If you're searching for a mountain bike vacation that's family friendly with beautiful landscapes, Western Canada should be at the top of your list. With some of the best mountain bike trails in the two-wheeled world, its breathtaking scenery is so vast and diverse that no on-bike footage could ever do it justice. These trails include copious amounts of flow, jumps, professionally-made features, massive berms and most are right off the highway. We've assembled a list of our must ride trails and parks in the west, so sit back and get ready to roll north with MTBR's best mountain bike trails in Western Canada.
Bobsled Trail, North Vancouver, B.C.
A trail that's so popular that you may need to take a number! Bobsled Trail is the first sanctioned new school flow trail, and was rebuilt by the District of North Vancouver Trail crew in 2010. This North Vancouver trail is popular with locals and travelers from all over the world. Bobsled proves that sustainable flow trails can be built on the shore and offer fantastic technical features. For those who dig big berms, doubles and fast flow - Bobsled Trail is for you. The trailhead is quick to get to and is right off of the Mountain Highway. Key features include a sizeable wooden wall ride, both large and small doubles, carved berms and pumpable flow.
Where to stay: Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, North Vancouver, B.C. for a bike-friendly place to crash, that's close to other major attractions, such as Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, and more, so you can make the most of your time in the area.
Inks Lake, Kamloops, B.C.
The trails surrounding Ink Lake are great for mountain biking and hiking adventures. The terrain is perfect technical B.C. riding, in a beautiful landscape with a touch of the mountains. Look for pine forest riding with features scattered through the undulating single track. The trails are marked, but some personal navigation is encouraged. Bring a bathing suit because Ink Lake itself is worth checking out.
Where to stay: Comfort Inn & Suites, Kamloops, B.C. for a free hot breakfast and a good night's rest, an indoor pool, and ample parking for your bike and equipment.
Razor's Edge Trail or Prairie View Trail, Canmore, AB
Located in beautiful Bow Valley, Razor's Edge trail boasts breathtaking rides and views.
To understand Razor's Edge, you have to follow the terrain that surrounds it. Quaite Valley is thick and rugged, full of natural slabs and lush forest. The trail, accessible via Quaite Valley and Prairie View, is aimed at the all-mountain crowd and contains loose rocks so plan accordingly. Razor's Edge provides all the features that make it a must ride trail if you are anywhere near the area. Sections of undulating, pristine, bench cut single track get you primed for climbing and breathtaking ridgeline riding. The ridges are an essential feature of Razor's Edge and is an excellent reward after the thick forest and seated climbing. Expect to encounter challenging rock slabs, both ascending and descending. Technical characteristics and riding are bountiful after a soft start. Get your wits ready for the final descent that includes loose rocks and wide open spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valley below.
Where to stay: Econo Lodge & Suite University, in Calgary, AB for an indoor heated pool and free continental breakfast in a bike-friendly atmosphere.
Pump House (Elk Falls Provincial Park), Campbell River, B.C.
Originally built by local riders in the Campbell River area, the Pump House Trails in Elk Falls have something for everyone. Recognized fully by the Elk Falls Provincial Park, the trails are easy to navigate and can be fully explored within a few hours. Boasting both technical bits and rollable sections, these trails are excellent for everyone from the beginner with chops to expert riders. Most of the trails are in the open rock bluff and surrounding forest and offer a variety of terrain and shreddable features. For those looking to connect and explore the area further, this area of trail links to Snowden via the Dean Martin trail.
Where to stay: Comfort Inn and Suites, Campbell River, B.C., a 2019 Platinum Guest Satisfaction Award winner for their commitment to providing excellent customer service to all visitors. Here you can enjoy a free hot breakfast, an indoor heated pool, whirlpool and hot tub to soothe your muscles after a busy day of riding.
Smith Creek Trail System, Kelowna, B.C.
A view of Kelowna in B.C.'s beautiful Okanagan Valley by Christopher Gardiner / Shutterstock.com
If you're looking for challenging climbs with amazing descents, you need to check out the Smith Creek Trail System. With about 300m of elevation gain and another 300m of pure singletrack bliss on the way down, this area just west of West Kelowna is small, but growing and quickly becoming a local favorite. The trails here are looped and feature lots of jumps and berms and has enough fun for XC, DH, Freeride and all-mountain bikers alike. Look for beginner trails lower down with more advanced trails at higher elevations-all in Kelowna's stunning semi-arid paradise.
Where to stay: Comfort Suites, Kelowna, B.C. for a family-friendly atmosphere, complete with a free hot breakfast, and close to tons of entertainment options, restaurants and more.