Mountain Biking in British Columbia

Mountain Biking in BC
A group of cyclists biking the Kettle Valley Rail Trail in Myra Canyon, photo credit to Destination BC

British Columbia is home to a diverse range of mountain biking opportunities from the wet coast, dry interior, to the brisk, high alpine environments. Mountain bikers of all skill levels can enjoy trails that gently meander through grass lands or twist and flow through lush rainforests or for the adrenaline seekers experience the quick drops and rocky slopes.

BC Parks offers many great camping locations, oftentimes in or near the most popular areas to ride mountain bikes in the province. When you are planning your mountain biking itinerary, remember to include BC Parks as your ‘go to’ camping destination.

Vancouver Island

Alice Lake Become one with nature on Vancouver Island. Explore the diverse ecosystem that defines Vancouver Island from the rugged coastlines to sunny, sandy beaches, towering snow-capped mountains to deep, ancient caves, peaceful old-growth forests to meadows bursting with brilliant wildflowers.

Plan your next mountain biking adventure on Vancouver Island.

Goldstream Provincial Park

Centrally located in the Goldstream Provincial Park campground, the Pump Track and Skills Loop Trails are enjoyed by many happy campers. Children have access to a 20 x 12 metre; figure eight, Pump Track complete with dips, bumps, and banked turns. The Pump Track is ideal for toddlers on run bikes to children on BMX and mountain bikes.

Adjacent to the pump track are 240 metres of skills loop trails for beginner and intermediate skilled riders.

Learn more about Goldstream Provincial Park and reserve your campsite here.

Sooke

Explore Sooke’s Harbourview trail system to experience a lush, temperate rainforest with plenty of steep and rocky sections and gnarly roots to navigate.

BC Parks Campgrounds close to Sooke Harbourview trails:
  • French Beach Provincial Park offers year-round vehicle accessible camping in a beautiful natural setting within a couple minutes’ walk to the ocean. Reserve your French Beach Provincial Park campsite on BC Parks’ Discover Camping website.
Visit Mountain Biking BC to view the Sooke’s Harbourview trail.

Parksville

Ruckle Park The Top Bridge Trail in Parksville is a popular destination for mountain biking. The trail offers a pedestrian-cyclist suspension bridge that spans the Englishman River and offers over 5 kilometres of biking trail to the Englishman River. It is important that users of the trail stay on the authorized trail route because the mid-section of the trail passes through private property.
The Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park connects seamlessly with the Top Bridge Trail through Resort Way, or at Industrial Way and Tuan Road.
BC Parks campgrounds near Top Bridge Trail:
  • Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is a very popular campground with all campsites within a 5 minute walk to the 2 kilometre stretch of sandy beach. The park also features a large day use area. There is a bike track for beginner to intermediate skilled riders. Reserve your Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park campsite on BC Parks’ Discover Camping website.
  • Englishman River Falls Provincial Park has a large day-use area and campground and contains several hiking trails that meander through the forest and along the river. Reserve your Englishman River Falls Provincial Park campsite on BC Parks’ Discover Camping website.

Comox Valley

The Comox Valley has some the most extensive mountain biking trails in British Columbia. Riders at all levels can enjoy trails near the ocean, meadows, and forests.
Some popular mountain biking trails in the Comox Valley are:
  • The Cumberland Community Forest, beside the Village of Cumberland, offers 150 acres of mature forest for bikers to enjoy a vast network of trails most suitable for intermediate to expert riders.
  • Denman Island where you can do a cycling tour of the island.
  • Mount Geoffery Escarpment Provincial Park offers mountain biking trails in the park and adjacent Mount Geoffrey Regional Nature Park and Crown Land.
When you are mountain biking in the approved mountain biking trails, be sure to include BC Parks in your itinerary.
BC Parks day-use areas:

Campbell River

Campbell River is home to Snowden Demonstration Forest which is well known for more than 100 kilometres of single track trail, ranging from rocky technical to smooth and family friendly with lovely lakes and forested scenery.

When you plan your camping trip to Elk Falls Provincial Park, you will be pleased to know that you can ride your mountain bike to the Snowden Demonstration Forest trail network via the Pump House and Dean Martin Trails on the north side of the river across from the campground. The Dean Martin Trail in Elk Falls Provincial Park is maintained by the River City Cycle Club in partnership with BC Parks and is a highly recommended ride.

Make your reservation now for Elk Falls Provincial Park on BC Parks’ Discover Camping website.

Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast boasts beautiful coastline and dense old-growth rainforests that crawl into the mountains. Mountain biking is available all year round in this enchanting coastal destination. The Southern Sunshine Coast is known for smooth, natural flowing trails lined with spectacular scenery and the Northern Sunshine Coast is recognized for technical cross country trails.

Riders of all skill levels are able to enjoy the varying terrain and diversity of trails the Sunshine Coast has to offer, from adrenaline enthusiasts experiencing steep downhill tracks to technical cross-country, to families wanting family friendly cycling trails.

Sechelt Inlet

Coast Gravity Park, located minutes from downtown Sechelt offers riders of all levels the opportunity to experience trails built and designed by world-renowned builders and riders. Riders have access to a user friendly shuttle system to access the trails.

Porpoise Bay Provincial Park is a favorite for families and outdoor enthusiasts. The park is separated from the Strait of Georgia by the isthmus at Sechelt. This park is characterized by second-growth forest, open grassy areas and sandy beaches. This park makes an excellent base camp for paddlers exploring the inlet and mountain bikers planning to explore the Coast Gravity Park.

Make your reservation now for Porpoise Bay Provincial Park on BC Parks’ Discover Camping website.

Powell River

Inland Lake Provincial Park is popular amongst campers and day-use visitors for swimming, fishing, canoeing and boating. But it is most recognized for the 13 kilometre, wheel-chair accessible, family friendly walking and cycling trail that circles the lake. The grade is mostly flat with some elevated board walks and bridges. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroy plant life and soil structure.