The Comox Valley boasts some of the most extensive trails systems for mountain bike riding in British Columbia with enough variety to suit the abilities of any rider. Many of the Comox Valley bike shops offer information about suitable mountain bike riding trails based on the type of riding you want to do. The Visitor Centre also has mountain bike trail information as well as locally produced maps that you can pick up. The bike riding trail maps will point you in the right direction to find a vast array of single-track and riding trails available throughout the Comox Valley.
The diversity of cycling terrain in the Comox Valley truly is from 'mountaintop to ocean-side' and varies from steep and gnarly to smooth and easy. A good place to start your cycling exploration are the bike-friendly nature trails in the Comox Valley's Regional and Provincial Park system. Riverside trail systems near Nymph Falls offer a great technical ride that follow the Puntledge River.
The Northeast Woods, accessed from Pritchard and Guthrie Roads in Comox, offer cyclists a moderate terrain for bike riding that is also close to local pubs and restaurants. In Seal Bay Park, which is located to the north of Comox and Courtenay, bike riding is permitted on the landward side of Bates Road. When you've finished exploring there, you can park and lock your bike, then walk down the footpaths to the beach at Seal Bay where you can see across the Strait of Georgia to Powell River and the Sunshine Coast.
The Village of Cumberland is quickly gaining a reputation as a premier biking destination with a diverse selection of trails built and maintained by the local biking community. BMX fans, be sure to visit the new state of the art BMX race track located in the Village of Cumberland on Dunsmuir Avenue next to the Village Park. The track is open daily to the public except during official races.
Cumberland also hosts several races and special events for mountain biking enthusiasts and local restaurants and accommodations offer power snacks, bike washes and secure storage to add the your experience!
A cycle tour of Denman Island and Hornby Island is a unique way to experience these Northern Gulf Islands. Take the ferry from Buckley Bay to Denman Island and catch a connecting ferry to Hornby Island where there are options for cycle touring and mountain bike riding. Schedule a stop at one of the tempting bakeries on these islands or plan to tour during the various special events that occur throughout the summer season.