After weeks of cold and wet weather, Vancouver finally gave us the forecast of a warm and sunny weekend. Excited about the prospect of another adventure-filled summer, I decided to run a trip to the local’s favourite, the Fisherman’s Trail, a 40 km loop of scenic and smooth gravel trails around the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve in North Vancouver.
The next step was to gather a team. Not having much luck on the trip agenda, I began going around and recruiting my friends and people from previous trips. I like to imagine myself in Ocean’s 11, but in reality, it was just many text messages. Cara, Elvira, and Ruth just got their new gravel bikes that week, so this will be their NBD ride. Brendan, another Cowichan Valley survivor, was onboard. Ethan and Clara, who biked up Mount Gardner with me, were in. Then we had Melissa and Settare, long-time VOC execs. Finally, Arielle, who was returning to the area, but this time she was taking her road bike on the gravel trails.
With so many lovely people and beautiful bikes, I brought my camera, which turned out to be very cumbersome to carry while riding. And just like that, this had turned into a media ride, so I’ll just let the photos show you.
This is a must-do if you’re in Vancouver with a gravel bike. If you want to try it yourself, check out this guide from Landyatchz Bikes: https://landyachtzbikes.com/gravel-ride-route-guide-vancouver/fishermans-trail/.
Both the Riverside Dr. and Seymour Valley trailheads are 25 km from UBC. You can take either the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge or Lions Gate Bridge. You can do this loop in both directions. I prefer going counter-clockwise so you climb on gravel and descend on the road. Toward the end of the Seymour Dam, there is a viewpoint with a water fountain and pit toilet. On your way out, don’t forget to check out the single tracks on the Old Growth Trail, just off of the fish hatchery. As of this trip, there was a washout between the Circuit 8 Connector and Spur 4. The Bear island bridges were also closed for repair, so you might have to trace back on Spur 4 and get on the road via Hydraulic Connector.