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Regions

Vancouver Island

Photo by Robin Munshaw

Rugged coastline and ancient rainforests combine with technical singletrack

Vancouver Island (a.k.a "The Island" by locals) has one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Craggy ocean coastlines and beaches, old-growth rainforests, serrated mountains, and powerful rivers create habitats for a multitude of wildlife species including bears, orca and grey whales, cougars, bald eagles, and all five species of pacific salmon. Mountain biking here is as close as it gets to becoming one with nature.

The region—encompassing Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands on BC’s southwest coast—has several mountain biking hubs including Campbell River and the Comox Valley and Cumberland on the central east coast and a little bike oasis only accessible by ferry on Hornby Island. Each island town boasts a vibrant mountain biking community with its own distinct riding style and culture and offers extensive trail networks with a diverse variety of mountains and coastal riding that ranges from steep and technical to smooth and easy.


"Vancouver Island is a unique place in the world, not simply because of the vast network of trails so easily accessible, but because the variety of styles provides riding for nearly everyone. Along with the coastal beauty and British feel of Victoria, the Island houses a myriad of tiny retreats and getaways that span the range from fishing to hiking, surfing to lush rain forests and snow capped mountains. Getting to Vancouver Island forces you to slow down and smell the roses, the pace is relaxed and the people warm and friendly."

- Andreas Hestler, Rocky Mountain Team Rider


Spots to Ride

Explore island riding communities.

Nanaimo

Nanaimo

Nanaimo is a classic west coast community situated on the eastern shores of Vancouver Island overlooking the Strait of Georgia (a.k.a. the Salish Sea). Known as “The Harbour City”, Nanaimo is quickly becoming known for the singletrack found in the lush green forests only a few minutes from the centre of town.

Number of Trails:
393
Highest Elevation:
1,021 m
Trails:
easy
39
intermediate
238
difficult
44
extra difficult
11
Campbell River

Campbell River

Campbell River is home to a huge variety of well established trail networks to keep you on the edge of your seat for years. Well known for its famous expansive networks, the Snowden network alone encompasses more than 100 km (62 mi) of singletrack, including some highly technical routes and scenic loops with varied terrain that are perfect for the beginner riders or the whole family.

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

Cumberland

Etched into the gnarly, forested hills spreading out from the Village of Cumberland are more than 80 km (50 mi) of Vancouver Island’s most legendary singletrack—where the trails range from fast and flowy to rugged and rocky, and where epic vistas are awarded to riders with the legs and lungs to get them there.

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

Langford

Located in the South Vancouver Island region, Langford is a city surrounded by nature. Only a few minutes from Downtown Victoria, Langford is central to the South Island riding scene and is home to the new Jordie Lunn Bike Park.
Number of Trails:
14
Highest Elevation:
349 m
Trails:
easy
1
intermediate
1
difficult
10
extra difficult
2

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Vancouver Island is located in the Pacific Ocean, approximatley 97km (60 miles) west of Vancouver and 117km (73 miles) north of Seattle. Roads and highways on the Island stretch between Port Hardy in the north, Victoria in the south, Tofino to the west, and Campbell River to the east. Get to and around by car, RV, or bike via BC Ferries or or fly in and rent a vehicle to explore.