The Best Bike Routes in Metro Vancouver,
Ever since I started cycling again about four years ago, I wondered why I never took it up earlier. You experience this city in a new way, whether you’re getting to explore hidden-away gems or take in the full fresh-air awesomeness of a seawall, park trail or mountain view. But, my late-blooming cycling cred probably makes me a bit of an outlier around Vancouver and Surrey; cyclists are everywhere, staying fit while enjoying some of the best bike-friendly routes around.
I chatted with Colleen MacDonald of Let’s Go Biking about where some of the best bike rides are from Surrey to around Vancouver. She has lovingly documented over 70 easy bike rides around Metro Vancouver over the years, with route maps, photos, descriptions and more – hoping to share some great experiences with her fellow cyclists. Here are her top cycling route recommendations.
“This is the #1 bike ride that everyone loves. It’s absolutely world-class. The wildlife, water, scenery and totem poles — it’s amazing. It can be a bit busy there because it’s so popular, but it’s a beautiful ride. >> View the Route Map
“You can ride from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay. The scenery around here is great because they’re really opening up the waterfront along lower Lonsdale. There are plenty of areas for kids and families to explore. As well, the views of the city from there to Ambleside Park are fantastic. >> View the Route Map
“This bike ride is delightful. You’re weaving through communities on a historic trail that’s been there for over 100 years. The Semiahmoo Trail is actually a former wagon road that connected New Westminster and the USA. It winds downhill from 152nd Street at 20th Avenue in Surrey all the way down to Elgin on the Nicomekl River near Crescent Beach. Beautiful! You’ve got so many views of the North Shore mountains.” >> View the Route Map
You follow the Trans-Canada Trail and it’s like a roller coaster, going up and down around the river’s edge. Stop in at the town of Fort Langley when you get there for an ice cream or a snack! It’s separated for cyclists and pedestrians, so it’s safe for families, but the ups-and-downs can be challenging — not for total beginners.” >> View the Route Map
“What they’ve done in Steveston is just fantastic. It’s very bike friendly and with the boardwalk where you can ride or walk to the river’s edge by the new museum, it’s one of the Vancouver area’s best bike routes. With the shops and restaurants down by the boardwalk and the water views and wildlife, you’ve got it all.” >> View the Route Map
“A little outside the urban centre, you’re going to see more rural scenes like barns and fields, creeks and local wildlife. Start just east of the Pitt River Bridge, park on the Dewdney Trunk roadside and go towards the bridge, then go north along the dyke.” >> View the Route Map
“This includes Green Timbers, Tynehead, Golden Ears and on to Fort Langley. There’s a bike trail right around Tynehead Park that’s separated from traffic that’s a great place for teaching kids how to ride. There’s a mix of wide open spaces and trails going through tree lined paths with art installations along the way. It’s a very relaxing ride.” >> View the Route Map