Biking, Hiking & Trails
For the adventurous, Campbell River and Region boasts some of the best cross-country mountain-bike terrain in BC, a province that is renowned by the global biking community for its first-rate courses and blazingly positive, proactive attitude to the sport. 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!
Many of Campbell River’s trails are located in the Snowden Demonstration Forest, a working forest northwest of town featuring more than 50 trails rated for all skill levels from beginner to black-diamond daredevil. Forestry operations once used railways to transport logs to the mouth of the Campbell River, and their legacy today is a patchwork of old rail grades that are wide, solid and perfect for rides through the sun-dappled forest. Connecting the main trails is a vast array of single-track routes that lead as far as the high bluffs overlooking nearby lakes and out towards the mountains of Strathcona Provincial Park.
Rotary Beach Seawalk
Family groups and those preferring a gentler ride through a lovely natural setting in the heart of Campbell River itself, head for the serene Beaver Lodge Lands. Some 20km of trails in all are fun and self-guided options for beginner and intermediate riders. Three more options: Circumnavigate Campbell River by following the Greenways Loop; ride the exciting Pump House trails at Elk Falls Provincial Park; or enjoy the views while peddling along Campbell River’s Rotary Seawalk from Maryland Road in the town’s south end all the way to Tyee Spit.
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.
Explore the best views accessed through the best trails with the Mountain Biking Summary of Campbell River & Region provided by Martin Ready with Island Mountain Rides. IMR has full knowledge of the Campbell River trail system and will provide the exact routes to maximize flow and momentum.
Snowden Demonstration Forest Trails map
With 100 km of treed single track, the Snowden Demonstration Forest has a huge variety of trails ranging from green to black. This trail network is ideal for a beginner/intermediate hour long ride, or an epic all day adventure for the expert rider. Whether you like easy trails with minimal elevation, or a steep and technical challenge, you’ll find a perfect loop in the Snowden Forest.
Not only will you experience endless world class single track, but Snowden also offers up spectacular scenery. Many trails have great resting spots where you can enjoy views of Seymour Narrows, Quadra Island and the Coastal Mountains.
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 all the single track and 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.
Quinsam River Trail
Located in Elk Falls Provincial Park, approximately 1 km. This trail starts from the playground area in the campground and follows the Quinsam River upstream and outside of the park to the Quinsam Salmon Hatchery. The hatchery is located approximately 2 km from the campground. This is an easy, fairly flat trail.
Beaver Pond / Kingfisher Trail
Located in Elk Falls Provincial Park this trail is approximately 1 km. This trail parallels wetlands and leads from the campground back toward the Campbell River and Hwy 28. Visitors can spot beavers and marsh birds along this trail. On the other side of Hwy 28 this trail connects with the Canyon View Trail and a fish ladder viewpoint. Use caution crossing this busy highway. Downstream from the fish ladder will lead you back to the campground; head upstream to follow the Canyon View Trail and Millennium Trail.
Canyon View Trail
This trail can be accessed directly across Hwy 28 from the Quinsam Campground or by parking at the John Hart Hydro Station, approx 1.5 km further up Hwy 28 from the campground. This trail includes an impressive bridge crossing near the exit of the Campbell River from a narrow canyon. The Canyon View Trail can be a circuit by crossing this bridge and following the trail downstream on the north side of the river through salmon spawning channels and river viewpoints. This circuit is approximately 4 km. This is a popular walking/jogging trail. The Millennium Trail can be accessed off the Canyon View Trail just upstream from the John Hart hydro station at the junction of the Canyon View pedestrian bridge.
Rotary Sea Walk
A paved lane running alongside Highway 19A and the beach where you can take your picture next to the 50th Parallel marker, picnic at Rotary Beach Park, meet some locals at Foggdukkers cafe, see the Big Rock up close and admire the carvings at Frank James Park.
Ripple Rock Trail
Popular hiking trail overlooking the site of the 1958 Ripple Rock blast – largest, non-nuclear explosion at the time. Trail is 4 kms long; allow 2 and a half to 3 hours return. Great viewpoints overlooking Menzies Bay and Seymour Narrows. Directions from Campbell River, head north on Highway 19. Turnoff to parking area 16.5 km (25 minutes) from town (the Campbellton lights). Watch for trail signs on highway.
Located in Elk Falls Provincial Park this 2.4 km new trail can be accessed from the Elk Falls viewpoint day-use parking lot and runs between Elk Falls and the Canyon View Trail. This trail parallels the Campbell River along the canyon route, offering excellent views of the waterfall and the mature forest, containing some old-growth Douglas fir. This trail links with the Canyon View Trail just upstream from the John Hart hydro station at the junction of the Canyon View pedestrian bridge.