Mountain Biking in Comox Valley & Campbell River
With a fabulous choice of trails that range from oceanside to mountaintop, the Comox Valley and Campbell River region is home to an impressive diversity of terrain suitable for riders of all abilities.
Choose from smooth and easy to steep and challenging – and everything in between. This area has quickly become one of the most popular mountain biking destinations in the entire province, and it's easy to see why.
The bike-friendly trails in the Comox Valley's regional parks system are a good place to start exploring. Near Nymph Falls, riverside trail systems deliver a great technical ride along the Puntledge River.
Popular places near the town of Comox include the moderate terrain of the Northeast Woods off Pritchard and Guthrie Roads. Seal Bay Park, located north of town, has trails designated for biking on the west side of Bates Road.
Cumberland is quickly gaining renown as a top-notch biking destination and has a great selection of trails built and maintained by the local biking community. A new BMX race track is located on Dunsmuir Avenue next to the Village Park, and it's open to the public except during official races.
Around Campbell River, enjoy casual rides on a variety of trails in the Beaver Lodge Lands or, for something a lot more adventurous, check out the Snowden Adventure Forest, which is quickly gaining international renown for its doubletrack and singletrack trails ranging from scenic loops to highly technical routes.
Trails around McIvor Lake are a little more advanced and dish out some amazing views along the way. The Pumphouse Trails at Elk Lake Provincial Park offer up easy to advanced cycling on hiking trails and old logging roads. In all, there are now more than 100 kilometres of singletrack trails within an easy drive of Campbell River, with suitable choices for beginners, families, intermediate and advanced riders.
Up in the high country, Forbidden Plateau and Mount Washington are home to 50 trails that appeal to expert riders, with some of the best singletrack descents to be found in all of BC. Trails through the plateau range from technical steep lines to fast, flowy rips with short climbs.
Visitor centres have bike riding trail maps that are very helpful. Another terrific resource is Comox Valley Mountain Biking at cvmtb.com which lists XC, DH, Shuttle Runs and lift accessed riding.