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    Where to ride in Western Canada?

    Useful information

    - What kind of trails do you want to ride?
    - How much time you have?
    - What time of the year?
    - Riding ability level

    A collection of links. Work in progress. Anyone feel free to add more stuff

    GENERAL QUESTIONS

    Saskatoon to BC - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...bc-786380.html

    Riding camping in SW BC - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...bc-641115.html

    Raddest rides in BC - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...-a-761713.html

    Overwhelmed by BC Options - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...ns-720263.html

    Advice on Planning mtb trip to BC - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...bc-672662.html

    "7 summits, wakefield trail whats next?" Kootenays generally - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...xt-617991.html

    Calgary to Vancouver xc singletrack - by zinger-uk -http://forums.mtbr.com/passion/canadian-xc-singletrack-passion-picture-heavy-495839.html

    New Denver - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...on-440601.html

    XC trails around Squamish and Pemberton - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...sh-450491.html

    Western Canada Traverse http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...ml#post9366027

    Zinger-UK's ride reports

    Sharon and Lee ride reports via searchable database

    Kootenays photo trip http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...vy-558923.html

    Yet another trip planning thread - 2 weeks,

    Easier Whistler, Squamish, Pemberton trails for post back surgery rider

    Chilcotins

    NSMB Chilcotin Wanderings - horseback supported 4 days

    Self-supported 3 day trip point to point

    3 nice day trips from a central location at Gun Lake

    What type of bike? http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...am-786856.html

    Central North BC - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...on-658956.html

    50mile xc races - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...bc-673060.html

    VANCOUVER ISLAND

    Guidebook review http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...ok-757708.html

    Comox Valley - Comox Valley - From seams of coal to seams of singletrack - Pinkbike

    Victoria Nanaimo - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...mo-719630.html

    VI trails - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...on-684463.html

    VANCOUVER and area

    See sig for guidebook. Not spam - seriously the only guidebook around. and thread - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...es-710726.html

    gutsploder.com

    Mid March ride options - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...ch-768837.html

    Winter ride options - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...bc-759046.html

    Seymour shuttles - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...nt-723527.html

    Vancouver experience - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...ce-687886.html

    2hr xc rides - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...er-629410.html

    General ideas - Vancouver visit


    SQUAMISH

    Selection of trails http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...bc-779263.html

    Must do rides - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...er-730069.html

    Three ride selections


    Special selection just for WHISTLER

    XC trails guide

    Comfortably Numb - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...op-790278.html

    1st trip to Whistler - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...wn-772920.html

    Planning Whistler trip - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...ip-749922.html

    30km XC rides - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...er-736925.html

    Must do list http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...er-730069.html

    Where to stay - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...ns-642055.html

    Ontario boy xc riding Whistler - http://forums.mtbr.com/eastern-canad...er-729924.html

    Generally what to expect - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...al-631706.html

    More what trails to ride in the Downhill/Freeride forum - impossible to keep up so didn't index




    PEMBERTON


    Must do rides - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...er-730069.html

    Ride report - http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...bc-738914.html
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    This is massively useful. Nice work Lee!

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    I haven't done the Yukon part yet anthony!
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    YES Lee! Thank you!!!!

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    How to get it stuck as a sticky?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    How to get it stuck as a sticky?
    Rocky I think its already stickied? It was an idea that was a long time coming. There's so much good information on here from you. I'll keep adding stuff to this as I find it. All I did was add MTBR threads for now but there's a lot on other sites
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    Not that Edmonton is THE destination for riding, but I think that the Edmonton threads are pretty usefeul and a good area to investigate for anybody coming to E-town. There's an Edmonton thread usually on the first page on the western forum for anybody that is interested.

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    Huge thanks to Lee for updating this and making it into a sticky. The info on the Chilcotins is exactly what I was looking for.

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    I have huge amounts of information. You can check out Bush Pilot Biking for random trip reports, or just contact me for specifics.

