In the late 1800s, ear­ly explor­ers in inte­ri­or British Colum­bia dis­cov­ered gold in the moun­tains near Ross­land. A gold rush ensued, giv­ing birth to the Dewd­ney trail and a scat­ter­ing of gold rush towns. 

You’ll find your own gold on our Ulti­mate BC trip — gold­en sun­sets over spec­tac­u­lar vis­tas, the town of Gold­en and its incred­i­ble shut­tle runs, that ‘gold­en feel­ing’ upon com­ple­tion of the epic Sev­en Sum­mits trail and its mul­ti­ple hours of chal­leng­ing alpine bliss. This trip is for the true moun­tain bike nut — mul­ti­ple days of rid­ing our hand­picked selec­tion of inte­ri­or BC’s finest trails. Fer­nie and its mas­sive trail net­work. Ross­land’s incred­i­ble views. New Den­ver’s remote, lit­tle-known trails. Rev­el­stoke’s Mount MacPher­son area. Gold­en and the spec­tac­u­lar Mount 7 and Moon­rak­er trails. The beau­ti­ful Horseshoe/G8 loops in Can­more, and top it off with Jew­ell Pass in Kananaskis.

Is This Ride For You?

This Ride is for advanced Rid­ers, with the fit­ness to con­quer some big days of ped­alling, mul­ti­ple days in a row. You don’t mind a big climb if it’s going to get you a spec­tac­u­lar view and an amaz­ing down­hill. You can climb up to 1,000 ver­ti­cal metres in a day at a mod­er­ate pace, and can han­dle tech­ni­cal ter­rain such as roots, rocks and obsta­cles. A lit­tle expo­sure is no big­gie for you. You like to ride hard and come back to a nice hot show­er , post-ride bev­er­age and a deli­cious meal, with all the fine details tak­en care of. 

Itinerary

Day 1. Wel­come to the Rockies!

Our pri­vate shut­tle will meet you at the Cal­gary Inter­na­tion­al Air­port and dri­ve the group to our lodge in Fernie.

Upon arrival (typ­i­cal­ly between 8:00 — 8:30 pm), we encour­age you to unpack, set­tle in and rest up for the week of adven­ture ahead. The lodge will be our home base for the next few days of Fer­nie trail riding.

Tonight, we’ll dine at The Bridge Bistro and enjoy the patio over­look­ing the Elk River.

Day 2.  Intro to Fer­nie riding

After a good night’s rest, you’ll awak­en to the smell of fresh brewed cof­fee, with views of the Rock­ies to accom­pa­ny our hearty group break­fast at the lodge.

This morn­ing, we’ll review the incred­i­ble weeks itin­er­ary and build our bikes. We’ll pro­vide bike stands, tools and help­ing hands for any­one need­ing assis­tance. We’ll spend an hour warm­ing up with some skill review at the amaz­ing local bike park (believe us, there is always some­thing to learn!) and then head off to the Ridge­mont area, where a huge spi­der­web of trails offer up plen­ty of options to get this sin­gle­track par­ty started.

After our first ride, it’s back to the lodge for lunch and a short break to get your­self dialed in.

This after­noon, we’ll test out our climb­ing legs and head up Swine Fly for a super-fun and flowy descent. 

Tonight, we’ll head out for a group din­ner before head­ing back to the lodge. 

Day 3. Mt. Fer­nie and the Val­ley of Island Lake

After break­fast at the lodge, we’ll head out for a big day of true moun­tain bike adven­ture, as we aim to con­quer Mt. Fer­nie; the peak loom­ing over us in the North sky.

It’s all leg burn and heavy breath­ing on Phat Bas­tard, Mush­room Head, and Lac­tic Ridge, until you come to the big vis­tas on the Stu­pid Tra­verse, then the rip­ping descent of Slunt mak­ing it all total­ly worth it. When we hit val­ley bot­tom we’ll tack­le anoth­er climb up the road to Island Lake Lodge for a top qual­i­ty lunch with unbe­liev­able views.

