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First Mountain Bike adventure in Vancouver area

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1. Posted by andy (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y

andy has indicated that this thread is about Canada

Hi Folks,

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

2. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 12y

Hey Andy,
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!
- Steph

3. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 12y

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-
http://reservations.bookhostels.com/travellerspoint.com/hostel.php?HostelNumber=3987

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.

http://reservations.bookhostels.com/travellerspoint.com/hostel.php?HostelNumber=1779

[ Edit: referred link to TP version of hostel description :) ]

4. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 12y

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:

www.bikeaccess.net/BikeAccess/default.cfm

I hope that helps.

Peace,
Steph