6 Canadian Mountain Bike Towns You Should Visit

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April 29th, 2016

As the snow melts many Canadians trade skis for bikes... and for good reason. Canada offers some of the best mountain biking in the world. Grandiose mountains, dramatic coastlines and pristine lakes make Canada the perfect backdrop for a variety of trails for all skill levels. With 9.9 million square kilometres - there is lots to explore! This list could easily include hundreds of mountain biking destinations in Canada, but here are six to get you started, highlighting towns from coast to coast.

 

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From west to east, here are six Canadian mountain bike towns to visit this summer!

 

1. Cumberland, british columbia

Located on Vancouver Island, Cumberland offers a huge network of cross country trails where you can explore mountaintops and beautiful coastline all in the same day. Visit a local bike shop for trail directions and tips. Be prepared to feel the laid back lifestyle of west coast islanders, and if you have time check out the mountain bike scene on nearby Hornby Island... a couple ferry rides away and you won't regret it. If you’re up for a real adventure, visit in the winter months and try skiing at Mount Washington Alpine Resort (just north of Cumberland) in the morning and mountain biking in the afternoon....you can get the best of both worlds on the west coast. Summer 2016 will also mark the re-opening of downhill trails at Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

2. fernie, british columbia

Cross country, downhill, lift-access, fat-biking, skills park - you name it, Fernie has it. There are six distinct areas around Fernie that offer over 90 trails to explore.  Did I mention there are also beautiful mountains and top-notch restaurants/cafes for your pre and post-ride beverages? If you're exploring on your own,  remember you're in the mountains...  be prepared for sudden changes in weather, carry an extra layer and always tell someone your planned route. Feel like teaming up with a local guide to show you the best of the best? Check out these guided trips, and perhaps we'll see you there? You won't be disappointed.
 

3. canmore/kananaskis

For the ultimate Canadian mountain bike trip, fly into  Calgary, Alberta and check out the Canmore/Kananaskis region and then head south-west to explore Fernie. If you want to get the most out of the trip, and bike A LOT, give yourself a 2-3 weeks. You will slowly begin to appreciate just how big Canada is, and how little ground you cover in a couple weeks (by car and bike)! The Canadian Rockies will actually take your breathe away, and not just because you'll be pedaling up them! Check out the Canmore Nordic Centre, which offers over 60km of singletrack and Cox Hill in Kananaskis country - an advanced alpine trail, where you'll be sure to break a sweat. 

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4. collingwood, ontario

Only 2.5 hours from the hustle and bustle of Toronto - Collingwood is located on beautiful Georgian Bay, perfect for hitting the beach for a refreshing post-ride swim. Oh, and it also has an extensive network of singletrack through lush deciduous forests. If you can't visit in the summer - the next best time would be the Fall, when the leaves turn vibrant oranges, yellows and reds. Collingwood is also home to Blue Mountain Resort which offers great downhill trails with lift access. Experience Collingwood with us this summer, check out our Women's Blue Mountain Weekend, jam packed with lots of riding (cross country and downhill), mountain bike instruction, and delicious food!

5. mont-sainte-anne, quebec

Brush up on your "bonjours"  and "au revoirs" - only 30 minutes from beautiful Quebec City, Mont-Sainte-Anne has 115km of cross country trails, 25km of downhill trails and a pump track. If you're traveling with family or friends that aren't so keen on mountain biking, don't worrry - they can explore hiking trails, take in the views from the scenic gondola, go canyoning, paragliding or perhaps hit the spa. Visiting Mont-Sainte-Anne may also be the perfect opportunity to get your family and friends on a mountain bike, as the resort offers half-day and full-day rentals and trails for beginners.

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6. st. john's, newfoundland

Rugged coastline, rocky landscapes and friendly locals - are just a  few things to expect when visiting Newfoundland. St. John's is a historic fishing town and is well-known for it's vibrant people and vibrant colours, with houses painted red, blue, yellow and green. In the surrounding area, no more than an hour outside of St John's, you'll find some pretty amazing trails. Check out the Torbay Lookout and Quidi Vidi to get started!