Group Bike Rides

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Up for a cycling adventure? Pedal along the Fraser River as part of a group of cyclists, following the FraserFEST canoes as they journey the Lower Fraser from Hope to the Salish Sea. There are five group rides available, as outlined below.


The group rides are being organized and led by Trails BC, with the exception of the Fraser Canyon Sáťatqwa7 ride, and is open to cyclists of all ages. Participants must have their own bicycle, and be capable of cycling 40 kms in 3-4 hours, with breaks.

Registration is required for the group bike ride. The deadline to register is three days before the event. Most rides are free, with the exception of the two that require a shuttle. Ride procedures and more detailed descriptions will be sent by email to registrants closer to the day of the ride.

The deadline to register for a FraserFEST 2018 group bike ride is August 17, 2018.

For more information about each ride, click the blue “+” symbol.

*Fraser Canyon Sáťatqwa7 Bike Tour: Sun, Aug. 19th, 2018 *Cancelled due to smoke from wildfires

48 km: 7-8 hours – by donation ($10 suggested amount)
CANCELLED DUE TO SMOKE. This cycle route traverses high above the Fraser River, and is unique in that you will be riding through both coast mountain and desert landscapes. The route is on a rural dirt road, with almost no traffic. It offers spectacular views of the Fraser River, crosses numerous mountain creeks, and passes by sagebrush fields.

The tour will highlight the Indigenous history and culture of the St’at’imc and Nlaka’pamux communities, the history of the gold rush era, and the historic and current farming of this excellent growing region. You will see unique geologic features, and experience the vegetation of the region – you will smell cedar, Ponderosa pine and sagebrush all in the one tour!

There will be two opportunities to walk down to the Fraser River to learn more about the region. Be awed by the rock piles made by Chinese miners during the gold rush era, and join Indigenous leaders and SLLP participants at the confluence of the Fraser and Stein rivers at the end of the trip. Along the way, you may also meet with organic farmers, birders and plant ecologists.

We will take snack and lunch stops along the way, under the spray of mountain creeks or on a lookout high above the Fraser River. A shuttle will be available to carry equipment and ferry riders as needed. The ride ends at the Stein River within the Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park, where cyclists will join the FraserFEST rafters on the banks of the Fraser River.

Level of difficulty: This ride is on a dirt road that meanders up and down, with an elevation gain/loss of around 1500m. This ride is rated as being moderate, bordering on difficult. The weather of the region can be very hot but the route has shade around all the creek crossings – great places to cool down and rest.

What to bring: Be prepared for the weather. August is usually hot in the Fraser Canyon, so ensure you dress in layers, have a well-fitting helmet (preferably with visor), sunscreen and appropriate sunglasses. Bring your mountain bike or touring bike suitable for gravel roads, with tool kit and a spare tube. We will stop along the way for snacks and lunch – bring your own. Some local fruit and veggies, and iced water will be available.

Logistics: The day before the ride (Sat, Aug. 18), people are welcome to camp in Lytton at Skihist Provincial Park, or at the Lillooet Cayoosh Creek Campground to make it easier to get to the starting point on Sunday morning.

On the day of the ride, registered cyclists staying at Skihist Provincial Park in Lytton will be picked up at 6:00am and shuttled to the Cayoosh Creek Campground in Lillooet to meet up with the other cyclists by 7:00am.  From there, all cyclists will be shuttled to the end of pavement on Texas Creek Road, where the ride will begin between 7:30-8:00am. The shuttle will journey with the cyclists and can carry their supplies and lunches, as well as extra water.

The ride ends at the confluence of the Stein and Fraser rivers, where cyclists will join the FraserFEST rafters on the riverbank around 3:30pm. The shuttle and a community bus will then pick up participants around 5:00pm. You will be transported across the Lytton Reaction Ferry, to Lytton, and then to Lillooet. Estimated time of arrival in Lillooet is approximately 6:00 pm.

It is important to note that times may change based on the cycling level of the group and rafting time-frames that are based on the river’s rhythm. Be prepared to enjoy participants in both the cycle and rafting trips, as well as locals from the region, who will share their knowledge and passion for the area.

Since this ride requires the use of a shuttle, we are asking cyclists participating in this ride for a donation to put toward the shuttle ($10 suggested amount per person).

