Cycling & Mountain Biking – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cycle through quiet towns, down back roads and along a traffic-light Highway 19, which, given the mountain scenery and fresh-air setting, shapes up as a long-distance bike route that’s almost an equal of the famed Icefield Parkway between Banff and Jasper.

Stubby wheeled mountain bikes are essential when bombing down dirt forestry roads or the downhill trails surrounding the towns of Port McNeill and Port Hardy as well as the routes of Rumble Mountain near Port Alice. The Shed Outdoor Store in Port McNeill carries the full-gamut of gear and you will find the staff here an expert resource for the local trail network.

Cruiser bikes are the perfect mode of transportation for experiencing the small town streets and waterfront pathways. Pedal power is just the right speed to fully absorb your surroundings. Breath in the fresh air and roll on to your north Island exploration.

Sointula Green Bikes: Tour Sointula by “green bike” when you visit Malcolm Island. The bikes can be used for free, borrow these green wheels at Sointula Resource Centre at 165 – 1st Street (across the street from the ferry terminal). Enjoy your ride!

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