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Group Bike Rides 2019

Join a Ride

Up for a cycling adventure? Pedal along the Fraser River as part of a guided cycling tour, following the FraserFEST canoe journey as they travel the mighty Fraser from Lillooet to the Salish Sea. There are five group rides available, as outlined below.

    
The group rides are being organized and led by Trails BC, while the Fraser Canyon Sáťatqwa7 ride is being organized and led by LORCA and the Lillooet Naturalist Society. The rides are challenging and therefore reserved for adults only. 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 rides. It is recommended that you register early to be assured a spot in the group ride, as we can only accept a maximum of 10 riders. The rides are free, with the exception of the shuttle fees for three of them. Ride procedures and more detailed descriptions will be sent by email to registrants closer to the day of the ride.

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

Fraser Canyon Sáťatqwa7 Cycle Journey: Wed, Aug. 7th, 2019

48 km: 7-8 hours – $15 shuttle

This cycle route— organized and led by LORCA (Lillooet Off Road Cycling Association)—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!

Rock piles from Chinese miners.

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.

See a Google Map of the route.

Price: $15 + GST
Since this ride requires the use of a shuttle, we require each rider to pay $15 + GST to cover the cost of the shuttle.

More info / Register 

Cheam Cycle Journey: Othello Tunnels to Cheam Fishing Village: Fri, Sept. 13th, 2019

48 km: 5 hours – $15 shuttle

This cycle route features the famous Othello Canyon KVR trail 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.

Othello Tunnels scenery

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 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.

See a Google Map of the route.

Price: $15 + GST
Since this ride requires the use of a shuttle, we require each rider to pay $15 + GST to cover the cost of the shuttle.

More info / Register 

Kwantlen Cycle Journey: Dewdney to Glen Valley: Sun, Sept. 15th, 2019

60 km: 7 to 8 hours – $15 shuttle

Fishtrap Creek

This route follows dikes on both sides of the Fraser River, taking in Hatzic Lake from Neilson Regional Park, Westminster Abbey Lookout, the Fraser River Heritage Park, the Mission Bridge to the Matsqui Trail on the south side. We follow the Matsqui Trail, part of the Trans Canada Trail, to Douglas Taylor Regional Park in the Mt. Lehman area. From there we make our way past farmlands to Glen Valley Regional Park. Expect great bottom valley views of surrounding mountain peaks.

Matsqui Trail

See a Google Map of the route.

Price: $15 + GST
Since this ride requires the use of a shuttle, we require each rider to pay $15 + GST to cover the cost of the shuttle.

More info / Register 

Kwikwetlem Cycle Journey Over the Fraser and Pitt Rivers: Sat, Sept. 21st, 2019

50 km: 5 to 6 hours – free

Riding the Pitt River Greenway.

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.

View of the Fraser River looking east from the Port Mann Bridge.

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.

See a Google Map of the route.

Price: FREE
Registration is required.

More info / Register 

Musqueam Cycle Journey: Point Grey and Vicinity: Sun, Sept. 22nd, 2019

45 – 50 km: 5 to 6 hours – free 

Musqueam Loop riders in Pacific Spirit Park.

This sensational ride starts at the Musqueam First Nation Reserve and 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.

Riding through Pacific Spirit Park.

See a Google Map of the route.

Price: FREE
Registration is required.

More info / Register 

Everyone lives in a watershed.
Experience yours.

*Photo at top by Léon Lebrun.

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