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The 5 Best Cycling Trails in Greater Vancouver

One of the best ways to explore Greater Vancouver’s natural beauty is by cycling. Here are five of our favourite cycling trails near the City of Vancouver, along with their distance, difficulty, and proximity to local attractions. These trails are easily accessed through a Victoria to Vancouver ferry and are ideal for the active, adventurous traveller.

1. Horseshoe Bay and Whytecliff Park

Situated near downtown Vancouver, Horseshoe Bay offers beautiful ocean views and a twisty, thrilling path. The bay is the perfect place to stop for fish and chips, or you can take a ferry to the artsy Bowen Island. Mountain cycling and hiking fans can take advantage of a 48-kilometre trail to Deep Cove. Keep in mind that Vancouver’s North Shore trails are challenging and may be best for experienced riders. At Whytecliff Park, you’ll find a rugged coastal trail ideal for hiking or cycling. The park offers several picnic spots as well as scuba diving opportunities.

2. Deep Cove

Cycling and hiking fans alike will delight in Deep Cove’s hills and trails. Begin your journey in Cates Park, which offers 6 kilometres of waterfront trails through sandy beaches and forests of bigleaf maples. Beginners can choose a flat path while more experienced cyclers can travel through the hilly trails of Cove Cliff. Plus, the Deep Cove village is home to several eateries and shopping centres, including Honey’s doughnut shop.

3. Cypress Mountain

This challenging, 12.2-kilometre mountain trail is an iconic destination for active travellers. Cypress Mountain is one of Vancouver’s premier climbs, offering excellent sun exposure and warmer temperatures year-round. As you ascend the mountain, you’ll enjoy scenic viewpoints and wildlife sightings. A variety of birds, black bears, and other animals call Cypress Mountain home. On your way down, head to Dundarave for coffee at Temper or Delany’s.

4. Steveston Fishing Village

While the terrain isn’t challenging for most riders, Steveston is considered an intermediate ride due to its sheer distance – between 50 and 90 kilometres. This is a classic Vancouver route that showcases the best of the city, from its beautiful parks and roads to its beaches and tree lines. If you’re searching for a snack as you take in Vancouver’s sights, drop by Diplomat Bakery for an array of freshly baked cakes, cookies, and pastries.

5. Stanley Park Seawall Route

Covering 10 kilometres, the Stanley Park Seawall Route is filled with historical landmarks, excellent dining, and scenic gardens and beaches. This paved, easy-to-ride path also passes the Vancouver Aquarium. This is one of Vancouver’s most popular outdoor activities due to its cultural significance – the park’s villages were once occupied by the First Nations for thousands of years.

Discover Vancouver’s history and natural landscape by taking a scenic cycling tour. Many of these iconic destinations are easily accessed through BC ferries Victoria Vancouver. Contact us now to find out how you can start your next adventure.