Road Biking Routes in British Columbia
Beautiful British Columbia is a great place for a holiday. Fly into Vancouver and from there explore everything from the rugged BC coast to the interior mountain peaks. In between, stop for a glass of wine in the vineyards of the Okanagan or some lake kayaking on one of the great lakes of the BC interior.
BC has a little bit of everything for visitors. There are stunning coastal walks on Vancouver Island and near Vancouver, where you can also combine some sea kayaking. Surfers flock to the village of Tofino, for big waves surrounded by forests.
In winter, BC is home to great ski resorts. Famed for the light champagne powder that falls here, you can choose world-class Whistler or any number of smaller regional resorts, all of which boast great ski terrain and wonderful, fun little towns nearby. Consider a trip ski touring or snowshoeing while in the mountains, a great way to enjoy some serenity in a busy world.
Summer sees hikers, climbers and mountain bikers descend on the BC mountains. Famous mountain ranges, like the Island Alps, Coast Mountains, Monashees, Purcells, Selkirks and Rockies provide enormous opportunities to explore. Many of these mountains are crossed by only a single road, providing the ability to truly get off-grid and explore.
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Best Road Biking Routes in British Columbia
The Seaside Biking loop is one of the most scenic rides in all of Victoria, travelling along the beautiful bays of Victoria’s Inner Harbour and surrounding area. Stop to smell the salty sea air and take in the picturesque fishing villages lining the trail.
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Lochside Trail to Sidney
Enjoy a truly picturesque bike ride along the waterfront while biking the Lochside Trail to Sidney bike route. With the perfect blend of nature and urban settings, this bike ride will take you pass farmland, next to small inlets and spit you back out into the city, where the option for a coffee break is never too far away.
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Galloping Goose to Thetis Lake
Set out on the Galloping Goose to Thetis Lake bike ride to explore picturesque seaside towns and peaceful glistening lakes. Follow along dedicated bike lanes through the city into Saanich, get your heart rate pumping as you follow the trail over the TransCanada Highway and finally, explore the scenic views at Thetis Lake Regional Park.
Set off on the aptly named Peninsula Loop for a bike ride that is popular among riding enthusiasts. Explore a large peninsula, overlooking Haro Strait to the east and the Saanich Inlet to the west. While not overly challenging in terrain, the trail offers shore-hugging lanes, a peak at the far of volcanic Mt. Baker and if you’re lucky, orcas playing in the waves.
Cowichan Valley Loop from Mill Bay
The Cowichan Valley biking loop is a serene trail that winds past farm land and rolling vineyards, making it the perfect sip and peddle route. With cute shops and restaurants dotting the trail, the Cowichan Valley loop is an ideal half-day bike around the coastal towns.
Goose to Sooke Potholes
On the Goose to Sooke Potholes biking route, explore multiple, stunning national parks: Lake Regional Park, Roche Cove Regional Park, then head right along Sooke Basin. There is a campground in Sooke Potholes, so you could do this as part of a bike tour and camp overnight before returning back to Victoria for an overall epic adventure.
The Metchosin Loop bike ride takes in scenic waterside views, weaving through the inner suburbs of Victoria. This moderately challenging ride will take you past the picturesque Fisgaurd Lighthouse, then to the stunning natural Esquimalt Lagoon, where birdlife is abundant.
Cowichan Valley Trail to Kinsol Trestle
Bring the whole family on the Cowichan Valley Trail to Kinsol Trestle trail for an epic bike ride! Pass over a smaller trestle on the way to the main attraction, the Kinsol Trestle. From here, take in incredible views over the Koksilah River and prepare for a steep ride back.
Colquitz River Trail
The Colquitz River Trail is a great little ride, perfect for the entire family. Pass through multiple parks (and playgrounds!), following directly beside the Colquitz River at times. End the ride at the Red Barn Market, where an indulgent lunch awaits.
Munns Road Loop
Those looking for a challenging ride in an urban setting will be thrilled to have discovered the Munns Road Loop. Prepare for lots of steady climbs and descents on Munns Road and you’ll be rewarded with fantastic ocean views. If you want to test your endurance, stop by the Mount Work area where you can throw in a hike between peddling sessions.
Giant’s Head Drive
The Giant’s Head Climb is a beautifully scenic cycling route in the Okanagan Valley that will see you climb uphill for amazing views overlooking Okanagan Lake. While out cycling this route, you will pass through lovely fruit orchards and vineyards before making the climb uphill to the top of Giant’s Head. After taking in the views, an exhilarating descent and beautiful lakeside ride will cap off your day. This is a fantastic route if you are after some decent climbs and picturesque views on your ride.
Oliver to Okanagan Falls Trail
Cycling from Oliver to Okanagan Falls is a great excursion that will allow you to experience some beautiful vistas within the Okanagan Valley and get a good amount of exercise in the process. While out on this route, you will climb uphill through beautifully scenic rural landscapes and make your way along the edge of White Lake Grasslands Protected Area before descending through Okanagan Falls for the return leg of the journey alongside Vaseux Lake. There are a fair amount of ups and downs along the way, but the views that sweep across the Okanagan Valley are well with the effort.
Richter Pass and the Rollers
Cycling Richter Pass and the Rollers is a lengthy adventure in the Okanagan Valley that will see you traverse a route that is most well-known for being a part of the Ironman Canada challenge. While out on the route, you will climb uphill through the steep terrain of Richter Pass and traverse some rolling hills on the way to Keremeos before turning back to do it all over again in the opposite direction. This is a physically demanding, albeit exhilarating, day out on the road.
Naramata Bench Road Cycle
The Naramata Bench Road Cycle is an amazing long distance cycling route that will lead you through the terrain to the northeast of Penticton for some lovely views overlooking Okanagan Lake. While out cycling this trail, you will pass by the various vineyards along the Naramata Bench before climbing uphill towards Chute Lake to meet up with the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. It is best not to attempt this route on a road bike, as the return portion of the journey along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail is made up of gravel.
Osoyoos to Jackson Triggs Winery via Black Sage Road
The ride from Osoyoos to Jackson Triggs Winery is a pleasant cycling adventure that will take you past the Okanagan Valley’s most well-known vineyards. While out cycling this relatively quiet route, you will make your way northwest along BC-97 and break off to the east along Black Sage Road, where you will pass through picturesque vineyards on either side until you arrive at the Jackson Triggs Winery. No cycling trip in the Okanagan Valley is complete without experiencing this breathtaking stretch of countryside.
Anarchist Mountain Trail
Cycling Anarchist Mountain is a great adventure that will take you uphill from Osoyoos for some breathtaking views overlooking the lake and surrounding Okanagan Valley landscape. While out on this classic climb, you will make your way across Osoyoos Lake and steadily uphill past lovely wineries and rugged mountain peaks before reaching the scenic viewpoints at the top of the trail. Be sure to set out early in order to avoid the traffic that will inevitably be on the road during later times of day.
Penticton to Skaha and Green Lakes Trail
Penticton to Skaha and Green Lakes is an amazing cycling route that will expose you to some truly stunning views of the Okanagan Valley landscape. While out on this route, you will leave Penticton behind and travel along the gorgeous shores of Skaha Lake before passing through Okanagan Falls. At this point, you will climb through the hillside to pass by See Ya Later Ranch on the way to visit the Green and Mahoney Lakes. While some out-and-back routes are a bit of a chore, this one is a true pleasure, allowing you to relive the stunning scenery all over again.
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