If you’re an experienced mountain biker, you might already know that British Columbia’s scenic Sunshine Coast is home to Canada’s first low-elevation mountain biking park. If you’re new to the sport or have been thinking about your first ride, listen up. Coast Gravity Park has trails designed by professional biking group The Coastal Crew to suit every level of rider, from beginner to pro.
Sechelt is located about 2.5 hours from Vancouver, B.C., via B.C. ferry or faster by seaplane, meaning that getting there really is half the fun. Once you arrive, you will be shuttled to the park site, and then you can start riding.
If you don’t have your own bike, you can rent one from Spin Cycles bike shop in Gibson or Off the Edge in Sechelt. And don’t worry if you’ve never mountain biked before—the park employs many professional teachers with whom you can book a lesson. The base area and a few of the 12 trails are designed specifically for beginners, so you will have plenty of area to explore.
For more skilled riders, the harder trails provide plenty of opportunity to catch some air or nail some tight turns. The beautiful forest scenery you travel through is also a perk, if you can take time to appreciate it as you speed down the trails.