Where to Try Gravel Biking Around Vancouver

Cycling on the Pitt River Greenway in Vancouver

Photo: Pitt River Regional Greenway

Many cyclists love gravel biking because it widens the horizons of where you can take a bike and often brings you to gorgeous natural destinations. Many people like to take extended gravel bike trips on unpaved backroads. But you can experience the beauty of gravel biking right here in Vancouver.

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Where to Try Gravel Biking Around Vancouver

Best Kid-Friendly Bike Rides Around Vancouver

Cyclists on the Stanley Park Seawall in Vancouver

Cyclists on the Stanley Park Seawall. Photo: Destination BC/Heath Moffatt

Vancouver has lots of flat, car-free cycling paths that are perfect for a family outing. Ride next to the ocean, cruise through the forest, or bike through the heart of the city. Our guide to the best kid-friendly bike rides around Vancouver also includes pitstops along the way that little cyclists will love. (Think playgrounds, picnic areas, and places to get treats.)

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Best Kid-Friendly Bike Rides Around Vancouver

Cycling Around Vancouver During the Pandemic

Cycling the West Dyke Trail in Richmond near Vancouver, BC

Cycling the West Dyke Trail in Richmond. Photo credit: Tourism Richmond

Biking is having a moment during COVID-19. There are more cyclists on the roads and bike sales are off the charts. Here are some COVID-safe tips for cycling around Vancouver during the pandemic, including our picks for physically distant bike routes.

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Cycling Around Vancouver During the Pandemic

Five places to see the mighty Fraser River in action

Tugboats docked in front of New Westminster's River Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Tugboats docked in front of New Westminster’s River Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

In Vancouver, the ocean gets all the glory. While tourists and locals alike stroll Kits Beach and cycle Stanley Park’s sea wall, nobody mentions the Fraser—yet it’s an integral part of West Coast life. Many people live along the river’s banks and enjoy it daily, walking their dogs and jogging along its shores.

The Fraser is a working river, and you’d be amazed to see what kinds of things travel along it. Flowing 1,375 kilometres from its headwaters in the Rocky Mountains, it merges with the Pacific Ocean and acts as a highway for people and industry. It’s always a treat to watch the tiny tugboats chug by, pulling everything from heavy log booms to shipping containers. (How do they do it?)

The view is always changing, and it’s always inspiring. Here are five places to see the Fraser shine.

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Five places to see the mighty Fraser River in action

Bike the West Dyke Trail to Steveston Village

Photo credit: YVRBCbro | Flickr

With all the great weather we’ve been experiencing in Vancouver lately, it’s lucky there is an abundance of outdoor activities to do in the Lower Mainland. One of my favourite things to do every summer is visit Steveston Village in Richmond. Steveston is a historic fishing community in Richmond and is popular for its restaurants, shopping, and quaint, historic character. Vancouverites flock to Steveston to buy fresh seafood, sample fish and chips, browse the eclectic shops, and experience the small-town feel.

But did you know you can reach Steveston by bike? The West Dyke Trail goes along the Richmond Dyke and is a beautiful, serene trail that leads to the South Dyke into Steveston. The scenery is spectacular, featuring panoramic views of the ocean, and it is not uncommon to see wildlife such as geese, herons, and turtles along the trail. The trail is quite flat, making it ideal for cyclists of all levels. Continue reading:
Bike the West Dyke Trail to Steveston Village