6 Mountain-Bike Friendly Accommodations in British Columbia

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March 3rd, 2020

After a day exploring British Columbia’s incredible mountain bike trails you’ll want a place to put your feet up, sip a cold beverage and continue to take in the majestic Canadian wilderness. With over 24 years of experience guiding and operating multi-day mountain bike trips in British Columbia, we’ve tested multiple accommodations across B.C. – from the cleanliness to the friendliness of staff, as well as the distance to incredible singletrack, here are our recommendations for mountain bike-friendly accommodations in B.C.


1. island lake lodge - fernie, british columbia

Island Lake Lodge is surrounded by 7,000 acres of private pristine Canadian wilderness just outside the historic town of Fernie, B.C. Nestled among beautiful pine and old-growth Cedar forests, the picturesque log-cabin-style accommodations hosts a full-service spa perfect for post-ride massages, a delicious on-site restaurant and most importantly, it’s steps from spectacular mountain bike trails, hiking trails and fly fishing.


After a hearty and healthy breakfast, you’ll want to warm-up your legs on the “Lazy Lizard” trail. This Green trail might not fulfill your desire to ‘shred the gnar’ but it will slap a smile on your face and start your day off right. Ride the Lazy Lizard trail all the way into town, visit the local bike shop (GearHub) and from there Fernie is your oyster. With 100’s of kilometres of mountain bike trails to explore, ensure you have snacks, water, spare parts and your sense of adventure-packed. Fernie offers mountain bike trails for all skills and abilities, including a skills park to practice the fundamentals and a downhill lift-access mountain bike park at Fernie Alpine Resort.


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2. nipika mountain resort - kootenay national park, British columbia

Nipika Mountain Resort boasts eight idyllic Canadian timber frame log cabins set amongst the stunning backdrop of the snow-capped Kootenay mountain range. You will feel at home among the mountains and proud to support an off-grid lodge with a focus on sustainability. Nipika’s energy is generated with renewable, clean solar energy and it’s the goal that every guest can enjoy the incredible setting using self-propelled activities. One of those activities, of course, is mountain biking. There is a myriad of trails only a few pedals strokes from the lodge. With over 50 kilometres to explore and a variety of beginner to advanced routes, it’s the perfect place to kick back with your favourite riding crew.


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3. kicking horse resort - golden, british columbia

Kicking Horse Resort has an impressive cluster of mountain view condos and bike-in/bike-out accommodations. The resort has invested in becoming a premier mountain bike destination in the heart of British Columbia and you'll avoid the long lines and crowds at Whistler. The lift-accessed mountain bike trails offer up incredible alpine singletrack with spectacular views, and there are enough trails to keep you busy for days. If you have little ones learning to ride, the Kicking Horse Pump Track is the perfect place for kids to become more comfortable on two wheels. Kicking Horse is a great starting point for exploring the extensive mountain bike trail network outside of the resort park including popular Mount 7.


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4. halcyon hot springs resort - nakusp, british columbia 

If you want to disconnect, mountain bike all day and relax  under a starry night sky in restorative hot springs, you need to check out Halcyon Hot Springs Resort. Situated on Upper Arrow Lake near the small quaint town of Nakusp, the lodge has spectacular lake views and mountain views of the Monashee Range. The resort offers inclusive amenities including a spa, restaurant and activities but, you might be too busy exploring the mountain bike trails in neighbouring New Denver to take advantage of it all. 



5. riding fools hostel - cumberland, british columbia 

If you're interested in exploring coastal British Columbia,  you will want to experience the mountain bike trails surrounding the old mining town of Cumberland. Along the town's small main street sits the Riding Fools Hostel. Open the doors and you'll most likely be greeted by other friendly mountain bikers playing pool, cooking up a delicious post-ride meal and planning their riding route for the next day.  The charm of the Riding Fools Hostel is complemented by its proximity to Dodge City Cycles, the local mountain bike shop equipped with everything the modern-day mountain biker would need (or want). On top of that, it's also walking (or pedalling distance) to an amazing pizza parlour, cafes, bars and of course, it's the gateway to an incredible network of mountain bike trails. The accommodations are hostel-style with some private rooms, a shared kitchen and a cozy wood stove which creates a great community vibe. What more do you need when the trails are beckoning at your door? 


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6. canadian powder tours lodge - fernie, british columbia

Canadian Powder Tours Lodge is the perfect accommodations for a group of friends, or a family interested in exploring the mountain bike trails in Fernie. The lodge is a classic Canadian log chalet that backs onto the beautiful Fernie wilderness. Perfect summer days mountain biking can be topped off with evenings relaxing in the private hot tub under starlit skies.


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If you're planning a mountain bike trip to British Columbia, check out the above mountain bike-friendly accommodations. There's no doubt you will be impressed with the hospitality, incredible locations and access to some of British Columbia's outstanding mountain bike trails. If you're not sure how to plan a mountain bike adventure in British Columbia and you're looking for the experience and local knowledge of top-notch mountain bike guides, check out our multi-day mountain bike adventures throughout the beautiful Rocky and Kootenay mountain ranges.   We'll take the stress  out of planning  a mountain bike trip, so you can focus on the incredible ride ahead. 


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