One of the most fun ways to view the natural wonders of beautiful BC, is on two wheels. On Vancouver’s North Shore, whether you are a beginner or experienced biker, there is a trail for everyone. It’s a great way to spend a summer day, riding by the ocean, and through the forests on safe dedicated bike paths and trails.
Let’s explore the most scenic and easy bike trails to visit on Vancouver’s North Shore this summer.
If you are looking for an easy trail with a separated path that gives you city views and a peek at all the North Shore has to offer, the North Shore Spirit Trail is for you! Ambleside to North Vancouver, the 13km fully accessible greenway winds along the scenic waterfront, connecting popular destinations such as the Shipyards District neighbourhood and Moodyville Park. The North Shore Spirit Trail sits on First Nations land and in the Squamish language, the trail is called Shewalh Stelmexw (Sha-woth Stol-molth), which means “People’s Path”. There are many informative signs along the way educating people on the history of the land. The trail provides a relatively flat, continuous pathway all the way along and even a small suspension bridge. There are a variety of desirable places to stop for lunch such as the Lonsdale Quay Market, Ambleside Beach or Waterfront Park.
The Lower Lynn Creek trail is a short, fun trail ride that is easy and great for kids. Located near Park & Tilford Mall, the route feels tucked into the city but removed enough for some quality family nature time. Kids will love rock throwing into the creek, the quaint footbridge, and did we mention the playground at Bridgmen Park? Along the way, you will find Inter River Park featuring sports fields and a BMX park for more advanced bikers. Lynn Headwaters Regional Park offers a variety of options from short to all-day hikes, so make sure to check the maps beforehand and determine the best route for your outdoor adventure.
Immerse yourself in nature on the Seymour Valley Trailway—a moderate paved route complete with sights along the way such as Seymour Falls Dam and the Seymour River Fish Hatchery. Bike past hundred-year-old trees and enjoy a lake view from the stunning observation point. Complete with boardwalks and the Bear Bridge, you will be surrounded by giant cedar trees on the Old Growth portion of the trail. Or, take a left at the crossroads and make your way to the Seymour Dam. The Old Growth trail will add an extra 3km to the trip and is less paved but is totally worth it. This portion will take you to the Seymour River, and a 500-year-old Spruce awaits.
The entire trail is 20km, starting at Rice Lake and takes about 32 minutes to complete. Rice Lake is surrounded by benches where you can stop to enjoy the view. This is a truly beautiful trail any time of the year, but especially on a sunny summer day. If you bike down the Seymour Valley Trailway, don’t miss the Mid Valley picnic area. It has incredible views of the entire Seymour River Valley and the mountains to the east in Mount Seymour Provincial Park.
If visiting the local city parks is on your agenda, this is a wonderful way to sightsee on a paved, easy bike trail on a continuous loop, separated by greenways. The Green Necklace route dates back to 1907 and along the way, there is lovely artwork and informative city signage outlining some of the history. This trail takes you through the heart of North Vancouver’s Lonsdale areas and into parks such as Victoria Park, Grand Boulevard and Mahon Park. Bike safely along the roadways and stop for lunch at various local coffee shops, restaurants or plan a picnic in the park.
Our summer deals are the perfect way to explore the trails and save! Enjoy BOGO e-bike rentals from Reckless Shipyards, just steps away from some of our participating hotels. Some of the hotels are located right on the bike routes. Have fun and stay safe on your North Shore biking adventures!