Con­quer the Woods

To Do: Take on the rugged B.C. back­coun­try with the help of a Chilcotin pro moun­tain bik­ing tour com­pany (bonus: en­joy a scenic float plane tour along the way).

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is veiny with pack trails worn down by gold min­ers haul­ing in sup­plies and haul­ing out their bounty. In the Spruce Lake Pro­tected Area, about 150 kilo­me­tres north of Whistler, the gold in the hills is now the trails them­selves. The ‰ow­ing, world- class sin­gle­track yields epic days spent bik­ing, hik­ing or horse­back rid­ing through God’s coun­try: think alpine and sub-alpine mead­ows, cop­per-rich red rock slopes, glacial green lakes and sweep­ing vis­tas of moun­tains. So even if you like to earn your turns, a little boost from a ‰oat plane is wel­come— es­pe­cially if you’d like to get deep into the back­coun­try on a multi- day trip. En­ter Tyax Ad­ven­tures, Canada’s only ‰oat­plane­sup­ported moun­tain bik­ing com­pany. Founded by for­mer Na­tional Veteran Cross- Coun­try cham­pion Dale Dou­glas, the com­pany has a ’65 de Hav­il­land Beaver to air­lift 1,100 pounds of rid­ers, gear and bikes up into ped­alling nir­vana.


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