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Just Ride: Fabulous Places to Go Biking in Vancouver

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British Columbia beckons to those with a wild heart and an adventurous spirit, making biking in Vancouver an absolute must-do for anyone journeying to Canada’s western shores.

Nestled between the embrace of the North Pacific’s coastline and the majestic gaze of snow-capped mountains, Vancouver is a playground for the active soul. The message here is clear: embrace the urge to explore!

Mount a bicycle to unlock the essence of Vancouver. The city is a cyclist’s dream, dotted with numerous trails that cater to every level of biking enthusiasm. Whether you’re after a leisurely ride, a bit more of a challenge, or a test of your biking mettle, Vancouver has the perfect trail for you.

Biking in Stanley Park: The Easy Trail

Brockton Point lighthouse in Stanley Park, Vancouver
Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver

Stanley Park’s Seawall Bike Trail is the quintessential Vancouver biking experience.

This 10km loop offers a serene ride around the park, combining ease with awe-inspiring views that are sure to be a highlight of your Vancouver visit.

Stanley Park, a 400-hectare haven of nature within the city’s heart, is almost entirely surrounded by water, offering a splendid backdrop for a day’s ride on the West Coast.

Rent your ride from Spokes Bicycle Rentals, conveniently located a mere five minutes from Stanley Park on W. Georgia Street.

Kick off your journey on the Coal Harbour side, ensuring you’re moving in the correct counter-clockwise direction along the bike-only path.

Highlights include the Brockton Point Lighthouse, the iconic totem poles, and the Girl in a Wetsuit statue. Pause for a treat at the Prospect Point Café, halfway around the trail, where the Earl Grey ‘n Honey ice cream is a divine indulgence, especially after a sunny ride.

Conclude your adventure at Third Beach to dip your toes in the Pacific before cycling back to English Bay, wrapping up a perfect day in this Vancouver gem.

Biking in Vancouver: The Medium Trail

Group cycling in Stanley Park, Vancouver
Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver

For those seeking a notch up in their biking adventure, the Spirit Trail in North Vancouver awaits. This 35km path is a haven for cyclists and pedestrians alike, weaving through scenic views and local hotspots.

Start your ride with a bike from Endless Biking, conveniently situated a short distance from the Spirit Trail’s entrance. For a condensed journey, downtown rentals offer bikes that you can take across on the sea bus from Waterfront Station to Lonsdale Quay, where the trail beckons.

The Quay is a perfect spot to refuel with craft beer from Green Leaf Brewery or an almond croissant from Butter Lane Bake Shop. Don’t forget to grab some picnic essentials from the Lonsdale Public Market for your ride.

Marvel at the Pacific Ocean views, explore North Vancouver, and discover public art, floating homes, and local wildlife along the Spirit Trail, concluding your exploration at Ambleside Park with a relaxing picnic or simply soaking in the views of Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park.

Biking in Cypress Mountain: The Hard Trail

Biking in Vancouver
Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver

For the cyclists craving elevation, Cypress Mountain presents a formidable ascent to the ski resort, offering a rigorous test over a 12km route with an average grade of 6%.

Take a well-deserved break at the First Peak Lookout, 5km up, to enjoy panoramic views of Vancouver, then continue to the Lodge for a brief respite before the thrilling descent back to the city. This route, shared with vehicles, is best suited for the experienced cyclist.

Alternatively, join the Cypress Challenge in August, a car-free event that supports pancreatic cancer research, for a community ride up the mountain.

Reward your efforts with a visit to Temper Chocolate and Pastry in Dundarave for a well-deserved indulgence in brioche donuts – a fitting end to an exhilarating day of cycling in Vancouver’s breathtaking landscapes.

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