Biking in Campbell River
For the biking enthusiast, Campbell River and Region boasts some of the best cross-country mountain-bike terrain in BC. Ride length is up to you, free exploration and the terrain varies from rolling single track to technical traverses with rock outcroppings and lakeside descents. In a word: Epic!
If you prefer to share experiences with others, biking tours are available by the day or longer. Multi-day treks or self-guided are also available. Campbell River’s bike shops provide dedicated support and keen knowledge about the best spots to ride. Rent a bike, get your own serviced, pick up trail maps or download perfect ride loops into your GPS. Expect high-end, big-city service with friendly, small-town charm and ease.
Places to Ride:
Snowden Demonstration Forest
Many of Campbell River’s trails are located in the Snowden Demonstration Forest, a working forest northwest of town featuring approximately 100 km of treed single-track trails ranging from green to black. This trail network is ideal for a beginner/intermediate hour-long ride or epic all-day adventure for the expert rider. Not only will you experience an endless world-class single track, but Snowden also offers up spectacular scenery. There are many access points to Snowden, but the most central is the Lost Lake parking lot along Loveland Bay Road. This starting point will give you great access to a large variety of ride loops.
If you’re looking for a longer ride with more variety then you can access the Snowden trails straight from town by riding up through the Pump House network. To find the trailhead drive west on Hwy 28 towards Elk Falls Provincial Park. Turn right on Duncan Bay Main FSR and drive across the bridge and up the hill till you see the blue water tower, there you will find parking. The trailhead is located past the yellow gate behind the water tower.
While you can enjoy the Loop in both directions, the FROG signs guide you to our Forest, River, Ocean, and Greenways in a counterclockwise direction at this time. There are many access points (including the bottom of ERT, multiple places along the Seawalk, and the corner of Jubilee and Dogwood) but we recommend starting the Loop at the Discovery Pier, “Kilometre 0”. Head north toward the city centre and follow the scenic path along the water, meandering behind the restaurants and buildings and past the Quadra Island Ferry Terminal as you make your way to the Tyee Spit. With the ocean on one side and the Campbell River estuary on the other, this beautiful piece of land is the perfect place to birdwatch, let the kids play at the playground, and/or relax on the beach. As you continue, you’ll head past Home Depot to Campbellton and connect on the ERT, a designated trail that will eventually lead you to the Beaver Lodge Lands, a forest in the middle of our city. When you emerge from Beaver Lodge Lands, relaxed and refreshed, you’ll connect onto the paved path paralleling Dogwood, making your way to the Jubilee Connector, a 2 km trail beside the Jubilee Parkway. Follow the signs through Little America and Maryland, enjoying the residential vibe, before connecting the Rotary Seawalk at the bottom of Maryland. The Seawalk, a paved path along the ocean, takes you through Willow Point, around the roundabout, past our famous Big Rock, and in front of the museum as you make your way back to the Discovery Pier.
The Loop’s vision, design, construction, and maintenance include time, money, and resources from countless volunteers and organizations. Its completion in 2020 symbolizes an abundance of our community connections. Almost every Campbell River resident lives within 5 km of The Loop!
Beaver Lodge Lands
If you are looking for a fantastic network of mountain bike trails located in the middle of Campbell River, just minutes from the downtown core check out the Beaver Lodge Lands. This amazing trail network has over 20 km of trails with many options for beginner and intermediate riders. The main trails are Rail Trail and Airport Main which run from the north end of the park to the south end and serve as the main connector trails. For riders looking for a challenge, there are plenty of singletrack trails running east and west of Airport Main and Rail Trail. All main trails are well marked with trail names, making the area easy to navigate.
The main parking for the Beaver Lodge Lands is at the end of Trask road. Most of the trails in the area remain snow-free year-round, allowing you to enjoy this great network of trails year-round, please be aware these trails are all multi-use; please give way to dog walkers and joggers.
The Rotary seawalk offers about 13km return of paved path that borders along the ocean. This path is multi-use and has a lane for bikers and one for walkers. Along the way look out for carvings that dot the shoreline; each year in June, Campbell River hosts a carving competition and many entries from previous years are on display. Also, keep an eye out for any wildlife, often bald eagles swoop overhead, birds and seals sun themselves on the rocks and if you’re really lucky a pod of whales may swim past!