The definition of a bucket list is experiences or things one hasn’t done but wants to do before dying. For skiers and snowboarders, it’s about heading to places like the Powder Highway or heli-skiing. But, what if you love mountain biking and the great outdoors? What is THE mountain bike tour / road trip of a lifetime? For us, there’s no question it’s the BC Bike Ride North experience. How come? Let’s check it out.
Reasons to go on the BC Bike Ride North
British Columbia is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Compared to other parts of North America, you won’t come across nature like Canada has to offer. Northern BC’s vast wilderness is the size of the ENTIRE state of California! And, more importantly, it’s preserved and protected by a world-class system of provincial parks and nature reserves. This region is populated by animals like moose, Rocky Mountain elk, woodland caribou, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and even grizzly bears.
On your trip, you’ll get to enjoy 4 diverse regions across 9 distinct trail networks. Some of the trail network highlights include:
Smithers has a trail system that meanders through alpine country and along pristine rivers, while the Perimeter Trail loops the entire town, making for a level and pleasant ride if you need a more relaxing day.
Prince George, the main city in Northern BC, has a 11-kilometre (6.8-mile) Heritage River Trail System that loops around the city and, like all BC bike trips, takes in plenty of scenery en-route.
Logistics are covered:
What’s the worst part of a road trip? Having to plan where to stop, finding places to eat that are decent, and most of all figuring out what to do each day. Well, the BC Bike Ride Crew takes care of ALL of that. From daily happy hours to meals & making sure your gear makes it to the next destination while you ride, EVERYTHING is covered. Talk about rolling out the red carpet!
The 2020 trip starts on Thursday July 23rd with a day in Prince George and runs until July 31st. This full service, mobile, event-style tour includes transportation by plane, train, and shuttles covering more than 700 kilometers in an action-packed road-trip of a lifetime. If it’s a little too close to book this trip be sure to check out their 2nd trip — Ride The Kootenays happening on September 12th – 20th. For more info check out their website.
If you’re looking for more unique mountain bike adventures like the BC Ride North Tour, get tips on gear, or read about grassroots races like the Pearl Pass Tour check out our comprehensive guide: The Down & Dirty On Mountain Biking.