Watching your child master peddling on two wheels is an exciting moment for many parents. I still remember both our boys pedalling off, down the lane, having all my fingers and toes crossed in the hopes they remembered how to stop. For years the kids were happy riding bikes outside of our house and around the neighbourhood. But as they got older we became interested in going for bike rides as a family.

We’ve put together a list of bike rides that most riders could handle (when plied with a sufficient number of snacks). We’ve endeavoured to source routes that have visual interest (or playgrounds) to help keep the littles going when their legs get tired.

Greater Vancouver Zoo (Aldergrove)

  • Features: paved, 5km return
  • Where: Greater Vancouver Zoo (you need to purchase admission to the Zoo; you can bring your own bikes)
  • Features: animals, playground

Willingdon Linear Park (Burnaby)

  • Features: paved, 13 blocks long (one way)
  • Where: Brentwood Towne Centre to Hastings Street
  • Highlights: two pocket parks, public art, dedicated bike lane

King Albert Greenway (Coquitlam)

  • Features: paved, 6km round trip
  • Where: Blue Mountain Park to Mundy Park
  • Highlights: great playground at Blue Mountain Park; fun pedestrian bridge over Como Creek; loads of trails to explore in Mundy Park

Fort to Fort Trail (Fort Langley)

  • Features: paved / compact dirt, 10km round trip
  • Where: along the Fraser River in Fort Langley (Fort Langley National Historic Site to Derby Reach Regional Park)
  • Highlights: multiple playgrounds, access to the Fraser River, rolling hills, Fort Langley Village

Crosstown and Queens Park (New Westminster)

  • Features: paved, 10km round trip
  • Where: From the 22nd Street Skytrain Station to Queen’s Park
  • Highlights: heritage houses, Queens Park, Millennium Trial, Sapperton Playground, and Hume Park

False Creek (Vancouver)

  • Features: paved, 9km
  • Where: circling all of False Creek
  • Highlights: Science World, Granville Island, Yaletown, ride the Aquabus (with your bike) to complete the circle

Seaside Greenway (Vancouver)

  • Features: paved / compact dirt, 18km round trip
  • Where: Vanier Park to Spanish Banks
  • Highlights: stunning Vancouver beaches and parks – Vanier Park, Kitsilano Beach, Jericho Beach, Spanish Banks

If you are looking for more family-friendly biking ideas we highly recommend the site Let’s Go Biking.