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Group Bike Rides 2019

Everyone lives in a watershed. Experience yours.

Join a Ride

Up for a cycling adventure? Pedal along the Fraser River as part of a group of cyclists, following the FraserFEST journey as they travel the 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, 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 Fri, Sept. 6 but 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.

The deadline to register for a FraserFEST 2019 group bike ride is 5:00 pm Friday, September 6th.

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

Fraser Canyon Sáťatqwa7 Bike Tour: Wed, Aug. 7th, 2019

48 km: 7-8 hours – $15 shuttle
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 (Tues, Aug. 6), 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 Wednesday 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 require each rider to pay $15 for the shuttle.

See a Google Map of the route.

Register for the ride. 

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.

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.

Level of difficulty: This ride is either downhill or mostly flat (with the brief exception of getting on the highway bridge 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 it may be sunny and you may need to apply sunscreen. Bring water, a well serviced bicycle (preferably hybrid or mountain bike), helmet, 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 at the Cheam Fishing Village (campground) at the end of Appel Road, Agassiz, near the sandy banks of the Fraser River, at 10:00 am for the pre-ride registration process. Afterward, cyclists will be shuttled to the Othello Tunnels to start the ride. Since this ride requires the use of a shuttle, we require each rider to pay $15 for the shuttle.

See a Google Map of the route.

FraserFEST Community Dinner: You are invited to join us for the Cheam Community Dinner at the Cheam Fishing Village campground after your ride. The dinner is only $15, and will be catered by Sto:lo Bannock. Advanced registration required.

Register for the ride. 

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

60 km: 7 to 8 hours – $15 shuttle 
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.

Level of difficulty: This is the most difficult of the four FraserFEST rides and is great for those looking for a challenge. Hard, the change of elevation can be as much as 192m/630′. 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 may be sunny and you may need to apply sunscreen. Bring water, a well serviced bicycle (preferably hybrid or mountain bike), helmet, tool kit with a spare tube, and a snack. A stop for lunch is planned at an eatery in Mission during the ride.

Logistics: On the day of the ride, registered cyclists need to meet at Glen Valley Regional Park by 8:00 am for the pre-ride registration process and a welcome circle. The riders should be back at Glen Valley Regional Park for 5:00, in time for the FraserFEST Community Dinner (see below).

Since this ride requires the use of a shuttle, we require each rider to pay $15 for the shuttle.

See a Google Map of the route.

FraserFEST Community Dinner: On Sunday evening, September 15th, please join us for the Kwantlen Community Dinner at Glen Valley Regional Park. The dinner is only $15, and will be catered by Sto:lo Bannock. Advanced registration required.

Register for the ride. 

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

50 km: 5 to 6 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 it may be sunny and you may  need to apply sunscreen. Bring water, a well serviced bicycle (preferably hybrid or mountain bike), helmet, 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 10:30 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, September 21st, please join us for the Kwikwetlem Community Dinner at the Kwikwetlem First Nation Community Hall, adjacent to Colony Farm Regional Park and the community gardens. The dinner is only $15, advanced registration required.

Register for the ride. 

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

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 it could be sunny and you may need to apply sunscreen. Bring water, a well serviced bicycle (preferably a hybrid or mountain bike), helmet, 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, September 22nd, please join us for the Musqueam Community Dinner. Details are still being determined, but the dinner will take place at either MacDonald Beach Park in Richmond, or the at Musqueam Indian Band in South Vancouver. The dinner is only $15, advanced registration required.

Register for the ride. 

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