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
  • Casual inns two with shared facilities
  • 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



Vancouver, BC, Canada

Day 1+7


Courtenay, BC, Canada

Day 1+2

Hornby Island

Hornby Island, BC, Canada

Day 2

Powell River

Powell River, BC, Canada

Day 3


Sechelt, BC, Canada

Day 4


Squamish, BC, Canada

Day 5


Whistler, BC, Canada

Day 6

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?


Services of two or more experienced Great Explorations guides
Support vehicle
5 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
Stand-up paddle board rental
Morning yoga classes on at least 2 days
Brewery tastings
And other surprises!

Not Included

Mountain Bike Rental (please bring your own)




June 10-16


June 9-15

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


4-12 participants


7 days / 6 nights with 7 days of riding




Intermediate +
Van supported

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




Land Cost:
CAD $1, 550 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 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.


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. Take a late-afternoon spin through the Cumberland Community Forest, finishing at the Cumberland Brewing Co.

Overnight – Riding Fool Hostel, Cumberland

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


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 dinner.

Overnight – Riding Fool Hostel, Cumberland

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


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


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. Late afternoon, take a stand-up paddleboard out on the inlet, and dine overlooking the ocean.

Overnight – Driftwood Inn, Sechelt

Morning Ride – West Sechelt: 36km, 625m; 26km; 400m



Day 5

Sunshine Coast, Squamish & Whistler

Waking up in Sechelt, we have a great riding day planned, starting with a 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. 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. We’ll pop into Backcountry Brewing for a post-ride brew and then transfer to Whistler to join in the festivities of the Sea to Sky Trail Challenge with a dinner and live music.

Overnight – Whistler Athlete’s Center

Day Ride – Sunshine Coast – up to 13km. Squamish: up to 20km; 780m 


Day 6

Whistler-Squamish Sea to Sky Trail

Ride the epic Sea to Sky Trail all the way from Whistler to Squamish on an annual event that will be a great way to finish your way. There will be a bbq lunch in Squamish at the finish and then it’s back to Vancouver.

Day Ride – up to 60km; 525m 

The Riding Fool, Cumberland

Located in downtown Cumberland with just 8 rooms (4 shared private bathrooms), this hip lodge has a communal lounge, kitchen, slate pool table and bike wash station. Best of all, the fantastic trails of Cumberland are at the doorstep.

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.

Driftwood Inn, Sechelt

Located on the beach in Sechelt, this casual hotel boasts waterfront views, an on-site restaurant and more.

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.