Bike Travel

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Bike Travel

Despite British Columbia's demanding landscape, bicycle travel is extremely popular. One of the most spectacular routes follows the abandoned 600-km-long (370-mile-long) Kettle Valley Railway through the mountains of the B.C. interior; Tourism Kelowna has details. Gentler options include the 100-km (62-mile) Galloping Goose Regional Trail near Victoria and the rolling hills of the Gulf Islands. Cycle Vancouver Island has information about bike touring on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Mountain-biking enthusiasts gravitate toward the trails on Vancouver's North Shore Mountains and up at Whistler.

Bike Maps

Cycle Vancouver Island (250/592–4753. www.cyclevancouverisland.ca.)

Galloping Goose Regional Trail (250/478–3344. www.gallopinggoosetrail.com.)

Tourism Kelowna (250/861–1515 or 800/663–4345. www.tourismkelowna.com.)

TransLink (604/453–4500. www.translink.ca.)

Bikes in Flight

Most airlines accommodate bikes as luggage, provided they are dismantled and boxed; check with individual airlines about packing requirements. Some airlines sell bike boxes, which are often free at bike shops, for about $25 (bike bags can be considerably more expensive). International travelers often can substitute a bike for a piece of checked luggage at no charge; otherwise, the cost is about $100. Most U.S. and Canadian airlines charge $50-$100 each way, though fees are increasing steadily. Many also ask that the bike be preregistered when you book your ticket.

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