Interested in taking a bike ride around Vancouver or BC? This rides database has a selection of short rides within Vancouver, longer rides that venture around the lower mainland, as well as bike trips that are great for overnight trips! Explore below, and let us know if you have any ride suggestions.
Our ride selections are based on the assumption that you do not have access to a car, but may have the financial resources to combine biking with public transit. We’re all about multimodal transportation! Most rides start in central Vancouver and may require modification if you live elsewhere.
Some other great ride resources:
- Velopalooza: These cool cats promote fun bike rides & events in Vancouver and surrounding areas. They throw a big festival in June, and provide a year-round community calendar of bike rides and events.
- BC Randonneurs: These folks organize long rides throughout BC for their members, and also have some rides available to the public. Check out their rides that are open to non-members: the Pacific Populaire in April with 25, 50 and 100 km options, and the Canada Day Populaire July 1st with 1km per year since Confederation in 1867 – currently 149km.
- Let’s Go Biking has a ton of rides based on distance and location, with great photos and descriptions. Many involve driving to a starting location. Check them out for more ride ideas and for a list of bike events around Vancouver.
Metro Vancouver Rides
- Total distance: 33.5km round trip
- Elevation change: up 253m, down 253m
- Route: King George Skytrain in Surrey to Barnston Island and back.
- Map: http://goo.gl/maps/WbILm
- To bring with you: Bus fare unless you bike to/from the skytrain, food - there is no place to get food on Barston and few places on the way
- About the Ride: This ride takes you from the King George Skytrain Station in Surrey over to Barnston Island via the off-street bike paths and a short, free ferry ride. There’s a provincial park on the northwestern tip of the island that makes a great place for lunch or snacks, as well as a few roads through the middle of the island that can be explored. The ride can be extended by going up into the Surrey Bend park, or taking a large detour into Pitt Meadows via the Golden Ears Bridge.
- Total distance: 68.2km round trip
- Elevation change: Hilly! 327 up, 317 down and vice versa for the return. There is a large, quite fun hill down into the park; the return trip requires climbing back up.
- Route: Science World along the local bike routes of Adanac and Union, along Barnet Highway to the seaside rout beside Coquitlam, and along the wooded Tum Tumay Whueton Drive to Belcarra Regional Park.
- Map: https://goo.gl/maps/wS6PJn5V9cD2
- To bring with you: Picnic food for Belcarra Park, flat fixing supplies - there are few bike shops along the route
- About the Ride: See the Belcarra ride report by a couple Bike Co-op board members for first hand details! If considering alternate routes, we recommend avoiding Gatensbury Road, as it is quite the steep monster - maximum grade of 17%.
- Total distance: 17.5km one way (approx 1 hour 15 minutes)
- Elevation change: Some hills - 157 m up, 167 m down
- Route: Ontario to Union/Adanac to Cassiar (designated bike routes with good road quality), across a bridge to the north shore (bikes separated from cars with a barrier), then along Dollarton Hwy (two lane road with some but low traffic, good road quality). Honey’s Donuts is open daily 6am-5pm except for some holidays.
- Map: https://www.strava.com/routes/5411294
- To bring with you: Water, lunch and/or mulla, sunscreen, kayak and/or hike-able clothes, bus fare if you might want to bus back to Vancouver.
- About the Ride: Riding has an extra level of enjoyment when you know there’s going to be delicious donuts on the other end! This ride goes from Olympic Village in Vancouver to Deep Cove on the north shore. Upon arrival, there is the option of enjoying one of Honey’s Donuts’ famous donuts, biking up Mount Seymour, hiking, or kayaking, paddleboarding or surfski-ing in Deep Cove and the Indian Arm, a branch of the Burrard Inlet. Kayaks can be rented March-October; prices are $39 for 2 hours for a single, or $50 for 2 hours for a double.
- Total distance: 29.6km round trip
- Elevation change: 189m up, 187m down
- Route: Riley Park near Queen Elizabeth Park to Iona Beach and back.
- Map: https://goo.gl/maps/MiUA6dsNf5w
- To bring with you: Nothing unusual
- About the Ride: This ride takes you from the Riley Park fieldhouse across the Cambie Street Bridge to Iona Beach Regional Park, a mecca for over 300 species of birds as well as a number of rare sand dune plants. Bathrooms are available at both the starting and end points. If you want to add another 9km to your ride, the Iona Spit Trail heading straight out to sea offers great views at the end. If you do decide to bike the spit, note that the winds can be strong along the spit, so don’t be surprised if the ride one of the ways feels like a struggle!
