From the rolling hills of Kitsuksis to the waterfront views surrounding Sproat Lake, the Alberni Valley has everything a cyclist could dream of: endless variety, stunning scenery, and light traffic. Locals may have grown accustomed to windy roads with mountain vistas around every bend, but our secret is spreading: visitors from around the world are discovering the Valley as one of the next great cycling and recreation destinations. Here are some favourite cycling routes, popular with local and visitors alike.
Beginners And Young Families
Try the very popular Dyke (approx 5 km) with its smooth paved trails, thriving bird life and pleasant vistas of Mount Arrowsmith and Mount Klitsa. For a longer but relatively flat route - cycle to our own little Switzerland. Park at the old Beaver Creek School and follow Beaver Creek Road and Somers Road to their picture postcard end and back. Watch the scenery change from thick west coast forest to pastoral farmland, rivaling any of the legendary European pastoral vistas. Stop at Stamp Falls for a picnic on the way back and you’ve got a great day’s activity (note: the elevation drop on the side road to Stamp Falls is big, so be prepared to climb on your way back up from the falls).
For Hills and Views
Try any combination of the following roads: Cypress, Batty, Best, Kitsuksis and Debeaux. They’re all paved, quiet, hilly and interconnected, so you can create any length of trip you like.
For Off Road Cycling
The 25 km Log Train Trail is a world class gem. The old railway grade takes you through lush west coast forests, over gushing creeks and to some of the most stunning views of the valley. Park at the corner of Maebelle and Mozart (off Johnston) and cycle to Horne Lake Road, or carry on to McLean Mill or points southwest.
For The More Adventurous
Try any one of the numerous offshoots from the Log Train Trail up to the Beaufort Mountain Range, or venture onto the North Shore type trails, ramps and jumps near the Coombs Country Candy Store at the end of town (experts only). The Alberni Valley maps, available at local cycling shops, have several suggested cycling routes marked, so pick up your copy and plan your cycling escape!