Bike Travel

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Bike Travel

Despite British Columbia's demanding landscape, bicycle travel is extremely popular. Nicknamed Canada's Cycling Capital, Victoria is especially bike-friendly, and Vancouver is not far behind, with a growing number of bike-only lanes in the heart of Downtown and many designated bike thoroughfares via the most picturesque streets and beachfronts. One of the most spectacular routes follows the abandoned 600-km-long (370-mile-long) Kettle Valley Railway through the mountains of the BC Interior; Tourism Kelowna has details. Gentler options include the 55-km (34-mile) Galloping Goose Regional Trail near Victoria and the rolling hills of the Gulf Islands. Cycle Vancouver Island has information about bike touring on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Mountain-biking enthusiasts gravitate toward the trails on Vancouver's North Shore Mountains and at Whistler.

Bike Maps

Cycle Vancouver Island. British Columbia. 250/592–4753; www.cyclevancouverisland.ca.

Galloping Goose Regional Trail. British Columbia. 250/478–3344; www.gallopinggoosetrail.com.

Tourism Kelowna. British Columbia. 250/861–1515; 800/663–4345; www.tourismkelowna.com.

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