- Total distance: 35.2 km round trip (about 1.5 hours each way)
- Elevation change: Up 224m, down 82m and vice versa the return
- Route: Start at Science World, then venture across the Lions Gate Bridge into North Van and up to Lynn Canyon.
- Map: https://goo.gl/maps/tfNkM
- To bring with you: If you want to swim or hike, bring appropriate footwear, bathing suit, towel as needed. Lynn Canyon is on a bus route, so busing the return trip is possible.
- About the Ride: One of the great joys of Vancouver is that beautiful woodsy places like Lynn Canyon are within a close bike ride, without extremely significant elevation gain. Upon arrival at Lynn Canyon Park, you can buy food and beverages at the cafe, go for a hike, or take a swim - the water is cold but refreshing, especially in summer months.
- Total distance: 36.8km round trip
- Total elevation gain: 34m up, 111m down. There’s a large downhill from Vancouver to the bridge; Richmond to Steveston is very flat. On the way back, back up the hill! To avoid the hill, take the Canada Line.
- Route: Meeting at Riley Park fieldhouse (washrooms available!), down bike route Ontario St to the Canada Line Bikeway Bridge. On the Richmond side, continue along bike friendly roads with minimal traffic until arriving in Steveson. Unpaved detours along the Dyke Trail to the West and South are also options with appropriate bicycles.
- Map: https://goo.gl/maps/XVP4f4BG4Fs
- To bring with you: Water, mulla for snacks and/or lunch in Steveston
- About the ride: Ah, glorious flat roads! If you live and ride in Vancouver, a couple hours of flat riding through Richmond will be a welcome relief. The destination, Steveston, is a cute small town in the southwestern end of Richmond. It boasts a few tourist attractions such as the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and the Steveston Museum, as well as many places to buy lunch and great fresh and frozen seafood on the wharf. Right to the West is Garry Point Park, an excellent picnic lunch location.
- Total distance: 34 km one way.
- Elevation change: Minimal! It’s mostly flat
- Route: Across the Canada Line Bridge to Richmond, straight down along Shell Rd to the free Massey Tunnel Shuttle; bikes are not allowed to ride through the tunnel. On the other side of the shuttle, meander through Delta and across the Fraser River again to Westham Island. On the way back, you can cut through busier Ladner if you are running late for your return shuttle.
- Map: before the Massey Tunnel Shuttle http://goo.gl/maps/DxW37 and after the Massey Tunnel Shuttle http://goo.gl/maps/WAUPL
- To bring with you: Lunch - there is no food to purchase at the bird sanctuary. Bring bags if you want to purchase things on the island to bring home.
- About the Ride: Westham Island has a migratory bird sanctuary, an herb farm with a pumpkin patch, fruit winery, a u-pick berry farm with ice cream shoppe and market stand - wowzers. The Reifel bird sanctuary is open 9am-4pm and costs $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children.
- Special notes: Be sure to check the shuttle schedule before you go! It runs about once an hour. If you want an easier trip you can also 1) take the Canada Line to Bridgeport station, or 2) take the Canada Line to Richmond Centre and take a city bus to the Ladner Exchange. The buses only take 2 bike each, so get there well in advance to ensure you and friend get on. This option avoids the Massey Tunnel Shuttle.
- Total distance: 25.6km one way.
- Elevation change: 519 m elevation gain
- Route: Cafe Musette downtown or any other location downtown of your choosing, along the Seawall bike path, along local street bikeway Chilco to the separated bike path on the Stanley park causeway and the Lion’s Gate Bridge. When over the bridge, the route goes along Marine Dr to Horseshoe Bay and Whytecliff Park. Marine Way is two lanes with some limited visibility turns, so this ride is not recommended near dawn, dusk or when pouring rain.
- Map: https://www.strava.com/routes/5488752
- To bring with you: Sunscreen, bathing suit if you want to swim at Whytecliff Park, bus money in case you want to bus home.
