A week in Whistler with day tours to Coast Gravity, Squamish and the North Shore of Vancouver
From extreme gravity to flowy single-track, we’ll spend a week exploring Whistler, Coast Gravity, Squamish and the North Shore of Vancouver:
Whistler Bike Park Easily the biggest, most ridden and lusted after bike park on the planet. From the moment you get into town, the vibe is almost surreal. The park has a huge range of trails for EVERY level and style of rider, all accessed by fast, modern lifts and ending in a dreamy town where evenings are spent exploring the endless drinking and dining options that you’d expect from a world-class destination.
Coast Gravity Park is the epitome of mountain biking, from flowy jumps to fast technical trails and everything in between. Located on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, Coast Gravity boasts trails for every rider and built by the most experienced teams in the MTB World.
Vancouver North Shore mountains are where Shore Riding” or “Freeriding” originated. These days thanks to the dedication of the local riders and trail builders, the North Shore now offers plenty of MTB trails with everything from easy cross-country to technical downhill.
Squamish is the ultimate mountain bike town with a friendly and welcoming bike scene. Squamish boasts over 300 kilometres of singletrack to suit every skill level from rock slabs, deep loam, to amazing flow runs. Located only 45 mins from Whistler, Squamish makes for an easy day tour with our private transport.
July - Sept (private groups only)
7 nights I 6 days riding
MTB - intermediate to advanced
Why Travel With Mint
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. We are a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conduct business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. Mint is a full-service travel agent, which means we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements. After you’ve signed up for this tour, you have access to our customer care team who are just a phone-call away. You will receive pre-trip emails with specific information about your tour, the arrival and departure day process, information about the destination, packing suggestions, and other relevant information to help you prepare for your trip.
WHERE WE RIDE
WHISTLER BIKE PARK
Often called Disneyland for mountain bikers, Whistler lives and breathes mountain bikes like nowhere else. The park has a huge range of trails for EVERY level and style of rider, all accessed by fast, modern lifts and ending in a dreamy town with endless drinking and dining options.
WHERE WE RIDE
Squamish offers a huge variety of trails for mountain bikers of any experience level. Situated in a valley with surrounding mountains there are endless kilometers of mountain biking trails.
WHERE WE RIDE
Canada’s first low elevation mountain bike park, on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Coast Gravity hosts a user-friendly shuttle system to access our 12 trails carved through the pristine low elevation ocean front forest.
WHERE WE RIDE
Very few places on earth have had such an impact on the mountain biking community as this Vancouver's North Shore. This is where is where it all began.
WHERE WE SLEEP
Aava is the bike friendliest hotel in Whistler, located on the edge of the action and are steps from the Whistler Bike Park. The hotel is equipped with complimentary bike valet, bike tuning & wash station along with free secure bike storage.
Best of the BC Coast
Get in touch for a detailed tour itinerary and more info
EASY AIRPORT TRANSFERS
This is a fly-in/fly-out stress-free trip. Once your flight arrives in Vancouver, grab your bags and get on the bus to Whistler. We’ve arranged door-to-door airport transfers. It’s a scenic drive up the Sea-to-Sky Highway from the airport straight to our hotel. Grab a window seat and in just over 2 hours you will arrive. Our guides will be on-hand to greet you and help you settle in.
WHAT BIKE TO BRING
If you could bring any bike, it would be a long travel enduro bike that can handle the gnarliness of the bike parks, yet pedal to the surrounding backcountry trails. If you are trying to decide what bike to bring, keep in mind that typical BC Coast terrain warrants a bike that can handle the steepest trails, rocks and large jumps which will take you and your bike to the edge. You'll also need a full-face helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and gloves. Ask us for a full gear list.
Throughout the tour you'll stay in the modern Aava hotel with bike friendly facilities that are close to the lifts and near all the après action. Our single share rooms are equipped with private ensuite bathroom, TV, and free WiFi. The hotels also includes bike valet, storage, wash and tune station, heated outdoor pools or hot tub, laundry and on-site restaurants.
For our day tours we'll travel in private transport with a custom-built bike rack system made exclusively for mountain bike adventure touring. You'll only need to build your bike once on arrival day, and our experienced guides make it look easy, transporting you and your bike on each day tour.
This tour is hosted by our local Canadian team along with our Mint Tours Australian host. Not only do they know every marked trail, they are looking forward to showing you some of their ‘local’s only’ secret spots. They are always more than happy to provide you with some tips and feedback on the mountain, and share a beer and some laughs at the end of the day.
This tour is open to intermediate to advanced riders. Each day your guides will give helpful pointers on any questions you may have. Probably the most important aspect of mountain biking is the willingness to sharpen your skills. For riders looking to up-skill, we strongly recommend joining a skills clinic at the start of the tour. You'll get some tips and tricks from a resident pro from the outset, so you're ready to tackle BC's best bike park terrain for the rest of the tour.
