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Cycling on Vancouver Island

See Vancouver Island from a different perspective: race down the trails of Mount Washington on a mountain bike; keep up with traffic on the Pat Bay Highway on a touring cycle; ride the Galloping Goose from Sooke to downtown Victoria, or tour Nanaimo’s bike lanes on a beach cruiser. Or take a ferry to explore the roads and trails of the Gulf Islands. Cycling is best on Vancouver Island.


Mountain Biking on Vancouver Island

Get set for thrills and hopefully no spills; British Columbia has earned an outstanding reputation as one of the most sought-after mountain biking destinations in the world, and many of those trails are located on Vancouver Island. Adrenaline-seekers and recreational riders alike can tackle a wide variety of singletrack trails meandering through mossy forests and open meadows. Take it easy while navigating playful cross-country routes or climb to the summit for a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains before dropping in for a heart-in-mouth, high-speed descent. Pack a smile and expect to wear it all day long.


Cycle Touring & Bikepacking on Vancouver Island

Cycling Touring is a very popular option for those eager to explore the Island at a slower pace. Pedal your way along The Great Trail, or visit the many small Island communities connected by the Oceanside Route. Come for a day, a weekend, or a month. Pack your bags, and let nothing but your legs determine your next destination. All major cities and towns on the Island are home to at least one bike shop, where you can get local insider tips and information, plus the essentials in case of a mechanical issue.

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