8 Beginner-Friendly Places to Mountain Bike Near Vancouver

mountain bikers on a trail in North Vancouver, BC

Photo Credit: Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism

The Vancouver area is known around the world as a mountain biking destination. Since the late 80s and 90s, local riders and trail builders have been at the forefront of the mountain bike scene. That means Vancouver has lots of gnarly trails for expert riders. But if you’re just starting out, don’t be intimidated: there are tons of beginner-friendly trails in the Vancouver area too. Here’s run-down on some local riding areas.

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8 Beginner-Friendly Places to Mountain Bike Near Vancouver

September’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Mount Strachan

A whiskey jack bird sits on top of hiker's shoes on top of Mount Strachan near Vancouver, BC

A curious whiskey jack on top of Mount Strachan. Please don’t feed them as it’s not good for their diet. (And they’ll come pose for you even without food.)

The hike to Mount Strachan in Cypress Provincial Park is a bit of a hidden gem. The open summit has great views of Howe Sound and the Lions. And in September, the alpine meadows shift from green to golden orange. There’s also an interesting Cold War-era plane crash to check out along the way. The rocky trail to the summit is moderately challenging, and often poorly marked, so it’s not a hike for beginners.

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September’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Mount Strachan

Vancouver’s Nighttime Bike Parade is Back: Bike the Night September 7th

A cyclist rides a bike covered in twinkle lights at the Bike the Night event in Vancouver, BC

Photo credit: Simon Yoon, HUBCycling Facebook Page

Grab your helmet and brightest lights: Bike the Night, Vancouver’s largest nighttime bike parade returns on Saturday, September 7th. 5,000 cyclists will bike through Vancouver’s streets decked out in costumes and lights. The 10-kilometre-long route around False Creek will be closed to cars. It’s flat and easy riding, perfect for families and cyclists of all abilities.

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Vancouver’s Nighttime Bike Parade is Back: Bike the Night September 7th

5 Vancouver Hikes You Can Get to on Public Transit

Photo credit: Grouse Mountain

In Vancouver, nature is all around us, so you don’t have to travel far to go for a hike. In fact, it’s so easy to go hiking that you don’t even need a car! There are lots of Vancouver hikes you can get to on public transit. Here are a few of my favourites.

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5 Vancouver Hikes You Can Get to on Public Transit

Don’t miss this! Two amazing sunflower festivals in the Lower Mainland on until September 15

There’s something otherworldly about sunflowers, the tall and beautiful flowers that can grow to heights that tower over our heads. Aside from their undeniable beauty, they also make the perfect companion for your next profile picture!

Last year, the Lower Mainland hosted its first-ever Sunflower Festival in Chilliwack from the owners of the massively popular Tulip Festival.

This year, there is not only one but two sunflower festivals to choose from!

The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival is running again for an amazing afternoon in the country, just an hour+ drive away from Downtown Vancouver. Not to be outdone, there is also a new, simultaneous sunflower festival happening in Richmond, still spectacular but a little closer to the city.

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Don’t miss this! Two amazing sunflower festivals in the Lower Mainland on until September 15

Dude Chilling Park Welcomes Back it’s Refurbished Namesake

Photo Credit: New1130

Photo Credit: New1130

After more than two long years, the community of Mount Pleasant can now rejoice as the chilling dude figure is bought home to Dude Chilling Park, officially Guelph Park.

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Dude Chilling Park Welcomes Back it’s Refurbished Namesake

6 Places to Try Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Vancouver

Paddleboarding on False Creek in Vancouver

Paddleboarding in False Creek. Image credit: Tourism Vancouver / Tanya Goehring

In the last few years, stand-up paddleboarding (also known as “SUP”) has become really popular. Since you stand up on the board, you get a full-body workout AND you get a much better view of your surroundings than if you were sitting in a kayak or canoe. There are lots of places near Vancouver to try it out, plus some unusual ways to experience this fun new sport.

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6 Places to Try Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Vancouver