My wife and I are organising a 'budget' vacation in June/July of 2004 - if anyone's got any suggestions on where best to find information on cheap montainbike friendly accomodation + airport transfers, we would be really grateful.
Thanks in advance,
Andy and Aneela McKenna
Do you live in the Vancouver area, or are you flying in? I have family in the area, so I have been there many times and I happen to know that if you are flying in (or any of your party is flying in to meet you) that it is quite a bit cheaper to fly into the airport in Abbotsford, which is about a 20 minute drive from Vancouver. I am not sure if that works, too, for international flights, but from anywhere in Canada it certainly does. . . .
Have a good trip!
It's too bad I have to contradict someone on my first post here but-Abbottsford is at
least an hours drive from Vancouver-it's a tiny Airport with no public transport to the
city-or even a bus to the local town.
Andy-http://www.yvr.ca will give all the transport options into town from the Airport.
As to mountain biking-Yes there's biking on local mountains-you'll see them to the
North when you land.Grab a room @ the Burnaby St Hostel-
However if you want to really get away I suggest you head up to Squamish-accessible by
bus and stay at the Hostel there- all kinds of MB options.
[ Edit: referred link to TP version of hostel description :) ]
Sorry about that . . . I guess the drive must have been much longer! I have family in the Vancouver area so when we flew in that way coming from Calgary my aunt picked us up at the airport. I wasn't sure about public transportation (buses, etc.). You MAY be able to hire a taxi- although for that distance it'll be expensive. However, it still is a cheaper flight option if you want to do it. Since you will have a bike with you, you may want to just bike it, if you aren't too tired (depends on how long your flight is, I guess). The scenery along the way is beautiful (maybe THAT'S why I thought it was only 20 minutes!!! ).
About bringing a bike over- I have heard that there is a loophole that will let you bring it in your luggage for free. There is a whole website dedicated to travelling with your bike (in fact, several websites, most likely). I ran across one doing research for a trip that is still quite far in the future. Here is a link:
I hope that helps.