Victoria offers some incredible year round mountain biking. Whether you like simply riding country trails or prefer the rocks and roots of typical west coast terrain, there’s something for everyone. Local mountain bike parks cater more towards intermediate to advanced riders, but there is an extensive path and trail network available for beginner mountain bikers who want to get out and pedal.
Hartland Bike Park
Hartland Bike Park is a forested paradise for bikers located in Saanich, about 20 minutes drive from
downtown. It has a parking lot, washrooms and bike washing station located to the right of the Hartland Landfill entrance at the top of Hartland Avenue.
Hartland has a range of trails, from beginner to expert, with trails leaning towards those suitable for intermediate to advanced riders. The trails are typical “west coast” with lots of rocks and roots, although if you pick your route you can find flowing trails which are a little less challenging.
Hartland trail maps are highly recommended and are available at all local bike stores. Hartland is maintained by the South Island Mountain Bike Society in conjunction with the Capital Regional District and offers introductory rides throughout the summer. Check out their website or Facebook page for more information.
Enthusiasts looking for local advice or a riding partner might consider joining the Vancouver Island Mountain Biking Facebook Group. As well, those new to the sport (or those wanting to find the best trails quickly) may want to connect with a local guide/instructor like Nolan Riding.
Harbourview – Sooke
The Harbourview trail system at Mount Manual Quimper in Sooke offers breathtaking views of the Sooke Harbour and Mountains. Parking is at the end of Harbourview Road, about a 45 minute drive from downtown.
Harbourview has been frequented by locals for many years, and is now reportedly scheduled to become an officially sanctioned riding area come Spring of 2015.
Terrain favours intermediate to advanced all-mountain riders and the vistas from high up make the climbs well worthwhile. Check out the Harbourview Map.
North Saanich Free Ride Bike Park
This Jump Park is located out near Victoria International Airport and offers great terrain for beginners right through to experts.
The park is closed through the winter and during periods of inclement weather, so it’s always best to make sure it’s open before venturing out!
Cecilia Ravine Bike Park
A great little park with jumps and berms, this spot is geared towards kids but fun for adults who don’t take themselves too seriously! It is located at 471 Cecilia Road and is within riding distance of downtown on the Galloping Goose Trail.
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Mountain biking is truly taking off in our region and there have been some great recent announcements.
Bear Mountain Resort has announced their plans to open a new mountain bike trail system, starting in the summer of 2015. Plans are in the work for a variety of trails, including a 10km loop.
As well, the Capital Regional District has granted permission to the South Island Mountain Bike Association evaluate potential sanctioned trails through Partridge Hills (a popular unsanctioned riding area near Hartland Bike Park) as well as through Gowlland Tod Park. This points to an exciting future as this could eventually lead to a massive connected trail encompassing Hartland, Partridge Hills, Gowlland Tod and Bear Mountain.