Considering that Great Explorations beginnings were in the creation and operating of two premier mountain bike events in BC (we donated in excess of $10,000 cash to local trail building and development), we felt the time was right to offer intermediate mountain bike enthusiasts an epic week of mountain biking in this mecca we call home.

Note: This trip should only be considered by those with previous mountain biking experience (intermediate level and above).

Unlike races, which typically include a lot of road to spread out masses of riders, we typically have 8-12 participants and thus have the opportunity to ride significantly more single-track trail and provide more options. We typically offer a moderate-intermediate ride (mostly blue) and for those that want to challenge themselves on more advanced/technical trail, you will have that opportunity, but the focus will be on all mountain, cross-country, flow trails.

Only Great Explorations:

  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences
  • Dinners at restaurants with fresh and healthy west coast inspired cuisine
  • Craft brewery tours
  • Great trail snacks to energize you
  • Distinctive, charming hotels (not hostels)
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises!

“Quite possibly the best mountain biking in North America, if not the world.”
Robbin McKinney

Location

Vancouver

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Day 1+7

Courtenay

Courtenay, BC, Canada

Day 1+2

Hornby Island

Hornby Island, BC, Canada

Day 2

Powell River

Powell River, BC, Canada

Day 3

Sechelt

Sechelt, BC, Canada

Day 4

Squamish

Squamish, BC, Canada

Day 5

Whistler

Whistler, BC, Canada

Day 6

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

Services of two or more experienced Great Explorations guides
Support vehicle
6 nights lodging
All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
Detailed map + GPS app for rides
All baggage transportation
All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off
Morning yoga classes on at least 2 days
Brewery tastings
And other surprises!

Not Included

Mountain Bike Rental (please bring your own)

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2021

Jun 13-19
Jul 25-31

2022

Jun 12-18
Jul 24-30

Trip can start at any date. Custom trips also available. Call or email for details.

TRIP SIZE

4-12 participants

TOTAL DAYS

7 days / 6 nights with 7 days of riding

ARRIVE / DEPART

Vancouver

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Intermediate +
Van supported

Note: This trip should only be considered by those with previous mountain biking experience (intermediate level and above).

TERRAIN

Mixed

COST

Land Cost:
CAD $3,250 pp
Includes 6B/2L/5D

Single Supplement:
CAD $675

Please bring your own Mountain Bike for this trip (no rental, sorry).

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services.
Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All our trips in Canada are quoted in Canadian Dollars (CAD) but we gladly accept payment in U.S. dollars (USD) also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily.
If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604 730 1247 | +1 800 242 1825.

Getting there
Our trip starts and ends in Vancouver. Details in your pre-departure package.


1

Day 1

North Shore/Mt Seymour & Cumberland

We will meet up at 9am at the Lonsdale Quay Hotel in North Vancouver. After coffee at a favourite café nearby, we will ride the North Shore/ Mt Seymour trails in the am. Start from the valley bottom on old  Buck climbing trail, or alternatively, enjoy a shuttle up Seymour and start your day with a descent.  We will ride some of the route of a previous BCBR (but more trail, less road) with mostly blue-rated trails. Afterwards, we’ll take the ferry across to Nanaimo and make our way up the coast of Vancouver island. If you still have some ‘jam’ left, there should be time for a late-afternoon spin through the Cumberland Community Forest, finishing at the Cumberland Brewing Co.

Overnight – Old House Hotel, Courtenay; spa, pool

Morning Ride – Seymour: up to 13km, 600m elevation gain
Afternoon Ride – Cumberland: 9km, 135m or 15km, 400m

2

Day 2

Cumberland & Hornby Island

We will make our way to Hornby Island (famous for Hornby Island Bikefest R.I.P.). In addition to superb mountain biking, this island oasis boasts spectacular sand beaches and a laid-back vibe we love. Having spent several years mountain biking here, we have the perfect route to please. Back in Cumberland, an afternoon option will tempt you before returning to Courtenay to spend the night. Tonight, we’ll dine at the popular Black Fin Pub.

Overnight – Old House Hotel, Courtenay; spa pool

Morning Ride – Hornby Island: up to 30km, 700m elevation gain
Afternoon Ride – Cumberland: 14km, 400m or 40km, 900m

3

Day 3

Powell River

Today, we’ll ferry across to Powell River which has been revitalized with an influx of outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy a full day on trails here – all under 400 m in elevation and all blue-rated trails (fast and flowy) followed by an optional beer tastings at Townsite Brewing.

