When most mountain bikers think of Canada, the first thing that comes to mind is the Whistler Bike Park in western British Columbia. But Mike Brcic, founder of Sacred Rides adventure tour company, says it’s hard to beat the trails in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. Sacred Rides hits the best trails within the region on their Ultimate BC tour, and DiY tourists can base their adventures out of the towns of Nelson, Rossland, or Revelstoke.
Rossland’s Seven Summits Trail
Mike tells us the Seven Summits trail near Rossland is one of the best trails in Canada, and according to the Sacred Rides website, the trail has also been voted one of the “Top 10 trails in the world.” Singletracks readers agree, awarding Rossland’s Seven Summits trail perfect, 5-star ratings. The roughly 30km route takes riders above tree line and through some of the most beautiful alpine scenery in North America. The ride can be done as a point-to-point shuttle ride, or as an epic loop through the town of Rossland.
Keystone Standard Basin
Keystone Standard Basin, a high alpine ride near Revelstoke, is another one of Mike’s favorites in Canada. The 11km out-and-back ride rolls through pristine wilderness areas, across scree fields, and along tire-wide ribbons of singletrack. Since the trail elevation maxes out over 2,000m, be sure to plan a trip for July or August to ensure the route is snow-free and accessible.
Singletracks readers have rated Smith Creek one of the top 3 bike trails in Canada, no doubt due to the trail’s overall excellent flow. Riders who make the long, steady climb to the top are rewarded with one of the best descents in Canada.
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