Category Archives: Cycle touring

Point Grey bike/hike 23/02/10

Heather hiking and biking Point Grey:
“Three of us set out for a little mid-week exercise, cycling from Main St. to Kits, then along Spanish Banks to Acadia Beach where we left our bikes. From there it was a relaxed 6 km ramble along the foreshore to Wreck Beach & back, enjoying the views, multi-coloured pebbles, and the natural designs of the sandy cliffs. This is a great accessible hike right here in the city, and at low tide you can continue farther along the foreshore and swing back through Pacific Spirit Park, completing a varied 10 km circular hike. Very enjoyable, especially when you make it back home before the heavy rains start to fall…”

Looking towards North Shore

Central Valley Greenway cycling 12/09/09

Su-Laine cycling the Central Valley Greenway:
“Christine and I cycled the new Central Valley Greenway from Science World to New Westminster. Vancouver and Burnaby were easy and pleasant riding. As others have reported, route signage in Burnaby is not always easy to follow. However, the temporary signs that have been put up are very helpful, and overall the ride was easier than I expected. There are a few steep but fairly short hills heading into New Westminster, and closer to downtown New West the only reasonable option at this time is to ride on the narrow sidewalk and try to ignore the horrible traffic noise next to you. A brief detour to check out Burnaby Lake was a highlight.”

Galiano Island cycling 24/07/09

Dana on Galiano Island:
“Five of us caught the morning ferry on a Friday to Galiano. The weather was overcast but the sun came out once we arrived and it quickly became very warm. Though the ride to the campground is only 10 km, the roads are windy and hilly, and with weighed-down bikes and the hot sun it felt much longer. On Saturday, two of us rented kayaks and explored Montague Harbour and the other three biked about 10 km up-island to hike Bodega Ridge. Highlights of this easy hike with desert-like terrain were watching eagles soar beneath (and above) us, and the views of Salt Spring Island and beyond. We also enjoyed the thunder and lightning storm that night (after a quick swim), though instead of huddling in tents we took advantage of the free Hummingbird Pub shuttle bus to indulge in drinks and some incredible pie. Sunday’s ride back to the ferry took in a different route, encompassing the cemetary (which has a nice view of Active Pass and sunning sea lions). To sum: Biking Galiano is not for the faint of heart. There are many hills (both short and steep and long and gradual) and the pavement is cracked and broken in many spots. Still, it is rewarding and a beautiful place to explore over a weekend.”

Stanley Park cycling 16/07/09

Su-Laine cycling around the Stanley Park seawall:
“What’s sweetest: Stanley Park on a warm summer evening, chocolate fondue at Kits beach, or the new Burrard Bridge bike lane connecting the two? Tough contest, and maybe I’m showing my bias, but I think the bridge was the winner with this group.”

Richmond Dykes Cycling 18/06/09

Michelle cycling the dykes in Richmond:
“Much more than dykes – a surprising little gem of a bike ride with plenty of fodder for shutterbugs. Diverse and interesting scenery: old river homes along Finn Slough, treed riverside paths, views of Cypress/Grouse/Seymour side-by-side-by-side, cornrow farm fields, shipping container fields, industrial areas, wooden dog populated park, historic London Farm, fruit tree co-op, beautiful homes/gardens/waterfront, historic Britannia Heritage Shipyard, character community Steveston, scenic Garry Point Park and thanks to local knowledge of local crew member Susan- just beyond on the West Dyke- marshlands, water and sky to infinity. A beautiful sunbathed & sunset after work ride with a good crew.”

Salt Spring Island 10/04/09

Su-Laine cycling on Salt Spring Island:
“Three things to know about this trip: 1) New and stupid ticketing procedures can make it difficult or impossible for foot passengers to make a quick ferry transfer at Swartz Bay, so allow up to two extra hours in each direction. 2) The Easter long weekend is cold and wet for bicycle camping. This is a time of year for bed and breakfast travel, we now think. If you camp in this weather, bring warm clothes and try to persuade some of the superb campfire engineers from this group to join you. Ruckle Park had very few other campers, however one of the neighbouring groups thought their site was some kind of party venue. The noise from these idiots made for some bad nights’ sleep for some of us. 3) Having the chance to hike up Mount Maxwell on a clear spring day makes it all worthwhile. We took about 4.5 hours to do a highly satisfying loop from sea level. No snow, no mud, just hours of views and beautiful forest.”

First campfire of 2009

North Burnaby cycling 04/04/09

Su-Laine cycling on the Trans-Canada Trail in Burnaby:
“Vlad, John, and I loved this ride. Highlights were seeing the snow-covered Lions from under the Second Narrows Bridge, getting lost in Burnaby and ending up on a beach that none of us knew existed, a bald eagle flying over to check us out, and enough hills for a good but not too tiring early-season workout. East Burnaby and Burnaby Mountain gave us plenty of what-were-they-thinking public art and architecture to gawk at. The Portside bike route in east Vancouver and the Trans Canada trail in northwest Burnaby are gorgeous on a clear day.”

Burnaby April 09 18.jpg

Pemberton cycle tour 17/08/08

Dana slow-food cycling around Pemberton:
“My hiking/biking overnighter ended up being a day trip, which made for a long but wonderful day. Ulrike, Haseena, Paula and I enjoyed Pemberton’s Slow Food Cycle Sunday on a very hot day covering 52 km of riding. (Having never done the event, I thought it was 26 km and it was, one way that is!) To start the day, our teamwork helped to get Paula’s bike on the bike rack, vertically, as it didn’t have a cross bar. Early morning was cloudy and it rained lightly at the beginning of our ride, but the day turned out to be incredibly warm. Picking up the event map at the Pemberton Community Centre, we then rode along and stopped at all of the designated farm stops and rested and enjoyed such fare as fair-trade coffee, potato rosti with smoked salmon (from an executive chef from a Whistler restaurant!), natural beef burgers, iced tea, strawberry coffee cake, and more. I bought some potatoes and zucchini to bring home. It was neat to see how many people took place in this free event, including families. The `course’ followed the flat Pemberton Meadows Road and the milky-looking Lillooet River. After the long ride, grimy and sweaty, we cooled off with a swim in Whistler’s Alta Lake before heading to Squamish for a cold beer and dinner and, finally, home. A truly wonderful day with great company and an event I’d highly recommend! A special `Good on ya!’ to Aussie Paula who hadn’t been on a bike in many years and did awesome! Look for upcoming photos from the trip on Flickr.”

Km 13 - "Slow Food Cycle Sunday" Pemberton, Aug17 2008

Pender Island 27/07/08

Markus cycling on Pender Island:
“Five of us enjoyed a beautiful sunny day on Pender Island. It was hillier than I remember it and the quaint pub and marina at Poets Cove is now a resort and spa. We still enjoyed a nice patio lunch and then spent some time exploring the island. We ended up taking the evening ferry back and enjoyed a beautiful sunset while on the trip back to Tsawwassen. A good time was had by all.”

Lunch at Poet's Cove