After­wards, it’s all down­hill on the new Lazy Lizard flow trail, then the choice is yours; cruise back to the lodge or head into the provin­cial park with the guides for some more adventure.

We guar­an­tee you’ll be sat­is­fied after this day of pedaling.

Enjoy anoth­er night at the lodge and suit your­selves with what­ev­er your din­ner desires may be.

Day 4. Cas­tle Mountain

After a hearty break­fast at the lodge, we’ll head towards Cas­tle Moun­tain, stop­ping first at the skills park for one more quick session.

We’ll then set off for anoth­er chal­leng­ing enduro style ride; as in a BIG climb fol­lowed by a HUGE descent! You’ll feel like roy­al­ty sit­ting atop Cas­tle Rock, then we drop in for over 500m of down­hill delight on South­ern Comfort.

We’ll cruise back to the lodge for a late lunch, fol­low­ing part of the Trans Cana­da Trail that mean­ders along the Elk Riv­er, then you can kick back for some well deserved R&R.

This after­noon is yours to enjoy off the bike. We love to hang out on the shores of the riv­er with a refresh­ing bev­er­age, and to JUMP IN on a hot sum­mer day.

Tonight, enjoy anoth­er din­ner in the town of Fer­nie or order it in. Per­haps a hot tub and mas­sage are on the menu for you this evening?! This is our last night at the lodge.

Day 5. Road Trip! Fer­nie to Rossland

This morn­ing, we’ll have one last break­fast at the lodge and pack up the shut­tle for a pic­turesque tour through the south­ern BC interior.

We’ll head West on the Crowsnest Hwy (fol­low­ing the Old Dewd­ney trail) and stop in the moun­tain town of Salmo for lunch.

After a 5‑hour dri­ve through the Rock­ies, Pur­cells, and Selkirk Moun­tain Ranges, we’ll arrive in the town of Ross­land, where we’ll check in to our slope­side accom­mo­da­tion and get straight to business.

A mas­sive 650m down­hill ride from the ski hill above Ross­land, all the way to the next town of Warfield, lies straight out the front door. It starts with a decent warm-up, but don’t wor­ry, we’re sav­ing our climb­ing legs for tomorrow.

Tonight, we’ll get some good grub in town, kick back at the lux­u­ri­ous con­dos, and rest up for the mas­sive day ahead.

Day 6. The Sev­en Summits

We’ll rise and shine in the val­leys of Ross­land, sip some local brew and the guides will pre­pare a hearty breakfast.

Today, we’ll con­quer a leg­end. Sev­en Sum­mits is one of the best trails in Cana­da, and has recent­ly been vot­ed one of the ‘Top 10 trails in the world.’ The trail is an epic — up to 8 hours — and, like the name sug­gests, we vis­it 7 moun­tain tops in the Ross­land area. This is alpine sin­gle­track at its absolute best!

We’ll stop for a pic­nic lunch at one of many incred­i­ble vis­tas along the route.

We’ll head back to Ross­land for some recov­ery food, cel­e­bra­to­ry brews and a good night of rest.

Day 7. Nel­son, New Den­ver and Slo­can Lake

The guides will whip up anoth­er deli­cious break­fast, then we’ll head off to the super cool hip­py town of Nelson.

Sit­u­at­ed in the Selkirk range, on the shores of Koote­nay Lake, not far from the Koka­nee Glac­i­er — Nel­son is one of the pret­ti­est towns in all of British Colum­bia. There will be some free time to enjoy the sights and sounds around town, then we’ll grab lunch on Main Street, before fin­ish­ing the jour­ney to the iso­lat­ed ham­let of New Den­ver, hid­den deep in the Slo­can Valley.

Today’s ride is an ulti­mate treat. We are stoked to bring you to a new world class down­hill flow trail called “But­ter” above Rose­bery Provin­cial Park. We’ll shut­tle to the top of this one, then embark on a glo­ri­ous descent.

