For the biking enthusiast, Campbell River and Region boasts some of the best cross-country mountain-bike terrain in BC. Ride length is virtually unlimited 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.
Pumphouse Trail offers up a number of flowy and technical singletracks which are not signed making route finding a bit of a challenge. Trails in the area range from intermediate to advance and may be combined for a few fast loops. There is a super fun singletrack that makes its way along a ridge to the start of the Snowden Demonstration Forest riding area; connecting you directly with Lower Deliverance/Alligator Rock once you cross the Brewster Lake Road. Most local riders use the Pumphouse Trails strictly as access to the vast network of trails located in the Snowden Forest.
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 pass the yellow gate behind the water tower.
Beaver Lodge Lands
If you are looking 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!
The Greenways Loop
The Greenways Loop is a 25km recreational ride around the city of Campbell River.
The Jubilee Connector is a 2.5km trail along Jubilee Parkway from Highway 19A to Dogwood street. On Dogwood street you ride along a paved path until you reach Hilchey road, this is where riders leave the paved path for a rail grade trail through the Beaver Lodge Lands. The trail will connect to the ERT which will take riders into Campbellton, where they wind through industrial and residential neighbourhoods back to Highway 19A and head south through downtown Campbell River to the scenic Rotary Seawalk. The route continues along the ocean on a combination of the seawalk and Highway 19A for 7.2 km until riders have completed the loop back to the Jubilee Connector.
There are multiple parking areas along the Seawalk, at the trailhead for the Beaver Lodge Lands or at the Visitor Centre which enables riders to start this ride from different locations.