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    Seems to me the title should be "Where to ride in western British Columbia". There's nothing in there for the Rockies or any of the other western provinces.
    Screw the shuttle, I'm riding to the top. You're all worthless and weak!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrentP View Post
    Seems to me the title should be "Where to ride in western British Columbia". There's nothing in there for the Rockies or any of the other western provinces.
    Excellent, just what was needed, a volunteer to add the links to trails in the Rockies
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    The best discussion about riding in the Rockies by far is on Pinkbike. Trail Conditions for Calgarians - Pinkbike Forum
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    Last edited by rockyuphill; 10-09-2012 at 10:18 AM.
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    need to save this

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    We've got good variety here in Prince George BC especially if you like x country. if you come to the 2015 Canada Winter Games bring yer fat bike and I'll show you what we've got

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    Another Squamish trail resource Squamish Singletrack - Home
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    Not much in here for the flatlands, so here goes.
    Drumheller has some pretty sweet terrain for downhill, you just have to make your own trails
    The Waskahegan Trail (Edmonton-Camrose-Miquelon Lake) has some pretty good biking
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    Most river valleys in Central Alberta are pretty fun to ride, and if you can get landowner permission, a well-packed, dry cattle track makes for some amazingly fast singletrack.

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    Hey all...anyone have info for riding singletrack near Dawson or Tombstone area??

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    Any reports/reviews on Carcross, YT?

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    You must have heard that CBC report as well

    First Nation teens find jobs, adrenaline-pumping fun on Yukon mountain bike trail - North - CBC News

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    Any reports/reviews on Carcross, YT?
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    Yup, was hoping for some experiences on the trails. The self guided tour south 3 nights accommodation and all meals for $500 has piqued my interest.

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    The Outside magazine recommendation actually appears to have included the Whitehorse area trails back in 2013, so you'd likely want to combine them to make the trip worthwhile since it's only 80kms away.

    Outside names Yukon best place for mountain biking - North - CBC News

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    Thinking of making a week long trip to BC (probably be able to ride 5-7 days total). Should I focus on Squamish-Whistler or make the trek up to Pemberton (and/or Gold Bridge), as well as leaving time for a Shore ride. Bringing a SC 5010. Solid XC/Enduro.

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    You can do Squamish/Whistler/Pembie all from one base, Pemberton is a 1/2 hour or so from Whistler, Whistler is 45 minutes from Squamish. Gold Bridge is actually a fair bit of travel time from Pemberton. The SC 5010 should manage all the blue intermediate trails but could be a bit light for sections of black diamond trails. Not sure what your baseline reference for trail technicality is, but blue trails in BC can be like red or black diamond trails in many other trail systems. Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton offer longer trail loops than you'll find on the North Shore, the North Shore mountains involve a lot of pedal assist shuttling for fairly short and technical descents (rinse and repeat), so you'd see lots of the same uphill stretches for a variety of downhill trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    You can do Squamish/Whistler/Pembie all from one base, Pemberton is a 1/2 hour or so from Whistler, Whistler is 45 minutes from Squamish. Gold Bridge is actually a fair bit of travel time from Pemberton. The SC 5010 should manage all the blue intermediate trails but could be a bit light for sections of black diamond trails. Not sure what your baseline reference for trail technicality is, but blue trails in BC can be like red or black diamond trails in many other trail systems. Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton offer longer trail loops than you'll find on the North Shore, the North Shore mountains involve a lot of pedal assist shuttling for fairly short and technical descents (rinse and repeat), so you'd see lots of the same uphill stretches for a variety of downhill trails.
    Thanks! The riding in Gold Bridge looks stunning. Would it be worth it to choose a central base point for most riding from Squamish to Pemberton, and then make a day trip/overnight for a big epic in Gold Bridge/Chilicotins? Or would riding in Pemberton satisfy some backcountry/alpine aspirations?

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    Gold Bridge and Tyax Lodge and the Spruce/Warner Lake ride would likely be a couple of days alone including travel time. If you rode up to Warner Lake from Tyax, that is likely going to be a very long day in the saddle (8+ hours RT).

    Whistler would be right in the middle between Squamish and Pemberton so that would make a good base camp.. Pemberton is like Squamish's less buff and more rugged brother, and less populated.
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    Any thoughts on staying in Pemberton over Whistler? I imagine riding 3 days in Whistler and maybe 1-2 in Pemberton, so would be a decent amount of back-forth if we stay in Pemberton. Would be nice to just ride out the door in Whistler, but Pemberton seems much more chill and laid back and still has a couple restaurants.

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    I'm old, grumpy, and hate the resort "vibe". When I see shit like that I get pissed off. Pemberton seems like a normal place and I would much rather spend time there. It really depends what you like.
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    Just came across this recent video of Martha Creek near Revelstoke. Watch it in high res and your forearms will be pumped and your brake hands numb.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO41lVOek0U
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