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Vancouver, Coast & Mountains

North Shore

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It's Legendary and Iconic, The Shore is the Real Deal

Few places on earth have had as much impact on the world of mountain biking as Vancouver’s North Shore mountains. From way back in the day it has been featured in countless freeride films and inspired trail builders and bikers around the world to replicate “The Shore” style of riding.

Only 45 minutes from the furthest outlying suburb of Metro Vancouver, the beautiful North Shore Mountains are a treasure to both residents and visitors of the region. “The Shore,” as it is affectionately referred to by locals, is the backyard playground to the region’s 2.3 million residents and offers some of the best and most challenging mountain biking in BC. Comprised of three main riding zones—Mount Seymour, Mount Fromme, and Cypress Mountain—the trails on Fromme and Seymour are well maintained through countless volunteer hours provided by the North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA).

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Highest Elevation:
2,079 m
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North Shore Inspiration

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Getting Here & Trail Access

Located to the north of Burrard Inlet, the North Shore is a suburb of Vancouver with a population of more than 178,000. It includes three municipalities: District of West Vancouver, City of North Vancouver and District of North Vancouver.

Getting to Vancouver’s North Shore is simple, quick, and scenic. The North Shore is linked to Vancouver by two historic bridges, the landmark Lions Gate Bridge and the Iron Worker’s Memorial (a.k.a. Second Narrows) Bridge.

Driving Distances & Times:

  • Seattle - 230 km (143 mi), 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Victoria via BC Ferries - 125 km (77 mi), 3 hours
  • Kelowna - 400 km (250 mi), 4 hours 30 minutes

The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is approximately 28 km (17 miles) or 45 minutes from the North Shore, depending on traffic. YVR is the gateway to British Columbia with most major airlines offering direct flights from major international hubs.

Trails on the North Shore can be accessed from four main areas:

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Support Our Local Trails

Consider supporting the associations on Vancouver's North Shore that help maintain the trails and advocate for the mountain bike community.

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