Last year, I made a life-changing investment: I purchased a CUBE Kathmandu Hybrid Pro 625 eBike from Cit-E Cycles in North Vancouver. This wasn’t just a whimsical purchase, but a deliberate move to uncover the diverse terrains and captivating scenery of British Columbia on two wheels, without the customary fatigue. My wife joined the adventure brigade with her brand-new GAZELLE Medeo T10 eBike. The allure of eBiking opened a realm of boundless exploration for us. The electronic assist on these bikes erased the dread of hill climbs and eased the anxiety over long stretches between stops. Here, I narrate our three enthralling cycling excursions across this beautiful province, each etched with its unique tale and picturesque vistas.
- The Sea to Sky Corridor Odyssey
The first journey kicked off along the Sea to Sky Corridor, stretching from Vancouver to Whistler. The ever-changing scenes from coastal rainforest to towering mountains kept our spirits high, while the CUBE Kathmandu eBikes adept handling and reliable battery made every mile a breeze.
- Squamish: The adventure-town was our first stop. We explored the Sea to Sky Gondola, where panoramic views awaited (seatoskygondola.com). Our overnight stay was at the cozy Sunwolf Riverside Cabins, nestled amidst nature.
- Whistler: The final destination was Whistler. We rode the scenic Valley Trail and refueled at Green Moustache Organic Café. Overnight, we recharged ourselves and our eBikes at the serene Scandinave Spa.
- The Pacific Marine Circle Route Experience
This route showcased a unique blend of lush forests, rugged coastlines and charming communities. The Cube’s electronic assist ensured that the rolling terrains were conquered effortlessly.
- Sooke: Our first stop where we relished a soothing retreat at the Sooke Harbour House.
- Cowichan Valley: Famous for its wineries, we took a delightful tour of Blue Grouse Estate Winery.
- The Kettle Valley Rail Trail Adventure
The historic rail trail was a journey back in time. The pedal-assist feature of our eBikes made the ride feel light, even with the camera gear onboard to capture the timeless scenery.
- Penticton: We kicked off from this picturesque town, with an overnight stay at the charming Haven Hill Guest House.
- Myra Canyon: The ride through trestles and tunnels was nothing short of magical, with the sturdy Cube and Gazelle eBikes making the gravel terrain feel smooth.
The endless capabilities of the CUBE Kathmandu Hybrid Pro 625 and GAZELLE Medeo T10 eBikes not only escalated our cycling escapades but unshackled us from the constraints of traditional biking. Our quests uncovered the province’s beauty and laid bare the limitless adventures awaiting every eBiker.
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Other routes enjoyed by eBike touring enthusiasts
Absolutely, British Columbia (electric bike victoria) is a treasure trove for cycling enthusiasts, more so for eBike riders who can take advantage of the electric assist on various terrains. Here are a few recommended eBike trails in BC:
- The Kettle Valley Rail Trail:
- This historic rail trail offers over 650 kilometers of connected pathways traversing through scenic landscapes including vineyards, forests, and lake views. The gentle grades are perfect for eBikes.
- The Galloping Goose and Lochside Trails (Victoria):
- Both trails are part of the Trans-Canada Trail system. They offer a blend of urban, rural, and wilderness scenery. The Galloping Goose stretches for about 60 kilometers, while the Lochside trail covers around 29 kilometers.
- Stanley Park Seawall (Vancouver):
- Although this is a shorter loop of about 9 kilometers, it’s a must-ride for its stunning views of the city skyline and Pacific Ocean. It’s a well-paved route, perfect for a leisurely eBike ride.
- Sea-to-Sky Corridor:
- The journey from Vancouver to Whistler along the Sea-to-Sky Highway is breathtaking. There are numerous trails along the corridor like the Sea-to-Sky Trail which stretches over 180 kilometers, offering majestic views of mountains, oceans, and forests.
- Cowichan Valley Trail:
- This trail offers a mix of nature and culture as it weaves through the Cowichan Valley. The iconic Kinsol Trestle is a highlight on this route. It’s a part of the Trans Canada Trail, stretching over 120 kilometers.
- Pacific Spirit Regional Park (Vancouver):
- With over 750 hectares of forest, Pacific Spirit Regional Park offers a network of trails perfect for a peaceful eBike ride while soaking in the lush, green surroundings.
- Myra Canyon (Kelowna):
- This is a popular segment of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, where you can ride through tunnels and across trestles, taking in the spectacular views of Myra Canyon.
Each of these trails offers a unique experience and is well-suited to the capabilities of an eBike, allowing riders to cover more ground and explore the natural beauty of British Columbia effortlessly. Before heading out, it’s always a good idea to check the trail conditions and ensure they are open and safe for eBiking.