See a Google Map of the route.

Register for the ride. 

Othello Tunnels to Cheam: Thurs, Aug. 23rd, 2018 - FULL, waiting list available

48 km: 5 hours – by donation ($10 suggested amount)
This cycle route features the famous Othello Canyon with its tunnels, bridges, and rapids, the Coquihalla River, Sucker Creek Fish Channels, Hope Center, the Fraser River, and Seabird Island with its picturesque Maria Slough. Much of it is on Highway 7, which has quite a good cycling shoulder and is the main cycling route between Agassiz and Hope on the Trans Canada Trail. This ride also features the former Kettle Vally Railway crossing of the Fraser in Hope (for viewing only at this time) and the location of its terminal train station at Odlum.

The trip offers exceptional views of mountain peaks such as Cheam, Foley, Four Brothers, Sowerby, Ludwig, etc on the opposite shore of the Fraser River. Being made aware of the First Nation Reserves along this route is also part of the journey. While always close to the shores and view of the Fraser River, access is usually not possible because of the active railway between the Highway and the river. We will make a snack/lunch/coffee stop in Hope, leaving 37 kms for the remainder of the ride with short stops.

Level of difficulty: This ride is either downhill or mostly flat (with the brief exception of getting onto the shoulder of the highway near Hope). It is an easy ride for anyone used to cycling flat distances for several hours riding and can cycle over 40 kms at an average speed of about 12 kms/hour with short stops along the way.

What to bring: Be prepared for the weather. A rain shower is always a possibility but in August it is more likely that you will need to apply sunscreen. Bring water, a well serviced bicycle bike (preferably hybrid or mountain bike), tool kit with a spare tube, and a snack. We will make stop for a snack/lunch/coffee in Hope at a coffee shop, leaving 37 kms for the remainder of the ride with short stops along the way.

Logistics: On the day of the ride, registered cyclists will meet near the Cheam Fishing Village at 10:00 am for the pre-ride registration process, after which cyclists will be shuttled to the Othello Tunnels to start the ride. Since this ride requires the use of a shuttle, we are asking cyclists participating in this ride for a donation to put toward the shuttle ($10 suggested amount per person).

See a Google Map of the route.

FraserFEST Community Dinner: You are invited to join us for the Cheam Community Dinner at the Fraser River Lodge after your ride on Thursday evening, August 23rd. The dinner is by donation, but you must register in advance.

Register for the ride.  This ride is full. If you register now, we will put your name on the waiting list.

Abbotsford Loop: Fri, Aug. 24th, 2018

69 km: 7 to 8 hours – free 
This route combines the popular Discovery and Matsqui Trails to form a loop via the Clayburn Creek Park Trail creating a varied and very interesting journey. Of note, the Matsqui Trail and the eastern part of the Discovery Trail are on the main route of the Trans Canada Trail. Apart from bottom valley views of the coastal mountains including Mt. Baker, the main features along the route are Fishtrap Creek/Ellwood Park wetlands, the Discovery Trail paved pathway, views of farmlands and the Fraser River, the Clayburn Creek Park Trail, Clayburn heritage site, the forest approaching Douglas Taylor Park, and more. It extends one of TrailsBC’s TCT25 Program Loops by 24km, as well as adding quite a bit of roadway. It follows the Fraser River along the whole Matsqui Trail and, of course, in Glen Valley.  All of it takes place on the west side of Sumas Mountain and requires going over Mt. Lehman twice.

Level of difficulty: This is the most difficult of the four FraserFEST rides and is great for those looking for a challenge. Hard, with a 150m elevation change twice. Cyclists should have experience cycling 40 km with some ease to attempt this trip.

What to bring: Be prepared for the weather. A rain shower is always a possibility but in August it is more likely that you will need to apply sunscreen. Bring water, a well serviced bicycle bike (preferably hybrid or mountain bike), tool kit with a spare tube, and a snack. A stop for lunch is planned at the Clayburn Village Store (which is also a tea shop/restaurant), please bring money or pack a lunch.

Logistics: On the day of the ride, registered cyclists will meet at Glen Valley Regional Park at 7:30 am for the pre-ride registration process and a welcome circle. The riders should be back at Glen Valley Regional Park for 5:30, in time for the FraserFEST Community Dinner (see below).

