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9 Ultimate Road Trips You Need To Take Before You Die

There's no excuse to not hit the open road after reading this...

Watch your step! Photo: Destination British Columbia

Length: 304 miles, plus four ferry rides

Where will you start and finish? Vancouver to Whistler via Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Best time to go? May to October

How long will it take? Two weeks

British Columbia is the spiritual home of mountain biking, sporting some of the gnarliest trails in the world.

It boasts hundreds of black double diamonds as well as many beginners and intermediate routes.

There are so many options: you can either go inland or stick to the coast. For the most bang for your buck, stay coastal and follow the BC Bike Race route.

Start in Vancouver’s North Shore and then catch the ferry over to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. After tearing down their singletracks in the Comox Valley, take the ferry to the Sunshine Coast, and head to the mountain bike mecca of Whistler.

If you want a break from biking, there are plenty of hiking and kayaking options plus Vancouver Island is full of micro breweries and wineries to visit.

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