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

It’s All Downhill From Here – Mountain Biking on Vancouver’s North Shore

Photo courtesy of NSMBA Peter Lonergan Mount Seymour

While skiers and boarders passionately carve out every last turn on the North Shore, local mountain bike enthusiasts are watching the ever-rising snow level with bated breath! Yes, spring is in the air, and with that comes the ever popular Mountain Biking season. The change of seasons means outdoor enthusiasts are trading in their boards for wheels and migrating to the extensive trail system on Mount Fromme, Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour.

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It’s All Downhill From Here – Mountain Biking on Vancouver’s North Shore

48 Hours in Vancouver for Thrill Seekers

Photo Credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

Photo Credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

48 Hours in Vancouver is a weekly series appearing on Inside Vancouver featuring photos and information on interest-based itineraries such as food/wine, arts & culture and luxury travel; helping visitors plan the best Vancouver trip possible based on what they love. Today’s feature focuses on thrilling adventures for travelers who love to add a little spice to their vacations to make things interesting.

What You’ll Need for This Adventure:

• A vehicle (rented or your own)
• GPS/Map
• Surfboard/Kiteboard
• Snowboarding Gear/Clothing (Equipment can be rented on the mountain)
• Hiking Boots
• Warmer clothing for higher altitudes
• Mountain Bike
• Daredevil Attitude

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48 Hours in Vancouver for Thrill Seekers

Summer in Sun Peaks: Mountain Biking, Golf, Canoeing & More

Mountain biking in Sun Peaks, B.C. Photo: Adam Stein / Sun Peaks Resort

When I told my friends I was spending a weekend in Sun Peaks, everyone responded with “Ooh, I can’t wait to hear all about it.” Though many Vancouverites have been to Sun Peaks Resort in winter for its famous skiing and snow sports (unlike Whistler, Sun Peaks boasts no wait times for lifts), fewer have been there in the summer. So everyone was wondering—myself included—just what is there to do in Sun Peaks without the snow?

The answer, I found, is practically every outdoor summer sport we love: golfing, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding. Add to all that a charming alpine village that’s packed with delicious restaurants, safe for kids and dogs, and a super-short walk from all the sports amenities, and you have the ideal getaway to the B.C. interior.

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Summer in Sun Peaks: Mountain Biking, Golf, Canoeing & More

Vancouver’s First BMX / Mountain Bike Park Opens in Vanier Park

Vancouver’s first public bike park opened October 2, 2010, at Kitsilano’s Vanier Park. Designed for BMXers and mountain bikers by Earth Ramp Bike Parks, the $60,000 bike park features tracks and dirt jumps of varying levels, including beginner, intermediate and expert tracks. There’s also a small pump track that will be expanded in the future as well as a spectator area.

Check out the dirt jumps at Vanier Park’s new park in this vid from BMXer Chris Donahue: