Porteau Cove by Bicycle

Porteau Cove is an excellent place to go when training for a bike tour if you’re from Vancouver, BC.  It’s readily accessible by cycling on Highway 99, Sea to Sky Highway that goes to Whistler.

Be warn that it is a hilly ride.  At some points, I decided to get off my bike and walk a little.  If you’re not so macho and still at your early stages of trainings, you can take a Translink C12 Lions Bay bus to Lions Bay city hall.  It’s then a 13-km stretch to get there, about a 1 hour ride by this slow poke with 2 panniers of camping touring gear.

  1. Get cycling directions to Porteau Cove from your location.
  2. Decide whether you’re able enough to make the ride there.  It’s no excuse if you can’t ride for long and hard – it’s another great car-free trip from Vancouver because you can take a Translink C12 Lions Bay bus to Lions Bay city hall and start from there.  It’s just 1-hour slow poke bike ride from there on.
  3. Make an online reservation for a campsite spot at Porteau Cove on the BC Parks website for the day you want.  It’s a popular campsite so close to Vancouver with campsites right along the water front.
  4. Date you want booked?  Go anyways!  There are non-reservable walk-in campsite and day use toilet at the campground.  Stealth camping is easily done if you’re out of luck for the campsite.
  5. Check the Translink C12 Lions Bay schedule for proper time of departure.
  6. Start cycling for the camp ground.
  7. Forget something?  The park ranger store stocks some sundries – including ice cream for the tasty reward at the finish line.
  8. Take a hot shower at the end of the ride for a relaxing, refreshing evening.  Yes, there are hot showers at the campground!  (And obviously given hot showers, there are portable running water to fill up your water bottles for the ride home.)
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