Fin­ish­ing direct­ly at our fan­tas­tic accom­mo­da­tion for the night, a beau­ti­ful home and guest house at the bot­tom of the trail, where our hosts will pre­pare a local­ly sourced organ­ic meal to suit our finest plea­sures. This din­ner is on us. Bon appetit.

Day 8. Sweet Slo­can Singletrack

Our hosts will serve up a scrump­tious break­fast, then we’ll get packed up and ready for riding.

New Den­ver is a jew­el of the Koote­nays: a charm­ing moun­tain town sur­round­ed by mas­sive peaks, on the shore of a spec­tac­u­lar lake.

We’ll take you along the his­toric Gale­na min­ing trail, over a cable car cross­ing to the aban­doned train sta­tion of Alamo Sid­ing, up Ida­ho Peak, down the old school freeride trail called Choic­es, and out the steep hill­side tra­verse of Old San­don Road.

This ride con­cludes on the shore of Slo­can Lake, where you WILL be peer pres­sured to get in the water. After a cool-down dip and a bev­er­age by the lake, we’ll hit one of the cute lit­tle New Den­ver cafes for lunch.

Once all topped up, we’ll car­ry on to Hal­cy­on Hot Springs Vil­lage and check in to some amaz­ing cot­tages by the water. Time to unwind at this incred­i­ble resort and take a bask in “some of the most restora­tive hot spring waters you will find in North America”.

Tonight, we have din­ner reser­va­tions at the King­fish­er Restau­rant, fea­tur­ing a spec­tac­u­lar moun­tain view across Upper Arrow Lake, and a din­ing expe­ri­ence you won’t soon forget.

Day 9. Fer­ry to Shel­ter Bay & Mt. MacPher­son, Revelstoke

You might want to get up before break­fast this morn­ing, head down to the lake­side, and spend a few moments on one of the most beau­ti­ful peb­ble beach­es you can imag­ine. We’ll enjoy break­fast at the King­fish­er Lounge, then load up to catch the beau­ti­ful fer­ry ride across Upper Arrow Lake and con­tin­ue north towards Revelstoke.

The Mt. Macpher­son area offers up a huge vari­ety of top qual­i­ty rid­ing, from super tech to super flow. We’ll start with the East side and get down to the Colum­bia Riv­er, loop­ing back to the van for lunch.

Then we’ll get rad on the West side trails includ­ing TNT and Flow­down. These are mind blow­ing fun through nat­u­ral­ly rich for­est envi­ron­ments. You know — the hyper green moss, mois­ture, giant trees and roots that you see in all those moun­tain bike videos?! This is Revy riding.

After an incred­i­bly sat­is­fy­ing day, we’ll make the short dri­ve to The Glac­i­er House Log Cab­ins, hoses and hot tubs waiting.

Clean up, relax, and then we’ll cruise into Rev­el­stoke for din­ner and a few drinks!

Day 10. Road Trip Through Roger’s Pass & Gold­en Trails

A con­ti­nen­tal break­fast will be ready and wait­ing at the Glac­i­er House Restaurant.

After break­fast, we’ll pack up and head into town for a lit­tle walk-about. There are bike shops abound for those who need to replace a part, grab a new jer­sey or just sim­ply win­dow shop.

We’ll grab some ice cream on our way out of town for the 2‑hour dri­ve east to Gold­en via the spec­tac­u­lar Trans Cana­da Hwy through Mount Rev­el­stoke Nation­al Park, and Roger’s Pass of Glac­i­er Nation­al Park.

We’ll stop in Gold­en for lunch, then it’s on to Mt. 7 for a MASSIVE SHUTTLE DROP! You won’t believe the view. Paraglid­ers take off for world class fly­ing from this very spot, and you can peek down the start of the leg­endary Red Bull Psy­chosis race track too. How cool is that?!