- About the Ride: On this ride, you trade a hilly route for a beautiful ride along Marine Dr in West Vancouver, with stunning views of Vancouver, UBC and Vancouver Island. The starting point is Cafe Musette, a fancy bike cafe downtown at 1262 Burrard - accessible from the alley and open 7am-3pm. End point is Horseshoe Bay and Whytecliff Park, where there’s a beach to swim. On the way back, you can also stop at Lighthouse Park to ogle at more gorgeous views.
Elevation change: Minimal - 38m up, 58m down Route: Strange Fellows Brewing (1345 Clark Drive), open noon or 2pm-11pm most days Powell Street Brewing (1357 Powell Street), open Mon-Thurs 2-9pm, Fri Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-8pm About the Ride: This brewery crawl is an easy brewery crawl through East Vancouver. Parallel 49 (1950 Triumph), open 11am-11pm Postmark (55 Dunlevy), open 10 or 11am-11pm most days Elevation change: Downhill! 13m up, 110m down Route: About the Ride: Big Ridge Brewing is a 45 minute bike ride from the King George Skytrain Station, while White Rock Beach Beer Company is 1h10m bike ride or an hour on the 321, 345 or 531 buses. This route has not yet been tested, please give us your feedback if you try it. Elevation change: Minimal, 34m up, 42 down Route: About the Ride: Adventure from Dogwood Brewing, Vancouver’s first certified organic brewery and one of the few with a woman brewmaster, to Four Winds Brewing Co. This ride ends in Delta, so be sure to plan your bike or transit home before you go! This route has not yet been tested, please give us your feedback if you try it.
Notes for all brewery crawls:
When planning your ride, consider what hours the breweries are open and how big their tasting rooms are. In general, tasting rooms will be emptier and easier to get into earlier in the day, so consider starting your ride in the afternoon. Hours noted are correct as of May 2016. Unless otherwise noted, breweries are in Vancouver.
Easy Peasy Brewery Crawl
Mid-Length Brewery Crawl #1
Mid-Length Brewery Crawl #2
Burnaby to the North Shore Brewery Crawl
Beers in Burnaby Crawl
Surrey Brewery Crawl
To the South! Brewery Crawl
Elevation change: Minimal - 38m up, 58m down
Strange Fellows Brewing (1345 Clark Drive), open noon or 2pm-11pm most days
Powell Street Brewing (1357 Powell Street), open Mon-Thurs 2-9pm, Fri Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-8pm
About the Ride: This brewery crawl is an easy brewery crawl through East Vancouver.
Parallel 49 (1950 Triumph), open 11am-11pm
Postmark (55 Dunlevy), open 10 or 11am-11pm most days
Elevation change: Downhill! 13m up, 110m down
About the Ride: Big Ridge Brewing is a 45 minute bike ride from the King George Skytrain Station, while White Rock Beach Beer Company is 1h10m bike ride or an hour on the 321, 345 or 531 buses. This route has not yet been tested, please give us your feedback if you try it.
Elevation change: Minimal, 34m up, 42 down
About the Ride: Adventure from Dogwood Brewing, Vancouver’s first certified organic brewery and one of the few with a woman brewmaster, to Four Winds Brewing Co. This ride ends in Delta, so be sure to plan your bike or transit home before you go! This route has not yet been tested, please give us your feedback if you try it.
- Total distance: 25.1 km + 4.2km = 29.3km + biking to the campsite of your choice
- Bike to Horseshoe Bay. 25.1 km, 519m elevation gain (hilly!). You can also bus this part, just be sure to arrive early as buses only have space for 2 bicycles. If you are comfortable with higher speed traffic, the highway is also an option for more gradual hills.
- Two hour ferry to Nanaimo’s Departure Bay.
- Short ride through Nanaimo to Gabriola Island ferry. 4.2km, flat. Seaside bike route and road options available.
- 20-25 minute ferry to Gabriola harbour.
- Bike to your campsite!
- Camping Options:
- To Bring With You: Camping gear + long bike ride supplies
- About the Ride: Gabriola Island is one of the Southern Gulf Island. It’s big enough to have paved roads, but still small enough to get around easily. The loop of the island is do-able in a morning, with many interesting stops along the way: alpaca farms, a small village area with groceries and cute shops, beaches, petroglyphs, among others! The Descanso Bay Regional Park campsite is right off the ferry is an excellent choice, as you can drop your gear off before adventuring around the island much lighter. For a more secluded camping adventure, consider biking to the other side of the island to camp.
- Notes: The ferry schedule changes a few times a year, be sure to check times in advance.