Comox Valley Mountain Biking
The Comox Valley boasts some of the most extensive mountain biking trails in British Columbia with enough variety to suit any rider. Stop by one of our local bike shops where you will find information on suitable trails for the type of riding you want to do. Contact our Visitor Centre for information or pick up one of the locally produced maps that feature information on the vast array of riding available throughout the Comox Valley.
The range of terrain in the Comox Valley truly is from 'mountaintop to ocean-side' and varies from steep and gnarly to smooth and easy. Here are just a few suggestions. Drive to Mount Washington Alpine Resort, about 20 minutes from the exit off Highway 19, where you can take your bike on the chair lift to the top during the summer season and ride a wide variety of gravity assisted mountain biking routes. These trails range from family friendly beginner rides to world class downhill tracks.
The Village of Cumberland is a premier mountain biking destination with a diverse selection of trails built and maintained by the local mountain bike community. Cumberland hosts a number of mountain biking events throughout the year including, group rides and races organized by the United Riders of Cumberland and other events such as the the BC Bike Race and MOMAR. The Cumberland Community Forest is 150 acres of mature forest that borders the Village of Cumberland. This forest contains a vast network of trails suitable for intermediate to expert riders.
A cycle tour of Denman and Hornby Islands is a unique way to experience our Northern Gulf Islands. Take the ferry from Buckley Bay to Denman Island and catch a connecting ferry to Hornby Island where there are options for cycle touring and mountain biking. Schedule a stop at one of the tempting bakeries on these islands or plan to tour during the various special events that occur throughout the summer season.
Riverside trail systems near Nymph Falls offer a nice variety of riding along the Puntledge River. These trails are beginner to intermediate and feature great views of the River. This area also serves as a gateway to the all-mountain trails that descend down from Forbidden Plateau.
In Comox, the Northeast Woods, accessed from Pritchard and Guthrie Roads, offers moderate terrain not far from pubs and restaurants.
In Seal Bay Regional Park, located to the north of Comox and Courtenay, bike riding is permitted on the landward side of Bates Road. This area boasts close to 10km of smooth beginner trails through a beautiful mature forest.
When you've finished exploring there, park and lock your bike and walk down the footpaths to the beach at Seal Bay where you can see across the Strait of Georgia to Powell River and the Sunshine Coast.
Situated on the east coast of central Vancouver Island, British Columbia, the Comox Valley stretches from Fanny Bay to Saratoga Beach and includes the communities of Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland, as well as Denman and Hornby Islands. The Comox Valley is accessible by land, sea or air - choose your favourite mode of travel and let the journey become the start of your holiday!
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