We’ll take a less dead­ly path down the moun­tain, then hook into the new Moun­tain Shad­ows trail net­work for a twisty, tech­ni­cal, all-moun­tain pedal.

We’ll spend the next 2 nights at our deluxe, yes, we mean deluxe, lodge near the base of Kick­ing Horse Ski Resort, where we can take advan­tage of the mas­sive kitchen to do a home cooked group din­ner, or head to the resort restau­rant just down the road. The ‘lush’ accom­mo­da­tions, as they are appro­pri­ate­ly referred to, might be a lit­tle over the top for a bunch of dirty bik­ers on a road trip, but by this point in the trip, you’ll wel­come a lit­tle swank.

Day 11. Vis­tas and Valleys 

After break­fast, we’ll hop on our bikes and leave right from the front door of our lodge in Golden.

We’ll hit up the CBT/Moonraker trails today and log some more qual­i­ty mileage. Many have claimed this area to be their favourite of the trip, as it sports tonnes of superb sin­gle­track through cedar and fir forests with stun­ning views of the Colum­bia Riv­er Basin and Canyon Creek.

Expect some expo­sure at the canyon’s rim, some tech­ni­cal rooty sec­tions, plen­ty of spon­ta­neous climbs and super-fun downhills.

Today, we’ll enjoy lunch in town and  time chill­ing out at one of the local cafes. There’s usu­al­ly anoth­er option for a most­ly down­hill ride in the after­noon if any­one still has the gas for it, rest assured, the guides will always go if peo­ple are keen.

The com­mu­nal din­ner is a tra­di­tion back at the Grand Lodge on this night.

We’ll spend the next 2 nights at our deluxe, yes, we mean deluxe, lodge near the base of Kick­ing Horse Ski Resort, where we can take advan­tage of the mas­sive kitchen to do a home cooked group din­ner, or head to the resort restau­rant just down the road. The ‘lush’ accom­mo­da­tions, as they are appro­pri­ate­ly referred to, might be a lit­tle over the top for a bunch of dirty bik­ers on a road trip, but by this point in the trip, you’ll wel­come a lit­tle swank.

Day 12. Gold­en Grins

After a hearty break­fast pre­pared by the guides, we’ll pack the trail­er, then gear up for a day of DH at Kick­ing Horse Resort!

Def­i­nite­ly a big-grin day with some major ver­ti­cal descent and tech­ni­cal delights on offer! Even if you don’t con­sid­er your­self much of a down­hiller, this is a key part of the Ulti­mate BC expe­ri­ence. The gon­do­la ride, the vis­tas, the nev­er end­ing flow… oh, it’s so good. Just like the ski hill, runs vary from green to dou­ble black. We gen­er­al­ly lean toward the blues.

And, to top it off, we’ll do lunch at 7,700 ft.

After a morn­ing of thrills, we’ll load up the shut­tle and head off for the 2hr dri­ve east.

We’ll make a 45 min stop in Banff so every­one can get their “tourist” fix, then pro­ceed to Can­more to check into our hotel.

Tonight, we’ll head out on the town for our final din­ner together.

Day 13. The Cher­ry on Top

We’ll wake up in Can­more, grab break­fast in town, and pick up a pic­nic lunch for later.

It’s about 40 min­utes to the Bar­ri­er Lake Dam in Kananask­is Coun­try. This is the start point for the incred­i­ble, amaz­ing, scin­til­lat­ing and stun­ning Prairie View/Jewel Pass trail, and the fin­ish point of our rid­ing together…we won’t cry as long as you don’t cry, ok?

This super fun and scenic ride starts with a 6 km grav­el road climb to a short hike-a-bike sec­tion near the top of Bar­ri­er Moun­tain. The sweet panoram­ic view of the sur­round­ing moun­tains, prairies, and rivers will make it all worth it. We’ll be reward­ed with a super-fast and tech­ni­cal descent down Jew­el Pass, an incred­i­bly fun and chal­leng­ing piece of sin­gle­track, loop­ing us back to the park­ing lot.

