British Columbia Highway 3 – better known as the Crowsnest Highway, skirts the southern portion of the province eastward from Hope B.C. toward Alberta. This stretch of highway is almost entirely in mountainous terrain and goes through communities rich in mining and railway history. It also provides access to a range of mountain bike, gravel bike and road biking adventures on numerous multi-use trail networks, rail grades and forestry roads. The Hope - Princeton portion of the Crowsnest traverses the Cascade Mountain Range and is loaded with breathtaking natural scenery including the majestic E.C. Manning Provincial Park.
E.C. Manning Provincial Park
E.C. Manning Provincial Park is a focus of outdoor recreation that is unique in British Columbia. Located in the heart of the Cascade Mountains it is within a three-hour drive from either the Lower Mainland or the Okanagan. The climate and geography have combined to make this park an all-season recreation destination. The park provides a range of layover options including camping and roofed accommodations as well as amenities including a restaurant, gas station and general store.
The park contains four vehicle accessible campgrounds and three group campsites. Visitors planning on riding bicycles while at E.C. Manning Provincial Park will appreciate the new family friendly pump track and skill trails at Hampton Campground. The cyclo-touring crowd will value the shower facilities and roofed accommodation options available at Manning.
There are a handful of multi-use trails in the park that allow bikes providing opportunities that are more of a “double-track”, gravel grind, backcountry riding experience. Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are permitted on signed or designated trails within E.C. Manning Provincial Park, provided they meet the definitions and criteria for e-bike use as outlined in the guidelines for bicycling in BC Parks.
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Boundary Country gets its name from being a stretch of southern British Columbia towns between Rock Creek and Trail that closely borders the United States. This area is known for its Rail Trails. The Columbia and Western Railway (C&W) and the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) once connected our communities to the rest of the country. Take your time to explore the KVR and C&W rail trails. These rail grade trails are ideal for family riders, gravel grind enthusiasts and bike packing adventures.
If riding single-track trails on a mountain bike is more your thing there are 10 locations to chose from surrounding the communities of Grand Forks and Christina Lake including:
All combined, the Boundary Country area offers 60 trails to choose from.
- Midway Trails
- Jewel Lake
- Thimble Mountain
- Grand Forks
- Gilpin Grasslands Provincial Park
- Steward Creek Trails
- Lynch Creek
- Gladstone Provincial Park
- Santa Rosa Trails
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Kettle River Recreation Area
While exploring Boundary Country, the Kettle River Recreation Area provides camping opportunities with bicycle friendly amenities among an open ponderosa pine forest. The KVR rail trail is closely adjacent to the recreation area providing an ideal layover at the campground for folks doing multi-day bike packing and gravel grind adventures. The campground at Kettle River provides 114 vehicle accessible campsites, two group campsites, shower facilities and a family friendly bicycle pump track for the kids.
The campground at Kettle River Recreation Area is typically at full capacity from July through September so booking well in advance is recommended. For cyclists, temperatures are ideal during the spring and fall making this park an excellent shoulder season choice.
Please note that bicycles must keep to roadways and designated trails. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. Bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Kettle River Recreation Area. E-bikes are restricted to park roads, the KVR rail trail and areas where motorized use is permitted. See our guidelines for bicycling in BC Parks for more details.
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Gilpin Grassland Provincial Park
Gilpin Grassland Provincial Park is a recreation destination for local residents and visitors to the area. The upland portions of the park provide a panorama of exceptional scenic value. The KVR rail trail passes through the lower portion of the park.
Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are permitted on signed or designated trails within Gilpin Grasslands Provincial Park, provided they meet the definitions and criteria for e-bike use as outlined in the guidelines for bicycling in BC Parks.
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Gladstone Provincial Park
Providing 62 vehicle accessible campsites, the Texas Creek campground at Gladstone Provincial Park provides a good base camp for riding the Boundary Country trail networks. Cyclists will appreciate the campground’s shower facilities. The park also has several backcountry / wilderness campsites with the one at Trapper Creek on the east side of Christina Lake accessible via a 10 km trail ride from Texas Creek Campground.
Cycling is allowed on designated trails within the park. Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are permitted on signed or designated trails within Gladstone Provincial Park, provided they meet the definitions and criteria for e-bike use as outlined in the guidelines for bicycling in BC Parks. Cyclists should use caution accessing the Texas Creek campground via East Lake road as there is no bike lane on this seasonally busy road.
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In keeping with the Nelson and Kootenay Lake culture, the trails in this part of British Columbia really appeal to the spirit of mountain biking. This area features gentle rail grades that start minutes from downtown and take you for many kilometres along forest trails, over restored trestle bridges and into some of the most peaceful country you’ll ever encounter. For those of you who need to feel their heart beating and love the surge of adrenaline, the West Kootenay has that too: steep, rocky technical tracks and enough stunts, ladders and big drops to keep you coming back and calling out for more.
This area has ten multi-use trail networkd to ride:
All combined, the West Kootenays offer 140 trails to choose from.
- Rover Creek
- Smallwood Creek
- Morning Mountain
- Giveout and Gold Creek
- Mountain Station
- Svoboda (includes portions of West Arm Provincial Park)
- Shannon Pass
- Nelson's North Shore
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Kokanee Creek Provincial Park
Central to all the sweet riding, especially Nelson’s North Shore trail network, is Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. In terms of a base, campers here can enjoy over a kilometre of sandy beaches and four campgrounds – this park has been the number one choice for campers coming to the West Kootenays.
