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The Active for Life philosophy is to enhance the quality of life and leisure by promoting life-long physical, intellectual, social and cultural activity."

Visiting and enjoying your local parks and trails is a fantastic way to stay Active for Life. Try walking or biking at Westwood Lake Park, the Parkway Trail

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Family Adventure Tours

Below are a number of suggested places for Family bicycling adventures in comfortable settings with a variety of skill and excitement levels

Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding these destinations and check our course and trip schedule. Our descriptions are provided to give cyclists some information on the difficulty of the terrain, the distance and other important bits. Please note that GNCC provides this information freely under the understanding that you take responsibility for your own safety and assume all risks.

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

The park has a large day-use area and campground and contains several hiking trails that meander through the forest and along the river. Visitors can expect spectacular views along the way, particularly from two bridges that cross the river where it plunges down the narrow rock canyon toward quieter waters below. The lower falls end in a deep crystal-clear pool an ideal swimming hole in the summer when river levels are low and a great place to view spawning salmon in the fall.

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park to McDonald Provincial Park is a 64.7 mile point-to-point trail located near Parksville, British Columbia and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for road biking and is accessible from May until September.

Top Bridge Mountain Bike Park

Top Bridge Mountain Bike Park is a multiple route trail located near Parksville, British Columbia and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and is accessible year-round.

Westwood Lake

Westwood Ridge is a 5.1 mile loop trail located near Nanaimo, British Columbia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Cowichan Valley Trail

Enjoy cycling the picturesque Cowichan Valley Trail, a segment of the Trans Canada Trail. At over 75 km's , cyclists can travel across eight historic rail trestles, including the Kinsol Trestle, in the section between Shawnigan Lake and Lake Cowichan. The trail then follows the Cowichan River to Duncan.

Maple Mountain

The new mountain biking trails on Maple Mountain opened in 2013 to great acclaim and are becoming well known for well groomed trails and unique features. Suitable for all levels of downhill biking.

Newcastle Island

A great island to explore for the day. Only two trails can be accessed by bikes on New Castle island (5 kilometer round trip) and you have to consider that before you pay the extra fee for the bike(s) on the ferry. New Castle is however a gem to hike, explore, hang out on the beach or go for a dip in the ocean. Be careful as steel bikes do not like seawater.

Gabriola Island

A super island to explore for a few days. You have several beaches to choose from, a host of trails for hiking or mountain biking, and although there are challenging hills there are over 50 kilomter of roads you can ride.

According to Leslie Anderson, executive director of Tourism Nanaimo:"There's a distinct feeling when you debark the ferry onto one of the Gulf Islands, particularly when you're travelling by bike. It's a sense of tranquility and slowing down of life to island pace. British Col umbia's Gulf Islands are a cyclist's paradise with quiet roads, lots of interesting & quirky stops to see en route, and spectacular scenery that shifts from coastal vistas to cottage farmland to majestic forests. It's important to know that the Gulf Islands, Gabriola included, are not flat. So if it's easy riding you're seeking, you might want to consider taking Gertie the local bus around for your exploration. If you do the Island loop, without too many side trips, you're in for about 30km (about 19 miles) of riding."