Distance from Downtown: 10 km
Cycling time: 30 mins
Craft breweries along the way: 8
It’s that time of the year when Vancouver turns into a paradise for anyone with a set of pedal-powered wheels. To help you get inspired to take your bike out for a ride on the road, we’ll be highlighting some of the best destinations within a stone’s throw from Vancouver.
Most of these will be spectacular enough to enjoy on your own, but company is always highly recommended. We won’t be talking about racing the clock, or anything sporty or technical. Instead, we’ll focus on how to get the most out of your time in the saddle, and at your destination. All you will need for a memorable day is a dependable ride, comfy clothes, sunglasses, a hat, and most importantly, a positive attitude.
We’ll start with a trip to one of the city’s most lovable parks, close enough for an afternoon ride, yet far enough to feel like you’re escaping. New Brighton park offers one of the most charming places to catch the sunset, and an undemanding, fun-filled trip to take you there.
For a scenic trip following the Burrard Inlet waterfront, take Alexander st. eastbound, to merge with Powell where a brand new separated bike-way will lift you over the port to meet Clark street.
The bike-way cuts off rather abruptly, but don’t let that stop you. Continue on Powell through the city’s industrial complex, which makes up for its lack of charm by being home to a cluster of local brewers.
You might want to take a detour here for a tasting flight, or a growler fill for your picnic at the park. Personally, i would recommend doing both. With a range of choices including Doan’s, Coal Harbour, Parallel 49th, and others, this route could be repeated many times with no two trips entirely alike.
Leave the bustling traffic of Powell st. behind for the residential East Vancouver charm of Wall st., which etches a path along the coastline. Keep an eye out for the pocket-sized parks along the way, each with its own take on the panorama of harbor’s mix of industry and natural beauty.
Follow the signs for the Portside bike-way along the rail tracks, and you will soon find yourself at a tunnel which serves as the entrance to New Brighton Park.
Alternatively, you could travel through Adanac st. past Commercial, for a different selection of breweries, and a wider range of choices to help you load up the bike-basket for the picnic.
Once you’re there, you might want to cool off from the ride, and the outdoor public pool offers a well-maintained facility for a refreshing dip. An adult pass goes for $5.75, and it’s open most days between 10 am and 8pm. However, you might want to check the schedule ahead of time, so you don’t end up enviously watching the synchronized swimming team as they claim your much-needed spot in the water.
The rest of the park offers plenty of spots to take in the sun, and just as many shaded areas to keep cool. If you’re looking for a bit more privacy, you’ll find half a dozen of cozy nooks by the water shielded by walls of shrubs.
An important note for any foodie: you won’t find much here aside from generic concession stand fare, so plan accordingly and bring a picnic. BBQ-able goods are highly recommended to go with that growler you may have filled on the way.
DAYTRIPPING: NEW BRIGHTON PARK