Biking

 

 

Bicycle touring is a great way to see the province, and there are many loops to travel, depending on how far you want to go. The province is covered in logging roads that go up mountains or to pristine wilderness lakes. Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast are hospitable places for country style tours, with bed & breakfasts or seaside camping available.

The tour enthusiast might consider the following:

 

Lower Mainland: to see the whole area travel east on Highway #7 -which after Mission becomes a rolling country road - to Harrison Hotsprings which is at the foot of a large lake, and has a lovely beach.

 

Garibaldi: a fun run up the Squamish Highway past many sights, such as Shannon Falls, lakes, rivers, Whistler Village and provincial parks. Further north is Pemberton, and from here there is a worthwhile circle to Lillooet and back, or if you've got lots of energy for steep hills take the Fraser Canyon route back to Hope.

 

Sunshine Coast: take the Horseshoe Bay ferry to Langdale, visit Gibsons (the home of the Beachcombers TV series). Get off the highway and take the Lower road to rural Roberts Creek (camping in the provincial park). Beyond is the Sechelt peninsular, with special camping for cyclists at Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. North there are many rustic villages to visit like Pender Harbour.

 

Sunshine Coast/Vancouver Island: follow the above route and continue to Powell River, which has camping, bed & breakfast, and beach resorts. Many lakes in this area, and the logging roads are great cycling, with overhead trees, and small animals everywhere. Check with Forest Service if there us active logging, when the roads are closed during the day. Primitive camping by most of the lakes. From Powell River take the ferry to Campbell River and down to Nanaimo or Victoria. This is also a popular car loop for visitors.

 

Vancouver Island: You choose. Victoria is a lovely city, English in character with country style roads which follow the shoreline. Cycle over to Port Renfrew and see Botanical Beach - it's not really a beach, but the tide pools are full of strange and colourful sea creatures, and the waves are awesome. Look elsewhere in this guide for interesting places to visit on the Island, from Cape Scott Provincial Park in the north, Strathcona, the Comox Valley, Long Beach... and many more.

 

• Gulf Islands: all the Gulf Islands are exceptionally beautiful places, and cycling is the best way to see them.

 

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