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.
- Get cycling directions to Porteau Cove from your location.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Check the Translink C12 Lions Bay schedule for proper time of departure.
- Start cycling for the camp ground.
- Forget something? The park ranger store stocks some sundries – including ice cream for the tasty reward at the finish line.
- 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.)