8 Best Places To Be On Two Wheels In The Shuswap
Spring has arrived in the Shuswap and there’s no better way to enjoy it than by exploring on two wheels. With ample roads, trails and terrain to traverse, the Shuswap is a spring dream for road cyclists, mountain bikers and motorcyclists alike. So where are the best places to put wheels to the ground this spring? While we have comprehensive trail maps for all road cycling, mountain biking, and motorcycle touring, here are a few of our hand-picked favourites:
South Canoe Trail System: Mountain Biking
Full of dirt tracks, stunning vistas and routes of varying difficulties, this trail system is one of the premier spots for off-road biking in Canada.
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57 Likes, 3 Comments - Benjamin Radomske (@benjaminbluebenjamin) on Instagram: "Sunny times at #rubberhead ☀ #salmonarm #okanagan #shuswap #wildernessculture #freeride #downhill..."
Sunnybrae: Mountain Biking
The trails around Shuswap Lake are plentiful and always near an expansive view of the grand lake. Mountain bikers especially love the clear trails and lush forests.
8 Likes, 3 Comments - Marlene Lyons (@marlenelyons) on Instagram: "Reinecker Creek"
Larch Hills Traverse: Mountain Biking
At 38km, this trail from Salmon Arm to Sicamous is a workout. But look at the views that come with it.
35 Likes, 6 Comments - MDEVsmith (@mdevsmith) on Instagram: "Great day for an epic with these hard chargers! #larchhillstraverse"
Salty Dog Enduro: Mountain Biking
Each May, the area hosts the famous Salty Dog Enduro where mountain bikers of all ages compete on fixed courses. The best part happens afterwards, when a fun-filled festival delights participants and spectators. For road enthusiasts who want a long ride this spring, look no further than the Okanagan Shuswap Century Ride.
@agough87 finishing up her last lap before the skies opened up and the hail and rain came. #saltydogenduro #luge #bike #mountainbiking
23 Likes, 1 Comments - Scott Sissons (@scissors888) on Instagram: "@agough87 finishing up her last lap before the skies opened up and the hail and rain came...."
Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum
For motorcyclists, the Trans Canada Highway is a must. Just off of it is the famous Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum. Step inside and gawk at the pristine collection of bikes before getting back on the road.
9 Likes, 1 Comments - Tawnya Sutherland (@vanetworking) on Instagram: "Now that's a #museum! ;) #motorcycle #dreamcycle #motorcylemuseum"
Roads around Malakwa: Adventure Motorbiking
Right off of Highway 1, Malakwa is home to several off-the-path roads that adventure motorcyclists have become quite fond of in their travels. Just peel off and explore!
21 Likes, 1 Comments - Klr Guy (@klr_guy) on Instagram: "The perfect road #dualsport #everide #britishcolumbia #klr650"
White Lake: Road Cycling
With a countryside to lake route, White Lake Road is a favourite amongst road cyclists. With few cars and a mostly flat 50km loop, it’s easy to see why.
Finally got out on the bike today. We decided to do the White Lake Loop from the cabin, it's a perfect 50km. Views of the valley are awesome, there are some cool climbs and descents. I'm gonna sit on the dock for the rest of the day and re-cooperate more. #shuswap #cycling #whitelake #gsracing #sworks #specialized #augustlong #cabinliving #lakelife
29 Likes, 2 Comments - Andrea Jones (@thismsjones) on Instagram: "Finally got out on the bike today. We decided to do the White Lake Loop from the cabin, it's a..."
Skimkin Lake Road to Recline Ridge Winery: Road Cycling
What goes best with a little gravel? A glass of wine. Skimkin Lake Road takes the long and scenic way to Recline Ridge Winery. Just make sure not to overindulge before hopping back in the saddle!
92 Likes, 1 Comments - Ryan Jones (@no_1cheeb) on Instagram: "Gravel is so in right now #gravelgrinder #cycling #turtlevalley"
These are just a small sample of the asphalt, dirt and gravel paths that await those who love to spend their time on two wheels. Whatever your activity, there’s more info to help you plan the perfect visit to the Shuswap. You can find more motor touring information on this section of our website or in this helpful guide. For cyclists, this page has more details shops in the area and our trail guide is a must-see for planning.
Of course, there’s more to the Shuswap than spending time travelling on two wheels. You’ll want to plan where you will be relaxing after your day exploring. Our friendly local pubs are just the spot.