One of the best ways to get around Vancouver is by bike. It’s such a bike friendly city with bike paths and lanes everywhere. Come summer you’ll see hundreds of people on their bikes as they go to or from work, meet up with friends or race around in pelotons. Whether you’re a Vancouver local or are planning a trip here, here are 5 of the best bikes rides in Vancouver.
If you’re a Vancouver local then the chances are you’ve already done this (probably multiple times). It’s one of the best bike rides in Vancouver and if you’re a visitor, then this is the one bike ride you absolutely should do! The Stanley Park section of the seawall is stunning and you’ll pass beaches, great view points and cycle underneath Vancouver’s answer to the Golden Gate Bridge: Lions Gate Bridge.
Take a look at this more detailed post about how to cycle around Stanley Park including where to rent bikes.
Granville Island & beaches
Head to Granville Island and enjoy a hearty breakfast or lunch before your bike ride. My favourite is a breakfast bagel from Siegels!
Spend an hour or so exploring the food markets, art and live music on Granville Island before picking up your bike and heading off.
Head south out of Granville Island which takes you directly underneath Granville Bridge. As you pass under the Granville Island sign there are signs to the seawall cycling path. Turn right and head towards Kitsilano.
From here there are ocean views to your right and in about 10-15 minutes you’ll come to the Vancouver Maritime museum and Kitsilano beach.
Enjoy a break at the beac, hire a kayak or SUP board or take a dip in the ocean or outdoor pool.
Then, carry on along the seawall towards Spanish Banks and, finally, Jericho Beach. These are two of the best beaches in the city. There are gorgeous views out to the city, Stanley Park and the mountains to the north. Depending on the time of day, you’ll probably see lots of volleyball players on the beach. For the best views go at sunset!
False Creek bike & brew
Do you love beer? You’ll love this bike and brew bike ride in Vancouver around False Creek. Hit the sea wall and head towards Science World.
As you loop around Science World, make a left turn at Ontario Street. Cycle 2 blocks until you reach Ontario and 2nd and spot Faculty Brewing Co. This brewery is actually in a building that used to be a bike shop – perfect! If you’re not quite ready for an alcoholic brew then they also serve kombucha.
After your beer cycle up to west 4th Avenue and pop into Electric Bicycle Brewing before continuing west to reach Big Rock Urban Brewery and Eatery.
Then head north and rejoin the seawall headed towards Granville island and the last stop on your brew and bike ride in Vancouver. Granville Island brewery offer tasting flights so you can try a small bit of several different beers. I currently really like their raspberry ale!
Bike the bridge
Vancouver’s answer to the Golden Gate Bridge, Lion’s Gate Bridge, is a great addition to your Stanley Park cycling trip. You can get here by heading up the Stanley Park causeway from West Georgia Street, or from the Lake or Lover’s walk trails inside the park.
Bike all the way over the bridge and head to Ambleside Park in west Vancouver. Or bike half way and enjoy the view before heading back the way you came.
Top of the city: Queen Elizabeth Park
This is one of the steeper bike rides in Vancouver. The descent it fun though! Queen Elizabeth Park is the highest point in Vancouver and the gardens here are beautiful; especially in the spring.
From the Olympic Village district of Vancouver, head up Ontario Street. This is a quiet, bike friendly road used by bike clubs, tourists and commuters. It’s a fairly long uphill climb, but not too bad; just take your time.
At Ontario and 33rd street, head right and begin the final descent to the top of Queen Elizabeth Park.
Depending on what time of day you’re doing this bike ride, you could enjoy a picnic at the top of the park or watch the sunset over the city.
Things to know about cycling in Vancouver
- DO: Wear a helmet; it’s just stupid not to.
- DON’T: Ride on the sidewalks. There are enough bike lanes!
- DO: Make sure you have a super strong ‘D’ lock. Bikes get stolen a lot in Vancouver so don’t make your bike an easy target!
- DON’T: Ride the wrong way around the Stanley Park section of the seawall (more below).
- DON’T: Lock your bike up outside overnight.