THE BLUFF AND MORE
The mountain biking in New Brunswick is quite possibly one of the bestkept secrets of the North American MTB riding scene! Given the small population (approximately 750,000) of the entire province, the number of awesome trail networks never ceases to amaze me. After all, these trails don’t build themselves.
The capital city of Fredericton boasts no less than five trail networks, each consisting of a multitude of trails for all levels of riding. Buffed-out rolling singletrack; rocky, rooty technical stuff or anything in between – it’s all within a 15-minute drive of anywhere in the city.
A few of my favourite trail networks include Woolastook, which is approximately 15 minutes out of town; Islandview, a little closer to town; and MVP, just on the other side of town. The beauty of the trail networks here is that they all have different styles of riding, so there is something for everyone, which makes progressing that much easier for new riders, but keeps the old-school technical folks interested as well.
If you’re going to travel to New Brunswick for an MTB vacation, on your itinerary of rides, you absolutely need to include “The Bluff” in Sussex, N.B. Just a little more than an hour from Fredericton, Sussex is a rural agricultural town with a whole lot to offer for the outdoor adventurer. The Bluff is a must-do ride for any mountain biker. It’s a right of passage for New Brunswick riders. The views of the valley as you ride along the ridge are breathtaking and never get old.
Having ridden in many different spots throughout North America, always in search of the three essentials for a good bike trip – great trails, great food and great local beer (maybe not in that order of importance) – I can say with much certainty that Fredericton, and New Brunswick in general, will not disappoint. With more than 20 microbreweries in the province, five of which are in Fredericton, and a growing “eat-local” culture in many of the restaurants, your ride will always finish with the rewards you’re looking for.
The Bluff near Sussex, with breathtaking scenery, is a must-do ride and a right of passage for New Brunswick mountain bikers.