It seems summer’s not over just yet! Which means it’s the perfect time to make the most of it and get out on your e-bike. If you live in Metro Vancouver, you’re probably an outdoor person to some degree. Light, balmy evenings and waterfront views really remind us how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place. It’s easy to take for granted. So, where have you been on your electric bicycle this summer? If you’ve been letting life get in the way and haven’t gone on that long weekend bike ride you keep meaning to, we have a few suggestions for you. Here are 5 of the best Vancouver rides to take on your e-bike before the end of summer!
At an hour’s ride from central Vancouver, riding to Lynn Canyon without your e-bike motor could be a bit of a chore. With that pedal assistance, you’ll arrive with enough energy to take in a trail, some gorgeous waterfall views and even take the plunge into the swimming hole if the mood takes you. We understand not everyone who rides an electric bicycle is at peak health. If you’re not much of a hiker, get a picture on the suspension bridge and try out one of the shorter loop trails to stretch your legs before the ride home. On your e-bike you can take the Union-Adanac Corridor to get across Vancouver at speed.
We know, it’s not a revelation that you can ride your electric bike around Vancouver’s most ubiquitous tourist spot. However, just because it’s been done doesn’t mean it’s not great. There’s a reason Trip Advisor named Stanley Park the best in the world back in 2014. Charge your e-bike, grab some supplies for a full day and explore this beautiful Vancouver landmark. If you have kids but they don’t ride, you can even convert your e-bike to a child-carrying cargo bike so they can join you. Casual riders can enjoy the 10-kilometre Sea Wall and be floored by the sights. If you love trails, make your way through the park and check out the rose garden, the Vancouver Rowing Club and Lost Lagoon.
On an e-bike, you can get from central Vancouver to Deep Cove in around an hour. Work up a little sweat and be rewarded with a dip in refreshing, glassy clear water that you just won’t see at any of the beaches in the city. Rent a kayak or a stand-up paddle board to explore the stunning coast or just laze around and catch some sun before the grey months roll in.
Queen Elizabeth Park and VanDusen Botanical Gardens
This is a leisurely ride along the Midtown/Ridgeway and Ontario Street route where traffic has been eased for cyclists. Take in some nature without having to leave the city by taking in the verdant Bloedel Floral Conservatory, Quarry Gardens and VanDusen Botanical Garden all in an afternoon. QE Park has the kind of steep hills that electric bicycles are built for – let the motor take the edge off on the way up and enjoy the buzz as you fly down on your way home.
Sunset Beach to Kitsilano
Explore some of Vancouver’s best beaches on your e-bike, starting at Sunset and ending at Kits Beach. The seaside bicycle route can be completed in 30 minutes, which leaves plenty of time for a dip, a meal by the shore or a stop off at Science World or Granville Island. Due to COVID-19, an additional bike lane has been set up on Beach Avenue for riding at a safe distance, even in a converted electric trike. Travel is unfortunately limited this year but arriving in Kitsilano on a hot day feels like hitting a seaside holiday destination. After a fast ride around the coast, finish off with a chilled summer drink at the Cider House.
Did we miss any of your favourite spots? Let us know if you have an undiscovered gem and we’ll add the route to the list. If you’re looking to get into ebikes and live anywhere in Canada, get in touch today! If you have a bike you love riding, but feel like an upgrade would get you where you need to go, you may consider a conversion kit. Happy riding and stay safe out there!