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8 Jun

Vancouver In a Day: Biking Stanley Park and the Seawall

Vancouver is a bike-friendly destination. From its the city cycle baths and bike paths to its 22-kilometer seawall and world-famous mountain biking trails on the North Shore, there is something in Vancouver for every level of cyclist.

If traveling around an unfamiliar cycle on a bike isn’t your thing, try booking a cycling tour with one of Vancouver’s bike companies. In this video, we partnered up with Joshua Bloomfield, the owner of Cycle City Tours(

Josh took me out for an intimate tour of Stanley Park forest trails and showed us some beautiful spots (like Beaver Lake) that I had never visited before, even as a local. On a bike tour, you’ll get some insight and background on what you’re seeing locally, including information on local wildlife and historical facts that you might not get from a guidebook.

If you want to explore yourself, there are a ton of bike shops to rent from in Vancouver. Spokes Bicycle Rentals ( provided our bikes in this video. Keep in mind that if Vancouver has a mandatory helmet law. Also remember to ask your rental provider for a lock, so you can stop and enjoy the sights along the way.

Vancouver’s seawall can be divided into three sections:

  • Coal Harbour section: 2.2km
  • Stanley Park section: 8.8km
  • English Bay to Kitsilano Beach: 11km

It takes approximately an hour to bike the Stanley Park section, which is also the only portion of the seawall that is one-way. Make sure to start your trip in Coal Harbour.

A great local secret spot to check out is Musette Cafe ( It’s located in an alley west of Burrard Street and north of Burnaby Street, close to the Burrard Bridge.

Traditionally, a mussette bag is what competitors use to carry supplies and food during a race. And just like a mussette bag, you’ll find a little bit of everything at the Mussette Cafe. Make sure to try their crêpes!

It may take some searching (there’s a reason why it’s a bike cafe!) but it’s worth the effort it takes to get there.

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