I always enjoy visiting Vancouver, BC in the summer – there are so many things to do and see in this wonderful city! And there are many options for how you can explore it: car, transit, guided tour… but I’ve found that a really fun way to explore the city is by bicycle.
There are a few places in Vancouver where you can rent a bike, but I rented mine at Spokes Bicycle Rental (established 1938!). They had a few different bicycles to rent – everything from mountain bikes to cruisers to hybrids and even tandems. I chose to rent a hybrid as it’s perfect for riding around the city. You can rent by the hour, or rent the bike for the whole day. I chose to rent it for a whole day, and the price is reasonable.
There are many well marked bicycle paths around the city that make riding easier. The most popular is probably the Seawall route, which follows along the water. I rode from the bike shop near Stanley Park down to the seaside bike route and all the way to Granville Island. If you wish to take a shortcut to Granville Island, you can catch the Granville Island Ferry along False Creek as they have certain ferries that can carry bicycles. I chose to ride around False Creek on the Seawall, past Science World.
Granville Island is a great place to hang out with its many shops and market; I like to ride to there and enjoy some lunch while sitting by the water. And the best part about visiting the on a bicycle? You don’t have to worry about finding parking! There are plenty of bicycle racks to lock up your bike while you look around.
I chose to turn around at this point and ride back to Stanley Park. If you get tired of riding in the city, Stanley Park is a nice way to get away from it without having to go too far. Besides the main Seawall route, there are many quiet paths to ride in throughout the forest. I found myself riding alone despite it being a popular tourist spot – it is really quite a peaceful park! I did end up riding the seawall as well, and one of my favourite spots on it is under the Lion’s Gate Bridge.
The City of Vancouver has really made riding around Vancouver a lot of fun. The amount of cycling infrastructure is amazing and more is being added every year!
Biking in Vancouver, BC