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 four group rides available, as outlined below.


The group ride is being organized and led by Trails BC, 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. The group rides are free, with the exception of the Hope to Cheam ride because it requires 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.

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 the Kwikwetlem First Nation community hall, near Colony Farm Regional Park. 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

42 km: 4 to 5 hours – free 

This sensational ride takes in the Musqueam Southlands, Pacific Spirit Park, Spanish Banks, Jericho Beach, Kitsilano and Vanier Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, and the new Arbutus Greenway rail trail corridor. Note that the Canada Line Skytrain Station at Marine Drive is right on the route.

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. You should feel comfortable riding at least 40 kms. Be prepared for up to 5 hours of riding with several brief stops.

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 lunch break in Kitsilano where you can buy lunch (or pack your own).

Logistics: On the day of the ride, registered cyclists will meet in the parking lot of the Musqueam Cultural Pavillion (4000 Musqueam Ave, Vancouver) at 1:00 pm for the pre-ride registration process and a welcome circle. Cyclists will be back to the Musqueam Indian Reserve by 6:00 pm, in time for the FraserFEST Community Dinner (see below).

See a Google Map of the route.

FraserFEST Community Dinner: On Sunday evening, August 26th, please join us for the Musqueam Community Dinner at the Musqueam Indian Band Community Centre Cafe in Vancouver. 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.

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