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Vancouver Island: 7-Day Road Trip

Photo by Mark Mckay

Seaside Views & Laidback Island Culture

Follow this itinerary for a week-long trip exploring Vancouver Island. Start up island and travel south, checking out some of the top places to ride on the island. Pair biking with local breweries and jumps in the ocean for the perfect way to cool down after long summer days.

Trip statistics

Days Riding
7
Road Trip Kilometres
723
Trails to Access
1200+

Begin The Journey

Follow this itinerary for a seven-day long road trip exploring Vancouver Island.

Campbell River

Start Campbell River

Start the journey in Campbell River and get geared up for Vancouver Island riding at Swicked Cycles. Head for laps on Radar Hill or at Snowden Demonstration Forest to warm up the legs and enjoy pints of beer at Beach Fire Brewing.

Number of Trails:
277
Highest Elevation:
1,016 m
Trails:
easy
65
intermediate
110
difficult
41
extra difficult
3
Quadra Island

Stop 1 Quadra Island

Jump on a ferry and ride the trail network of Quadra Island North. Tour the island and surrounding area by kayak on a wildlife watching tour and grab fish and chips at the Hariot Bay Pub.

Cumberland

Stop 2 Cumberland

Cumberland is a biking wonderland. Stay overnight at the biker-friendly Riding Fool Hostel and discover the network of 175 trails in the Cumberland Forest. Ride the downhill bike park at nearby Mount Washington and try the local brew at Cumberland Brewing Co.

Highest Elevation:
1,949 m
Trails:
easy
17
intermediate
102
difficult
93
extra difficult
14
Hornby Island

Stop 3 Hornby Island

Tuck in for an overnight on Hornby Island (or neaby Denman Island) and explore 80 km (50 mi) of singletrack trails. Enjoy lunch at Forage Farm & Kitchen and hop in the ocean at Tribune Bay for a post-ride cool down.

Nanaimo & Gabriola

Stop 4 Nanaimo & Gabriola

In Nanaimo, explore five different trail areas near downtown. Then head to Gabriola for a few singletrack rides and a laid-back atmosphere. Don't miss a chance to grab a drink and some grub at Surf Lodge and Pub.

Number of Trails:
393
Highest Elevation:
1,021 m
Trails:
easy
39
intermediate
238
difficult
44
extra difficult
11
Duncan & North Cowichan

Finish Duncan & North Cowichan

Near Duncan, ride Double D for downhill fun on Mount Tzouhalem and grab a bite to eat at Duncan Garage Cafe. Head for Story Trail and loads of singletrack on Maple Mountain and finish the day at Riot Brewing Co. or Sawmill TapHouse.

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