With biking enjoying a COVID-19 resurgence with kids and adults alike, we decided to compile a list of 10 Fantastic Places in the GVRD to Bike with Kids. We are blessed to have dozens of parks, trails and greenspaces scattered throughout the Lower Mainland that are great for biking. Networks of trails suitable to a variety of skill levels are available. First, as always, a few safety notes. Be sure to check maps, follow signs, and be respectful of other users, as many locations have multi-use paths or bike/pedestrian/horse only trails. Always wear a helmet and, if you are riding more advanced trails, other appropriate safety gear. If you are looking for a new family-friendly location for a biking adventure, saddle up as we crank out a few of our favourite spots! And yes, I will be including biking lingo throughout the article, just for fun – see if you can spot at least one bit of cycling jargon in every listing below!
Aldergrove Regional Park, Langley
Aldergrove Regional Park boasts over 6.7 kilometers (km) of biking trails for you and your kids to enjoy. This park, a portion of which was once a gravel pit, is now a restored haven for wildlife and offers a variety of multi-use trails for biking, walking and horseback riding. It is located southeast of 272nd St and 8th Ave in Langley and has two entrances with parking: the northern main entrance off of 8th Ave and the eastern Aldergrove Bowl entrance off Lefeuvre Rd, which marks the border between Langley and Abbotsford. Keep an eye out for birds and deer as you pedal your way through views of open fields, marshy brooks, and deep forests.
Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver
On the North Shore, the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve encompasses a large portion of the Seymour River. With 50 km of biking trails rated from easiest to extremely difficult, this park offers all the challenge you can handle – bar none. Cycling is permitted on all the park trails except the Homestead Trail and the Rice Lake Loop Trail. Access is via Lillooet Rd, which branches off Mt. Seymour Pkwy immediately after leaving Hwy 1. With so many trails, you may never have to bike the same one twice!
Tynehead Park, Surrey
Shifting gears to Surrey, our next location is a little more chill. Tynehead Park offers the Tynehead Perimeter Trail, a rolling 4.8 km gravel loop trail with a few short uphill sections that aren’t too challenging. Interpretive signs along the route can add some learning opportunities to your outing. Park at the Serpentine Hills entrance off 96th Ave at about 169th St to access.
Watershed Park, Delta
Our next stop on the Tour de GVRD is Watershed Park in Delta. This forested park will make you feel miles from the city. Boasting over 20 km of amazing bike trails, it has something for everyone – flat and easy trails for beginners, log and ladder sections for advanced mountain bikers and everything in between. There are several access points to this park, but the Pinewood entrance off Kittson Parkway is a good place to start.
Steveston South Dyke Trail, Richmond
The Steveston South Dyke Trail is composed of two routes, both with the added advantage of unique attractions along the way to keep the kids motivated. The Steveston to Finn Slough route runs 6.9 km (13.8 km return) from Fisherman’s Wharf to the float home community of Finn Slough, passing through Imperial Landing Park, with optional stops at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, London Heritage Farm and the No. 3 Road Pier. If the kids are looking tired and deflated, cut your trip short and return to Steveston to pump them up with a little ice cream! The second route is Steveston to Terra Nova. This slightly shorter route is 6.3 km (12.6 km return) and passes the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site and Garry Point Park, before ending at Terra Nova Rural Park which has an incredible outdoor adventure playground!
Fort to Fort Trail, Langley
If you are tired of spinning your wheels in the same spot, head over to Langley’s Fort to Fort Trail. This is a 4 km (one way) firm gravel trail with a few short ups and downs that is suitable for families and connects the current Fort Langley with its original Derby Reach site. Parking in Fort Langley townsite means you can finish there, with all the amenities it has to offer and perhaps pair it with a visit to Fort Langley National Historic Site.
Surrey Bend Regional Park, Surrey
Back pedalling to Surrey again, Surrey Bend Regional Park’s 5.3 km of bike trails are a good place for beginners. Smaller children can learn to transition from paved surfaces to gravel on the flat, hard-crushed gravel paths. This park can be prone to flooding, so check the website if the Fraser River is high.
Mundy Park, Coquitlam
For a quick release of energy, Coquitlam’s Mundy Park has trails for beginner to intermediate riders, with a 5.5 km paved community path encircling the entire park, a 4 km perimeter trail and various shorter trails including a 1 km loop trail around Mundy Lake. Two bike skills trails, one for beginners and one for intermediate riders, are located on the east side of the park and include obstacles such as boulder drop-offs, log stacks, bridges, and timber teeter-totters. Remember to gear up your kids properly if they are hitting the obstacles. The trails are best accessed from the east park entrance off Mariner Way.
Stanley Park, Vancouver
Stanley Park may seem like an all too common choice, but when you have a world class park in your backyard, it’s pretty hard not to include it! Beyond the stunning 8.8 km seawall, Stanley Park has kilometers of additional biking trails criss-crossing the park. Paired with a beach stop, or a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium, this can easily turn into a full-day family outing. Stanley Park can get very busy, so avoid a peloton (large group of riders) by visiting earlier in the day and on weekdays.
Pitt River Regional Greenway, Pitt Meadows
Running along the dyke system that tames the floodwaters of the Pitt River, Pitt River Regional Greenway holds an 11.3 km multi-use trail that forms part of the Great Trail (Trans-Canada Trail). Bird watchers will particularly love this trail for its many bird sighting opportunities, though seals, muskrats and other wildlife are often seen. Parking is available at the southeast end of the trail at Harris Landing and at the northwest end off Kennedy Rd near Katzie Slough.
That’s our list! I’m sure there are dozens of other fantastic places in the GVRD to bike with your kids, but did you really want us giving away your favourite spot? Don’t let COVID-19 derail your outdoor adventures – let’s get out there and enjoy our big, beautiful Vancouver area backyard!
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