I am off to Canada in late September for two weeks. Anybody recommend some must sees?
Do you like mountains and outdoors stuff? There's lots of that and it's all good.
We took the overnight train from Vancouver to Jasper for hikes then drove to Calgary via lake Louise and Bamf.
Tres bon and we didn't even get eaten by bears!
I do. I was a little concerned it might be too late for proper outdoors stuff. I had ideas of walking up Whistler.
get a ferry across to Nanaimo, a bus or drive across the island, and stay at Ucluelet or Tofino. it's beautiful. I've been in spring and at Christmas, I imagine autumn is good too...
Should be OK - but at the top of Whistler and in the moutains it will get very cold at night.
Go to whistler, hire a mountain bike, get rad
The grouse grind is good fun
I'm actually doing a v similar trip in the mid 2 weeks of sept - am wondering, is it worth taking a road bike? The feeling I get is that the roads are mostly great big things designed for trucks and the good riding is rad off roading, is that about right?
Canada is vast. Especially British Columbia. My recommendation for other is a Cross/Gravel bike. it'll open up more single track and mountain rides as well as keeping up a good daily average on the roads without breaking yourself.
I have just returned from Vancouver Island a short ferry trip from Vancouver. There wildness can be found easily and for those that want a slower pace; that's where I recommend you head. Ideally you head for Namaimo, but some of the south island towns such as Duncan and Chemainus are way more chilled and will give you gateway to Salt Spring Island. Saturna, Theatis and many other gulf islands.
Tofino and Ucluelet are a beautiful; but don't be surprise if you find it an expensive trip.
Port Renfrew is beautiful and you can rough camp on the beach. Very small outpost style town, has an amazing cove, surrounded by forrest and cliffs.. Get very windy..
More inland is Lake Cowichan, another former logging town, huge lake, fresh clean mountain springs. Cowichan Valley itself boasts some of the best water in the world, due to our ecosystem; run off from the rain-forrest and vast aquifer.
There are huge amounts for back-country trails, lakes, mountains and single track connecting it all.. The Cycle community is huge.. Great shops, helpful people and friendly atmosphere. Mount Washington is pretty close, some great summer mountain bike trails and downhill and in winter the best snow. Cumberland and Doumont are also great places to ride. Raw technical single track and epic downhills. Maple Mountain, Tzuhalem, Provost and Heartland down in Victoria, all great places to ride and visit the surrounding local communities.
West Coast - Best Coast!!
If you P.M I can recommend places for cheap accommodation and friendly people to network and guide.
Vancouver Island is indeed a great place. When I was there a few years ago I spent a few days mountain biking around Cumberland, and also took a trip to Tofino (which was beautiful). I also went to Whistler via Squamish, also doing mountain biking, and while in Whistler mostly rode the quieter trails over the other side of Alta Lake (and they were amazing).
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