Final high fives are hand­ed out, then it’s time to pack up bikes. We’ll load up the shut­tle and fin­ish the jour­ney back to Calgary.

We can drop you off at the Cal­gary Inter­na­tion­al Air­port or at the Acclaim Hotel Cal­gary Airport.

You’ll be in a daze as we take you back to the place where it all start­ed. Did that just hap­pen? Is it real­ly pos­si­ble to have that much fun in 13 days?

Only one way to find out…

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Dates chosen: Jun. 26, 2021—Jul. 08, 2021
Skill Rating: Double Black Diamond
Fitness Rating: Black Diamond
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Skill Levels
Green Circle

Typically, green Rides are safe for beginners. Green Rides may have both avoidable and unavoidable obstacles. Trails are generally low grade, wide, consistent surface texture and have minimal features. You are likely to come across unavoidable obstacles 2-inches or shorter, which is small enough for mountain bike tires to simply roll over. More challenging than tarmac, but in general, a wonderful Ride for those riders new to mountain biking or looking for a casual experience.

Blue Square

In general, Blue trails are narrower than green trails, encounter unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, and drops that are up to 8-inches tall. You will want to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of mountain biking including body positions, powerful braking, cornering, riding on varied terrain, steep sections and experience riding trails that requires line choice. Airtime is not mandatory, but you will find yourself on trails with alternate lines giving you the option.

Black Diamond

The Black Diamond Rides are  suitable for riders looking for that edge. Maybe it’s the edge of a drop, the edge of a cliff, or singletrack requiring focus and fast reactions developed from extensive experience riding “the edge”. You will find yourself on steep trails of varied surfaces. In the Pacific North West that could be slick roots and loam, in Nepal you will find exposed granite in the Mustang Valley and in Guatemala it maybe narrow stairways through cliffside villages. While airtime is rarely required, the ability to find the backside or clean a tabletop should be comfortable or in a state of progress. Obstacles on Black rides are likely to be outside the range of your bikes ability to cover your goofs with its awesome suspension and grip.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black ride is for those that already know they are looking for a Double Black. It’s going to be very hard and require advanced bike handling skills. You will find yourself on trails with sections most non-riders would look at and say, “that’s totally nuts!”. You will know how to look at a line and contemplate where it will work and where it won’t. Drops of a couple feet should be comfortable and getting your bike off the ground should feel predictable and fun.

Fitness Levels
Green Circle

You should be ready to spend 2-4 hours per day on the bike. Mileage may be up to 30km/20 miles and elevation gain will be under 500m/1500feet. On e-MTB tours, numbers will be higher, however the approximate effort would be considered similar to a standard Green Circle ride. If you get on your bike once a week, you will be just fine. However, when preparing for a Ride, you will benefit from more rides and time in the saddle.

Blue Square

Blue should be considered a good deal more effort than our Green Rides.  You should be able to handle 3 to 5 hours in the saddle covering up to 45km/30miles and be able to pull off a big day of 1000m/3000feet of elevation gain. Managing fuel is important as well.  You should have a good understanding how your body responds to multiple days on the bike. We will help with positive coaching, a manageable pace and plenty of trailside snacks.

Black Diamond

A Black Fitness ride will test you. Aside from needing to be able to manage up to 6 hours on the bike, day after day, including distance up to 50km/30miles and elevation gains up to 1750m/5000feet of climbing, you will be adding extra challenges along the route like periods of hike-a-bike and the extra effort required by the whole body to safely dance with your bike over technical terrain. Generally, riders who are up for a Black Fitness ride, likely spend time on the bike a couple times each week.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black will be for those with the strength and endurance to get to the top of anything they want and understand the term “turning the screw”. Distance could be quite high on some routes and elevation gain numbers could hit 2000m/6000 feet+ in a day. You are likely riding multiple days a week during the dry periods and have a trainer or belong to a gym for the rest of the year.