The sport of mountain biking is growing at an exponential rate and many areas in Canada are getting the reputation as having some of the best mountain bike trails in the world. From spring through fall, new trails are popping up and more riders are taking them in! And for those on the West Coast, BC's mild climate means awesome winter rides too. Whether you’re into undulating cross-country, monstrous climbs or radical downhill, Canada’s got it all!
The vast array of Canada's bike trails can take you from the city to the wild in the turn of a crank, so, depending on the area you're in you’ve got to be ready for anything, including bears. Always wear a helmet and protective gear and carry all essentials and non-essentials in case of a break-down or emergency.
While you’re having a blast out there, remember to respect the:
- terrain – ride within your ability. Check the difficulty rating system on your trail map and know your limits.
- environment – stick to the trail and don’t carve short cuts. Local trail builders do an outstanding job of maintaining trails and preventing erosion, so do your part by staying on track.
- other users – slow down or stop when passing horses, hikers, or runners. Simply put, share the trail!
Photo: NWTT/Terry Parker (banner); Ottawa Tourism