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES
- 7 nights accommodation (single share)
- 3 days riding at Whistler Bike Park with lift tickets
- 1 day tour to Coast Gravity Park with park ticket
- Horseshoe Bay to Sunshine Coast return ferry tickets
- 1 day tour to Vancouver’s North Shore
- Private shuttles on the North Shore
- 1 day tour to Squamish trails
- 6 days of hosted mountain biking
- Return airport Transfers Vancouver (YVR) / Whistler
- Private transportation & bike transport throughout the tour
- Mint guides on-hand throughout tour
Our Best of the BC Coast tour is 7 nights. We’ve timed the tour to commence on the final day of Crankworx in Whistler which means the trails will be maintained to perfection for the world’s best riders. We’ve also ensured that you’ll ride Whistler Bike Park mid-week to avoid the weekend day-trippers. If 7 nights isn’t enough, we can always arrange pre and post trip extensions.
PRO-TIP – GO PRIVATE!
Book this tour as a private departure. You can select your own dates, and you’ll get your own guide and all the benefits of a Mint group tour – for any group, big or small (even just one traveller). Get in touch to discuss.
WHY TRAVEL WITH MINT?
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. Mint is a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conducts business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we can take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre-or post tour arrangements.
WHAT HAPPENS IF BORDERS ARE CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The global health crisis has impacted everyone enormously, so we want to make sure your future travel plans are safe and reassure you that we are committed to supporting our customers in the best way that we can. You can view our latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates HERE
WHAT HAPPENS ON ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DAY?
Once you’ve signed up for the tour we will send you through a comprehensive guide with details about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information.
WHAT IF I’M TRAVELLING SOLO?
About 99% of our guests are travelling solo, so you’ll be in good company and for this tour all guests have their own rooms. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in outdoor sports and an eagerness to travel..
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON THIS TOUR?
Maximum of 6 riders per Mint Tours host.
CAN I ARRIVE EARLY OR STAY ON AFTER THE TOUR?
For most tours you can arrive earlier or stay later. We can tailor the trip to suit your travel plans. Speak with one of our tour specialists when you are booking and they will be more than happy to assist.
WHO ARE THE GUIDES?
Shannon Rademaker – Shannon hails from Mansfield, Victoria and has been instructing, guiding and coaching for over 15 years to over 5000 riders, from all abilities levels. He’s a professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association Level 3 instructor and \ PMBIA Instructor course conductor. Outdoor Recreation TAFE Mountain Bike course instructor trainer and has over 20 years of high level racing experience and knowledge in BMX, 4X, Gravity Enduro and Downhill.
CAN YOU BOOK FLIGHTS?
Yes. Let us take the hassle out of selecting the right flights for the tour. We can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.
ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?
No, flights are not included. If you need assistance booking flights, we can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.
DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes. All guests on tour need to be covered by comprehensive travel insurance. Once you have booked on the tour, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I’VE BOOKED?
Once you’ve booked your spot on tour, we will send you through a booking confirmation and provide updates about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information. We will send out a Pre Departure Guide 30 days prior to departure. Prior to the tour commencing we will invite you to a group chat which is managed by your tour manager and guides.
CAN I BRING MY PARTNER WHO DOESN’T RIDE?
Of course! We can tailor the tour to suit your partner. Speak with one of our tour specialists when you are booking and they will be more than happy to assist.
HOW DO I CHECK MY ABILITY LEVEL?
The best way to check if a tour is suited to your ability is by speaking with one of our tour specialists. They will be able to determine if the tour you have selected is a good fit for your ability, as well as suggesting other tour options.
HOW DO I CHECK AVAILABILITY?
Speak with one of our tour specialists. As this is a small group tour with limited availability, it’s best to get in touch early to avoid disappointment.
CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT?
Yes! We can arrange rental equipment for most destinations, however we do recommend bringing your own equipment.
WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?
If you could bring any bike, it would be a long travel enduro bike that can handle the gnarliness of the bike parks, yet pedal to the surrounding backcountry trails. If you are trying to decide what bike to bring, keep in mind that Whistler, North Shore, Squamish and Coast Gravity all have terrain that warrants a bike that can handle the steepest trails, rocks and large jumps which will take you and your bike to the edge. You’ll also need a full-face helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and gloves. If you’d like some equipment advice, just ask us for a full gear list or we can connect you with our shop partners.
WHO WILL BE ON MY TOUR?
Your group will be made up of travellers from diverse backgrounds and will be varied in age. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in adventure sports and an eagerness to explore all that Canada has to offer.
ARE LIFT TICKETS INCLUDED?
Yes. You’ll get 3 day Whistler Bike Park lift ticket plus a single day ticket to Coast Gravity Park.
PRICE PER PERSON
TWIN ROOM OPTION
Single rooms are included, however, if you’d prefer to share a room on this tour, please speak to your tour specialist for further information and a quote.
RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT
To secure your spot on tour, a non-refundable 50% deposit is payable within 3 days of booking. The balance is due 90 days prior to tour departure. You can view our terms and conditions HERE and COVID-19 policy HERE
If you would like some more information or a quote for the tour you can contact us by:
Enquire below. Once we receive your request one of our Canadian Tour Specialists will be in touch with a with a quote, availability and further details about the tour.
2. OVER THE PHONE
Call us and follow the prompts to speak to one of our Canadian Tour Specialists.
Within Australia (03) 5296 0314