If Not Now, When? MEC Announces Multi-Day Coast Mountain Biking Trips

How many times in the past few years has your mind drifted to ribbons of forested singletrack and mountain views? How often have you put aside your big biking dreams to get through everyday obligations, and settled for a quick weekend ride or a short overnight, if you’re lucky? How many times have you flat out ignored the little voice in your head pleading, “If not now, when?”


Words :: Kim Budziak

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It’s time to grab the antidote to the ordinary and block off some serious time to ride. After all, sometimes you have to leave your world to really see the world. No spot in Canada lures as many riders as British Columbia’s Coast Mountain range, thanks to the intricate and challenging trails on Vancouver’s North Shore, the legendary all-mountain trail network around Whistler, and the incredible backcountry routes of the South Chilcotin Mountains. There’s no denying it: this is mountain bike mecca.

So how do you maximize your time and make a bike trip count? Team up with a trip provider that’ll blend riding with relaxation and knows the trails and backcountry inside out. Of course, it doesn’t hurt if the nitty-gritty logistics like transport, accommodation, and dining details are taken care of too, so all you have to do is show up with your bike. This season, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) has recently introduced four unique mountain biking trips that do all the above and are lead by experienced guides with a serious passion for riding. Check out their 2017 BC bike trips:


4-Day Sea-to-Sky Corridor: September 14–17
Need a solid dose of ripping but can’t take off for a whole week? No problem. Get your fix on this 4-day all-mountain adventure. You’ll ride Squamish’s nearly endless web of singletrack, the legendary trail network around Whistler (complete with a post-ride dip in a mountain lake), the secluded, low-elevation routes around Pemberton, and the legendary, lush trails on the North Shore near Vancouver. You’ll crash each night at the contemporary lodge-style Aava Whistler hotel (after a dip in the hot tub and relaxing in the sauna, of course)… Learn more



7-Day Sea-to-Sky Corridor: July 9–15
Want some serious bragging rights? This week-long trip delivers. From the first day warm-up ride and welcome dinner in Whistler Village to the closing session at North Vancouver’s Mount Seymour, you’ll hit every mountain bike bucket list spot in the area. Check off Whistler Valley’s lakeside loops and incredible views, Pemberton’s open expanses and unique geography, high alpine trails in the remote South Chilcotins, the sweet singletrack in Squamish, and even squeeze in some challenging trails on Mount Seymour of Vancouver’s famed North Shore. Add in a float plane ride, relaxing accommodations, and optional post-ride spa massage at Tyax Resort and Spa and you’re set… Learn more



7-Day South Chilcotins: July 30–August 5
Flowy backcountry meadows, never-ending mountain peaks, and gleaming glacial lakes are the everyday backdrops to the remote singletrack on this South Chilcotins trip. A float plane from Whistler drops riders at Lorna Lake where gentle mountain passes, open valleys and drainages are flanked by big mountain slopes. Throughout the week, you’ll mix rolling, cruisy sections with iconic descents through high-alpine terrain. Comfortable camps and rowboat-equipped lakes make this a true backcountry experience that isn’t short on R and R… Learn more



7-Day Sea-to-Sky Corridor Women’s Exclusive: July 30– August 5, 2017
Tackle some of the finest trail riding in the world with a tight group of female riders and guides. A breezy ride and welcome dinner in Whistler Village kick off this week-long adventure through Sea-to-Sky territory. Take in epic views on the legendary trails around Whistler, glide through open valleys and rolling terrain in Pemberton, buff alpine routes in the South Chilcotins, shred sweeping singletrack in Squamish, and top it all off with an unforgettable morning on the switchbacks of the North Shore’s Mount Seymour. Glacial lake swims, optional post-ride spa services at Tyax Resort and Spa, and a short transit by float plane add some deserved renewal to the daily rip… Learn more



With so many trip providers in the area, it can be hard to distinguish between them, but MEC’s commitment to outdoor adventure coupled with the fact that the company was founded in this exact region more than four decades ago make this kind of a no-brainer. Pack your bike, helmet, and armour and get gone already. After all, you only regret the rides you never take.


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After seeing hundreds of photos and reading many stories about riding in the Chilcotins, we knew that one day we had to go and experience what many had called “some of the best singletrack on the planet.” Thankfully we had former Canadian downhill mountain bike champ and guide Chad Onyschuk in our corner to show us the goods (and keep us from getting lost)… Watch video