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In B.C., the best bike trails are a float-plane ride away Add to ...

What’s the deal?

Grab a mountain bike and fly to the trailhead in a floatplane.

Where’s it at?

A workhorse of the Canadian wild, the de Havilland Beaver has long been used to shuttle cargo and passengers to some of the most inaccessible parts of this country. Load a mountain bike in Whistler and make the 30-minute flight north to Tyax Resort ( tyaxair.com), a giant log cabin and your base, on the shores of Tyaughton Lake, in B.C.’s rugged Chilcotin Mountains. From there, you will fly to either Spruce Lake or Warner Lake, two remote alpine lakes where you’ll spend the day riding with your guide along a fast-flowing single track.

You’ll cross glacier streams and open meadows, and switchback through spruce forest. Take your eyes off the trail and you may spot mountain goats, wolves or black bears. Your ride ends at the resort, where you can soak your weary legs in the hot tub or limber up with a massage.

Tip: Time your trip for mid-July when the wildflowers are in bloom, or for October when the mountains are alight with autumn colours.

Who’s it for?

Mountain bikers who like flying and having pristine wilderness all to themselves.

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