See a Google Map of the route.

FraserFEST Community Dinner: On Friday evening, August 24th, please join us for the Kwantlen Community Dinner at Glen Valley Regional Park. The dinner is by donation, but you must register in advance.

Register for the ride. 

Coquitlam-Three Bridges Loop: Sat, Aug. 25th, 2018 - FULL, waiting list available

45 km: 4.5 to 5.5 hours – free 

This ride starts and ends at Colony Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam. It crosses the Fraser and Pitt Rivers via three recently built cable bridges (Port Mann, Golden Ears and Pitt River Bridges). Connecting the bridges are major greenways and three regional parks.

The route takes you through Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey Bend Regional Park, along the Golden Ears Way bike path, the Pitt River Greenway and the PoCo Trail while the FraserFEST canoes will be traveling on the Fraser River from Fort Langley to Colony Farm Regional Park.

The section from the Golden Ears Bridge in Surrey to the Pitt River Bridge in Pitt Meadows follows the Trans Canada Trail and is also part of the Experience the Fraser project’s route. This section, including a portion of the PoCo Trail to Colony Farm Regional Park, is also part of the Canyon to Coast Trail.

Level of difficulty: This route is basically flat and is made up of dikes and slightly rolling trails. The most difficult grades are over the three bridges.

What to bring: Be prepared for the weather. A rain shower is always a possibility but in August it is more likely that you will need to apply sunscreen. Bring water, a well serviced bicycle bike (preferably hybrid or mountain bike), tool kit with a spare tube, and a snack. Riders will stop for a break at the coffee shop in Osprey Village, please bring money or pack a snack.

Logistics: On the day of the ride, registered cyclists will meet in the parking lot at Colony Farm Regional Park at 11:30 am for the pre-ride registration process. Cyclists will be back to Colony Farm Regional Park by 6:00 pm, in time for the FraserFEST Community Dinner (see below).

See a Google Map of the route.

FraserFEST Community Dinner: On Saturday evening, August 25th, please join us for the Kwikwetlem Community Dinner at Colony Farm Regional Park, adjacent to the community gardens. The dinner is by donation, but you must register in advance.

Register for the ride.  This ride is full. If you register now, we will put your name on the waiting list.

Musqueam Loop: Sun, Aug. 26th, 2018 - FULL, waiting list available

55 km: 6 to 7 hours – free 

This sensational ride starts at McDonald Beach Park on Sea Island, then takes in the Musqueam Southlands, Pacific Spirit Park, Spanish Banks, Jericho Beach, Kitsilano and Vanier Parks, Queen Elizabeth Park, and the Arbutus Greenway rail trail corridor. We will also experience the Skytrain, Bridgeport and Arthur Laing Bridges crossing the Fraser River.

Level of difficulty: The ride involves gentle climbs through Pacific Spirit Park and towards Queen Elizabeth Park with one steep downhill section on the Spanish Trail to Spanish Banks. Each of the three bridges over the Fraser has a significant grade to them. You should feel comfortable riding at least 40 kms. Be prepared for up to 7 hours of riding with several brief stops and a stop for lunch.

What to bring: Be prepared for the weather. A rain shower is always a possibility but in August it is more likely that you will need to apply sunscreen. Bring water, a well serviced bicycle (preferably a hybrid or mountain bike), tool kit with a spare tube, and a snack. Riders will stop for lunch along the way where you will be able to buy lunch (or pack your own).

Logistics: On the day of the ride, registered cyclists will meet in McDonald Beach Park on Sea Island in Richmond (3500 McDonald Road) at 10:30 am for the pre-ride registration process and a welcome circle. Cyclists will aim to be back to McDonald Beach Park by 5:40 pm, in time for the arrival of the FraserFEST paddlers and a catered FraserFEST Community Dinner (see below). Those without vehicles can request to be picked up at the Canada Line Templeton Skytrain Station no later than 10:00 am.

See a Google Map of the route.

FraserFEST Community Dinner: On Sunday evening, August 26th, please join us for the final FraserFEST 2018 Community Dinner at McDonald Beach Park in Richmond. The dinner is by donation, but you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register for the ride.  This ride is full. If you register now, we will put your name on the waiting list.

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