Overnight – The Old Courthouse Inn, Powell River

Day Ride – Powell River: up to 52km, 950m elevation gain

4

Day 4

Sunshine Coast

Up early, we’ll make our way south to Saltery Bay for the ferry to Earl’s Cove and to Half-Moon Bay. From here, ride the trails of West Sechelt, part of the route of the Sunshine Coast Trail Challenge to Sechelt. After lunch at a cool spot in Sechelt, we’ll transfer south to Roberts Creek, and shuttle up to enable you to ride an epic trail which crosses Elphinstone mountain descending 700 m over 10 km, finishing at Persephone Brewing Co. After a late afternoon tasting, we’ll take the ferry back to Horseshoe Bay and then drive north to Squamish.

Overnight – Howe Sound Inn, Squamish

Morning Ride – West Sechelt: 10km, 240m; 16km, 230m
Afternoon Ride – 10km, descent of 650m; 13km, descent of 800m

5

Day 5

Squamish

Waking up in Squamish, we have a great riding day planned, starting with a climb up the new Legacy climb trail and a descent on the flow trails of Half Nelson and Psedo-Tsuga, and then lunch and a swim at Alice Lake. For the afternoon, we’ll continue with more great riding including Jacks, 50 shades, Leave of Absence, Roller Coaster, and others.  In addition to Howe Sound Brewing, A-Frame Brewing and Backcountry Brewing have tasting rooms and nibbles. Does it get any better?

Overnight – Howe Sound Inn, Squamish

Day Ride – Squamish: up to 60km, 1400m elevation gain or 12km, 450m or 10km, 320m

6

Day 6

Whistler

You can’t visit this region and not include Whistler. If you’d like to climb up to the alpine, there is no more epic ride in Whistler than the Lord of the Squirrels trail, that finishes with a descent of over 1,000m. This is a full-day ride (July & August or when snow has melted in alpine) and comes with bragging rights. Alternatively, we’ll offer an intermediate option around Lost Lake that is plenty of fun and/or (when complete) a ride to Cheakamus Lake via WORCA’s newest trail project – Far Out & Flashback trail that connects Whistler Interpretive Forest singletrack around the Cheakamus river to Cheakamus Lake BC Parks Trail and back. We will celebrate this day’s ride with tastings at Whistler Brewery, overnight at a swank hotel in Whistler and dinner at a favourite restaurant.

Overnight at a swank hotel in Whistler. Nita Lake Lodge OR Legends, Whistler

Day Ride – Whistler: up to 25km, 1200m elevation gain

7

Day 7

Sea to Sky Trail

For those who want one last ride, wake up early and descend part of the Sea to Sky Trail, which links Whistler and Squamish, descending 1100 m over 40km. This iconic trail has been decades in the making and takes you back to Squamish in time for lunch. From there, we’ll transfer to Vancouver by 3pm with drop-offs in North Van back at the Lonsdale Quay hotel.

Day Ride – Sea to Sky Trail: up to 65km, +470m elevation, -1100m

Old House Hotel, Courtenay

Vancouver Island’s best-kept secret, the Old House Hotel & Spa is set along the Courtenay River and Estuary trail and centrally located to shopping, dining, championship golf courses and countless recreational activities. Relax at OhSpa, an outdoor heated pool, hot tub and lush historic gardens.


The Old Courthouse Inn, Powell River

The Old Courthouse Inn is located in a National Historic District in the Historic Townsite of Powell River on the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada. Build in 1939, it has been restored and renovated in 1997. An eclectic mix of antiques and collectables adorn the rooms and halls will remind you of the days gone by.


Howe Sound Inn, Squamish

Cozy hotel located in downtown Squamish, BC, with incredible views of The Chief, Mamquam Mountain & the Tantalus Mountain Range. A short walk upstairs from the Brewery, Brewpub & Firebread Restaurant will allow you to relax.


Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler

Located in the village of Creekside, along the shores of a beautiful, glacier-fed lake, Nita Lake Lodge is a hotel experience unlike any other. Only 500 metres from the base of Whistler Mountain and the Creekside gondola; vibrant Whistler Village is just a short walk or shuttle ride away.
Hotel back up: Legends



			

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