Kokanee Creek Provincial Park provides 189 vehicle assessible campsites within four campgrounds including 13 campsites with electrical hook ups as well as smaller, bike friendly campsites with tent platforms in the new Osprey Point section. In addition, there is a group campsite, a playground, two day-use picnic areas and a boat launch. Mountain bikers and cyclo-tourists will appreciate the park’s shower facilities.
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West Arm Provincial Park
West Arm Provincial Park extends along the shore of Kootenay Lake from Nelson to Harrop and up to the peaks behind. The creek fans and pocket beaches are popular with boaters. The park is largely undeveloped; there are no facilities or designated campsites.
The park contains several mountain bike trails, in varying condition, that are maintained by the Nelson Cycling Club. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are permitted on signed or designated trails within West Arm Provincial Park, provided they meet the definitions and criteria for e-bike use as outlined in the guidelines for bicycling in BC Parks.
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There are so many gems in the Kootenay Rockies when it comes to mountain biking. From seemingly endless alpine trails to 1500-metre descents, this is an emerging area for mountain biking and visitors are lining up to enjoy its unique history and single-track trail adventures.
Set amidst the dramatic Rocky and Purcell Mountains in the southern part of the Kootenays, Kimberley is a biker’s paradise. There are numerous single-track riding options in and around the town of Cranbrook.
This area includes half a dozen trail networks to chose from:
All combined, the Kimberley/Cranbrook area offers over 225 trails to choose from.
- Bootlet Mountain
- Kimberley Nature Park and Kimberley Area Trails
- Lois Creek
- Cranbrook Community Forest
- South Hill
- South Star Trails
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Wasa Lake Provincial Park
Camping at Wasa Lake Provincial Park provides a central location for accessing the Kimberley / Cranbrook trail networks. The Wasa area was logged by the railway in the early 1900s and irrigated for years through a ditch and flume system begun in 1915. Later cattle ranching became the agricultural mainstay. Wasa village provides tourist facilities and services.
Wasa Lake Provincial Park was established in 1955 to provide recreational access to the warmest swimming lake in the Kootenays. The campground offers 94 vehicle assessable campsites, showers, a bike park for the youngsters, a playground, a dog off leash area, four picnic areas and access to swimming, boating, fishing and other water-based activities.
Wasa Lake Provincial Park also includes the 8 kilometre Wasa Lions Way paved path around the lake that accommodates cyclists and pedestrians. A self-guided mountain bike / gravel bike loop takes you from Wasa Lake to Lazy Lake. The Lazy Lake Bike Loop is a 33-kilometre ride which takes you up Wolf Creek Road to Lazy Lake and back to Wasa Lake on Lazy Lake Road. Within this loop is also a small network of green and blue level multi-use trails.
Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are permitted on signed or designated trails within Wasa Lake Provincial Park, provided they meet the definitions and criteria for e-bike use as outlined in the guidelines for bicycling in BC Parks.
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Moyie Lake Provincial Park
Another good camping opportunity close to Southstar, South Hill and Cranbrook Community Forest trail networks is Moyie Lake Provincial Park. Located 20 kilometres south of Cranbrook off British Columbia Highway 3/95, Moyie Lake Provincial Park offers a campground with 111 vehicle accessible campsites, day-use area and boat launch while providing the only public access to the deep blue mountain waters of Moyie Lake.
This vacation friendly park features 1,300 metres of developed sandy beach, backed by a large grassy area. Swimming, wind surfing, sailing, boating, wildlife viewing, and a variety of fishing experiences enhance Moyie Lake Provincial Park. The campground also provides a playground and shower facilities.
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If you are heading east the last stop for epic single-track trails in British Columbia is Fernie. Mountain biking has become a year-round activity in Fernie with the addition of fat biking during the snowy months. Fernie is also one of the closest major BC mountain biking destinations to Alberta at only a three hour drive from Calgary.
Fernie hosts nine trail networks to enjoy including:
All combined, Fernie offers over 225 trails!.
- Montane Fernie
- Ridgemont/Fern Ridge
- Castle Mountain
- Morrissey Ridge
- Fernie Alpine Resort
- Mount Fernie Provincial Park (and surrounding provincial lands)
- Mount Proctor
- Mt. Fernie
- Fernie Ridgemont
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Mount Fernie Provincial Park
There could not be a more central location to camp and access Fernie’s six multi-use trail networks than Mount Fernie Provincial Park. The campground features 67 vehicle accessible campsites, a sani-station and picnicking area. Mountain bikers and cyclo-tourists will appreciate the campground’s shower facilities and walk-in / bike-in campsites.
The park contains several multi-use trails providing family friendly, beginner level trails to enjoy prior to venturing out to the tougher blue square and black diamond level trails outside the park. These trails include the Lazy Lizard Connector which provides access to the must ride – Lazy Lizard - a seven kilometre, seemingly effortless up track that takes riders to a range of blue square and black diamond trail options. For more information on mountain biking in the park and the surrounding area, check the Fernie Mountain Bike Club.
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