PAVILION LAKE RIDE
The Pavilion Lake ride is one of my all-time favourite rides in B.C. and a huge highlight of my pre-season training. This ride delivers ruggedly beautiful vistas that are unique to the Fraser Canyon in British Columbia.
The Pavilion Lake ride starts in the town of Lillooet (two hours north of Whistler along the BC-99N). Lillooet embraces its frontier-town routes and goes by the unforgettable slogan of “Guaranteed Rugged.” Due to the harsh nature of the ride, be sure to bring a warm outer layer for the fast but cold descent. Run a heavy-tread training tire, as there is a rough gravel section around Kilometre 20. Also, bring several spare tubes because . . . gravel, and don’t forget the all-important snacks, many of them because of the remote nature of the ride.
From the start of the route, you are greeted by vistas of vast mountain ranges to the east and west. From the main street in Lillooet, ride south and take a left on Seton Lake Road and another left on the Duffey Lake Road to cross the Fraser River. One more left on Hwy. 99 and that’s it. The ride is a simple out and back.
Once on Hwy. 99, you climb gradually for the first 15 kilometres. After that, a quick downhill and you are onto the rough gravel section that lasts approximately 800 metres. From there, you climb gradually into a beautiful open valley before the road sweeps right to the start of the climb. The climb is approximately eight kilometres long with an approximate 8% grade. After the climb, you find yourself in another picturesque valley.
From there, the road rolls for another 10 kilometres before reaching Pavilion Lake. At the lake, flip it and enjoy the fast descent back into town, but make sure to be careful of fallen rocks and other road debris.
Pavilion Lake Ride delivers ruggedly beautiful vistas that are unique to the Fraser Canyon in British Columbia.