It is important to respect other trail users and support the organizations that maintain the trails where ever you ride.

Tips on how to ride safely and responsibly.

Vancouver Island


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Epic Trails and Vibrant Culture Await

Welcome to Nanaimo, your gateway to an unparalleled mountain biking adventure in the heart of Central and North Island. Just a short drive from the ferry, you'll discover a world of thrilling rides. Our recent trail developments, including the exhilarating Finer China and the iconic Stevie Smith Bike Park, underscore our commitment to providing exceptional experiences for cyclists of every skill level.

The lush, forested terrains of “Te’tuxwt’un,” (Mt. Benson), Doumont, and Westwood are not just scenic backdrops but the heartlands of classic downhill thrills and adrenaline-pumping single tracks that call to the adventurous spirit of every rider. After you’ve conquered the trails, immerse yourself in Nanaimo's vibrant local culture. Visit our craft breweries to celebrate your ride, and then explore the Arts District, the Old City Quarter, or our stunning waterfront. Each offers a selection of charming cafes and restaurants where you can refuel and relive the day's adventures. Join us in Nanaimo, where every turn brings a new challenge and every evening promises memorable local flavors.

Just a 20-minute ferry ride from downtown Nanaimo, Gabriola Island offers cross-country trails and a chill vibe for a fun family adventure.

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Highest Elevation:
1,021 m
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Getting Here & Trail Access

Nanaimo is the gateway to your Vancouver Island adventure and getting there is half the fun.

Nanaimo is north of Victoria via (Highway 1) and south of Comox via Highway 19. Nanaimo can be easily accessed from Vancouver and the Lower Mainland by BC Ferries.

Driving Distances & Times:

  • Victoria - 110 km (68 mi), 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Vancouver via BC Ferries - 81 km (50 mi), 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Powell River via BC Ferries - 150 km (93 mi), 3 hours

Nanaimo Airport (YCD) is located 15 minutes south of Nanaimo with regional and interprovincial flights available with Air Canada and West Jet.

Harbour Air offers daily seaplane service to the Nanaimo Harbour from downtown Vancouver (Coal Harbour), Richmond (YVR South Terminal/Fraser River) and Sechelt (Sunshine Coast).

Trails in Nanaimo can be accessed from five main areas:

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Support Our Local Trails

Consider supporting the associations in Nanaimo that help maintain the trails and advocate for the mountain bike community.

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