7 of the best places to bike in Vancouver

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Sunset bike ride round Stanley Park (Sébastien Launay/Flickr)

This week is Bike To Work Week, but there’s so much more cycling to enjoy in Vancouver than your daily commute.

To get you back in the saddle, here are seven of the best recreational bike routes in Vancouver. Happy riding!

Pacific Spirit Park

If you’re new to forest biking, Pacific Spirit Park would be a good place to start. It’s easy to reach, there are trails for all abilities that will make you feel like you’re a million miles away from the big city. Look out for dogs and hikers on the trails though – this place can get busy.

More info: trailpeak.com

Seaside Greenway

Vancouver’s 28km Seaside Greenway is the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path, extending from the Convention Centre to Spanish Banks, via the Stanley Park Seawall. A great way to spend a sunny afternoon, cruising alongside the glittering water.

More info: vancouver.ca

Stanley Park Seawall

The jewel in Vancouver’s biking crown, this is the route everyone can ride – and everyone usually does. To manage the tourist traffic, there’s one-way system in place, so you can only ride counter clockwise around, between Devonian Harbour Park and Second Beach.

More info: vancouver.ca

UBC Loop

A challenging, but beautiful uphill ride, the UBC Loop takes you along NW Marine Drive, with gorgeous beach views, then up through the university’s endowment lands. Stop at Wreck Beach if you need a break, then continue along SW Marine Drive through Pacific Spirit Park.

More info: planning.ubc.ca

Central Valley Greenway

The Central Valley Greenway is a 25km route linking Vancouver, Burnaby, and New Westminster. It’s perfect for slightly more adventurous city cyclists – part separated urban greenway, part rural recreational trail.

More info: translink.ca

Lions Gate Bridge

Sure this is an uphill haul on the way back, but what awaits you on the North Shore makes it well worth it. Head to Horseshoe Bay for some relaxation in the sunshine and a picnic by the water. Then brace yourself for the challenging uphill ride back into the city.

More info: northshore.vacc.bc.ca

CBC Trail

This 2km trail on top of Seymour Mountain is for hardcore mountain bikers only, full of ladders deep in the beautiful North Shore forests. And once you’re done navigating the CBC, you can catch one of the lower trails to breeze all the way down. Easy.

More info: vancouversnorthshore.com

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