shoulders on the winding highway can be narrow, cyclists will find
that Highway 101 is a
challenging but often scenic route. Avoid peak traffic times, such
as the surge that follows the arrival of a BC Ferry, and you'll
have long stretches of the highway to yourself, particularly as
you pedal north of Sechelt.
One consideration: You don't have to cycle Hwy 101 all the way,
all the time. There are a few backroads, such as Lower Roberts
Creek Road, that travel in roughly the same direction while
providing a more tranquil ambience. Lower Roberts Creek Road loops
away from Hwy 101 north of Gibsons
and rejoins it north of Roberts
Creek, for a total distance of 5 miles (8 km).
Hwy 101 rises
and falls as it parallels the coastline for much of its length.
One of the steepest hills is on the north side of Sechelt. Redroofs
Road is a delightful 6-mile (10-km) side road that loop-dee-loops
along the coast off Hwy 101. The southern entrance to Redroofs is
located about 4 miles (7 km) north of Sechelt. The northern entrance
is just north of Trout Lake. Note: In recognition of cyclists, Porpoise
Bay Provincial Park in Sechelt has 6 ride-in campsites.
Just as a backroad took cyclists away from Hwy 101 around Roberts
Creek on the southern half of the route, so too does a series of
roads that leads from Hwy 101 at the south end of Powell
River through Paradise Valley, a lush agricultural area.
As Hwy 101 approaches Myrtle Point, follow Centennial Drive to Padgett
Road, which eventually links with Duncan Street. Head west on Duncan
to reach Marine Avenue (Hwy 101), which parallels Powell River's
inner harbour. Cyclists heading north of Powell River as Hwy 101
covers the 14 miles (23 km) to Lund
will be confronted with one major hill. The highway makes a wide
switchback as it climbs above the dam on Powell River. Catch your
breath at the dam, from where you get a picturesque view of the
boathouses on Powell Lake. Once you reach the Native community of
Sliammon, the road levels out for the remainder of the journey.
ultrascenic cycling path runs along the Willingdon Beach Trail.
This route was originally a railway bed but has now been converted
into a simple network for walking and cycling. The trail begins
in the Powell River Municipal Park beside Willingdon Beach, just
north of the central harbour.
is tucked into the hillside behind Powell River. It is the site
of an ambitious program to make the municipal park located here
as friendly and useable to people in wheelchairs as to those on
foot. A wide, limestone pathway encircles Inland Lake and provides
an excellent 8-mile (13-km) cycle route, with the gentlest of grades.
You'll enjoy it so much you might want to do it twice.
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