The Sunshine Coast’s singletrack is the stuff that mountain biking dreams are made of. Sculpted by the Strait of Georgia, the peninsula’s rocky shoreline quickly fades into a mystic, coastal rainforest. Duck inside and you’ll find a labyrinth of diverse trails that flow to the rhythm of nature. Paired with year-round trail access and a passionate community of friendly riders, the Sunshine Coast is one of the best places to go mountain biking in North America.
The only requirement? A sense of adventure! Half the fun is discovering the Sunshine Coast for yourself.
We encourage everyone planning a trip to the Sunshine Coast to explore safely, responsibly, and respectfully. We’re all visitors on the traditional territories of the Tla’amin, Klahoose, shíshálh, and Skwxwú7mesh nations.
Where to Ride
Over 700 kilometres of bike trails stretch from the southern end of the Sunshine Coast to the northern flanks in Powell River. Start small and meander your way through the smooth contours of old growth forest for an introduction to the Sunshine Coast’s unique terrain, or feast on technical cross-country and gravity-fed downhill runs as you explore the area’s most famous zones. Wherever you roll, you’ll find a carpet of roots, rocks, and moss that lead you to an exciting adventure, no matter your skill or style.
Southern Sunshine Coast
With mountain bike trails located just a few minutes from the Langdale Ferry Terminal just outside of Gibsons, the Southern Sunshine Coast is an easy choice for visiting riders. More than 380 kilometres of trails—coloured with natural features, man-made stunts, and hand-built singletrack—wind their way through five main trail networks, each with their own distinct flavour:
- Sprockids Bike Park sets the bar for access, flow and diversity. Warm up on smooth trails and wooden practice stunts, minutes from the ferry terminal, before exploring higher up the mountain, where you’ll find connecting trails designed with progressive berms, log rides, ladder bridges and rocky ridgelines. Click here to view the Sprockids map and directions.
- Roberts Creek holds Sunshine Coast’s most diverse network of trails. Whether it’s casual pedaling, big elevation gains or shuttle laps you’re after, Roberts Creek has thrills for all styles of bikers.
- Wilson Creek is one of the Sunshine Coast’s newer riding zones, and features challenging trail rides with a hearty dose of rock rolls, skinny bridges, and unmarked trails. Talk to a local bike shop for trail information.
- Loam, berms, flow, roots. West Sechelt features a sample of cross-country and all-mountain features. Designed for the movement of bikers, the mostly-intermediate XC trails provide non-stop entertainment mixed with natural (and fun) features.
- Halfmoon Bay is an exhilarating introduction for beginner riders and more experienced alike, and features many trail options and connecting routes, from easy cruisers to moderate tech.
Northern Sunshine Coast
Journey a little further north and uncover 350+ kilometres of mossy singletrack all to yourself. The Northern Sunshine Coast might be remote, but it rewards the adventurous with some of the most premier cross-country trails in the region, giving both new and established riders a choice between mellow thrills or challenging skills.
- Credit a community of loggers, hikers and bikers for a combination of old-school challenge and new-school flow in Powell River. Twisty, mossy cross-country trails hug the contours of old growth forests, bringing natural flow and all-level fun to areas like the popular Duck Lake network.
- Texada Island has plenty of dirt roads and trails to explore. Note that they are mostly multi-use and single-track, and are not well-marked.
Feed your adrenaline rush or hone your skills at one of the many bike parks on the Sunshine Coast:
- Sprockids Skills Park — Wooden features, man-made stunts, and practice trails to introduce you to riding on the Sunshine Coast.
- Coast Gravity Park — Discover world-renowned, shuttle-accessed downhill trails built for riders, by riders. Open year-round.
- Powell River Bike & Skate Park — This urban bike park is open to the public with jumps, ramps, wall rides, and two pumptracks.
Video: Forest of Progression
Click the “play” button below to watch Freehub Magazine’s video, The Sunshine Coast’s Old Growth Culture Meets New Age Riding // Forest of Progression.
Certain sports, like mountain biking or running, increase your risk of encountering wildlife due to your speed and minimal sound. While mountain biking, call ahead with your voice, especially around blind corners and carry bear spray on you and not your bike. Learn more about wildlife, their behaviour, and staying safe in wildlife country at WildSafeBC.
Rent a bike, buy gear, pick up a map or get local knowledge from the people who are always out riding:
Mountain Biking Resources
Check out some of the Sunshine Coast’s local bike clubs and other resources:
- Sunshine Coast United Mountain Bikers (SCUMB) — A non-profit bike club on the Sunshine Coast, with multiple group rides offered every week.
- Qathet Regional Cycling Association (QRCA) — The primary cycling organization in Powell River, with ongoing events, group rides, and more.
- Trailforks – South Coast | Trailforks – North Coast — A comprehensive map of the mountain bike trails around Sunshine Coast. Download the mobile app for trailside navigation.
- Coastal Crew — A local crew of freeriders who are pushing the evolution of mountain biking.