask Road Parking Lot at the North end of the Rail Trail in the Beaver Lodge lands.
The first Monday of each Month is pub night!

Thursday Night rides start at Swicked Cycles at 6pm. We ride from the shop through the Pump House and into the Snowden trails. It is a faster paced ride on technical trails so intermediate to advanced skills and fitness are recommended. Its still not a race and we won’t drop you, but there is not much resting. Parking lot beers at the shop are the standard, so come for a great ride be ready to socialize with the locals.


We are Campbell River’s official resource centre for unique activities, upcoming events, accommodations, adventure tours, attractions, outdoor activities, transportation, restaurants, and a variety of local services. We have all new regional retail items and offer a large selection of brochures, maps and other information to ensure your experience in Campbell River is excellent!

Visit us at for more informatio or call us toll-free 1-877-286-5705 or email

LOCATION: Campbell River Visitor Centre - 1235 Shoppers Row (Tyee Plaza) Campbell River, BC V9W 2C7


For all the information you require on the Campbell River Region visit Go Campbell River.


River City Cycling Club is Campbell River’s local club. We have up to date information on news, trail days, group rides, and other events.  Visit our Website or check us out on Facebook.

By Car – Campbell River is approximately 1.5 hours (153 kilometres / 95 miles) drive north of Nanaimo on Highway 19, and 3 hours (264 kilometres / 165 miles) north of Victoria.  Those who decide to drive from the south have a few options and can choose to either get here as fast as possible via the Inland Highway, or take a slow and easy meander along the Oceanside Route with stops at breathtaking view points and unique attractions. See the most of Campbell River by exiting Highway 19 at the Miracle Beach exit, then continue north along Oceanside Route Highway 19A.

Vancouver Island is easily accessible through multiple BC Ferries sailings from the mainland or via the Sunshine Coast.

By Air – There are regularly scheduled flights to Campbell River from Vancouver and Washington.  Campbell River Airport (YBL) has reliable, frequent and convenient scheduled airline services. You have many of options to choose from; Central Mountain Air, Kenmore Air, Air Canada, Pacific Coastal AirlinesWestJet Airlines

By Bus – Daily Greyhound bus service connects all parts of Vancouver Island with the Mainland. You can usually bring your bike on the bus depending on capacity. Pacific Coach Lines Travels (by ferry) between Vancouver and Victoria.  Island Link Bus  Passenger express bus service between most Vancouver Island points and BC Ferries’ services at Nanaimo Departure Bay.

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